This may be an opinion article but it is spot on.
This may be an opinion article but it is spot on.
Two hundred guests, among them Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, members of the Chicago Consular Corps and leaders in the Polish-American and Jewish American communities met Thursday, April 24, 2014 at the Polish Consulate in Chicago to honor the memory of Jan Karski on the centennial of his birth.
The commemoration at the Polish Consulate in Chicago was also attended by Holocaust survivors, Righteous Among the Nations, participants in the Warsaw Uprising 1944, Home Army veterans and Polish Siberian Exiles. The commemorative program was titled “Jan Karski – the History, the Legacy and the Responsibility”.
The commemoration was organized by the Consulate General of Poland in Chicago with honorary partnership of the Jan Karski Educational Foundation Chicago, the American Jewish Committee Chicago and the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago.
“Jan Karski was a true war hero who risked his life to make a difference during one of the darkest times in our world’s history,” Governor Quinn said. “I was honored to sit in his class and hear firsthand his remarkable accounts of the Holocaust, just as I am honored to celebrate his legacy today. We will never forget Jan Karski’s fortitude or extraordinary fight for a just cause. The belief that one person can make a difference is personified by Jan Karski.”
The ceremony was held on the “Jan Karski Day in the State of Illinois”, proclaimed by Governor Pat Quinn.
The program featured a panel discussion between historians and sociologists and covered the following subjects:
* “Poland in the heart of Jews and Jews in the heart of Poland – a Civilization Jan Karski Hoped to Save” by Michael H. Traison,
* “Jan Karski, the Polish Government-in-Exile and the Polish Home Army during WWII” by Neal Pease, Professor of History, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee,
* “Jan Karski’s broader legacy for humanity” by Allan Reich, American Jewish Committee,
* “Jan Karski – The Messenger” by Thaddeus Radzilowski, historian, sociologist, President of the Piast Institute,
* The discussion was moderated by Keely Stauter-Halsted, Professor of History, Hejna Chair in Polish History, University of Illinois at Chicago
During the program guests saw a short film with Jan Karski’s testimony, titled “The World Knew” prepared by the Polish History Museum and Poland’s Foreign Ministry. Guests also had a chance to view the Polish History Museum’s exhibit entitled “The World Knew”, which will soon open at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie beginning September 17, 2014.
Jan Karski was a Polish diplomat and officer of the Polish Secret State during WWII. He was the first one to provide eye-witness accounts of the Holocaust to the Free World. It was through his words that occupied Poland alarmed the world about the German Nazi extermination of Jews. Jan Karski published ‘Story of a Secret State’, one of the most poignant and inspiring accounts of his experiences and efforts to stop the Holocaust. After the war, Jan Karski emigrated to the United States and earned a Ph.D. at Georgetown University, becoming a professor at Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service. For his bravery and stance against the German Nazi evil, President Barack Obama posthumously awarded Jan Karski the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the U.S. highest civilian honor. For his efforts to save Jews, the State of Israel awarded Jan Karski the Yad Vashem medal of Righteous Among the Nations. Jan Karski died in 2000.
Photos and videos from the commemoration of Jan Karski’s centennial of birth on April 24, 2014 can be viewed on the Consulate’s facebook page (link below).
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Polish Passport Application
A representative from the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland will be in St. Louis on Saturday, 17 May 2014 to accept applications for new passports, including renewal, replacement and to answer any questions regarding passports.
Application for passports must be made in person and normally this would require travel to Chicago. However, the visit to St. Louis by a representative from the Consulate General will eliminate the need to travel to Chicago for those applicants taking advantage of this arrangement.
Date – Saturday, 17 May 2014
Time – 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Location – Saint Agatha Church (rectory)
3239 South 9th Street (at Utah)
St. Louis, MO 63118-2629
All applicants for passports must register in order to allow our Consulate General in Chicago to qualify the data required for passport application and to schedule an appointment time on 13 April. Kindly call Consul Jacek Bryniak at (312) 337-8166 ext. 228 for the registration and to schedule an appointment.
In preparing application for a Polish passport, refer to website: www.chicago.msz.gov.pl for instructions and note the following mandatory rules governing the issuance of Polish passports:
Only a Polish citizen may apply for a Polish passport. Also, if your previous passport was issued before 13 April 1993, confirmation of citizenship will necessary. Whether applying for, or confirming Polish citizenship, contact Consul Eriusz Rybacki at (312) 337-8166 ext. 207 or email@example.com as application for passport will not be accepted until citizenship is confirmed.
Polish passports may be issued only based on Polish vital statistics documents (birth and marriage certificates)
A Polish passport may not be issued without a PESEL number. If you do not have a PESEL number or you are not sure whether or not you have one, contact Consul Jacek Bryniak at (312) 337-8166 ext. 228 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are changing your name in the passport and do not have a Polish marriage certificate or Polish legal document confirming the change in name, contact Consul Jacek Bryniak at (312) 337-8166 ext. 228 or email@example.com.
If applying for passport for a child under 18 years of age, both parents must consent in writing, both parents and the minor (over age 5) must be present.
Children born in the USA to parents with Polish citizenship must “register” the child’s American birth certificate in Poland before applying for their passport. Contact Consul Jacek Bryniak at (312) 337-8166 ext. 228 or firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
For your convenience, we will have a photographer available to provide approved passport photos. American Passport and Visa is the photographer and the charge for four (4) photos is $18 (check or cash accepted).
