• Faithful to my Homeland, the Republic of Poland



  • The Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Los Angeles




    The Hoover Institution, Stanford University

    are honored to announce medals decoration ceremony of


    dr. Robert Conquest and dr. John Raisian




    His Excellency Radoslaw Sikorski

    Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland


    Thursday, August 6th, at 10.00 a.m.

    at the Stauffer Auditorium of Stanford University, Palo Alto, followed by Q&A

    By confirmation only. RSVP to: or 650.723.2830

    Minister Radoslaw Sikorski is a leading Polish politician, whose name is well recognizable internationally. His involvement in politics began with the Solidarity social movement of the early 1980s. In 1981 he sought political refuge in Great Britain, and later went on to work as a journalist covering the wars in Afghanistan and Angola. Still in his twenties, he served as the nation's Deputy Minister of National Defense and was deeply involved in the process of Poland's accession to the NATO. Subsequent to serving in both of Poland's legislative bodies and numerous senior posts in the government, he assumed the Office of Foreign Minister in 2007.

    Dr. Robert Conquest is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution. The author of twenty-one books on Soviet history, politics, and international affairs, he has been literary editor of the London Spectator, has brought out seven volumes of poetry and one of literary criticism, and published a verse translation of Alexandr Solzhenitsyn's epic Prussian Nights. A friend of Poland. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, the British Academy, the British Interplanetary Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; and a member of the Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies. Dr. Conquest has been bestowed by President of Poland upon the Comandor Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland, in recognition of his outstanding contribution in facilitating democratic process in our country.

    Dr. John Raisian, the Tad and Dianne Taube Foundation Director, Director of the Hoover Institution and a senior fellow, an economist specializing in labor market and human resource issues, the application of economic principles to public policy formation, the role of government in society, and the importance of human capital accumulation for productivity growth and economic prosperity, both nationally and internationally. He was an assistant professor of economics at the University of Houston. He entered public service as a senior economist in the Office of Research and Evaluation. In 1983, he served as executive director of the President's Task Force on Food Assistance. Author of numerous articles on the economics. Dr. Raisian has been bestowed by President of Poland upon the Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland, in recognition of his outstanding contribution in facilitating democratic process in our country.




    January 12 - February 13, 2009
    Suzzallo Library
    University of Washington in Seattle

    This moving exhibition by photographer Chris Schwartz tells the story of 21 Poles who rescued Jews during the World War II German occupation of Poland.  Each of these heroic individuals still resides in the Krakow region today.  This exhibition is a tribute to the "Polish Righteous Among Nations" created by the Auschwitz Jewish Center in Oswiecim, Galicia Jewish Museum in Krakow, and the Polish American Jewish Alliance for Youth Action. 


    The exhibit is accompanied by five Thursday lectures at the University of Washington: Kane Hall, Room 220.  Admission is free.


    "Historical Background"
    Prof. Przemysław Chojnowski, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland & Visiting Fulbright Scholar of UW Polish Studies

    "Challenges of Rescuers and the Rescued"
    Stanlee Stahl, Executive Vice President, Jewish Foundation for the Righteous


     Two Short Films: "Żegota and Irena Sendler" and "Righteous Among Nations"

     Introduction by Martha Golubiec, UW PSEC


    "Irena Sendler's Children"
    Prof. Przemyslaw Chojnowski, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań

    February 5

    "Henry Friedman, Holocaust Survivor: One of the Rescued" Henry Friedman

    February 12

    "Rescue in the Polish Countryside- Politics, Differentiation in the Occupied Village" Prof. Keely Stauter-Halsted, Michigan State University

    Sponsors:  The University of Washington Polish Studies Endowment Committee (UW PSEC), Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Los Angeles, and Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center, in cooperation with the University of Washington Slavic Department, Jewish Studies Program, Ellison Center, and History Department.



    The Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Los Angeles


    Mr. John Petkus in Las Vegas

    respectfully request your attendance to a lecture by

    Ms. Katherine Craddy,

    the Director of the Galicia Jewish Museum in Krakow, Poland.


    "Polish Heroes, Those Who Saved Jews" is a common title for the lecture as well as a photo exhibit that depicts the stories of 21 Poles, named by the Yad Vashem, as ‘Righteous Among Nations.'

    The lecture will be held on the University of  Las Vegas Campus at the Greenspun Center

    on Thursday, September 24, 2009.

    A meet and greet at 6:30 PM will be followed by the lecture at 7:30 PM.

    Up to September 22nd the exhibit "Polish Heroes, Those Who Saved Jews" can be visited at the JFSA Holocaust Research Center in Las Vegas. Starting from September 25th it will be run at the city's Congregation Ner Tamid.


    The Consulate General of the Republic of Poland

    in Los Angeles

    is pleased to announce


    nominated for the 2009 FILM ACADEMY AWARD OSCARS®

    in the Best Documentary (short subject) category 

    Krolik Estrhazy

    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the list of five finalists in the Documentary Short Subject category for the 2009 Academy Awards.

    Rabbit à la Berlin is an important lesson of history that a system of order intended to produce one result will often give birth to something entirely unexpected. So it was with the Berlin Wall, which in fact, consisted of two separate walls, one on the east and one on the west with a 120-kilometre strip of land between them. The enclosed patch was unintentionally converted into a kind of rabbit reserve as the walls encircled the lush green meadows of Potsdamer Platz and cut its rabbit population off from both escape and predators. But then one day the walls came down and the rabbits were suddenly freed from a restrictive system, albeit one to which they had become accustomed. Told in the style of a nature documentary, with a captivatingly dreamy tone and a tongue-in-cheek nod to the story's allegorical significance, Rabbit à la Berlin provides a fascinating history lesson told through the eyes of animals.

    Rabbit à la Berlin is Polish-German coproduction of Anna Wydra MS Films, Telewizja Polska and Filmproduktion, MDR, RBB in association with ARTE, YLE, Lichtpunt, VPRO. Film is supported by Polish Film Institute, MEDIA Programme and Andrzej Wajda Master School of Film Directing.

    Rabbit à la Berlin/ Mauerhase | 2009 | 40'& 51' | creative documentary, Poland/Germany 2009
    Director: Bartek Konopka, Script: Bartek Konopka, Piotr Rosolowski, Cinematography: Piotr Rosolowski


    The Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Los Angeles

    announces the rise of


    Virtual Museum Kresy-Syberia




    The new initiative of the Foundation of Virtual Museum Kresy-Syberia is to document fate of Poles, who had gone through repressions and been deported by the occupants to the East as well as those, who had then reached the West and maintained their fight for the independency of their motherland.

    Virtual Museum Kresy-Syberia will open on September 17th, 2009, thus marking the seventieth anniversary of the Soviet Union troops invasion of Poland.

    All willing to share their memoires and/or donate any memento, are welcome to get in touch directly with Ms. Aneta Hoffmann, tel.: +48 22 5569055,

    More info at

    The Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Los Angeles

    kindly invites to the conference:


    From Past to Present:

    The State of research in Polish-Jewish Relations

    Sunday, January 13 - Monday, January 14, 2008 at UCLA

    RSVP at: 310 267 5327

    Or email:

    The conference is sponsored by the UCLA Center for Jewish Studies,
    with the active co-sponsorship of the Consulate General of the
    Republic of Poland in Los Angeles, the Dortort Center for Creativity
    in the Arts at UCLA Hillel, the American Jewish Committee, the
    Friends of Jewish Renewal in Poland, and the UCLA Center for European
    and Eurasian Studies.

    Sunday, January 13, 2008

    Session I, - 2:00 p.m - Royce Hall, UCLA- Room 306

                 David M. Meyers, Director, UCLA Center for Jewish Studies-opening speech

    Moderator:Samuel Kassow, Trinity College

    Speakers: Natalia Aleksiun, New York University
    From Past to Present: The State of Polish-Jewish Studies

    Marci Shore, Yale University
    "Zydokomuna": The Family Romance of "Judeo-Bolshevism"

    Monday, January 14, 2008

    Session II, - 10:00 a.m. - Faculty Center, California Room

    Moderator:Jan Grossfeld, Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University


    Joshua Zimmerman, Yeshiva University

    The Polish Underground Homr Army (AK) and the Jews during the
    Holocaust: A Reappraisal in the Light of New Sources

    Jacek Leociak, Polish Center of Holocaust Research

    Polish Center for Holocaust Research - The New Approach in the Study
    of Polish-Jewish Relations during Shoah

    Session III, - 2:00 p.m. - Faculty Center, California Room

    Moderator:Jolanta Zyndul, University of Warsaw


    Erica Lehrer, University of Washington

    From Past to Present: The State of Polish-Jewish Studies

    Jan Grabowski, Universtiy of Ottawa

    Re-writing the History of Polish - Jewish Relations from a
    Nationalist Perspective:

    The Recent Publications of the Institute of National Remembrance

    Concluding Roundtable, - 7:30 p.m. Faculty Center, California Room

    Polish-Jewish Relations Today

    Moderator: Michael Berenbaum, American Jewish University


    Zbigniew Nosowski, Editor-in-Chief of the WIEZ, and
    Co-Chairman of the Polish Council of Christians and Jews

    The Hon. David Peleg, Ambassador of Israel in Poland

    The Hon. Adam Daniel Rotfeld, Former Polish Foreign Minister


    The History of the relationship between Poles and Jews in modern
    times is a vexed one, constantly hovering in the shadow of the Nazi
    genocidal assault in the Second World War. How do the Poles and Jews
    remember the past? Was it always filled with tension and animosity?
    And is there a future for Jews on Polish soil?

     In addition, the conference will be
    accompanied by the opening of a photographic exhibition

     "Polish Heroes: Those Who Rescued Jews."

    Hillel at UCLA, 574 Hilgard Ave, LA , CA 90024





    U.S. Senator Barack Obama introduced on July 29, 2008 a resolution honoring the life and legacy of the Polish hero Irena Sendler.

    "During the greatest tragedy of the twentieth century, Irena Sendler committed herself to saving thousands of children from the fate that so many Polish Jews tragically faced" - said Senator Obama and presumptive Democratic candidate for the White House. "She cherished human dignity, embodied selflessness and inspired hope. She was deservedly recognized throughout her lifetime for her extraordinary courage and her unwavering compassion. Irena will be missed. I offer my deepest condolences to Irena's family and friends, and to all of those she touched during her lifetime" - he underlined.

    Polish hero Irena Sendler passed away on May 12, 2008 in Warsaw's hospital at the age of 98.

    On July 30, 2008  the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously approved an identical resolution (H. Con. Res. 361) honoring the life and heroism of Irena Sendler.



    Whereas on May 12, 2008, Irena Sendler, a living example of social justice, died at the age of 98; (Introduced in House)

    HCON 361 IH

    110th CONGRESS

    2d Session

    H. CON. RES. 361

    Commemorating Irena Sendler, a woman whose bravery saved the lives of thousands during the Holocaust and remembering her legacy of courage, selflessness, and hope.


    May 22, 2008

    Ms. SCHAKOWSKY (for herself, Mr. MARKEY, Mr. GRIJALVA, Mr. WEXLER, Mr. WAXMAN, Mr. KLEIN of Florida, Ms. BORDALLO, Mr. BRADY of Pennsylvania, Ms. GIFFORDS, Mr. MORAN of Virginia, Mr. BURTON of Indiana, Mr. COHEN, Mr. FOSSELLA, Mr. WEINER, Mr. CANTOR, Mr. JONES of North Carolina, Mr. FATTAH, Mr. BERMAN, Mr. MCGOVERN, Mr. BOSWELL, Mr. HINCHEY, Mr. HASTINGS of Florida, Mr. PATRICK J. MURPHY of Pennsylvania, Ms. MCCOLLUM of Minnesota, Mr. SESTAK, Mr. FILNER, Mr. MCNULTY, Mr. GUTIERREZ, Ms. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ, Mr. DAVIS of Illinois, Mr. LAMPSON, Mr. ROTHMAN, Ms. MOORE of Wisconsin, Mr. KILDEE, and Ms. WATERS) submitted the following concurrent resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs



    Commemorating Irena Sendler, a woman whose bravery saved the lives of thousands during the Holocaust and remembering her legacy of courage, selflessness, and hope.

    Whereas on May 12, 2008, Irena Sendler, a living example of social justice, died at the age of 98;

    Whereas Irena Sendler repeatedly risked her own life to rescue over 2,500 Jewish children in Poland's Warsaw ghetto from Nazi extermination during the Holocaust;

    Whereas inspired by her father, a physician who spent his career treating poor Jewish patients, Irena Sendler dedicated her life to others;

    Whereas Irena Sendler became an early activist at the start of World War II, heading the clandestine group Zegota and driving an underground movement that provided safe passage for Jews from the Warsaw ghetto, who were facing disease, execution, or deportation to concentration camps;

    Whereas Irena Sendler became one of Zegota's most successful workers, taking charge of the children's division and using her senior position with the city's welfare department to gain access to and from the ghetto and build a network of allies to help ferry Jewish children from the Warsaw ghetto;

    Whereas Irena Sendler was arrested by the Gestapo on October 20, 1943, tortured, and sentenced to death by firing squad;

    Whereas Irena Sendler never revealed details of her contacts, escaped from Pawiak prison, and continued her invaluable work with Zegota;

    Whereas in 1965, Irena Sendler was recognized as `Righteous Among the Nations' by the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Israel;

    Whereas in 2006, Irena Sendler was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize;

    Whereas Irena Sendler was awarded the Order of the White Eagle, Poland's highest civilian decoration;

    Whereas Irena Sendler's life has been chronicled in the documentary film, `Tzedek: The Righteous' and `Life in a Jar', a play about her rescue efforts;

    Whereas Irena Sendler, a woman who risked everything for the lives of others and whose bravery is unimaginable to many of us, expressed guilt for not being able to do more for the Jewish people; and

    Whereas Americans, as well as the world community, are reminded not only of the horrible cruelty at the time of the Holocaust, but also the incredible difference one person can make by knowing Irena Sendler's story: Now, therefore, be it

                Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That Congress--

                            (1) mourns the loss of Irena Sendler, a woman whose bravery and heroic efforts saved over 2,500 Jewish children during the Holocaust;

                            (2) pays its respect and extends its condolences to the Sendler family;

                            (3) honors her legacy of courage, selflessness, and hope; and

                            (4) remembers the life of Irena Sendler for her heroic efforts to save over 2,500 Jewish children during the Holocaust, and for her unwavering dedication to justice and human rights.







    The Consulate General of The Republic of Poland in Los Angeles

    kindly informs :


    The Simon Wiesenthal Center

    Museum of Tolerance

     Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Los Angeles

     present a film:


    The unforgettable story

    of Irena Sendler

    A Polish Roman Catholic Social Worker who rescued 2.500 children from the Warsaw Ghetto during WWII

    Wednesday, January 16th, 2008

    at 2:00 p.m.

    The Museum of Tolerance

    9786 West Pico Blvd

    Los Angeles, CA 90035

    admission is free

    R.S.V.P at: 310 772 2526

    A reception will follow the program

    A film will be followed by a discussion with:

    Ewa Junczyk-Ziomecka

    Undersecretary of State of Poland

    Adam Daniel Rotfeld

    a Holocaust Survivor and former Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs








    Consulate General of The Republic of Poland in Los Angeles

    Farewell to Professor Bronisław Geremek



    Professor Bronisław Geremek died in a car accident in Poland on July 13th, 2008.

    Prof. Geremek, former Minister of Foreign Affairs (1997-2000), member of the Polish Parliament and the European Parliament was an outstanding statesman, one of the leaders of the "Solidarity" movement, an architect of the political changes in Poland and Europe.


    A book of condolences will be available for signatures at the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland
     in Los Angeles

    12400 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 555, LA, CA 90025

    on Tuesday, July 15th and Wednesday, July 16th from 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm.






    The Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Los Angeles
    kindly informs

    Thursday, April 24, 2008


    Directors Guild of America Theatre Complex,

    7920 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90046


    6:00 P.M.  -  Reception (Catering by Turek; bar by  Zubrowka & Krol Vodka)  

    8:00 P.M.  - Opening of the Festival - Zbigniew Banas (MC)


    8:30 P.M.  Screening of LAJDIS by Tomasz Konecki

    (in person: Tomasz Konecki, Andrzej Saramonowicz, Tomasz Kot, Iwona Ogonowska-Konecka)

    Laemmle's Sunset 5 Theatre, 8000 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90046, (323/848-3500)


    Friday, April 25, 2008   

    (in person: *Dorota Kedzierzawska, Arthur Reinhart, Danuta Szaflarska; **Witold Sobocinski)

    5:00 p.m.  Animation: COINCIDENCE (Przypadek) by Joanna Rusinek (2006, 8 min.); THE   DOGE IS BORED (Dluzy sie Dozy) by Andrzej Dudzinski & Malgorzata Lupina (2006, 6 min. 48 sec.); EVERYTHING FLOWS (Wszystko plynie) by Edyta Turczanik (2007, 7min. 27 sec.); ICHITHYS by Marek Skrobecki (2005, 16 min. 41 sec.); SOMETIMES IT'S TOO LATE (Bywa za pozno) by Filip Grudziel (2007, 4 min.); TEDDY'S NIGHTMARE (Koszmarny sen misia) by Mateusz Staniszew (2007, 8 min.); THE TREE (Drzewo) by Michal Mroz (2007, 6 min. 47 sec.);  ARK by Grzegorz Jonkajtys (2007, 8 min.)

    7:00 p.m.  TIME TO DIE* (Pora umierac) by Dorota Kedzierzawska (2007, 104 min.)

    9:00 p.m.  DEATH OF A PRESIDENT** (Smierc prezydenta) by Jerzy Kawalerowicz (1978, 144 min.)

    Saturday, April 26, 2008 

    (in person: *Krzysztof Pieczynski, Jaroslaw Marszewski; ** Sydney Barrosse, Shelley Calene-Black, Juli Erickson,  Mariusz Kotowski)

    1:00  p.m.  Television Theatre: ENGLISH LESSON * (Lekcja angielskiego) by Jaroslaw Marszewski (2003, 60 min.); Documentary: THE MISSING WORD* (Brakujace slowo) by Krzysztof Pieczynski (2007, 24 min.)

