December 15th was Zamenhof Day, celebrating the inventor of Esperanto, Ludwik Lejzer Zamenhof. Zamenhof was a Jewish ophthalmologist, linguist and the creator of the international language Esperanto, the most widely used constructed international auxiliary language in the world. Zamenhof was born in Bialystok, Poland.
Zamenhof’s goal was to create an easy and flexible language that would serve as a universal second language to foster world peace and international understanding, and to build a “community of speakers”, as he believed that one could not have a language without such a community.
His original title for the language was simply “the international language” (la lingvo internacia), but early speakers grew fond of the name Esperanto and began to use it as the name for the language just two years after its creation. The name quickly gained prominence and has been used as an official name ever since.
The Ludwik Zamenhof Centre is a city cultural institution established in Bialystok at 19 Warszawska St. upon the motion of the President of the City. It was founded to celebrate the organization of the 94th World Congress of Esperanto that was held in Bialystok.
Ludwik Lejzer Zamenhof:
trovita antaŭ la aludo / before the hint:
- Eloy Cano
- Martin de Bock
- Paul Voestermans
- Phil Ower
- Ashwini Agrawal
post la aludo / after the hint:
- HILDE LAMBEIR
- Jesus Rodriguez