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Esperanto is alive 100 years after its creation

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Plaque in Esperanto on Ludwik Zamenhof's house in Geneva
Plaque in Esperanto on Ludwik Zamenhof's house in Geneva CC/Wikimedia

100 years ago a Polish-Jewish doctor, Ludwik Zamenhof died in Warsaw. Although you might not recognise his name, Zamenhof is known as the father of Esperanto, the most popular constructed language in the world.

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As a young man living in Bialystok -- which is today north-east Poland but which at the time was part of the Russian Empire -- Zamenhof was dismayed by animosity and prejudice among locals.

He grew up absorbed by the idea of a world without conflict and a language that could facilitate communication between different people.

Filip Warwick reports.

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