    3:00  p.m. FORGIVENESS  ** by Mariusz Kotowski (2008, 84 min.) - World Premiere

    5:00  p.m.   TOMORROW WE'RE GOING TO THE MOVIES (Jutro idziemy do kina) by Michal Kwiecinski (2007, 100 min.) - World Premiere

    7:00  p.m.  SAVIOR'S SQUARE (Plac Zbawiciela) by Joanna & Krzysztof Krauze (2006, 105 min.)

    9:00 p.m.   EXTRAS (Statysci) by Michal Kwiecinski (2006, 119 min.)

    Sunday, April 27, 2008

    (in person: *Tomasz Kammel, Romy Stepniewska; ** Krzysztof Pieczynski; ***Jacek Bromski; ****Janusz Kaminski)

    2:00 p.m.  Shorts: EXIT AUTHOR (Autor wychodzi) by Dominika Montean (2006, 40 min.); LOST TIME* (Stracony czas) by Romy Stepniewska (2008, 19 min.);  THE TRAINING (Trening) by Julia Kolberger (2008, 10 min. 30 sec.)

    4:00 p.m.    JASMINUM** by Jan Jakub Kolski (2006, 103 min.)

    6:30 p.m.    GOD'S LITTLE GARDEN*** (U Pana Boga w ogrodku) by Jacek Bromski (2007, 115 min.)

    9:00 p.m.    DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY**** by Julian Schnabel (2007, 112 min.)

    Monday, April 28, 2008    

    (in person: *Piotr Szczepanski; **Danuta Szaflarska, Dorota Kedzierzawska, Arthur Reinhart; ***Tomasz Kot, Tomasz Konecki, Andrzej Saramonowicz, Iwona Ogonowska-Konecka)

    5:00 p.m.    ABSOLUTE BEGINNER* (Aleja Gowniarzy) by Piotr Szczepanski (2007, 87 min.)

    7:00 p.m.   NOTHING** (Nic) by Dorota Kedzierzawska (1998, 74 min.)

    9:00 p.m.    TESTOSTERONE*** (Testosteron) by Tomasz Konecki & Andrzej Saramonowicz (2007, 120 min.)

    Tuesday, April 29, 2008

    (in person: *Krystoff Przykucki; **Varda Hardy, Marek Probosz; *** Agnieszka Grochowska, Lukasz Karwowski; ****Wieslaw Saniewski)

    5:00 p.m.    Shorts: ARIA DIVA by Agnieszka Smoczynska (2007, 30 min.); THE INGRATE* by Krystoff Przykucki (2004, 8 min.); EVERYTHING (Wszystko) by Artur Wyrzykowski (2008, 14 min.); VERY SHORT FILM ABOUT LOVE (Bardzo krotki film o milosci) by Bartek Tryzna (2007, 5 min.); TAKE A LOOK (Popatrz) by Adam Palenta (2008, 4 min. 45 sec.); LISETTE** by Varda Hardy (2008, 4 min.)

    7:00 p.m.   EXPECTING LOVE*** by Lukasz Karwowski (2008, 107 min.)

    9:00 p.m.   IMMENSITY OF JUSTICE**** (Bezmiar sprawiedliwosci) by Wieslaw Saniewski (2006, 127 min.)

    Wednesday, April 30, 2008

    (in person: */**Filip Jan Rymsza; ** Irina Bjorklund ; ***Danuta Stenka, Artur Zmijewski)

    4:00  p.m.  SANDCASTLES* by Filip Jan Rymsza (2004, 79 min.)

    5:30  p.m.  DUSTCLOUDS** by Filip Jan Rymsza (2007, 142 min.)

    9:00  p.m.  KATYN*** by Andrzej Wajda (2007, 120 min.)

    Thursday, May 1, 2008

    (in person: *Lukasz Palkowski)

    5:00 p.m.  PRESERVE* (Rezerwat) by Lukasz Palkowski (2007, 100 min.)

    7:00 p.m.  DOCTOR HALINA (Doktor Halina) by Marcin Wrona (2008, 67 min.)

    9:00 p.m.  HOPE (Nadzieja) by Stanislaw Mucha (2007, 101 min.)

    Tickets at Sunset5: $10.00, Students: $8.50, Seniors: $7.00, weekday double feature: $17.00, Students: $14.00, Seniors: $12.00,               Discount Ticket Booklets: 5 different films - $40.00, 10 different films - $70.00, 15 different films - $97.50;  Group Tickets: 10 tickets for the same film - $85.00, 15 tickets for the same film - $120.00

    For Ticket Booklets and Group Tickets call: 818/982-8827

    Buy tickets on line:                                                                                                                           

    Underground parking - 3 hours free with validation

    LA Harbor International Film Festival 

    Warner Grand Theatre  - 478 W. 6th St. San Pedro, Ca. 90731


    Friday, April 25, 2008, 7:00 pm

    International Selection of Short Films

    CARACAS by Anna Blaszczyk (2007, 10 min.), Poland

    BROKEN by Vicki Psarias (2007, 15 min.), United Kingdom

    PERSONAL SPECTATOR by Emmanuel Jespers   (2007, 15 min.), Belgium

    MADAME TUTLI-PUTLI by Chris Lavis & Maciek Szczerbowski (2007, 18 min.), Canada

    HOT PEDRO NIGHTS by Tim Brawnning (2007, 6 min.), USA

    I AM BOB by Donald Rice (2007, 19 min.), United Kingdom

    Sunday, April 27, 2008, 2:00 pm

    IN SEARCH OF A LEGEND (W poszukiwaniu legendy) by Konstanty Kulik (2007, 48 min.), Poland

    American Cinematheque presents: Polish  Documentaries

    (Polish Documentaries are presented in association with TV Polonia, TVP Polish Television and Polish Film Festival Los Angeles)

    The Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian Theatre

    6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, Ca. 90028

    Friday, May 2, 2008

    7:30 p.m.   WEARING A FOUR-CORNERED CAP AND TIGER SKIN (W rogatywce i tygrysiej skorze) by Jerzy Lubach (2007,  57 min.)

                        13 YEARS, 13  MINUTES (13 lat, 13 minut) by Marek Maldis (2007, 49 min.)

    Saturday, May 3, 2008

    5:00 p.m.  FREEDOM IS A GOD GIVEN GIFT (Wolnosc jest darem od Boga) by Cezary Ciszewski (2006, 52 min.)

                      52 PERCENT  (52 procent) by Rafal Skalski (2007, 20 min.)

                      FIRST DAY (Pierwszy dzien) by Marcin Sauter (2007, 17 min.)

    7:30 p.m.   LIVE-ACTION RADIO (Radioakcja) by Tomasz Jurkiewicz (2008, 27 min.)

                       JUSTICE? PLEASE WAIT... (Sprawiedliwosc? Prosze czekac...) by Agnieszka Swidzinska (2007, 30 min.)

                       WEIRDO (Dziwadlo) by Ireneusz Parkos Prokopiuk  (2007, 8 min. 50 sec.)

                       WHISPERERS (Szeptuchy) by Marek Wlodzimirow (2007, 12 min. 30 sec.)

                       IF IT HAPPENS (A gdyby tak sie stalo) by Marcel Lozinski (2007, 39 min.)

    Sunday, May 4, 2008

    3:00 p.m.   EAGLE PHARMACY (Apteka pod Orlem) by Krzysztof Miklaszewski (2006, 45 min.)

                       THE CREDENZA  (Kredens) by Jacob Dammas  (2007, 29 min.)

                       MUSIC PARTISANS (Muzyczna partyzantka) by Miroslaw Dembinski (2007, 52 min.)

    Tickets: $10.00, Seniors/Students $8.00, Cinematheque Members $7.00

    The box office opens 2 hours prior to the first show

    INFO: 323.466.3456

    TV POLONIA & TVP present: Documentaries and Television Theatre

    (in association with UCLA School of Theatre, Film & Television and UCLA Center for Jewish Studies, General Consulate of Poland in Los Angeles,  Polish Film Festival Los Angeles)

    James Bridges Theatre - UCLA Campus

    1409 Melnitz Hall

    Free admittance.

    Friday, May 2, 2008

    7:00 p.m.  UNFORGETTABLE PAST by Hanna Kramarczuk, Joanna Gospodarczuk (2007, 55 min.); SOLO by Maciej Pisarek (2007, 55 min. 13 sec.)

    9:00 p.m.  CONVERSATIONS WITH AN EXECUTIONER (Rozmowy z katem) by Maciej Englert (2007, 83 min.)

    Saturday, May 3, 2008   

    (in person: *Artur Zmijewski; **Danuta Stenka)

    5:00 p.m.  NIUZ* by Ryszard Bugajski (2002, 77 min.)

    7:00 p.m.  KRUM** by Krzysztof Warlikowski (2007, 170 min.)

    Sunday, May 4, 2008

    12:00 p.m. BARBER (Fryzjer) by Maciej Pieprzyca (2003, 83 min.)

    2:00 p.m.   GORA'S MOUNTAIN (Gora Gory) by Pawel Woldan (2007, 90 min.)

    The Consulate General of Poland in Los Angeles presents: Constitution Day Concert

    (The Polish Constitution of May 3, 1791)


    Free admittance.

    Sunday, May 4, 2008

    4 p.m.  The program includes works by Karol Szymanowski, Tadeusz Baird, Ludomir Rozycki,

    Feliks Nowowiejski, Andrzej Panufnik, Stanislaw Moniuszko - feature Juliana Gondek, soprano

    and the USC String Quartet - reception follow


    1561 W. Sunflower Ave.

    Santa Ana, CA 92704

    Friday, May 2, 2008

    (in person: *Danuta Stenka, Artur Zmijewski)

    7:00 p.m. ABSOLUTE BEGINNER* (Aleja Gowniarzy) by Piotr Szczepanski (2007, 87 min.)

    9:00 p.m. KATYN* by Andrzej Wajda (2007, 120 min.)

    Saturday, May 3,2008

    3:00 p.m. HOPE  (Nadzieja) by Stanislaw Mucha (2007, 101 min.)

    5:00 p.m.  PRESERVE (Rezerwat) by Lukasz Palkowski (2007, 100 min.)

    Sunday, May 4, 2008

    (in person: *Danuta Stenka, Artur Zmijewski)

    2:00 p.m.  EXTRAS (Statysci) by Michal Kwiecinski (2006, 119 min.)

    4:30 p.m.  TESTOSTERONE (Testosteron)  by Tomasz Konecki & Andrzej Saramonowicz (2007, 120 min.)

    7:00 p.m.  IMMENSITY OF JUSTICE* (Bezmiar sprawiedliwosci) by Wieslaw Saniewski (2006, 127 min. )

    Tickets: $10.00, Seniors/Students        

    Information: , 818/982-8827

    All films with English subtitles.

    Program subject to change without prior notice.





    The Consulate General of The Republic of Poland in Los Angeles

    and The LMU Jewish Studies Program


    kindly invite to:


    The 40th Anniversary

    of the March 1968 events in Poland


    Saturday, March 8, 2008, 7-9 PM

    Loyola Marymount University

    University Hall, Ahmanson Auditorium (off main lobby on ground floor).

    Ample parking available in underground parking P1 under University Hall.

    Please enter campus from Lincoln Boulevard at LMU Drive.


    Film screening of:

    Dworzec Gdanski (Gdanski Railway Station) with the interviews by Teresa Toranska,

    Followed by a panel comprised of participants and witnesses to the 1968 events:

    Feliks Cieszynski, Jozef Sobelman, Bohdan W.Oppenheim


    Professor Holli  Levitsky, Director of Jewish Studies at LMU,

    Hon. Paulina Kapuscinska, Consul General of the Republic of Poland in Los Angeles 


    Please come early as seating is limited.

    RVSP by March 5th: (310) 442 8500 ext 109

    Maps available at


    40 years ago, on March 8, 1968 a large student riot took place at the Warsaw University, and within days was followed by riots and strikes at many other Polish Universities. The catalyst was the removal of the revered Polish play Dziady (The Ghosts) from the Warsaw Teatr Narodowy by the Communist authorities. The play was interpreted by the audience as a call to arms against Soviet domination. Using brutal force, the Communist police quashed the rebellion, imprisoning many students. This was followed by a virulent anti-Jewish campaign instigated by the Communist government.



    The Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Los Angeles

    kindly informs:


    Commemoration of the

    Third Anniversary of the Death of

    Pope John Paul II

    Celebratory Mass will be held at the

    Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels



    555 W.Temple Street

    Los Angeles, CA


     Sunday, April 13th, 2008, 3:30 pm

    Chief celebrant - Bishop Edward Clark


    For further information, please call:

    Richard Widerynski, PR, Polish American Congress, So. CA - (562) 426-9830\





    The Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Los Angeles

    kindly invites to the photographic exhibition:


      Polish Heroes:

    Those Who Rescued Jews

    Sunday, January 13th, 2008


    Hillel at UCLA

    574 Hilgard Ave, LA, CA 90024

    Admission is free

    Seating is limited

    Reception starts at 5 p.m.

    RSVP by January 7th, 2008.

    at 310 208 30810 ext. 125



    Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller - Director, Hillel at UCLA

    Kate Craddy - Acting Director, Galicia Jewish Museum


    The Hon. Paulina Kapuscinska - Consul General of Poland
    in Los Angeles


     The Hon. Adam Daniel Rotfeld - Former Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs

     The Hon. Ewa Junczyk-Ziomecka - Undersecretary of State of the Republic of Poland



    Polish-American Congress of Southern California

     Polish-American Historical Association of Southern California

    the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Los Angeles

    present a film:

    Warsaw Uprising of 1944; Unknown History

    By Wanda Koscia Rostowska

    BBC Producer/Director

    Sunday July 27th, at 2 - 5 pm

    Loyola Marymount University

    University Hall 1000, Auditorium

    University Hall, LMU Drive

    Free Parking below University Hall

    Admission fee $5.00

    students and Veterans free admission

     (Includes reception following event)

    The story of Warsaw has been ignored for decades despite the colossal casualty figures and documented atrocities committed by the SS during its course.   This "unknown" historical event mobilized thousands of Polish freedom fighters against the Nazis to liberate their capital city. It has been described as the single largest atrocity of the war, and was the greatest and bloodiest military operation undertaken by any resistance movement in World War II.  This discussion will focus on the Warsaw Uprising and bring to life some of the history and events that should be remembered and recognized for the significant role it played in the history of World War II.

    Born in London of Polish parents, Wanda Koscia Rostowska is a Producer/Director
    specializing in history and current affairs for the BBC. For over two decades she worked extensively across the former Soviet bloc on a number of major television series, including: The Struggles for Poland (1985), The Other Europe (1988), The Hand of Stalin. Leningrad (1989), The Walls Came Tumbling Down  (1990), Death of Yugoslavia (1995), Tourists of the Revolution (1998). In 2005 she made a film about the Warsaw Uprising of 1944 (featuring an interview with her own mother who was a participant aged 16). The Battle of Warsaw was shown on Discovery Europe and the BBC. In the mid 1980s, Wanda spent a year at Radio Free Europe working in the Research Department's Underground Publications Unit. During the 1980s she was active in the Solidarity support group on London.

    Please, invite your American friends!

    13 April 2011










    The Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Los Angeles



    Requests the honor of your presence at the



    Polish Independence Day Concert




    Thursday, November 8, 2007

    at 7:30 P.M.



    Herbert Zipper Hall

    at the Colburn School of Music

    200 South Grand Avenue

    Los Angeles, CA 90012




    Reception after the concert

    hosted by the Consulate General of Poland in Los Angeles

    Paid parking:

    Walt Disney Concert Hall Garage

    California Plaza Parking Garage



    Featuring music and songs from scores by:

    Krzesimir Dębski, Krzysztof Komeda, Henryk Wars and others

    Anna Jurksztowicz, vocals

    Darek Oleszkiewicz, bass

    Marek Żebrowski, piano

    Midnight Winds & USC Strings

    Krzesimir Dębski, composer, conductor, pianist and violinist








    Mass to Commemorate the Second Anniversary of the Death of
    John Paul II the Great

    April 15th, 2007 - 3:30 p.m.

    Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angeles
    555 W. Temple Street, Los Angeles

    The diocese of Rome has recently completed its examination of John Paul II's virtues and life as an important step in the process that could lead to Sainthood for our deceased Pontiff. On April 15th the Polish community of Southern California will celebrate  this event with an ecumenical mass honoring John Paul II.

    For further information and contributions please call:

    Mr. Richard Widerynski - President
    Polish American Congress, So. CA Division - 562/426-9830
    Mr. Kazimierz Cybulski - President
    Friends of John Paul II Foundation, So. CA - 626/-281-0516
    Elzbieta Rudzinska - Commissioner
    Polish National Alliance, District 16 - 310/831-0708






    Los Angeles 11.20.2007

    Joseph Earley

    Executive Vice President

    Fox Broadcasting Company

    10201 West Pico Blvd.

    Los Angeles, CA 90035



    Recently on November 14, 2007 Fox Network Show aired episode of sitcom "Back to You" containing defaming phrase "'s in your Polish blood, like kielbasa, like collaboration with the Nazis ..."

    According to lack of appropriate reaction from Fox Broadcasting Company I request full, public, apology with information about personal decisions regarding the people responsible for dissemination this untrue and humiliating stereotypes.


    Paulina Kapuscinska


    Consul General of the Republic of Poland in Los Angeles


    DECEMBER 2006

    NOVEMBER 2006

    The Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Los Angeles

    Invites you to:


    Darek Oleszkiewicz's


    Larry Koonse's


    Concert at Jazz Bakery

    Monday, Nov. 13 at Jazz Bakery

    They'll be celebrating a new CD"Storybook" released by Jazz Compass record company. Their original music will be play, in a duo and trio format with great percussionist Munyungo Jackson (who worked extensively with Miles Davis, Harbie Hancock, Dianne Reeves and Stevie Wonder).

    For more info about the new CD, go to:


    Jazz Bakery, Monday, Nov. 13 at 8 pm.

