Monthly Archives: April 2014

International Tribute to Jan Karski During a Commemoration at the Polish Consulate in Chicago

 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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Robert “Bob” Heuermann

Mr. Bob Heuermann will be greatly missed.  As an active member, supporter and friend of the PACS, he and his wife, Deanna, attended almost all of our events.

Bob Heuermann was instrumental in promoting and producing the PACS movie presentation of Bloody Foreigners. The Untold Story of the Battle of Britain in August of 2012.  He owns, built and displayed the 1/4 scale working radio controlled Spitfire Fighter of the 303 Polish Squadron at the event. He also gave a presentation and answered questions after the movie.

Mr. Heuermann was a true friend of Polonia.  With no genetic attachment to Poland, Bob adopted the Poles as brothers. He was a man, outside of our world, that recognized the true strength, integrity and drive for our self-identity and survival. He was one of us.

God bless you Mr. Heuermann

Heuermann, Robert Ralph Bob of Hazelwood, passed away peacefully at the age of 83 on Friday, April 18, 2014. Loving husband of Deanna Dalzell Heuermann for forty-eight years; brother of Daniel Heuermann (Patricia), devoted father of Robert Heuermann (Cindy), Carol Heuermann (Robert Fitch), Barbara Langston, and Katie Heuermann (Jim McCallister); grandfather of six, great-grandfather of six, and five nieces. Bob was a kind, loving, and sensitive father and friend to all. Notable to his career he served twenty-five years as an executive at Wetterau Incorporated where he launched their international division, and was recipient of the Dwight Davis Foundation award for volunteer service to the economic development of the city of Hazelwood. His memory remains with us always. Services: A Funeral Mass will be conducted at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 751 North Jefferson Street, Florissant on Saturday, April 26th at 10:30 a.m. Visitation for family and friends will be held in the church narthex starting at 9:30. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorials in his name may be made to Paraquad, St. Louis Society for the Blind, or the church of your choice.

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Polish Passport Renewal and Application for New – May 17, 2014

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: 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 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

 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

 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 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

Honorary Consul

Polish Consulate in Saint Louis
Tel: (314) 822-6266 or (314) 821-6130

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