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NEWSMARK
OCTOBER 2017
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ACROSS THE GLOBE

Will large-scale Polish troops return to Afghanistan? Poland’s defense chief Antoni Macierewicz plans to hold talks at the Pentagon regarding Poland’s possible troop contribution to the U.S.-led operation in Afghanistan. His visit came in response to President Donald Trump’s diplomatic offensive to persuade allies to send more troops to that country. In August, a delegation of U.S. Congressmen visited Warsaw and met with Polish officials over Afghanistan, where the radical Islamic Taliban movement is once again posing a threat to that country’s U.S.-backed government. Poland had fought in U.S.-led post-9/11 campaigns in Afghanistan with up to 2,600 troops stationed there in 2010-2012. At present, some 200 Polish soldiers are serving in Afghanistan in a training and advisory capacity. All told, Poland has suffered 44 war fatalities there since 2002.

Reparation issues deserve “calm discussion” Polish and German presidents say. Poland suffered the biggest losses in Europe during World War II, and its right to reparations has not expired, according to a study carried out by the Polish parliament. Under international law, the statute of limitations does not affect war crimes and crimes agaisnt humanity. German officials and media have been debunking Polish reparation claims, but a hopeful sign emerged during a recent meeting between the two countries top leaders. Polish President Andrzej Duda and his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier have discussed the political and legal aspects of the reparation issue and concluded that the matter requires “calm discussion.”

Hails sovereignty, indirectly raps EU interference. Speaking at the 72nd United Nations National Assembly, Polish President Andrzej Duda thanked the 190 nations that had elected Poland as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council.

“Poland comes to the Security Council with values of social significance to Poles – above all our love of every nation’s inviolable right to sovereignty and freedom,” Duda said. He singled out “freedom of speech and the right of self-determination of sovereign national states.”

Duda also warned against “manipulating political processes though propaganda or direct interference.” Those remarks clearly indicated the Polish presidents’ opposition to the muzzling of free speech under “political correctness,” to attempts to turn the 27-nation bloc into a centralized bureaucracy and attacks on Poland for refusing to accept EU-imposed migrant quotas. “Our obligation is to eliminate the prime causes of migration and to restore everyone’s right to live in their own homeland.”

Polish Franciscan nuns among recipients of Jew-saving award. Polish nuns belonging to the Franciscan Congregation of the Family of Mary were among this year’s recipients of the “From the Depths Żabiński” award.

More than 100 nuns of that religious order had helped save over 750 Jews, mainly children and the elderly, but only a few were awarded the title of “Righteous Among The Nations.”

Other recipients were the family of British Member of Parliament Daniel Kawczyński, whose uncle, his wife, and 10-year-old daughter were murdered by the Germans for hiding Jews in their home. This year’s third recipient was Natalia Jakoniuk, whose family had concealed numerous Jews in their attic. Natalia, who was six when the war broke out, acted as a lookout to warn of approaching Germans. The award was set up to honor non-Jews who had saved Jews during the Holocaust but for technical reasons have not qualified for Yad Vashem’s “Righteous Among Nations” prize.

AMERICAN POLONIA AT A GLANCE

INDIANA

PORTAGE — Greg Archer, an award-winning multimedia journalist and author of “Grace Revealed: A Memoir,” will speak about his serendipitous journey uncovering his Polish family’s odyssey during World War II, at 6 p.m. Oct. 11th at the Portage Public Library, 2665 Irving St., Portage, Ind.

Learn about the underreported story of Joseph Stalin’s mass deportation of nearly one million Polish citizens in the 1940s, a mother’s quest to keep her family alive, and how to heal the past by exploring it, exposing it, and sharing it.

Survivors of Stalin’s deportations will speak and answer questions during the free program, which also features a video presentation.

Copies of Mr. Archer’s books will sell for $20 each (cash or personal check). The event is hosted by the Polish American Cultural Society of Northwest Indiana in conjunction with the library in recognition of Polish American Heritage Month.

For more information, call (219) 763-1508.

OHIO

TOLEDO — The 238th Memorial Observance of the death of General Kazimierz Pulaski will take place at the Gazebo of Lincoln Park, Tremont, Oct. 14, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.

The event is promoted by the Polonia Foundation of Ohio, Inc., the Polish Legion of American Veterans USA, and all Polish organizations comprising Polonia.

This year’s observance moved to Lincoln Park in consideration of the Polish Veterans Posts located in Tremont, and also in remembrance of the Polish Organizations that were part of the fabric of Tremont in the near past.

Residents of Tremont are welcome to attend and learn about General Pulaski and the strong influence that Polish organizations had in the community.

PENNSYLVANIA

PHILADELPHIA — On September 17, 2017 the Polish Heritage Society of Philadelphia sponsored a poetry recital at the Associated Polish Home. Guest speaker was Anthony P. Krzywicki, board director of the Polish Heritage Society, and president of the Jagiellionian Law Society. Anthony’s inspiration comes from his internal world of thought, meditation, prayer and speaking his truth on the power of intuition and passion.

MINNESOTA

MINNEAPOLIS — Polish language classes start in October at Polish American Cultural Institute of Minnesota (PACIM) Library, 43 Main St. SE, Suite 228, as follows:

  • Advanced class (Oct. 2-Dec. 18): Monday 5:30-7:15 p.m.;
  • Beginner class (Oct. 2 - Dec. 18): Monday 7:30-8:45 p.m., and;
  • Continuing Beginners (Oct. 3 - Dec. 19): Tuesday 5:30-7:15 p.m.

The cost for 12 sessions is $80 for PACIM members, $90 for non-members All classes use three books: Hurra Discovering Polish, a Learner’s Grammar; Hurra Po Polsku 1 — Zeszyt Cwiczen, Malolepsza, Szymkiewicz; and Hurra Po Polsku 1, Podrecznik Studenta, Malolepsza, Szymkiewicz. All are available on Amazon.com.

To register, visit, www.pacim.org or call (612) 378-9291.

WASHINGTON, D.C.

The 2017 Rowny Paderewski Scholarship Fundraising Concert, co-sponsored by the Embassy of the Republic of Poland, was held Sept. 16. Pianist Solomon Eichner performed this year. He is a versatile, world-class artist, known for his vast piano repertoire.


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