    $20 general audience, $10 students (with ID)


    The Jazz Bakery

    Theater and Performance Space

    3233 Helms Ave.

    Culver City, CA 90034


    Larry Koonse - guitars

    Darek "Oles"Oleszkiewicz - bass

    Munyungo Jackson - percussion

    Tue, Nov 7, 7:15 pm 13 $12.00

    Wed, Nov 8, 4:30 pm 13 $8.00



    The AFI Silver Theatre is located at 8633 Colesville Road - at the intersection of Colesville Road and  Georgia Avenue - in the heart of the new downtown Silver Spring.


    For ticketing information please call

    1-866-AFI FEST

    Or email


    Or check the website

    The Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Los Angeles

    invites you to:



    In Polish with English subtitles


    Director& Screenplay& Cinematography: MARCIN SAUTER        





    Follow Darek and Michal on their mesmerizing journey across the beautiful Polish countryside as they struggle to make ends meet with the whimsy of their mission showing them the way.  Each town brings new interactions, skeptical villagers and interesting characters as they attempt to set up and promote their shows.  But it is the joy in sharing cinematic experience that brings out a nostalgic sense of wonder and excitement. Whether projected in a community room or outdoors on a sheet, the importance of their venture is nowhere more apparent than in the enraptured children's faces.


    The quiet poeticism of TRAVELING CINEMA reminds us of the joy of simple pleasures and reveals what that joy means to people whose lives look very different from our own.

                                                            - Natalie McMenemy


    Wednesday, Nov 7, 7:30 pm $12.00

    Thursday, Nov 8, 1:45 pm $8.00



    The AFI Silver Theatre is located at 8633 Colesville Road - at the intersection of Colesville Road and Georgia Avenue - in the heart of the new downtown Silver Spring.


    For ticketing information please call

    1-866-AFI FEST

    Or email


    Or check the website

    The Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Los Angeles

    invites you to:

    The 9th Polish Film Festival

    Houston, Texas

    November 5- 6 and 12- 13, 2006


    Angelika Film Center

    510 Texas Avenue

    Houston, Texas 77002

     Houston, TX 77002   713-225-1470
    Sunday, November 5, 2006

    6.00 PM "Fundacja"director Filip Bajon, comedy (2006)

    Filip Bajon will be present

     8.15 PM "Jaśminium" director, Jan Jakub Kolski, comedy (2006)


    Monday, November 6, 2006

    7.00 PM "Komornik" director Feliks Falk, drama (2006)

    9.00 PM "Smierć rotmistrza Pileckiego"director Ryszard Bugajski

     Marek Probosz, playing the main charakter, will be present


    Sunday, November 12, 2006

    6.00 PM "Ja Wam Pokaże" director Dennis Delic, comedy (2006)

    8.15 PM "Po Sezonie" director Janusz Majewski, drama (2006)


    Monday, November 13, 2006

    7.00 PM Francuski Numer director Robert Wichrowski, comedy (2006)

    9.00 PM "Still Alive- a Film about Krzysztof Kieślowski", documentary, director Maria Marz-Koczanowicz


    Tickets: General: $ 10, Students: $ 7

    Box office: 713-225-1470

    For more information please, check online:

    The Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Los Angeles

    The Polish American Congress of Southern California

    The Los Angeles Maritime Institute


    The Gdynia Maritime University


    Invite you to dinner

    and a slide presentation of the Polish tall ships to announce the upcoming voyage to the U.S. by the University's sail training vessel


    Dar Mlodziezy

    Saturday November 4, 2006




    Where: Ports O'Call Restaurant in Ports O' Call Village, San Pedro, California

    When:  Reception (no host bar) 6:00p.m.

    Dinner 7:00p.m.

    Tickets:  $50


    Advance payment by check payable to "Los Angeles Maritime Institute" must be received by October 27, 2006 to guarantee your reservation. 

    Please indicate "Dinner for Dar" on your check and mail to:


    L.A. Maritime Institute

    Berth 84, Foot of Sixth Street

    San Pedro, CA 90731


    ARDEN 2 and REDCAT with the generous support of THE CONSULATE GENERAL OF THE REPUBLIC OF POLAND IN LOS ANGELES In association with The Skirball Cultural Center The City of Wroclaw Cultural Department, The Polish Cultural Institute in New York, POLAM Federal Credit Union in Los Angeles   Present  Wroclaw Puppet Theater   "The last escape"   ADAPTED, DESIGNED and DIRECTED by Aleksander Maksymiak  

      Production based on work by Polish writer and artist BRUNO SCHULZ recognized as one of the most original literary voices of the 20th century Thursday, Nov. 9 - Saturday, Nov. 11, 2006   8.30 p.m.   REDCAT 631 West 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 in the Walt Disney Concert Hall complex Tickets: General $24, Students $18, Calarts $12 For more information please call at: 213 237 2800 or online:


    The Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Los Angeles

    Requests the pleasure of your company at the celebration of

    The Polish Independence Day

    And commemoration of

    The 25th Anniversary of Imposition of Martial Law in Poland


    Friday, November 17, 2006

    8:00 p.m.


    Murphy Hall at Burns Fine Arts Center


    Loyola Marymount University

    1 LMU Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90045

    Admission is free

    OCTOBER 2006

    ARDEN 2
    with the generous support of the
    and the



    by William Shakespeare
    Directed by Jacek Glomb


    OCTOBER 14-22, 2006




    Saturday, Oct. 14 2006, 9.00 PM
    Sunday, Oct. 15 2006, 7.00 PM
    Tuesday, Oct 17 2006, 7.00 PM
    Lit Moon's World Shakespeare Festival
    Lobero Theatre
    33 East Canon Perdido Street,
    Santa Barbara, CA 93101
    Tickets: general $27.50, student $17.50
    Box office: tel. 805.963.0761 or online

    Saturday, Oct. 21 2006, 8.00 PM
    Sunday, Oct. 22 2006, 7.00 PM
    Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
    152 N. Central Ave
    Los Angeles, CA 90013
    Tickets: general $35, students, seniors $15
    Box office: 949.548.8570



    One of the most unique Polish theatre companies, Legnica's Modjeska Theatre is famed throughout Central Europe for its wild, intensely physical spectacles and productions staged in re-claimed, derelict, or otherwise run-down spaces. The recipient of numerous international awards, including the prestigious Yorick Award (twice) for Best Production of a Shakespearean Play in Poland, a country well known for its strong Shakespearean tradition, the Modjeska Theatre, in co-production with ARDEN 2, presents the American premiere of Jacek Glomb's stunning interpretation of Shakespeare's tragedy (in Polish, with accompanying English libretto).

    The Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Los Angeles invites for the concert of

    Tomasz Stanko Quartet

    Jazz Bakery

    3233 Helms Ave.

    Culver City, CA 90034


    October 4 - 8

    at 8:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.




    Tomasz Stanko Quartet

    Marcin Wasilewski - piano / Slawomir Kurkiewicz - bass / Michal Miskiewicz - drums


    A legend in his native Poland since the 60s, STANKO's had this band together for over a decade. With the Bill Evans-ish pianist MARCIN WASILEWSKI, indispensable bassist SLAWOMIR KURKIEWICZ and singular drummer MICHAL MISKIEWICZ, their ghostly, glimmering fluid improvisations are filled with gorgeous lyrical invention!


    Tickets: general admission for $30 and $15 for students 21 and under

    Box office opens one hour before showtime or you can call 24 hours a day for reservations at 310-271-9039.

    The Jazz Bakery is "the most prestigious jazz space in Los Angeles"- LA Weekly

    Polish-American Club of Greater Sacramento

     and the Rotary Club of South Sacramento


    Łukasz Kuropaczewski

    Classical Guitar Concert


    Sunday, October 22, 2006

    Starting at 7:00 PM 

    DONATION:  $15.00


    Polish-American Hall

    327 Main St. 

    Roseville, CA 95678


    Łukasz Kuropaczewski is an exceptional new talent in the guitar world. Despite his young age, he has been described as "a master technician with artistic maturity well beyond his years" Such are the accolades this young guitarist from Poland is receiving from critics around the world.

    He has participated in many music festivals in Poland, in such cities as Gdansk, Poznan, Katowice, Wroclaw, Tychy and Warsaw just to name a few of them. Abroad he has been featured in festivals in Ansbach (Germany); Festival in Ferette (France); International Guitar Festival in Cordoba (Spain); International Guitar Festival in Castro Urdiales (Spain); Eurowirral Guitar Festival (England); Tokyo, Niigata (Japan); International Guitar Festival in Volos (Greece); Royal Festival Hall (Great Britain), Nurtingen Guitar Festival (Germany), Manuel Barrueco Masterclass (USA), etc.
    In the fall of 2003, Lukasz entered the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, MD, on a full scholarship, where he is studying under the tutelage of world renowned guitarist Manuel Barrueco.


    For more information call Ed Trujillo at :  (916) 447-9851 or  E-MAIL: or  Bogdan Komorniczak at (916) 988-9468  or  E-MAIL:


    Proceeds from this concert will be shared between the  Rotary Club of South Sacramento Horizon's Foundation in its efforts to support Literacy; and the Polish-American Club of Greater Sacramento.

    The Consulate General of the Republic of Poland invites you to:


    Wednesday, 11 October: Music @ Noon series
    Chamber works by Zygmunt Stojowski


    United University Church, USC

    Free admission


    Thursday, 12 October: Annual Paderewski Lecture-Recital
    A retrospective Paderewski Lecture, in honor of the 60th death anniversary of Polish emigré composer Zygmunt Stojowski, and the donation of his personal collection to the PMC by the family. Featuring Jonathan Plowright, pianist and Joseph Herter, biographer

    7:30 pm

    Alfred Newman Recital Hall, USC

    Free admission


    Saturday, 14 October: Paderewski Reprise in Paso Robles
    A piano recital in honor of Paderewski's deep ties to the Paso Robles area, featuring Jonathan Plowright, pianist.

    7:00 pm concert

    "Hollywood Bowl" Picnic Box dinner available for $25 at 5:30 pm

    Cass Winery Vault Room, Paso Robles, CA

    Reserved Seating $25 / Standing Room $10

    Sunday, 29 October: Polish-American Heritage Celebration

    Featuring Marek Żebrowski, Krysta Close, and the Midnight Quintet

    3:00 pm

    Clubhouse 3, Laguna Woods Village, CA

    Admission $10


    For more information, please contact:

    Krysta Close, Polish Music Center, USC Thornton School of Music,,

    Tel: 213.821.1356

    SEPTEMBER 2006

    Invitation to the Polish Festival in Portland!


    Saturday: Sept 23, 11am - 10pm
    Sunday, Sept 24, noon - 6pm


    3900 N. Interstate Ave., Portland, Oregon



    The Polish Festival is one of the most enjoyable events in the Portland area.
    There will be a great deal of entertainment for adults and children, as well as variety of original, home-made polish food and treats.


    More information about the festival is at:

    The Consulate General of the Republic of Poland invites you to:


    This Thursday, 7 September: An Evening of Polish Premieres
    Gabriel Alegría, who you may remember as the charming and talented conductor from last year's Vars event, will present works by Karłowicz, Kassern, & Stojowski. 7:30 pm. United University Church, USC. Free admission

    Wednesday, 13 September: Music @ Noon series
    Featuring the Midnight Quintet and Szymon Grab
    Program: Wind Quintets of Szeligowski and Bacewicz, selections for organ from the repertoire of Marian Sawa

    United University Church, USC

    Free admission

    For more information, please contact:

    Krysta Close, Polish Music Center, USC Thornton School of Music,,

    Tel: 213.821.1356

    The Children's Medical Care Foundation
    Celebrates 25 Years


    CMCF's 25th Anniversary Ball ® September 9, 2006 - Toluca Lake


    The Children's Medical Care Foundation is proud to celebrate 25 years

    of helping the smallest of Poland's children with an elegant event at the Lakeside Golf Club in Toluca Lake, California on September 9, 2006.


    We will be honoring such our special guest Maria Kaczynska,

    the First Lady of the Republic of Poland. Other international guests will be

     Prof. dr. hab. med. Jerzy Czernik, Chairman of the National Consultants Group in Pediatric Surgery, Prof. dr. hab. med. Jerzy Kowalczyk, Chairman

     of the National Consultants Group of Children's Hematology and Oncology and Prof. dr. hab. med. Jerzy Szczapa, Chairman of the Polish Neonatal Society.


    Founded in 1981 by Dr. Stefan P. Wilk, CMCF is focused on building "Medical Bridges" between countries to help improve the care of children.

    We offer fellowships for doctors to study at some of the most advanced training hospitals and universities in both the United States and Europe.  These doctors then return to their home country where they share their newly acquired "Packages of Medical Knowledge" with their colleagues. 


                We invite you to join our celebration.  Tickets for the Ball are $200 per person.  There is a private VIP cocktail reception with the First Lady before the event.  There are also opportunities to sponsor the event, support the silent auction and or purchase an ad in the Program book.  For more information, please call (818) 759-8152, e-mail or visit

    AUGUST 2006

    JULY 2006

    JUNE 2006

    MAY 2006


    in partnership with

    Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Los Angeles
    Consulate General of the Czech Republic in Los Angeles
    cordially invite to the opening of
    the art exhibition

    curated by Agnieszka Miziolek

    International Artists

    Kasia Czerpak-Weglinski, Los Angeles
    Jiri Kornatovsky, Prague

    May 3 - June 13, 2006

    Opening reception  May 5th, 2006  7-10pm

    ASTO Gallery 923 3rd St # 107, Los Angeles, CA 90013

    For more info contact Agnieszka Miziolek at 310-995-5408 or

          The University of Washington

    Polish Studies Endowment Committee presents

        the recital of an incredible pianist



        Adam Makowicz

           the jazz piano virtuoso takes the stage

    to    benefit the UW Polish Studies Endowment


          Friday, May 19, 2006, 7:00 pm

            Sherman Clay Steinway Salon

    1624 Fourth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101



    Adam Makowicz was classically trained in Poland until he discovered jazz, which became the passion of his life.  In 1978, he settled in New York City from where he has continued to dazzle audiences throughout the world with his articulation and rich harmonic texture. His technical mastery has been compared to that of Art Tatum and Erroll Garner, although Makowicz has always had his individual style.  He has performed as a guest soloist with orchestras, as well as on his own in concert halls and jazz clubs.  Recently, he performed at Birdland in New York.  In Seattle he will be playing jazz interpretations of Chopin's music, his own compositions, and - of course - jazz standards.  The pianist will be introduced by a jazz expert, Seattle's own - Jim Wilke.


    The recital will be followed by a reception offering Polish food specialties.  To make reservations please contact Ewa Poraj-Kuczewska at 206.362.3829 or

    Suggested donations - general public $30, students $15.  Profits from the concert will benefit the UW Polish Studies Endowment Fund - the first step toward an Endowed Chair of Polish Studies at the University of Washington.  For more information please visit

    The Polish American Film Society with the support of

    The Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Los Angeles

    present the world premiere of a film


    "The Death of Cavalry Captain Pilecki"

    In person: Ryszard Bugajski - director


    Marek Probosz and Gabriela Muskała - starring

     Marek Probosz as Cavalry Captain Pilecki


    which will be presented during the Polish Film Festival in Los Angeles

    on Thursday, May 4th, 9 PM


    at Laemmle's Sunset 5 Theatre

    8000 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90046


    For tickets and more information please log on:

    or call at: 323-848 3500










    Krzysztof Kieślowski's retrospective in Los Angeles:


    LACMA's presents


    The Feature Films by Krzysztof Kieslowski
    The Leo S. Bing Theater, 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036


    Friday, May 5, 7:30 pm
    Camera Buff
    (1979/color/112 min.) Scr/dir: Krzysztof Kieslowski; w/Jerzy Stuhr, Malgorzata Zabkowska.
    Special guest Jerzy Stuhr


    Friday, May 5, 9:35 pm
    Big Animal
    (2000/color/73 min.) Scr: Krzysztof Kieslowski; dir: Jerzy Stuhr; w/Jerzy Stuhr, Anna Dymna, Dominika Bednarczyk.


    Saturday, May 6, 7:30 pm
    A Short Film About Killing
    (1988/color/84 min.) Scr: Krzysztof Kieslowski, Krzysztof Piesiewicz; dir: Krzysztof Kieślowski; w/Miroslaw Baka.


    Saturday, May 6, 9:10 pm
    A Short Film About Love

    (1988/color/86 min.) Scr: Krzysztof Kieslowski, Krzysztof Piesiewicz; dir: Krzysztof Kieslowski; w/Grazyna Szapolowska, Olaf Lubaszenko.


    Friday, May 12, 7:30 pm
    Three Colors: Blue

    (1993/color/100 min) Scr/dir: Krzysztof Kieslowski; w/Juliette Binoche, Benoît Régent, Florence Pernel.


    Friday, May 12, 9:25 pm
    Three Colors: White
    (1994/color/91 min) Scr: Krzysztof Kieslowski, Krzysztof Piesiewicz; dir: Krzysztof Kieslowski; w/Zbigniew Zamachowski, Julie Delpy.


    Saturday, May 13, 7:30 pm
    The Double Life of Véronique
    (1991/color/98 min) Scr: Krzysztof Kieslowski, Krzysztof Piesiewicz; dir: Krzysztof Kieslowski; w/Irène Jacob, Halina Gryglaszewska.


    Saturday, May 13, 9:25 pm
    Three Colors: Red
    (1994/color/99 min) Scr: Krzysztof Kieslowski, Krzysztof Piesiewicz; dir: Krzysztof Kieslowski; w/Irène Jacob, Jean-Louis Trintignant


    Los Angeles Filmforum presents
    The Short Documentaries of Krzysztof Kieslowski

    The Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood.