Robert V. Ogrodnik
Polish Consulate in Saint Louis
Tel: (314) 822-6266 or (314) 821-6130
U.S. premiere of “A Place to Stand” with guest appearance of the filmmaker Anna Ferens
Filmmaker Anna Ferens is coming to Chicago at the invitation of the Polish Consulate General in Chicago.
A Place to Stand (2013)
Directed by Anna Ferens
Running time: 58 min
The film documents the fight against the communism in the 1980s from the perspective of the East and the West and the involvement of the European Parliament in the defense of human rights in the countries of the Soviet bloc.
Based on unpublished archival materials and interviews with members of the European Parliament, the film features interviews with democracy activists throughout the Eastern Bloc.
“A Place to Stand” comes to Chicago for its U.S. premiere to mark 25 years since the first partially-free elections in Poland on June 4, 1989 started the domino effect for Central and Eastern European nations, eventually leading to the integration of the divided Europe.
The European premiere of “A Place to Stand” was held at the European Parliament in January 2014 with special attendance of, among others, former Presidents of the European Parliament Professor Jerzy Buzek and Hans–Gert Pöttering.
The screenings are part of this year’s celebrations marking 25 years since the rebirth of Polish democracy and 10 years since Poland’s EU accession.
The screenings with guest appearance of Anna Ferens will be held on:
– March 16 at 1:00 PM during the EU Film Festival in Chicago, March 16 (Sunday) at 1:00 PM at Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (164 N. State Street | Chicago, IL 60601) (Tickets: www.siskelfilmcenter.org or call 312-846-2800)
– March 27 at 6:00 PM at Goethe Institute Chicago, 150 N Michigan Ave #200, Chicago, IL 60601 (Free admission, http://www.goethe.de/ins/us/chi/ver/en12272988v.htm)
The Polish Consulate General in Chicago: www.chicago.mfa.gov.pl
Legendary Polish actress, Nina Andrycz, known as “the Great Dame of Polish theatre” because of her long and successful career, died on January 31 in Warsaw at the age of 101.
The Polish audience remembers her mainly for her outstanding roles as queens, aristocrats, and noble ladies. She rose to fame after 1935 when she played on the stage of the Polski Theatre, where she took more than 100 roles including Maria Stuart, Lady Macbeth, Queen Elizabeth, Joan of Arc and Cleopatra.
She was also a star of the Polish TV and Radio Theater.
Andrycz was married to Józef Cyrankiewicz, the Prime Minister of communist Poland between 1947 and 1968.
She appeared occassiionaly in films by top Polish film makers but it was the stage that she loved most. Her last appearance on stage was in 2011 at the age of 98.
Her last movie was “Before Twilight” in the 2009.
Chairman of the Polish Composers’ Union, Jerzy Kornowicz has told the Polish Press Agency that Poland has lost one of the most individual voices in 20th and 21st-century music.
Conductor and Kilar’s long-time friend, Antoni Wit, has described Kilar as a composer of a high international calibre, whose masterpieces, such as ‘Kościelec’, ‘Krzesany’ and ‘Orawa’ will remain in the repertoire of top orchestras.
“He was a man of integrity and high ethical values, willing to share with others. It was thanks to people such as Kilar that the Home for Senior Musicians could be built,” Wit has said.
Born in Lviv, now in Ukraine, in 1932, he lived in Silesia for six decades, describing it as his “second small homeland”.
A deeply religious man, was also strongly attached to the Black Madonna shrine of Czestochowa, where he celebrated all his birthdays.
Kilar’s diverse output includes orchestral and vocal-instrumental works, piano pieces, chamber music as well as some 130 soundtracks.
He collaborated with leading Polish film directors, such as Roman Polanski, Krzysztof Kieślowski, Andrzej Wajda, Kazimierz Kutz and Krzysztof Zanussi, as well as with many famous foreign directors, including Francis F.Coppola (Bram Stoker’s Dracula) and Jane Campion (The Portrait of a Lady).
Wojciech Kilar studied at the State Higher School of Music in Katowice, piano with Władysława Markiewiczówna and composition with Bolesław Woytowicz.
Kilar graduated with the highest honours in 1955 and then worked for three years as an assistant to Woytowicz at the State Higher School of Music in Kraków.
In the same period he took part in the International Courses for New Music in Darmstadt. He also studied with Nadia Boulanger in Paris, thanks to a grant from the French government.
In the early years of his career he often performed as a virtuoso pianist in a repertoire which also comprised his own pieces. Thanks to his scores from the late 1950s he was recognized as a co-founder of Polish avant-garde music.
In later years Kilar turned to tradition and looked for inspiration in folk music and religion. In many works he attempted to revive a national style in Polish music.
The folk music of the Tatras and the Tatra foothills inspired Kilar in such works as Kościelec, Grey Mist, Orawa and, first and foremost, Krzesany, his most popular orchestral piece, performed with much success all over the world.
He was among the founding members of the Karol Szymanowski Society in Zakopane. He served for many years as chairman of the Katowice Branch of the Polish Composers’ Union and a member of the Repertoire Committee of the ‘Warsaw Autumn’ Festival of Contemporary Music.