    May 14, 2006, 4:00 and 7:00 pm

    The Office

    1966, Poland, 5 min 5 sec, 35 mm, b/w, documentary, school etude

    The Tram

    1966, Poland, 5 min, 35 mm, b/w, school etude

    Concert of Requests

    1967, Poland, 16 min, 35 mm, b/w, school etude

    From the City of Lodz

    1969, Poland, 18 min, 35 mm, b/w, documentary

    I Was a Soldier

    1970, Poland, 16 min, 35 mm, b/w, documentary


    1970, Poland, 18 min, 35 mm, b/w, documentary
    Before the Rally

    1971, Poland, 14 min, 35 mm, b/w, documentary


    May 21, 2006, 4:00 and 7:00 pm


    1972, Poland, 9 min, 35 mm, b/w, documentary
    The Principles of Safety and Hygiene in a Copper Mine

    1972, Poland, 20 min 52 sec, 35 mm, color, documentary, screening on Beta PAL
    Between Wroclaw and Zielona Gora

    1972, Poland, 11 min, 35 mm, color, documentary, screening on Beta PAL
    Workers 1971: Nothing About Us Without Us

    1972, Poland, 47 min, 16 mm, b/w, documentary, screening on Beta PAL

    1973 (released in 1981), Poland, 18 min, 35 mm, color, documentary


    May 28, 2006, 4:00 and 7:00 pm


    1974, Poland, 12 min, 35 mm, color, documentary

    1977, Poland, 21 min, 35 mm, b/w, documentary
    From the Point of View of the Night Porter

    1977, Poland, 16 min 5 sec, 35 mm, color, documentary
    Seven Women of Different Ages

    1978, Poland, 15 min, 35 mm, b/w, documentary
    Talking Heads

    1980, Poland, 14 min, 35 mm, b/w, documentary
    Railway Station

    1980, Poland, 13 min, 35 mm, b/w, documentary


    Brentwood Presbyterian Church presents

    The Decalogue by Krzysztof Kieslowski

    Brentwood Presbyterian Church 12000 San Vicente Blvd., CA 90049

    Sundays from April 23 through June 25 at 11 a.m. sharp!
    Choir Room (downstairs, behind the sanctuary)









    f i l m f o r u m

    l o s a n g e l e s


    Brentwood Presbyterian Church



    Commemoration of the

    First Anniversary of the Death of Pope John Paul II The Great


    The 215th Anniversary of the May 3rd Constitution of Poland

    The Consulate General of the Republic of Poland

    in Los Angeles


    The Polish-American Congress

    Southern California Division


    request the honor of your presence at a celebratory Mass


    Sunday, May 7th at 3.30 p.m.


    The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels

    555 West Temple Street

    Los Angeles, CA 90012-2707

    Free parking on the west side of Hill and Temple.


    Donations to make this event a success are being sought.

    Please make checks out to the to Polish Consulate, mark "Cathedral" in the memo area.

    Please send donations attention to:

    The Consulate General of Poland

    12400 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 555, Los Angeles, CA 90025

    APRIL 2006

    Polish American Film Society and Consulate General of Poland in Los Angeles
    proudly announce:

    The Polish Film Festival in Los Angeles kicks off its seventh annual series on
    April 27th, 2006 with an Opening Night Gala at the Directors Guild of America
    (7920 Sunset Boulevard, LA) with the reception and screening of Perfect Afternoon (Doskonale popoludnie) by Przemyslaw Wojcieszek.

    Over the course of the following seven days, 24 features, 6 short films and 8 documentaries will be screened at the Laemmle's Sunset 5, April 28 to May 4:

    My Nikifor (Moj Nikifor) by Krzysztof Krauze; Tulips (Tulipany) by Jacek Boruch; The Perfect Afternoon (Doskonale popoludnie) by Przemyslaw Wojcieszek; The Call of the Toad (Wrozby kumaka) by Robert Glinski; Down Colorful Hill (W dol kolorowym wzgorzem) by Przemyslaw Wojcieszek; Pitbull by Patryk Wega; The Cross-Way Café (Rozdroze Café) by Leszek Wosiewicz; Persona Non Grata by Krzysztof Zanussi; Homo Father by Piotr Matwiejczyk; Vinci by Juliusz Machulski; Fallow Land (Ugor) by Dominik Matwiejczyk. Films produced outside of Poland: My Summer of Love by Pawel Pawlikowski; One Long Winter Without Fire by Greg Zglinski; Karol - The Man Who Became Pope by Giacomo Battiato; The Unbraid Man by Marta Meszaros. Documentaries include: Arden2, Betrayal, The Battle for Warsaw; After the Gulag; Artur Szyk; and the World Premiere of Life is a Dream in Cinema: Pola Negri.

    The Festival will present a retrospective of Feliks Falk's films with of The Collector (Komornik) - Poland's official submission to the 2006 Academy Award, Hero of the Year (Bohater roku) and Top Dog (Wodzirej) and special screening of Andrzej Wajda's English-language film The Shadow Line, in honor of his 80th birthday.

    The year of Krzysztof Kieslowski will be celebrated with special screenings of Camera Buff (Amator), Big Animal (Duze zwierze), The Double Life of Veronique (Podwojne zycie Veroniki), Colors: Blue, Red & White, Short Film About Killing and Short Film About Love at the Bing Theatre at LACMA (May 5-6/12-13) and his documentaries at The Egyptian Theatre (May 14/21/28). The retrospective is organized in collaboration with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles Filmforum, Polish Cultural Institute in New York, TVP, Polish National Film Archive, Consulate General of Poland in Los Angeles and Polish American Film Society.

    The following filmmakers and artists will be among this year's guests:

    Dawid Antkowiak, Piotr Adamczyk, Andrzej Chyra, Magdalena Cielecka, Mateusz Damiecki, Feliks Falk, Joanna Klass, Abel Korzeniowski, Mariusz Kotowski, Ivo Krankowski, Borys Lankosz, Krzysztof Malkiewicz, Gabriela Maskala, Dominik & Piotr Matwiejczyk, Marek Piwowski, Marek Probosz, Weronika Rosati, Marcel Sawicki, Peter Silverman, Tomasz Szafranski, Voytek Szczytko, Anna Wlodarczyk, Przemyslaw Wojcieszek Greg Zglinski and Jerzy Stuhr.

    To ensure your invitation to the Opening Gala, the minimum level of support we ask for is $50 as a Festival Friend sponsor.

    Please make your invaluable, tax-deductible financial contributions to: Polish American Film Society and mail your checks to 7726 Ethel Ave., North Hollywood, CA 91605.

    For more information please call Vladek Juszkiewicz, director of Polish Film Festival: 818-982-8827 or visit


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    MARCH 2006

    Stanislaw Drzewiecki in Concert at the

    Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts

    March 22, 2006, 7:30 PM

    Stanislaw Drzewiecki, Piano

    Wednesday, March 22, 2006, 7:30 PM

    $20/$10 students/teachers/seniors

    Free parking


    Polish-born piano prodigy Stanislaw Drzewiecki toured Japan at age six.  At age ten he recorded his first CD of piano concerti, and in 2003, at age 14, he made his stunning debut at Carnegie Hall.  His performances are filled with bold musicality and artistic inspiration.  Tickets available only at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts Ticket Office, at by calling (562) 467-8818. 

    Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Los Angeles

    and Helena Modjeska Art and Cultural Club



    Jerzy Antczak's NIGHTS AND DAYS

    Noce i dnie

    1976 - Nominated in Best Foreign Language Film category, Academy of Motion Pictures

    Saturday, March 25, 2006, 7:00PM


    The James Bridges Theatre in Melnitz Hall

    UCLA School of Theatre, Film and Television

    Admission is free

    Parking is $8


    Click on James Bridges Theater or Melnitz Hall and you will see the locations.  Although the closest parking is Lot 3, you will need to purchase a parking permit at one of the parking information booths.  Parking is $8.  The closest one for Lot 3 is at the UCLA Campus entrance at Hilgard Ave and Wyton Dr. as indicated on the event map. 

    Directions to UCLA:



    Sat & Sun March 11 & 12, 2006

    10 AM - 4PM

    1$ Gate Admission



    will present an array of soft sculpture, crafts, books, Polish amber jewelry, ceramic sculpture & pottery designs, oil landscapes, photography, handicraft gifts, and more...



    will display a variety of Native American basket & gourd designs, pottery, jewelry, stained glass, desert watercolor & acrylic paintings, prairie dolls, leather designs, and more...




    Cabot's Pueblo Museum

    67-616 E. Desert View Ave.

    Desert Hot Springs, CA

    (760) 329-7610

    FEBRUARY 2006

    Consul General of the Republic of Poland in Los Angeles

    Mrs. Krystyna Tokarska-Biernacik

    has a pleasure to inform about the dinner with

    Ambassador of the Republic of Poland to the United States

    Mr. Janusz Reiter

    The lecture:
    Poland in the Euro-Atlantic Community

    Will be given to the Los Angeles World Affairs Council

    On February 28, 2006 at 7.30 p.m.

    at the Beverly Hills Hotel

    9641 Sunset Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90210


    We encourage you to take part in this event!

    For general admission reservations please call: (213) 628-2333

    Janusz Reiter, diplomat, foreign policy expert and political writer, was born in 1952 in Koscierzyna, Poland. In 1976 he graduated from the Warsaw University in German philology. From 1977 he worked as editor of the daily Życie Warszawy but was dismissed during martial law. He was among the founders and editors of a number of opposition magazines. In the years 1984-1989 he was a commentator of the independent weekly, Przegląd Katolicki.

    From 1990 to 1995 Janusz Reiter served as Polish Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany. In 1996 he founded the Warsaw-based Center for International Relations and was its President until October 2005.

    He was a founding member of the Foreign Policy Council, member of the National European Integration Council, and other Polish and international institutions. Ambassador Reiter served also on several boards i.e. Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, DaimlerChrysler International Advisory Board and Presspublica Publishing House. He was also the co-chairman of the Polish-German Forum.  

    Mr. Reiter is the author of reports and policy papers published in Poland, Germany, United Kingdom and USA. He was also a commentator for the daily newspaper Rzeczpospolita and Polish Public TV.

    On October 3, 2005 Janusz Reiter was sworn in as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Poland to the United States of America.

    Janusz Reiter was awarded with the German Great Cross of Merit with the Star and Ribbon. He is married and has two daughters.

    The University of Washington Polish Studies Endowment 
    Distinguished Speakers Series 
      an eminent Polish composer and Oscar winner 
    Jan A.P. Kaczmarek discussing Music without Borders
    Saturday, February 4, 2006, 7:00 PM
    Kane Hall on the UW Campus (room 210). 
    In his talk, Jan A.P. Kaczmarek will discuss the significanceof film, 
    music aswell as his own artistic journey, from the avant-garde Polish 
    theatre to the Academy Award in 2005. He will also present his new 
    work Cantata for Freedom, which wascomposed for the 25th 
    anniversary of Polish "Solidarity" movement.Jan A.P. Kaczmarek will
    be introduced by an expert in film music prof. ClaudiaGorbman.
    Before he became an internationally renowned musician, Jan A.P. 
    Kaczmarek toured with his own orchestra and recorded albums
    in Europe and the US, composed for theatres in Chicago and
    New York, and  workedon music scores for films. 
    He achieved recognition as a film composer with scores for 
    Total Eclipse,Bliss, Washington Square, Unfaithful, and - most
    importantly - for Finding Neverland which earned him his first
    Oscar in 2005. He wasalso nominated for the Golden Globe and
    BAFTA's award for Achievement in Film Music, and won the 
    National Review Board's award for Best Score of the Year.
    In addition to his work in film and other areas, Jan A.P. Kaczmarek
    -inspiredby the Sundance Institute - is setting up Instytut Rozbitek
    in Poland to serve as a European center for the development of
    newProductions in film,theatre,music and new media 
    The University of Washington Polish Studies Endowment 
    Committee Lectures series is part of a larger effort to create 
    a Polish Studies Center, which would serve students as well as 
    the whole community, increasing knowledge and understanding 
    of historical and contemporary Poland.
    Jan A.P. Kaczmarek's lecture is free and open to the public.



    Photo exhibit of documents from the Ringelblum Archive


    February 19 - May 7, 2006

    reception on Sunday, Feb 19 at 2 p.m.


    the Fine Arts Gallery of the University of Judaism

    15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air, Ca 90077.


    In 1939 Warsaw historian Emanuel Ringelblum and a clandestine group of colleagues began to document Jewish life in Nazi occupied Poland. This secret fellowship collected reports on the deportation and murder of Jews as well as ghetto artifacts, such as photographs, children's essays and art. The period covered from September 1939 until January 1943.

    When the Nazi began to liquidate the ghetto in 1943, the collected documents were placed in three metal containers and secretly buried...

    The University is located near the Mulholland off ramp of the 405 Freeway. The exhibit is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There is no admission charge, there is free parking, and the facility is handicap accessible. Guided tours are available by appointment by calling 310-376-9777, extension 201 .

    JANUARY 2006

    Concert of film music by Oscar winning composer
    Jan A.P. Kaczmarek
    Friday, January 20, 2006,
    At 8:00 p.m.
    Royce Hall, UCLA
    Royce Drive, CA 90095
    Music composed by Jan A.P. Kaczmarek:
    Finding Neverland
    Quo Vadis
    The Third Miracle
    Two last movements from "Cantata for Freedom", composed to 
    the 25th Anniversary of SOLIDARITY movement
    The USC Thornton Symphony
    The Hollywood Film Chorale
    Michal Nesterowicz - conductor
              Leszek Mozdzer, piano
             Sussan Deyhim, vocalist
            Agnieszka Tomaszewska, soprano
             Marta Maslanka, dulcimer
    The event under the Auspices of the Minister of Culture and National
    Heritage of the Republic of Poland is organized by the Polish Film 
    Institute and Polish Audiovisual Publishers in collaboration with 
    Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Los Angeles, the
     Rozbitek Institute, 
    Polish Film Festival in Los Angeles,
    sponsored by Renault and ASCAP
       : $30.00, $15.00 - all students with ID
    UCLA Central Ticket Office 
    at (310) 825-2101


    DECEMBER 2005


    Consulate General of thee

    Republic of Poland


    A rare opportunity to see the film and meet the filmmaker!




    Nominated for the 2004 Academy Award® for Best Documentary, Short Subject
    Winner of the 2005 IDA Distinguished Achievement Award® for Best
    Documentary, Short Subject


    Thursday, December 8th, 2005
    8:00 p.m. at the New JCC at Milken
    Admission is free, reservations recommended

    Q & A following with filmmaker, Hanna Polak
    on a special visit from Poland

    This 35-minute documentary, takes an unblinking look at the reality of homeless children living in Russia today - in particular the ones who call the underground Leningradsky train station in Moscow home. When this film was made, authorities estimated that some 30,000 children were living on the streets and in railway stations of Moscow.

    This documentary takes you on an intimate and heartbreaking journey into the everyday lives of these homeless children.

    Polish filmmakers Hanna Polak and Andrzej Celinski captured numerous
    heartrending scenes in this raw, verité documentary, which combines footage of the children and Moscow authorities with alarming statistics about homelessnessand its devastating effects in post-Soviet Russia.

    For reservations or directions to the JCC please call: (818) 464-3300
    JCC at Milken is located at 22622 Vanowen Street, West Hills, CA 91307



    NOVEMBER 2005

           The Consulate General of The Republic of Poland in Los Angeles


    The Polish Music Center

    request the pleasure of your company at the

    Celebration of Polish Independence Day and Vars Gala Concert



    Friday, November 11

    Bovard Auditorium, University of Southern California




    ø     Welcoming remarks and presentation of awards by Consul General of Poland, Krystyna Tokarska-Biernacik, and Dean of Thornton School of Music, Dr. Robert Cutietta


    Henry Vars (also known as Henryk Wars) was the most famous composer of film and stage music in pre-war Poland, where many of his compositions remain popular in to this day, among them Miłość ci wszystko wybaczy [Love Forgives All], Już nie zapomnisz mnie [You'll Never Forget Me] and Sex Appeal. A resident of Los Angeles since 1947, Vars worked in the Hollywood film industry, scoring numerous motion pictures for all of the major studios. Vars' score for Flipper, a film about a boy and his dolphin friend, became famous around the world. Recently some of Vars' most memorable songs were used in Spielberg's Schindler's List and Polanski's Pianist.


    Event sponsored by:

    The Polish Music Center at the USC Thornton School of Music

    The Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Los Angeless

    The Friends of Polish Music


    Paid parking available at Gate 3 on Figueroa Street, just of south of Jefferson Blvd.

    6th Annual Polish Beauty Pageant


    Los Angeles


    Saturday, November 12th, 2005 at  5:00 pm.


    Scottish Rite Cathedral

    855 Elm Ave., Long Beach, CA 90802


    Admission $30.00

    Information and tickets: 562.435-5232


    The most beautiful and entertaining Polish event in LA!


    ***  program for the evening  ***

    Finals of:

    Queen of Polonia International 2004.


    performance with the participation

    of the

    Polish Folk Dancers:





    Polish Cuisine and bar


    World famous after-pageant Polish party.










    is sponsoring


              HOLIDAY FAIR          


    NOVEMBER 13, 2005 (SUNDAY)

    FROM 9:30 A.M. TO 4:00 P.M.



    Consulate General of Poland in Los Angeles





    At Jazz Bakery,

    Monday, November 21 @ 8 p.m. and 9.30 p.m.

    3233 Helms Blvd.

    Culver City, CA 90034

    reservation line: 310-271-9039


    The ethno-jazz Polish group LAUTARI was established in October 2000.

    Lautari draws inspiration from the music of the Gypsy Lautars, masters and virtuosos of improvisation creating "gypsy jazz",

    as well as from simple forms of folk applied arts.

    The project that they will present in the U.S., called Musica Lautareasca Nova, involves instrumental compositions inspired by the traditional music

    of the Polish lowlands, the eastern and southern regions

    of the Carpathian mountains, the Balkans, and the Black Sea coast.

    The sources of they music are musical notations (Kurpie),

    archival recordings (Greece, Macedonia, the music of Ashkenazi Jews),

    their own musical compositions and, the most important, close and direct contact with rural musicians still practicing traditional performance techniques

    in Poland, Romania and Ukraine.


    Lautari is currently booked for three concerts in the U.S.:

    November 18 - Chicago, Hot House

    November 19 - New York, Symphony Space

    November 21 - Los Angeles, Jazz Bakery


    More info:


    OCTOBER 2005

    Lech Kaczynski is next president of Poland


    For the coming five years Lech Kaczynski will be the president of Poland. According to official results Lech Kaczynski gained 54.07 percent of votes while Donald Tusk 45.96 pct. Head of the State Electoral Commission PKW Ferdynand Rymarz said that the turnout was at 50.99 pct. Summing up the course of the elections Rymarz said that no major disturbances were reported on Sunday. On October 23, 2005 Poles elected the president for the fourth time since 1989. The new president will replace outgoing Aleksander Kwasniewski, who was Poland's president for 10 years, or two terms.


    The Polish Music Center at USC presents the distinguished Polish composer Marta Ptaszyńska in the 2005 PADEREWSKI LECTURE Friday, October 14, 2005 at 8P M
    in the Alfred Newman Recital Hall on theUSC campus.
    Admission is free.

    Performers include Amy Dissanayake and Yevgeniy Milyazskiy, piano; JulianaGondek, soprano; Lauren Chipman, viola and members of the USC ThorntonSchool of Music Percussion Ensemble led by Professor Erik Forrester. Marta Ptaszyńska, currently the Helen B. and Frank L. Sulzberger Professorat the University of Chicago, is one of the most prominent Polish composers in the world today. In here lecture, Ptaszyńska will discuss questions of color and form in her compositions, which are greatly influenced by visualart. Following her presentation, several recent compositions by Ptaszyńskawill be performed, including Liquid Light, Elegy for Viola (an American premiere),Pianophonia (a West Coast premiere) and Letter to the Sun.

    Event details:
    Date: Friday, 14 October 2005, 8 PM
    Location:  Alfred Newman Recital Hall, USC Campus
    Admission: Free
    Reception: Herklotz Courtyard after the concert

    For further information please see
    or contact the Polish Music Center at:
    Tel: 213. 821. 1356
    Fax: 213. 821. 4040
    Website: /

    Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Los Angeles

    and Arden2 present


    Song of the Goat

    Pieśń Kozła Theater


    Chronicles: A Lamentation 


    UCLA Live's International Theater Festival





    "...a show that comes straight from the belly and lands bull's eye on the heart." -
    The Guardian U.K.


    West Coast Debut!

    Grzegorz Bral, Director


    Hailed as Poland's most exciting and innovative new theater company, Song of the Goat makes its West Coast debut with its internationally award-winning performance Chronicles. Drawing on numerous ethnic traditions, this entrancing music and movement version of the Sumerian Epic of Gilgamesh emphasizes the pure physical immediacy of this tale following the life and death of a king who is part man, part god. Incorporating the international ensemble cast "combines polyphonic singing with physicality of such astonishing precision it makes you blink in wonder" (The Guardian, U.K.)


    Wed-Sat, Oct 12-15 at 8pm

    Sun, Oct 16 at 2 & 8pm


    Freud Playhouse

    UCLA campus

    From Hilgard Ave., use the Wyton entrance to campus and turn right on Charles E. Young Dr. and proceed straight to Parking Structure 3.




    Call at 310.825.2101

    Mon-Fri from 10am-4pm; Sat & Sun from 10am-2pm


    Discounts for groups of 20 or more:

    20% off second and third price tickets,

    10% off top price tickets.

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    SEPTEMBER 2005

    Kancelaria Prezydenta RP Warszawa, tel. 6951240-1;

    fax. 6951253-4  Biuro Informacji i Komunikacji Społecznej                                         

    SERWIS INFORMACYJNY, Warszawa, 3 września 2005, (13:30)


    Wizyta robocza Prezydenta RP z Małżonką w Stanach Zjednoczonych


    The President of the Republic of Poland Aleksander Kwaśniewski and his wife will be visiting United States from 10th of September till 17th of September 2005. The President will take part in the meeting of the heads of state and governments during the 60th Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York. He will also visit California and Colorado. During the visit in San Francisco and Los Angeles President Aleksander Kwaśniewski will present a lecture "Poland in the international security process and the European integration". Lectures are also scheduled at the Denver University and Aspen Institute. Polish President will visit the North American Aerospace Defense Command  NORAD in Colorado Springs.

    The program of the visit includes meetings with representatives of state governments, US residents and and members of the Polish American communities.

    On September 15th the President of Poland will chair the UN "round table" talks concerning the reform of the UN. President Aleksander Kwaśniewski will deliver his speech at the General Debate of the 60th Session of the General Assembly on September 16th.

    In New York the President will take part in several meetings with NGO's and in the series World Leaders Forum organized by Foreign Policy Association he will give a lecture "Political Crises Resolution - regional experiences and contemporary challenges".

    At Columbia University the Polish President will deliver a public lecture - "Poland in a changing world". The President will also meet with Polish Americans and will be a guest of the American Jewish Committee and Anti-Defamation League.




    A California Non-Profit Public Benefit Corporation

    We invite you to join us in commemorating the






    Wednesday, September 14, 2005



    in the Lobby of the San Diego Public Library

    820 E St., San Diego, CA 92101-6478

    (619) 236-5800



    • Introduction of Guests: Dr. Janusz Supernak, President SDWMSCS
    • Key Address: Krystyna Tokarska-Biernacik, Consul General
      of the Republic of Poland, Los Angeles
    • Address: Dr. Elizabeth Cobbs-Hoffman, Chair, History Department, San Diego State University
    • Address: Mr. Tomasz Ostrowski, Former Home Army Soldier
    • Address: Mr. Andre Ulankiewicz, Warsaw Uprising Survivor
    • Decoration of the Creators of the Warsaw Uprising Exhibit: Krystyna Tokarska-Biernacik, Consul General of the Republic of Poland
    • Film screening: Authentic Footage of the Heroic 63-day Struggle to Liberate World War II Warsaw from Nazi Occupation
    • Exhibit Viewing
    • Reception


    Hosted by

               The Polish Consulate General of Los Angeles

               San Diego Public Library

               San Diego - Warsaw & Mazovia Province Sister City Society




    [World-premiere of the theatrical multimedia fantasy]


    The rarely performed voice cycle "Songs of the Mad Muezzin" (1918) represents a dangerous and challenging venture into the esoteric world of mystical-erotic ecstasy by the composer Karol Szymanowski. This experimental initiative, created through the interrelated collaboration between the Schools of Music, Theatre and Cinema & Television, will examine within the delirious notions of Orphic elegy and Dionysian rites the subjects of voice and desire, and will address the issues of the artistic revelation and love. In addition, the project is an adaptation of the Staniewski's theatrical practice of transforming emotional realism into transcendental dualism.


    Set in a sanatorium, the story follows Orpheus as he deliriously imagines himself as a Muezzin, a Muslim crier of prayer, confined to sing forever in a minaret. Overseeing the whole action is the beautiful god Dionysus. As the dying composer Szymanowski recollects his brief but intense love affair with a talented youth Boris Kochno, the demented Orpheus, discovers the erotic truth only to abandon it in the end, henceforth forcing the destruction of his fragile body by the Maenads, the female followers of Dionysus.

    Critical research provided through the Polish Music Center , with additional support from the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland and Art of Opera foundation. The project made possible through the assistance of USC Student Arts Grant.


    WHEN:          Saturday, September 24, 2005, 7 pm

                       Sunday, September 25, 2005, 3 pm


    WHERE :       Arnold Schoenberg Institute (ASI), USC University Park Campus

                       3500 Watt Way, Los Angeles


    TICKETS :     Free admission , but due to limited seating an advanced reservation is required. Email your request to or call (213) 384-8291.

    Polonia Convention

    September 3 - 4, 2005 in Scottsdale, AZ .


    It is our great pleasure to announce that the Consulate General of Poland in Los Angeles is coordinating an exclusive Polonia Convention for representatives of the Polish-American social, cultural and business organizations present in the 15 states of the Consulate's consular region (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wyoming)

    Roundtable workshops include:

    • Culture
    • Education
    • Science
    • Polish-American Trade
    • Sister Cities

    The main goal of the Convention is to facilitate the sharing of experiences and opinions by Polonia activists and representative organizations from the West and South-West Region of the U.S. We will try to focus upon networking and encouraging further cooperation among Polish American entities and individuals as well as with relevant organizations in Poland. We aim to:


    • Enhance the synergy of Poles and Americans of Polish heritage in their business and social spheres.
    • Denote the contemporary methods of promoting Polish culture in the U.S.
    • Expand Polish-American cooperation in every way through commercial and business investment, and also through education (especially funding of scholarships for Polish students).
    • Reiterate the powerful position of Polonia as a prominent social group in the U.S. and discuss the possibilities of further enhancing that position.
    • Establish educational criteria for Polonia as well as the appropriate accreditation of Polish Studies in American academia. Discuss the possibility of including Polish history in the American curriculum.

    19th TAFISA World Congress

     (Trim and Fitness International Sport for All Association)


    September 16-20, 2005

    Warsaw-Spala, Poland 


    For more information go to:


     or contact: 

    Ewa Suska: (48 22) 31 89 313,

    Joanna Zukowska-Easton: (48 22) 31 89 465,

    AUGUST 2005

    Anna Kostrzynska's concert

    Saturday, August 27 at 6 pm


     Anna Kostrzynska and Adam Makowicz


    Los Angeles will host a young and incredibly talented Polish opera singer, Anna Kostrzynska, who is preparing for her debut at Carnegie Hall, New York.

    She will sing the most beautiful songs and arias of Chopin, Bellini, Bizet, Moart, Puccini, Strauss and Verdi.

    Concert will be lead by Janusz Sporek - promoter and music producer from New York.


    Grace Ford Salvation Auditorium

    637 Lucas Avenue

    Los Angeles, CA 90017


    Tickets $15 per person

    Information & reservation:

    Czesława Bauer

    Tel: 310-396-2165






    Thursday, August 18, 8:00 p.m.


    L.A. premiere! The dynamic Warsaw Village Band was founded in 1997 by six young Polish musicians, who play violin, suka (sixteenth-century Polish fiddle), hurdy-gurdy, cello, dulcimer and traditional Polish drums. The band's vibrant repertoire showcases Polish roots music, folk dance melodies, haunting ballads and rural songs, all performed using an ancient, rural form of Polish singing called "white voices," employed by shepherdesses to communicate across vast distances.


    "Proud, inquiring, revolutionary...imbued with a youthful sound."-Rootsworld



    2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., L.A. 90049

    Off the 405 freeway, exit Skirball Center Dr.

    (310) 440-4500;

    Parking is free and plentiful

    JULY 2005

    You are Invited:

    8th annual International Laureates Festival 2005
    In Beverly Hills-Los Angeles July 24 - 31
    Featuring the acclaimed
    I PALPITI Orchestra
    Eduard Schmieder, Music Director & Conductor

    The festival features 26 international prize-winning classical young musicians from around

    the globe.  A week of special events and concerts culminates with a grand

    finale concert at Disney Hall in downtown Los Angeles on July 30th.

    Featured soloist Cameron Carpenter, the "Jewel of Juilliard," will play the hall's

    glorious Glatter Gotz Orgebau organ in the Organ Concerto by Poulenc.
    Learn about the artists from your country


    Join us for an unforgettable evening of music!

    Buy Tickets Now

    "How appropriate that the highlight of this astonishing musical odyssey was the sold-out performance at the Disney Hall with elegant Maestro Schmieder at the helm, conducting this world-class group with a brilliant sense of balance, tension and phrasing."  Beverly Hills Outlook (Festival 2004, August review)

    "Eduard Schmieder transforms young professional players of his I PALPITI Orchestra into tomorrow's first-rank musicians."
    The Strad (London, December 2004)


    Young Artists International is a non-profit organization, dedicated to promoting, educating, and providing valuable

    professional experience to exceptionally gifted, young classical musicians from around the world.
    Your ticket purchases and donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

    JUNE 2005


    Mission to Poland  June 26 - July 5, 2005


    Dear Friend,


    The Museum of the History of Polish Jews is honored to invite you to join the 2005 Mission to Poland . The Mission will take place from Sunday, June 26 through Tuesday, July 5 2005 and will offer a unique exploration of a country to which most American Jews trace their roots.


    The Museum of the History of Polish Jews is an extraordinary institution, which will serve as a modern, narrative educational center focusing on almost one thousand years of Jewish presence on Polish soil. In its size and scope, the Museum, which will be completed in 2008, will be the first of its kind. With the President of Poland as the patron of this project, we are building a Museum that will reflect and honor Jewish culture and its contributions to Eastern European traditions.


    We are fortunate to have Dr. Michael Berenbaum, writer, lecturer and Holocaust authority, joining us as scholar-in-residence for part of the mission.  His knowledge, warmth and experience will truly add to our unforgettable tour of Jewish heritage, religious life, art and learning that once flourished in Poland . The trip will be a life-affirming exploration of the very sources of Jewish life and culture that have long been overshadowed by the unspeakable horrors of the Holocaust and the trauma and memories stemming from those tragic times.


    EXPERIENCE the future Museum of the History of Polish Jews during a virtual tour, as well as an actual tour of the historic and symbolic site in the heart of Warsaw Ghetto where the Museum will stand.

    ENVISION the richness of the past during a tour of the Jewish sites of Warsaw , the 19th century Jewish capital of the world.

    WITNESS the darkness of history during in-depth tours of Holocaust sites with experienced and sensitive guides.

    CELEBRATE life and activity at the 14th Annual Festival of Jewish Culture - a unique artistic exploration into Jewish culture in Kazimierz, of the History of Polish Jews Krakow's historic Jewish quarter - that has stunned and inspired visitors from around the world.

    EXPLORE your own personal history through customized itineraries for those who want to trace their roots in different parts of Poland .


    What makes this Mission different from other Jewish heritage trips to Poland ? We aim to help you grasp and appreciate the largely unexplored centuries of Eastern European Jewish life that thrived before the Shoah. The special balance of this journey, which honors the full range of Jewish life in Poland , makes our Mission highly recommended for multigenerational family groups.


    Join us on this special adventure into history and heritage! Together we will discover and celebrate the achievements of the Jews of Eastern Europe, and ponder the greatness of the traditions passed from generation to generation. We are confident that you will share our enthusiasm and that you and your family will become friends and ambassadors of our ambitious undertaking.


    Should you have questions about the Mission or would like a mission brochure and application , please feel free to contact Rachel Andres, mission coordinator at 323.965.5541 or by e-mail .




    Jerzy Halbersztadt                                 Stephen D. Solender

    Director                                                 Co-Chair, North American Council

    Museum of the History of Polish Jews      Museum of the History of Polish Jews




    A turning point was reached last week in our exciting project.  An agreement between the Polish government, the City of Warsaw and the Jewish Historical Institute in Poland has been signed.  These three entities joined together to establish this important cultural institution.   The Government and the City have committed $26 million towards the construction of the building.  The agreement also contains the commitment of the Government and the City to jointly cover 97% of the basic operational costs of the Museum after its opening.  Major contributions have been already pledged by American donors.  Consequently, we are certain this museum will become a reality in 2008!


    More information about the Museum is available online at



    MAY 2005



    Sacred Fools Theater Presents:

    Ivona: Princess of Burgundia


    by: Witold Gombrowicz

    directed by Phillip Wofford


    MAY 19 - JUNE 26, 2005

    Thurs @ 8pm
    (May 19 & 26 only)

    Fri-Sat @ 8pm / Sun @ 7pm
    (No performance Sat-Sun, May 28-29)


    Sacred Fools Theater

       660 N. Heliotrope Dr

       Los Angeles, CA 90004


    Admission: $20


    Reservations: (310) 281-8337

    or Purchase Tickets Online at:


    Group Sales Available

    contact: for rates


    There will be a Question and Answer session with the director, actors and
     other special guests.  The date will be determined soon.
    Visit for more information in
    the upcoming weeks.

    "Cabaret Three of Us"

    With a program

    "Chicago Moods in California"


    An evening of magnificent poetry, music and witty humor
     featured by great Polish actors from Chicago


    Agata Paleczny,

    Wojciech Stanislaw Malec

    and Janusz Pliwko (piano)


    May 27, 2005 (Friday), 8:00 pm 



    6520 Hollywood Blvd. Hollywood, CA 90028

    (Between Wilcox & Whitley)

    Ample parking behind the theatre


    Tickets: $20.00


    Contact: Marzena and Andrew Kolodziey

    323/460-44174, e-mail:

    The 60th Anniversary of the End of World War II


    The Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Los Angeles


    The Polish-American Congress

    request the honor of your presence at the Mass

    on Sunday, May 8 at 3.30 p.m. celebrating

    The 60th anniversary of the End of World War II

    at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels

     555 West Temple St., Los Angeles, CA 90012-2707


    Principal celebrant of the Mass:

    Cardinal Roger Mahony, Archbishop of Los Angeles


    Polish clergy from all of California


    Honorary guests:

    Polish Veterans and other nations' Veterans

    Los Angeles Consuls General

    US state authorities representatives


    The Mass will be followed by an event celebrating Poland's May 3rd Constitution Day at the front of the Cathedral at 4.30 p.m.

    Performances by Polish folk dance ensembles: Krakusy, Polanie, Podhale.


    Free parking on the west side of Hill and Temple.


    RSVP by May 1st:

    310-442 8500, ext. 109.




    Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Los Angeles would like to express its gratitude to all Veterans, partners, sponsors and all people who attended the Mass in the Cathedral of Our Lady in Los Angeles on May 8, 2005, for great contribution to the 60th Anniversary of the End of WWII celebration. Thanks to you we could commemorate in that spectacular Mass all Poles, those who died and those who survived in World War II. There were over 3000 people in the Cathedral in that very moment.




    Statement by His Excellency Mr. Adam Daniel ROTFELD, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland. Fifty-ninth session of the General Assembly of the United Nations. Commemoration of the sixtieth anniversary of the end of the Second World War, New York, May 9, 2005:


    Mr. President,

    Distinguished Delegates,

    Ladies and Gentlemen,


    There can hardly be a more noble cause for us to meet in this hall then this commemoration meeting. The initiator, the delegation of Russian Federation should be commended for taking the lead in this respect. At the sixtieth anniversary of the end of the most horrific war in human history we are looking back to what happened between September 1939 and May 1945. The reason is two-folded: to commemorate victims of the Second World War, so many millions of them, to remember terrifying atrocities and destruction brought by war and to ask ourselves whether this chapter of history was completely closed for everyone in May 1945.

    I stand before you as a representative of a nation that lost over six million citizens, among them over three million Jews and Poles of Jewish descent. By decision of the great powers, taken at the conferences in Teheran, Yalta and Potsdam, the territory of Poland was moved to the West. The population of Poland decreased from 35 million in 1939 - to 24 million in 1945, the country's territory shrunk by 20 per cent. We lost 40 per cent of the national assets, with many cities and towns completely destroyed, including capital of my country - Warsaw.

    Those are just dry statistics. They conceal untold tragedy of millions of human beings.

    I speak of that as someone who, as a child witnessed and still remembers the most extreme cruelties. During the war, the Nazis murdered my parents and my whole family. I mention this, because in Poland my wartime fate was typical. It was shared by millions of people - the whole Polish society. So, when I bow my head today before those who vanquished the Nazi Third Reich, it is not an empty gesture, but an expression of awareness that the victory saved millions of human lives.

    Millions of young Poles and Russians, Ukrainians and Byelorussians, Englishmen and Americans gave their lives so that nations could live in peace, security and respect for human rights. To commemorate that day, the leaders of our states are meeting today in Moscow. They are paying tribute to the millions of soldiers and civilians who perished. Two days ago in this hall we paid this tribute with wonderful music of "Leningrad's Symphony" by D.Shostakovich.

    Mr. President,

    The Second World War brought terrible experience to many nations. For us, Poles it started on September 1 1939 when we were treacherously attacked from the West and South by Nazi Germany; and two weeks later - on September 17 - aggression from the East was committed by the Stalinist Soviet Union. That invasion marked the fulfillment of an infamous conspiracy known as the Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact, which had been signed in Moscow on August 23, a week before the German attack. It was the most tragic period in the history of the Polish state. That conspiracy resulted in untold human and material losses. The list of the Nazi crimes
    is long and terrifying. Hitler's regime created apparitions unseen before even in the worst of nightmares. Genocide, the Holocaust - they branded the history of the 20th century. The names of the camps - Auschwitz-Birkenau, Bełżec, Chełmno on the Ner, Majdanek, Sobibór, Treblinka, Dachau - they will forever bring to our mind the darkest side of the human nature. The crimes of Stalinism are also horrific. For us, Poles, their most shocking example is the murder of 22 thousand of Polish officers, prisoners-of-war, whose ashes lie in the cemeteries of Katyn, Miednoye and Kharkov.

    We are told sometimes that the criminal plot of the two dictatorships - Stalin's and Hitler's - was legitimate under the international law of the time. What's more, it constituted a justified or even essential defense in view of the Munich Agreement concluded in September 1938 among Nazi Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and France. That treaty was designed to channel German aggression eastward. True, it was a shameful Agreement conceived to appease the aggressor at the expense of Czechoslovakia. The Munich Agreement has found a highlighted place in dictionaries of international law and international relations as an example of an unjust treaty imposed upon a third party against its will. It should be noted here that all its signatories ultimately recognized - during the war or after the war - that it had been invalid from the very beginning.

    It would be highly desirable if sixty years after the war and sixty-six years after the signing of the Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact, we all agree that the Pact was contrary to law and justice and recognize all its consequences as invalid from the very beginning. Any attempt to defend the Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact constitute a startling combination of legal ignorance and political arrogance.

    Mr. President,

    Our Organization was born out of the experiences of the war. We often repeat the first words of the preamble of the UN Charter: "We the people of the United Nations determined to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind...".

    We remember that it was the goal of the United Nations to "reaffirm faith
    in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small...". Another goal defined by the Charter was "to establish conditions under which justice and respect for the obligations arising from treaties and other sources of international law can be maintained....".

    I cite these well-known and frequently repeated words of the Preamble because 60 years ago, when they were drafted, it seemed that we were entering a new world of respect for law, justice and human dignity. For the nations liberated by the armies of the democratic members of the anti-Nazi coalition - that is for France and Western part of Germany, for Norway and Greece, for Belgium, Luxembourg and Holland for Denmark, Austria and Italy - that promise turned into reality. Unfortunately, fate was not as generous to Poland and other states of Central and South-Eastern Europe. The end of the war and the fall of the Third Reich did not bring to Poles full sovereignty and the independence they were fighting for. The 1945 decisions of Yalta, taken over the heads of Poles by the three major powers of the anti-Nazi coalition, in effect allowed the subjugation of Poland by Stalin dictatorship. The same fate was shared by other nations of Central and Eastern Europe. The first days of joy at the regaining of freedom gave way to 45 years of the subjugation of those states to an imposed regime of violence and lawlessness, of trampling human dignity and total subordination to the rule of Stalin's Soviet Union. As a British historian wrote, there is "the tendency to praise the war as unconditional success, as a wonderful enterprise which ended with the liberation of the world from Evil". And he continued: "In the Eastern half of Europe one foul tyranny was driven out by another; and Liberation was postponed for nearly fifty years".

    I do not stand at this rostrum to present some bill of wrongs or claims. On the contrary, I wish to pay tribute to all the soldiers from Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and other nations who fought in the ranks of the Red Army - for their heroism, dedication and sacrifice. Let me assure you that the valiant deeds of these hundreds of thousands of nameless heroes are held in Poland in the highest esteem. Their graves are properly cared for, their memory is kept alive. The victory of sixty years ago was also the work of Poles. We have a prominent place among the defenders of the free world. Poland was the first to oppose Nazi aggression. We fought on all fronts of the Second World War and at the end of the war the Polish military contribution was the biggest next to that of the Soviet Union, United States and the United Kingdom.

    Mr. President,

    It so happens that 2005 will be replete with anniversaries: 60th anniversary of the liberation of Nazi concentration camps, 60th anniversary of the end of World War II, 30th anniversary of the signing of the Helsinki Final Act, and 25th anniversary of the founding of the Solidarity movement in Poland - which set off the process of peaceful and democratic transformations in many states in our part of the world. They brought to the end the post-war division of Europe and the real end of the war which started in 1939.

    People of Poland will not be short of commitment to reaching understanding and reconciliation with all nations, particularly with our largest neighbors - the Germans and Russians. Reconciliation is possible only when there is mutual striving and mutual good will. I repeat - we shall not be short of either of them. On May 7th in Wrocław, the President of Poland said: "To remember is to understand the history. Drawing lessons from it, live by its precepts".

    This day of commemoration should be also the day of reflection. Historic memory is enlightening and creative only when it expresses the truth. Without omissions, without exaggerating certain themes and glossing over others. That is how we should talk about the years of the war and Victory Day itself. We want reconciliation based on truth - because it is only possible through truth and a common understanding of history.

    Thank you, Mr. President.




    Cordially invites you to a




    Giving Up?

    Honoring the Past. Imagining the Future.


    Curated by

    Agnieszka Miziolek




         Joanna Fodczuk             Maria Schicker             Sergei Tivetsky      


    Friday, May 6th, 2005

    7:00 pm - 10:00 pm


    Asto Gallery

    923 E. 3rd St # 107, Los Angeles, CA 90013


    This event is sponsored by

     the Consulates General of Poland and Germany and USC IGM   

    APRIL 2005

    The Letter of Minister Adam Daniel Rotfeld

     to His Eminence The Camerlengo of the Holy Roman Church, Eduardo Martinez Somalo


    It is with sorrow and grief that I ask Your Eminence to accept my expressions of the deepest sadness and sympathy. We celebrate the remarkable Pontificate of John Paul II, aware that no words are capable of conveying what is in our hearts. The Holy Father was with us at all the key junctures of the last 26 years, he shared with us joy at the successes of his Beloved Homeland, studied its problems with deep concern, always pointing to the path of hope and love, solidarity and brotherhood. The ministry of His Holiness was to millions of Poles a profound manifestation of "the heroic spirit" in the face of the evil of the modern world, a source of solace for people distressed by their daily travails, 
    a trail marker indicating the sense of suffering. It is with the greatest reverence and respect that I thank for every moment of the Holy Father's presence. 
    His Holiness was the Supreme Champion of the freedom of our Homeland and of all the subjugated peoples. In international forums, he forcefully called for the observance of human rights and respect for the sovereignty of states and nations. He opened Poland's path to liberation from the totalitarian enslavement of lies and manipulation. His words conveyed encouragement to transcend the borders of states and political systems, they instilled hope for the victory of truth. Today, a sovereign and free Poland pays tribute to its Beloved Compatriot, filled with gratitude for the gift of this Pontificate, which changed the course of the 20th century. 
    His Holiness ushered humanity into the new millennium, endowing us with the Christian message of hope, enshrined in such values as respect for the dignity of the human person, and a striving for peace rooted in solidarity, friendship and brotherhood - something that unites us, Europeans, through a common heritage. 
    For ever, he will remain in our grateful memory as a Great Man and a Great Pole, the First Slav on the throne of Peter, the Pope of "the civilization of love", whose Pontificate became deeply embedded in the hearts of Poles - as deeply, as Poland was present in the heart of the Polish Pope.

    MARCH 2005

    An Evening With Poet Adam Zagajewski

    Thursday, March 31, 7 PM
    At Central Library
    630 W. Fifth St.
    (At Fifth &Flower Streets)
    Downtown Los Angeles
    (213) 228 7025
    ( reservations strongly recommended )

    Edward Moskal dies at 81


    Edward Moskal, the president of the Polish-American Congress, passed away on March 22nd in Chicago. The funeral ceremony will take place on March 30th in Chicago.   

    Tomasz Stanko Quartet on tour March 9-24

    Stellar Polish jazz group will perform in twelve cities

    Stanko's protégés to release international debut CD on ECM

    Following highly acclaimed tours in 2002 and 2004, the Tomasz Stanko Quartet returns to North America for a 12 city tour running March 9-24th. It cannot be stressed enough how unusual it is for a European jazz group to tour this side of the Atlantic - especially when you consider that the quartet is slated for a four night run at New York City's storied jazzclub, Birdland. 

    The story (attached) of how Tomasz Stanko began working with three very young musicians and ended up recording and touring with them in his quartet, turns out to be only a beginning. TRIO, the debut recording by Marcin Wasilewski, Slawomir Kurkiewicz, and Michal Miskiewicz will be released on February 15th. 

    Shortly following the release of the new album, the three young musicians will return to the states with their mentor for a twelve city tour:

    March 9-12 - New York, NY - Birdland 
    March 13 - Boston, MA - Regatta Bar 
    March 14 - Washington DC - Blues Alley 
    March 15 - Ann Arbor, MI - Firefly Club 
    March 16 - Chicago, IL - Hothouse 
    March 17 - Eugene, OR - The Shedd / Oregon Fest of American Music 
    March 18 - Portland, OR - Blue Monk 
    March 19 - Seattle, WA - The Triple Door 
    March 20 - Vancouver, BC - Norman Rothstein Theatre 
    March 21 - Los Angeles, CA - Jazz Bakery 
    March 22 - San Francisco, CA - Yoshi's 
    March 24 - Albuquerque, NM - The Outpost 

    For more information or to be added to the Kosciusko reception guest list, please email or call 212 333-1405.

    Polish Folk Dance Company

    Presents the program prepared for the 
    2005 Folk Dance Festival in Rzeszow, Poland!
    Kaleidoscope of Polish Folklore
    Glendale College Theatre
    1500 N. Verdugo Rd., Glendale, CA
    Sunday, March 20, 2005
    4:00 PM

    General Admission
    $20.00 per person
    For tickets and information, please call:
    Czeslawa Sobanski (818) 623-8998
    Izabella Bronowicki (310) 838-0836
    Teresa Dudzik (310) 245-3157
    Please make checks payable to PODHALE
    5328 Hermitage Ave., #213, Valley Village, CA 91607


    - 15 mins from LA: 110 North, 5 North, 2 North, exit on Mountain St. turn left off ramp,  Verdugo Rd. make right
    - 20 mins. from SF Valley: 101 South, 134 East, exit on Glendale Blvd. make left off ramp,  Glendale turns into Verdugo Rd.
    - 15 mins from SG Valley: 210 North, 134 West, 2 North, exit on Mountain St. turn left off ramp,    Verdugo Rd. make right


    at the

    USC Thornton School of Music





    Wednesday, 9 March 2005




    Mieczysław Karłowicz

    (1876 - 1909)

    Selected songs  


    Juliusz Zarębski (1854 - 1885)

    Piano Quintet in G minor, Op. 34




    Krysta Close, soprano

    Armstrong String Quartet

    { Ilana Setapen-violin, Danielle Nesmith-violin, 

    Lauren Chipman-viola, Peter McCaffrey-cello }


    Marek Żebrowski, piano


    United University Church

    USC Campus


    Free Admission


    Reception will follow

    FEBRUARY 2005

    UCLA Department of Theater presents

    Caught between two World Wars, Polish dramatist Stanislaw Witkiewicz explores the crisis of the individual and the threat of uniformity
    By Stanislaw Witkiewicz
    Directed by Michael Hackett
    UCLA's Little Theater, Macgowan Hall
    February 25, March 3,5,11 at 8:00 pm
    February 26, March 12 at 2:00 pm

    $17, $15 seniors/faculty/staff/alumni, $7 students, group rates available
    For tickets: 310-825-2101 or

    The Chopin Association
     invites to the piano concert

    Tucson, February 20, 2005


    On Sunday, February 20, we will begin the third decade of presenting outstanding pianists by The Chopin Association, Inc. of Tucson.

    Prize winning Polish pianist Przemyslaw Witek, comes to the United States for the first time.  He is a winner of numerous national and international competitions while being a student at the prestigious Paderewski Music Academy in Poznan, Poland.  Three months ago he won the first place at the Third International Piano Competition in Gravina, Italy.  He is 19 years old.

    In repertoire: F. Chopin, K. Szymanowski, F. Liszt.

    The concert starts at 4.00 p.m. in the Viscount Suite Hotel ballroom, 4855 East Broadway, Tucson.  Tickets are $32.00 each (with the dinner following the concert).  Reservations must be made by February 15 - call the President Halina Jasiak at 520-325 5028.

    The 13th International Festival of Polonia Folk Groups,
     Rzeszow 2005


    The whole ad you can find in the Polish version.


    SEPTEMBER 3-4, 2005


    The Polish Consulate General in Los Angeles informs all Polonia organizations and activists about possibility of participating in South-West Polonia Convention which will take place in Scottsdale (Arizona), on September 3-4, 2005.


    There are planned panel discussions in five round tables: culture, science, education, trade, sister cities. We believe that the Convention will bring all Polonia actors to closer co-operation.


    Enclosed, please find the application form scottsdale_az.doc, which must be mailed, faxed, or e-mailed by February 14, 2005.

    Center for European and Eurasian Studies at UCLA

    Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

    Polish American Student Association Wawel


    Please come and join us for an evening with:


    "Pan Tadeusz" directed by Andrzej Wajda

    with English subtitles


    Introduction by: Prof. Roman Koropeckyj, UCLA


    UCLA, Rolfe 2126

    Thursday, February 10, 2005 at 7 PM


    "A grand and patriotic tale of Poland's struggle for freedom just before Napoleon's war with Russia.  Written in poetic style by Adam Mickiewicz, this story follows two feuding Polish families as they overcome their old conflicts and petty lives.  However, they are able to unite as one with the patriotic and rebelious efforts to free the country they deeply love from Russian control."

    JANUARY 2005

    Main Ceremony Commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the Liberation of the KL (Konzentration Lager) Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp


    On January 27, 2005, we celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the liberation of the KL Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp. The official ceremony will be held under the auspices of the President of the Republic of Poland with the participation of the presidents of Israel and Russia as well as former prisoners and heads of nations and governments from all over the world.


    According to the estimates, between 1.1 to 1.5 million prisoners died in the KL Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. Established by the Nazis in 1940, it was the largest extermination camp in the history of mankind. Historians assess that 1.1 million Jews from all over Europe occupied by the Germans were killed as well as over 140,000 Poles, around 23,000 Gypsies, almost 15,000 Soviet POWs and thousands of prisoners of other nationalities. The largest group of victims was constituted by the Jews, because in 1942 the KL Auschwitz was set by the Nazis to be the center of the ‘Final Solution to the Jewish Problem'.


    "By a twist of fate the Nazis established the KL Auschwitz right here by the Polish town of Oświęcim. That is why, Oświęcim will have to live with that taint forever. We must not forget that the Nazis destroyed the prewar social structure of the Town of Oświęcim. They destroyed the Jewish Community completely and displaced most of the Polish residents of Oswięcim and its vicinity. In spite of that, the present residents of Oświęcim  and its vicinity, from the very beginning of the KL Auschwitz, despite terror and repression by the German occupying force, helped the prisoners at the cost of their own life. Rresidents of the town have inherited those values and ideas which motivated their ancestors. We have the right to become the true City of Peace, which will radiate with the good and tolerance over the whole world." said Janusz Marszalek, Mayor of the Town of Oswiecim.


    The scenario and useful links:


    The Scenario of the Main Ceremony Commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the Liberation of the KL Auschwitz-Birkenau on January 27, 2005


    The State Ceremony

    under the Honorary Patronage of the President of the Republic of Poland


    Place of the Ceremony: Auschwitz-Birkenau State Musueum in Oświęcim, Monument Nations' Memory Monument in Birkenau


    14.25 - Arrival of the President of the Republic of Poland, Mr. Aleksander Kwaśniewski and heads of official delegations.

    [bringing in and presentation of the Polish Army flag]

    14.30 -   Beginning of the ceremony 

                      [a signal of the train entering the Birkenau camp]

    14.32 - Address by the Minister of Culture of the Republic of Poland - Mr. Waldemar Dąbrowski welcoming all the guests and participants.

    14.35 -  Speeches given by the representatives of the prisoners' communities:

    • Mr. Władysław Bartoszewski (prisoner no. 4427) former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland
    • Mrs. Simone Weil (prisoner no. 78651)
    • Mr. Romani Rose (on behalf of the Cynthii-Roma society)

    14.50 - Reading of the special message from Pope John Paul II

    14.55 - Speeches of the official guests:

    • President of the Republic of Poland

                  Mr. Aleksander Kwaśniewski

    • President of the Russian Federation

    Mr. Vladimir Putin

    • President of Israel

    Mr. Moshe Katsav

    [All speeches will be given in the speakers' native languages; the translations into Polish, English, French, Russian and Hebrew will be handed over during the ceremony]

    15.10 - Prayers (Catholics, Orthodox, Evangelical, Jewish)

    15.20 - Cantor Joseph Malowany sings Kadish

    15.25 - Lightning of the funeral lights at the plaques of the Nations' Memory  Monument in Birkenau

    • Delegation of former prisoners of KL Auschwitz-Birkenau (6 persons),
    • Delegation of former soldiers of Soviet Army which liberated the camp (3 persons),

             [A military trumpet player performs the "Silence" signal]

    • Presidents and chief of official delegations.

    [the order of the procedure of placing the lights at the plaques: President of Poland, President of the State of Israel, President of Russian Federation. Further presidential precedence will be determined by the diplomatic protocol. Other heads of  delegations place lights at  the main monument]

    15.55 - Signal of the Jewish horn (shofar) ends the main ceremony. It is played by cantor Symcha Keller

    16.00 - Cantor Joseph Malowany and choir perform a musical piece written by Krzysztof Knittla.

    16.10 - Official guests leave the site of the ceremony and place the lights at the main monument



    The Ceremony will be transmitted live by the Polish TV and other TV stations.



    The Polish Oscar nominations


    The 77th Annual Academy Awards nomination have been revealed. One of them, in the original score category, is Polish composer Jan A.P. Kaczmarek for his music in "Finding Neverland". The other nominee, in the documentary short subject, is "The Children of Leningradsky" directed by Hanna Polak and Andrzej Celinski.



    Consulate General of the Republic of Poland

    in Los Angeles


    You are invited to visit Poland - one of the biggest countries in Europe, with over thousand years' history, great heroes, brave people, wonderful nature and endless hospitality. The door is wide open to explore this friendly land!  


    Second Edition - 2005

    Visual Art Competition  


    and Young Artists


     1. The objective of this competition is to create a 2-dimentional artwork on paper that may include drawing, painting or a graphic image based on the landscape, history or folklore of Poland.

      2. The competition is open to children and young artists ages 6-18.

          The artworks will be judged in three categories:  

    1.       ages 6-11

    2.       ages 12-15

    3.       ages 16-18  

    3. The deadline for submission is March 30, 2005. Artworks will be judged by an independent, professional jury under the patronage of The Consul General of The Republic of Poland in Los Angeles. 

    4. The awards will be given in each age category:

    First prize in categories 2 and 3 will include a round-trip ticket and an art summer camp in Poland (26th June - 11th July) sponsored by:  

    Lufthansa German Airlines



    Polish National Tourist Office




    and the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland




    Rules for entry:   


    - All works on paper must be either

         9x12 in. (23x30 cm) or 12x16 in. (30x41cm)   


    - All works must be flat, dry and unframed.  


    - Please include personal information on the back of the artwork:

         Name, age, home address, school address, and phone number.


      - All entries should be sent to:


         Consulate General of the Republic of Poland

         12400 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 555

         Los Angeles, CA 90025  


    - All submitted artworks will become the property with all the rights reserved by The Consulate General of Poland in Los Angeles.  


    Jury members:   

            1.         Kasia Czerpak-Weglinska  - artist                    

            2.         Agnieszka Miziołek - public relations     

            3.         Leonard Konopelski - artist                              

            4.         Andrew Kolodziey - artist

            5.         Wojciech Szaszor - artist

            6.         Paulina Kapuscinska - Consul



    The Winners are:


    Martyna Tokarz

    Age 7

    Szkoła Polska im. J. Słowackiego

    2821 130 Ave SE #6a, Bellevue, WA 98005


    Ludek Wojtkowski

    Age 13

    Doolen Middle School

    2400 N. Country Club Rd., Tucson, AZ 85716


    Olena Sowirko

    Age 14

    Polska Szkoła im. M. Kopernika

    5753 W. Columbine Dr., Glendale, AZ 85304


    Honorable mentions:


    Julita Socala

    Age 17

    The Buckley School

    3900 Stansbury Ave., Sherman Oaks, CA 91413


    Christina Huff

    Age 10

    Basis Scottsdale School

    9128 E. San Salvador Dr., Scottsdale, AZ 85258


    Evan Inglis

    Age 11

    Harbor View School

    Corona Del Mar, CA


    Ślusarski Julia

    Age 6

    Szkoła Polska im. J. Słowackiego

    2821 130 Ave SE #6a, Bellevue, WA 98005


    Peter Szlendak

    Age 9

    Szkoła Polska im. J. Słowackiego

    2821 130 Ave SE #6a, Bellevue, WA 98005


    Honorable mentions by KRAK - a group of Polish artists:


    Shaylie Konofalski

    Age 9

    Szkoła Polska im. J. Słowackiego

    2821 130 Ave SE #6a, Bellevue, WA 98005


    Christopher Rosa

    Age 8

    Roosevelt Elementary School

    801 Montana Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90403


    We would like to thank all participants for their outstanding involvement in
    The Art Competition and wish many achievements in the future.

    We hope to meet you and more of young artists next year!



    "THE WELTS is not a story about family violence. It is a film about love - one of the most beautiful ones in Polish cinema."  -  Lech Kurpiewski, Newsweek

    VISION Film Distribution and TOR Film Production 

    Official Polish Entry for the academy Award

    Winner of the Golden Lion Best Picture Award at the 29th Festival of Polish Films and Jury Awards for Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Sound and 
    the Silver Screen Award Audience Award

    After his mother's death, twelve-year-old Wojtek (Wacek Adamczyk) is living with his father (Jan Frycz), a man of extremely strict principles. He's raising his son to be tough, and is unable to show Wojtek any affection. The smallest thing is enough for the father to employ his sadistic practices, and he is deeply convinced that his child-rearing methods are correct. In his own way he loves his son, but instead of evoking the boy's admiration, he evokes only fear. Wojtek feels totally alone, unable to find any help from those around him: his parish priest is interested only in sins of the flesh, and his teachers in school are concerned only about maintaining discipline.
    The years go by, and the now 30-year-old Wojciech (Michal Zebrowski), though an ambitious and independent man, is still alone, and keeps to himself. He is regarded by his peers as strong, uncompromising and cynical. Deep down, however, he is an extremely sensitive person who is constantly fleeing his brutal past. Living alone, he has no love and no family, and is tormented by the fear that if he were to start a family of his own, he could repeat his father's errors and be to his children what his father had been to him. When he meets Tania (Agnieszka Grochowska), he wonders if he can love her enough to overcome his past, or if he must flee before he hurts her, repeating the mistakes of his father, mistakes he fears are living in him.
    From award-winning director Magdalena Piekorz (THE ABANDONED CITY, LABYRINTH), THE WELTS is a moving testament to the resilience of the human spirit in the face of daunting obstacles. The film features profoundly moving performances by the actors who play Wojtek as a youth, Wacek Kuczok in his first film role; and as an adult, Michal Zebrowski (THE PIANIST); and Agnieszka Grochowska as Tania, the woman who reconciles Wojtek's past and present. It is a very moving film, and is yet another example of great Polish filmmaking, continuing the tradition epitomized by Polanski's KNIFE IN THE WATER and Wajda's MAN OF STEEL.
    Screening at:
    - Palm Springs International Film Festival January 7 and 10, 2005 
    - Miramax Screening Room, 7966 Beverly Drive, Los Angeles on January 12 at 7:30 PM
    (Parking Available behind the building and ample street parking)
    RSVP to Bonnie Voland via e-mail to, or phone (323) 344-0211
    Running Time: 95 min.

    DECEMBER 2004



    WHEN: Wednesday, December 15, 2004
    TIME: 7:30 PM - 2 AM (Doors open at 6:45 PM)
    WHERE: The Knitting Factory / Hollywood, Main Stage

    7021 Hollywood Blvd.

    Hollywood , CA 90028
    All proceeds from the event will be donated directly to the survivors of
    the attack. Toy donations are also welcome - we will send them to
    children in Beslan as gifts for the New Year's.
    Full info & tickets/directions:
    Russian & American Music Artists
    Including Polish Music Artist, Cellist Jakub Omsky as Guest Artist in
    Alex Kharlamov's Band
    Pop, rock & Electronic Music
    6 live acts & 3 DJs
    18 and over
    Special giveaways 15 minutes before the show
    Full bar
    $15 at the door or online at


    Please join us in commemorating the



    Tuesday, December 14, 2004
    at 7:00 p.m.

    in the Board Chambers at
    70 West Hedding Street
    San Jose, California 95110

    Guest Speakers:
    Krystyna Tokarska-Biernacik, Consul General
    Janusz Belza, Uprising Survivor
    Andre Ulankiewicz, Uprising Survivor
    Pete McHugh, Chair - Board of Supervisors

    Program will include a CNN film containing authentic
    footage of the heroic and tragic 63-day struggle to liberate
    Warsaw from Nazi occupation during World War II.


    Hosted by
    the Offices of the Republic of Poland's Consul General in Los Angeles and
    the Chair of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors

    NOVEMBER 2004







    The Honoroable Krystyna Tokarska-Biernacik
    Polish Consul General

    Screening of authentic film footage of the Warsaw Uprising

    Professor Andrzej Korbonski
    UCLA Political Science, Participant in the Uprising

    Mr. Andre Ulankiewicz
    Participant in the Uprising

    Light refreshments will be served.

    Monday, November 15, 2004
    at 7pm in 6275 Bunche Hall



    Center for European and Eurasian Studies


    Click here for a flyer in PDF format

    Henryk Mikolaj Gorecki's



    performed by the massed choirs

    College Choir Festival
    Walt Disney Concert Hall
    Saturday, November 13, 2004
    Information and tickets:

    November 11, 2004
    The Independence Day

    The Consulate General of The Republic of Poland in Los Angeles
    Informs that Thursday, November 11 is the Polish Independence Day.

    The Consulate General of the Republic of Poland
    invites you to visit 
    the exhibition of the Warsaw Uprising

    The Warsaw Uprising of 1944 - a heroic and tragic 63-day struggle to liberate World War II Warsaw from Nazi occupation, was undertaken by the Home Army (Armia Krajowa, AK.). On August 1st, 2004 an exhibition detailing the struggle had its opening, commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising at the University of California, Los Angeles Campus.

    Santa Clara County 
    70 West Hedding Street
    San Jose
    The exhibit will be presented from November 9th
     till January 3rd, 2005.

    The Exhibit travels:
    Seattle, Sept.1-30, 
    Denver, Oct. 14-24, 
    San Jose, Nov. 9- Jan. 3, 2005,
    San Diego, Jan.05,
    and Cincinnati, Feb.2005. 
    In Los Angeles the exhibition was hosted by The Bob Hope Patriotic Hall (Aug. 5-30) and Loyola Marymount University (Oct. 31-Nov. 5).

    AFI FEST 2004 November 4 - 14, 2004
    Arclight Hollywood
    6360 Sunset Blvd.
    SYMMETRY (Symetria) (2003, 100 min.) by Konrad Niewolski
    Critics Award at the Polish Film Festival Gdynia 2003
    (in Polish with English subtitles)
    (in person: Konrad Niewolski & Arek Detmer)

    Lukasz is young, educated, mild-mannered-and falsely accused of assault by a mentally unbalanced woman. Placed in custody awaiting trial, Lukasz' personality is quickly threatened with complete transformation due to the prison's pervasive code of criminal ethics. The decisive moment arrives, when a child molester is assigned as his cellmate.
    Friday, November 5, 2004, 7:00 PM
    Saturday, November 6, 2004, 2:30 PM
    Downtown: A Street Tale (2004, 100 min.) by Rafal Zielinski
    (in person: Rafal Zielinski)
    Sunday, November 7. 2004, 7:00 PM
    Wednesday, November 10, 2004, 3:00 PM
    Secuestro Express (2004, 88 min.) by Jonathan Jakubowicz
    Saturday, November 6, 2004, 9:45 PM
    Tuesday, November 9, 2004, 3:00 PM

    Tickets go on sale Friday, October 15, 2004


    5th Annual Polish Beauty Pageant
    Los Angeles

    Saturday, November 6th, 2004 at 6:30 pm.

    Scottish Rite Cathedral
    855 Elm Ave., Long Beach, CA 90802

    Admission $25.00
    Information and tickets: 562.435-5232

    The most beautiful and entertaining Polish event in LA

    *** program for the evening ***

    Finals of: Miss Polonia California 2004,
    Miss Polonia Nevada 2004,
    Queen of Polonia International 2004.


    performance with the participation
    of the
    Wenta Ballet of Los Angeles
    under artistic direction of
    Stefan Wenta.

    World famous after-pageant Polish party.




    OCTOBER 2004

    Warsaw Uprising - the forgotten soldiers
     of World War II


    A little-known, yet horrific battle at the end of the War when ordinary Polish citizens - men, women and children - rose against the Nazi occupiers.  It cost the lives of more than 250,000 people and brought total destruction to one of Europe's most beautiful cities. 


    60th Anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising


    Presented by

     The College of Communication & Fine Arts

    & The College of Business Administration

    at Loyola Marymount University


    Conrad N. Hilton Center for Business, Room 100
    One LMU Drive
    Los Angeles, CA 90045-2659


    Dr. Marek Jan Chodakiewicz

     Research Professor of History

    The Institute of World Politics, Washington, D.C.


    Sunday, October 31st @ 3:00 p.m. - Community Lecture

    Monday, November 1, 2004 @ 3:00 p.m. - Student Lecture


    -         Documentary film about the Warsaw Uprising

    -         Exhibition Commemorating the Warsaw Uprising in Hilton 1st floor lobby


    Parking - Drollinger Parking Plaza just south of the Conrad N. Hilton Center for Business


    These events are organized by the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Los Angeles, in cooperation with Polish and American War Veterans, and the Warsaw Uprising Celebrations Steering Committee


    For further information, please call the Polish Consulate at 310-442-8500, ext. 108 or 109

    Please visit the website:

     The Odyssey Theatre
    2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd.
     (one block north of Olympic) West L.A.

    Ferdydurke by Witold Gombrowicz

    Polish Theatre Company: Provisorium
    Kompania Theatre from Lublin

    Friday, Oct. 29, 8:00 p.m., Gala Opening 
    Saturday, Oct. 30, 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. 
    Sunday, Oct. 31, 3:00 p.m. 
    Monday-Thursday, Nov. 1-4, 8:00 p.m.

    Accompanying events :
     A series of lectures on Contemporary Polish Theatre 
    lecture and slide presentation - prof. Kathleen Cioffi, Princeton University 
     presentation of acting workshop by Teatr Provisorium:
    Oct 29 - Crofton Hills College
    Oct.31- Modjeska Culture Club
    Nov.3 - University of California, Irvine
    Related Exhibit : ARDEN2 O.C. Project Gallery:
    "Visual metaphors from Gombrowicz, Witkacy and Schulz"
    installation reviews artists' multiple roles in cultural formation
    Arden2 O.C. Project Gallery
     350 E.17th Street # 112, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
    Tel: 949-548-0097

    OCTOBER 2004

    Celebrating the 150th Anniversary

     of the oldest Polish Parish - Panna Maria, Texas


    This year Panna Maria, Texas - the oldest Polish settlement and parish in the United States, located 50 miles south of San Antonio, is celebrating its 150-year anniversary.


    In December of 1854, 800 Polish immigrants from Górny Śląsk (upper Silesia) settled in Texas and named their enclave: Panna Maria (Virgin Mary). The first mass was held on the 24th of December 1854 under an oak tree, which still grows today. The founder of the town and first Pastor of the parish was Franciscan Father Leopold Moczygemba.


    In today's town center stands a dignified building: the church, built in 1856 and rebuild after a lightning strike and fire twenty years later. Inside is found a beautiful mosaic of Virgin Mary, a replica of the Black Madonna from Jasna Góra, the most holy shrine of Poland. The mosaic was created by Polish artist Jan Krantz. President Lyndon B. Johnson the previous owner of the mosaic offered the piece to the church during the parish celebration of Poland's 1000 year anniversary of Catholicism.


    Next to the alter stand three beautifully carved chairs gifted by Pope Jan Paul II during his visit to San Antonio in 1987. The Holy Father presented the chairs to the inhabitants of Panna Maria during a special audience acknowledging Poles in United States. On this occasion, during his speech to Poles, the Pope said: "All of our great American Polonia credits its origin to you, Panna Maria, as the first nest built on American soil of Polish immigrants inspiring others to follow in your steps." 


    Around ten percent of the current population of 15,446 in the region of Karnes County (Panna Maria, Czestohowa, Helena Kosciuszko, Bandera and Karnes) determined by the year 2000 Federal Census, are decedents of the first Polish immigrants.


    The celebrations of the 150th anniversary of the Polish settlement in Panna Maria will be accompanied by cultural and educational events.



        Please click on the program above to enlarge it.


    More information can be found at:

    Beyond Geometry:
    Experiments in Form 1940s - 1970s



     featuring works by
     Stanisław Dróżdż, Wojciech Fangor,
     Jarosław Kozłowski and Roman Opałka


     JUNE 13 - OCTOBER 3, 2004


     Los Angeles County Museum of Art
    5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036
    (323) 857-6000 (general information)



    Stanislaw Drozdz, Between, installation, 1977


    LACMA, the premier visual arts museum in the western United States, examines in this landmark exhibition the role of radically simplified form and systematic strategies in the evolution of vanguard art across the West in the decades following the Second World War. Covering Central and Western Europe and North and South America, Beyond Geometry is the first exhibition to treat these issues art-historically, in a broad international context. It is also the first to examine South American Concrete art outside of its regional context. Latin America and Central Europe are frequently referred to as "non-Western." In both cases this is a misunderstanding. Beyond Geometry helps place the recent art history of Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Uruguay, Venezuela, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, and P! oland within that of the West, where it belongs. It looks carefully at differences as well as similarities in art trends and ideas on the three continents. An essay rather than a survey, the exhibition includes examples of European and South American Concrete Art, Argentine Arte Madí, Brazilian Neo-Concretism, Kinetic and Op Art, US Minimalism, and various forms of Post-Minimalism, including Process and Conceptual art.
    Polish artists represented in the exhibition include Poland's representative at the 2003 Venice Biennale, Stanisław Dróżdż, Wojciech Fangor, Jarosław Kozłowski and Roman Opałka. The exhibition is curated by Lynn Zelevansky, Curator and Department Head, Modern and Contemporary Art, LACMA.



    SEPTEMBER 2004

    Birthday Tribute for Famed Polish/Mexican Violin Virtuoso

    Henryk Szeryng

    Monday September 27, 2004, 7: 30 pm


    New American Quartet

    and guest concert pianist Louise King

    636 South Plymouth Boulevard


    Hancock Park section of Los Angeles

    Information on the Quartet and Louise King:

    Questions about concert email to:


    Free event!


    SEPTEMBER 19, 2004, Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    Lowiczanie will perform 3 times for the annual San Jose Polish Festival: 1:00, 2:15, and 3:30 p.m. This year special performances by guests from Sacramento: Clara i Helen Regula will be singing at 12:45 pm i 2:00 p.m.. The Festival also features homemade Polish food & booths with Polish souvenirs.


    St. Brother Albert Church, San Jose, 10250 Clayton Road
    More information: 1-408-251-8490 or





    SEPTEMBER 17, 2004
    12:00 PM - 1:00PM

    Sponsored by:
    Pete McHugh - Chair, Board of Supervisors

    Father Jan Karpowicz - Saint Brother Albert Church, Polish Mission
    County Government Center
    Santa Clara County
    70 W. Hedding Street, San Jose

    (corner of Hedding St. and First St.)
    Special Guests:
    Paulina Kapuscinski - Consulate General of the Republic of Poland
    Christopher Kerosky - Honorary Consul of the Republic of Poland


    We invite everyone to join us in the First Annual Polish Flag Raising Ceremony and Cultural Day in Santa Clara County.  In the previous years the Polish Day has been proclaimed in the San Jose City.  This year, for the first time, it will be proclaimed in the Santa Clara County. 

    Stanislaw Skrowaczewski at the University of Southern California:

    Wednesday, September 15 - 2004 Annual Paderewski Lecture

    To commemorate Polish composer and politician Ingnacy Jan Paderewski, who received an honorary doctorate from USC in 1923, Skrowaczewski joins former USC Thorton School of Music dean Larry Livingston in a conversation about Skrowaczewski's music.

    Thursday, September 16.

    Polish conductor Stanislaw Skrowaczewski leads the Thornton Symphony in a performance of his own "Concerto for Orchestra," short-listed for the Pulitzer Prize in 1999, and in "Symphonie Fantastique" by Hector Berlioz.

    Stanislaw Skrowaczewski:
    Born in Lwów, Poland (now: Lviv, Ukraine), Skrowaczewski began piano and violin studies at an early age, composing his first symphonic work at the age of 7.
    A hand injury during World War II halted his keyboard career, leading him to concentrate on composing and conducting.
    After the war, he became conductor of the Wroclaw (Breslau) Philharmonic, and he later served as music director of the Katowice Philharmonic, Krakow Philharmonic and Warsaw National Orchestra.
    In 1956, Skrowaczewski won first prize in Rome's Santa Cecilia International Competition for conductors. At the invitation of George Szell, he made an acclaimed American conducting debut with the Cleveland Orchestra in 1958. Equally successful engagements with the orchestras of New York, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati followed. These performances led to his 1960 appointment as music director of the then-Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, subsequently known as the Minnesota Orchestra.
    Following his 19-year tenure in Minnesota and a brief break to concentrate on composing, he was appointed principal conductor of Manchester, England's Hallé Orchestra from 1984-1991. With the Hallé, he gave concerts throughout Europe and the United States.
    The USC Polish Music Center - cosponsors of the Paderewski Lecture - currently hold several original Skrowaczewski musical manuscripts, including "Symfonia na smyczki [Symphonie pour cordes] op. 25" (1948-49), "Uwertura [Overture] for orchestra" (1954) and the first seven pages of "Violin Concerto op. 18" (1940).



    A Request for your Support-

    The Gombrowicz Centenary Celebration


    In 1997 the Polish-American and Polish Communities of Southern California were extremely generous in supporting the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television's participation in the Third International Gombrowicz Festival in Radom. This project was co-produced by the UCLA Center for Theater Research and Arden 2 under the auspices of the Polish Consulate General of Los Angeles.


    Our production, A Feast at Countess Kotlubay's, with the extraordinary Barbara Krafftowna in the title role, was the first American performance to appear at the Festival and the first English language adaptation based on Gombrowicz' fiction to be performed in any country. After the Festival, we gave performances in Lodz, Krakow, and at the Teatr Maly in Warsaw. The text of this adaptation, based on a translation by my colleague, Professor Anna Krajewska-Wieczorek, will be published by the Yale Theater Magazine in October.


    We are now turning to you again for your financial support to help us participate in the celebration of the Gombrowicz Centenary Year.



    Meditations on Virginity

    Based on a short story by Witold Gombrowicz



    Barbara Krafftowna

    Jaroslaw Jordan

    Jonathan Leveck

    Daisuke Tsuji


    Scenario, Direction and Musical Soundscape by Michael Hackett

    Translation and Dramaturgy by Anna Krajewska-Wieczorek

    Design by Judith Dolan

    Lights by Kristie Roldan

    Sound and Additional Music by Jonathan Snipes


    September 14-18, 2004

    Los Angeles, California

    UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television

    Professor Robert Rosen, Dean


    Polish Consulate General of Los Angeles

    The Honorable Krystyna Tokarska-Biernacik, Consul General


    October 6-10, 2004

    Lublin, Poland

    9th International Theatre Festival "Theater Confrontations"


    Polish Tour Co-produced by Omar Sangare and Michael Hackett

    Stage Management by Kristie Roldan

    Design Assistance by Emily Pepper

    Production Assistance by Joanna Szupinska and Daisuke Tsuji



    Professor Krajewska-Wieczorek, and I are translating and adapting "Virginity"-another short story by Gombrowicz-to be performed in the 9th International Theatre Festival "Theatre Confrontations" in Lublin, Poland (October 6-12, 2004). We are very fortunate that Barbara Krafftowna will return to UCLA to play the central role. We also will be joined by Judith Dolan, a Tony Award winning designer and Professor of Theatre at the University of California, San Diego.


    Performances of Gombrowicz are very rare in the United States-the special place that his writing holds in the imagination of the Poles and his growing stature in the broader European context are not yet fully understood in America. Participation in the 2004 Lublin Festival, whose focus will be devoted to Gombrowicz, provides a particularly fruitful area for cultural exchange and dialogue.


    As in 1997, Barbara Krafftowna and our company of professional actors will be joined by a support staff of student technicians and designers. And we will again perform under the auspices of the Polish Consulate General of Los Angeles. On Saturday, September 18 at 4:00 p.m. there will be a Benefit performance and reception at UCLA in the presence of the Honorable Krystyna Tokarska-Biernacik, Polish Consul General of Los Angeles, and Dean Robert Rosen of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.


    In addition to the Benefit, we hope that you or your company will consider making a contribution to the success of our production. Your tax deductible donation can be made in the name of

    Regents of the University of California

    "The Polish Theater Project"

    Fund # 41140




    Rosalee Sass

    Director of Development

    UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television

    214 East Melnitz Hall

    Box 951622

    Los Angeles, California 90095-1622

    (310) 206-6154

    FAX (310)206-1686

    Professor Krajewska-Wieczorek and I are extremely grateful to the Polish-American and Polish communities for the help and support that we have received in the past, and we hope that you will continue to aid us in promoting Polish theater activities at UCLA.


    Professor Michael Hackett

    UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television

    A Chronology of Polish Theater Activities

    School of Theater, Film and Television

    Department of Theater

    University of California, Los Angeles


    Michael Hackett and Anna Krajewska-Wieczorek first collaborated in 1987 on a workshop production of Seneca's Hippolytus directed and composed by Professor Hackett with dramaturgy by Professor Krajeska-Wieczorek. Since that time, they have worked together on eight productions both in professional and academic contexts including adaptations/translations for Teatr Dramatyczny in Warsaw and the Third International Gombrowicz Festival in Radom, Poland.


    At UCLA, they have created a series of innovative curricula integrating research and performance for the School of Theater, Film and Television and the Honors Collegium of the College of Letters and Sciences. In addition to projects focusing on Classical Greek and Roman drama and English Renaissance plays, they have made a particular commitment to the teaching and performance of Polish theatre at both the graduate and undergraduate level.


    Over the past seventeen years, Professors Hackett and Krajewska-Wieczorek in their capacities as graduate advisors and in association with directing Professors Michael McLain and Jose Luis Valenzuela, have supervised six major productions of twentieth century Polish texts-The White Marriage (two productions), The Trap and The Hunger Artist by Rosewicz, Striptease by Mrozek, and Galczynski's The Little Theatre of Green Goose.


    In 1989, Michael Hackett invited Barbara Krafftowna to participate in a ten-week theatre laboratory combining professional and student actors-she played the Nurse in Seneca's Hippolytus based on the original workshop of 1987. Her participation in Meditations on Virginity-for the Theatre Confrontations Festival in Lublin 2004-will be the third time that Barbara Krafftowna as performed as a guest artist with the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.


    The following is a chronology of the most important performance activities of Michael Hackett and Anna Krajewska-Wieczorek related to Polish theatre-the headings in bold indicate projects at UCLA and in the greater Los Angeles area. In addition Professor Krajewska-Wieczorek has written extensively on Polish Theatre both in Polish and in English language journals, magazines, and newspapers.



    Laboratory for Theater Research and Performance:

    Barbara Krafftowna participates as one of five Artists in Residence for a production of Seneca's Hippolytus written and composed by Michael Hackett with dramaturgy by Anna Krajewska-Wieczorek-as part of the pilot year of The Laboratory for Theater Research and Performance.


    Other activities of the Laboratory include two radio plays directed by Peter Sellars for National Public Radio in association with the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and master classes by Ping Chong, Philip Glass, David Gordon, and the Gyuto Monks of Tibet.



    Anna Krajewska-Wieczorek and Michael Hackett attend the Mrozek Festival and Conference in Krakow. Professor Krajewska-Wieczorek delivers a paper on American productions of Mrozek.



    Michael Hackett adapts, directs, and composes (with Marcin Blazewicz) Ovid's Metamorphoses for the Teatr Dramatyczy in Warsaw-Maciej Prus, Artistic Director.



    Michael Hackett directs and writes the scenario (with Claire Leddy) for An American in Warsaw: Songs of George and Ira Gershwin for the Teatr Studio in Warsaw-Jerzy Grzegorzewski, Artistic Director. Anna Krajewska-Wieczorek is the dramaturge.


    Michael Hackett is a guest professor at the State Theatre School in Warsaw (PWST).


    Anna Krajewska-Wieczorek translates Once in Arden (Madame Modjeska) by Richard Hellesen for the Teatr Nowy in Lodz; Miroslawa Marcheluk, director.



    For the United States Information Agency, Michael Hackett gives a series of lecture-demonstrations on American musical theatre at the State Theatre School (PWST) in Krakow.


    Returning to the Teatr Dramatyczny, Michael Hackett directs Fallen Angels that he adapts from texts of Zeami, Briussov, Garcia-Marquez, Saint Luke, Hindu mythology, and the Cabala. Anna Krajewska-Wieczorek is the translator and dramaturge.



    Professor Anna Kuligowska-Korzeniewska:

    Anna Krajewska-Wieczorek and Michael Hackett co-host Professor Anna Kuligowska-Korzeniewska-Associate Professor of Theatre from the University of Lodz and the State Theatre School in Warsaw (PWST)-as a Visiting Professor and Scholar Residence in the Department of Theater. During her visit, Professor Kuligowska-Korzeniewska gives a series of lectures on contemporary Polish Theater.



    Christopher Vened:

    For four years, beginning in 1997, Michael Hackett invites Christopher Vened-a leading actor from Tomaszewski's Polish Mime Theatre-to teach a series of workshops and classes in the Department of Theater. In 2000 he writes the Preface to Mr. Vened's book In Character: An Actor's Workbook for Character Development.


    A Feast at Countess Kotlubay's :

    Barbara Krafftowna performs in English in the title role of A Feast at Countess Kotlubay's based on the short story by Gombrowicz. Directed and adapted by Michael Hackett and translated by Anna Krajewska-Wieczorek, this production is co-produced by the UCLA Center for Theater Research and Arden 2 with the sponsorship of the Polish Consul General in Los Angeles.


    Special previews are given for students in the History of World Theater and the History of American Theater. After five performances at UCLA, the production travels to Radom, Poland where it is the first American entry and the first English language adaptation in the Third International Gombrowicz Festival. Further performances are given in Lodz, Krakow, and at the Teatr Maly in Warsaw.


    In conjunction with the production, Professor Krajewska-Wieczorek offers a ten-week course on contemporary Polish Theatre. In addition to readings and essay assignments, students attend rehearsals in the various stages of preparation, interview members of the design and production team, and participate in special discussions with Jan Kott and Barbara Krafftowna.


    Three students from the class travel with the company to attend the Gombrowicz Festival and Conference.



    Forefathers' Eve :

    Professor Anna Krajewska-Wieczorek directs a staged reading of Forefathers' Eve.



    Professor Josef Opalski:

    Anna Krajewska-Wieczorek and Michael Hackett receive a grant from the International Study Center at Berkeley for Josef Opalski-Professor of Theatre, Jagiellonian University and the State Theatre School in Krakow-to collaborate on a ten-week course in Contemporary Polish and European theatre directors. This course is designed for graduate directors and designers, and for doctoral students in the Ph.D program in the Department of Theater at UCLA.



    Teatr Provisorium/Janusz Oprynski:

    In association with Joanna Klass and Arden 2, Michael Hackett and Anna Krajewska-Wieczorek receive a grant from the UCLA Office of Instructional Development to host a special performance of Teatr Provisorium at UCLA. After the performance, students meet with Janusz Oprynski and the members of the company.



    Getty Symposium/Wlodziemierz Staniewski:

    In the spring of 2002, Michael Hackett organizes and moderates a three-hour presentation on "The Chorus" at the Getty Museum for the symposium, "Contemporary Performance of Ancient Greek and Roman Drama." In association with the curators of the Antiquities Department, Michael Hackett invites Wlodziemierz Staniewski to participate in a presentation on Gardzienice with Michael Marmarinos of Eros Theatre Ensemble from Athens and Hanay Geiogamah of the American Indian Dance Theater.




    In association with the Department of Antiquities at the Getty Museum and Arden 2, Anna Krajewska-Wieczorek serves as an advisor/consultant for the residency of the Gardzienice Company at the Getty.


    Michael Hackett's students attend a special workshop at the Getty with Wlodziemierz Staniewski and the actors of the company.


    Program Spotkanie z Barbara Krafftowna:

    With Andrzej Malecki, Michael Hackett and Anna Krajewska-Wieczorek organize a retrospective of Barbara Krafftowna's career (using film and video documentation as well as commentary) for the Helena Modjeska Club and the Polish American Congress.



    A Feast at Countess Kotlubay's

    The text for the 1997 performance translated by Anna Krajewska-Wieczorek and adapted by Michael Hackett and Anna Krajewska-Wieczorek will be published in the Yale Theatre Journal (October) as part of the Yale University commemoration of the Gombrowicz centenary.


    Meditations on Virginity :

    Barbara Krafftowna will perform in Meditations on Virginity based on a Gombrowicz short story. She will be joined by Omar Sangare. Michael Hackett will direct and create a musical "soundscape." Anna Krajewska-Wieczorek will translate and adapt the text with Michael Hackett. Judith Dolan will design.


    The production is scheduled for a Los Angeles premiere for the general public in late September-there will be special performances scheduled for students who will attend the production as a part of their curriculum in the UCLA Department of Theater and the College of Letters and Sciences.  


    The production will be performed during the 8th International Theatre Festival "Theatre Confrontations" in Lublin-October 6-10. Three UCLA students will accompany the production to the Festival and work as stage assistants.

    Pawel Kuczynski's film „Philosopher's Paradise" 

    at The 8th Annual InFACTTM Theatrical Documentary Showcase 2004.


    A Warsaw University philosopher wants to save mankind trough his world unity theory of "Universalism", while his filmmaker son tries to understand how his agnostic father can leave God out of the equation.

    Here is the schedule of the Showcase:


    SEPTEMBER 13-16, 2004
    UltraStar Flowerhill Cinemas
    2630 Via de la Valle
    • Del Mar, CA 92014
    Contact: Damon Rubio, Vice President, Operations
    Tel. 760.597.5777 Ext. 14
    • Fax: 760. 431.8464


    Contact: Damon Rubio, Vice President, OperationsTel. 760.597.5777 Ext. 14 Email:

    Contact: Damon Rubio, Vice President, OperationsTel. 760.597.5777 Ext. 14 Email:


    SEPTEMBER 25-26, 2004
    Behind The Mall Cinema-Hot Springs Mall
    4501 Central Avenue
    • Hot Springs, Arkansas 71901
    Contact: Karen Simons
    Tel: 501.321.4747
    • Cell: 501.282.3795


    Contact: Karen SimonsTel: 501.321.4747 Email:

    Contact: Karen SimonsTel: 501.321.4747 Email:


    OCTOBER 4-10, 2004
    The Translux Gaslight Duplex

    • The Abbey Theatre


    Durango, Colorado
    Contact: Sophia Van Surksum
    Tel: 970.259.2291
    • Cell: 970.749.9620


    NOVEMBER 15-16, 2004
    Jackson Hole Cinemas

    • Jackson Hole, Wyoming
    Contact: Frank Londy
    • Tel: 307.733.6939 Fax: 307.733.6933
    Contact: Frank Londy Email:



    Contact: Frank Londy Email:  

    More information on the website:

    AUGUST 2004

    Czeslaw Milosz, dies at 93


    The funeral ceremony will take place in Cracow, on August 27th,  2004 in Skalka Monastery of Pauline Fathers.
    Born in Szetejnie, Lithuania in 1911, Milosz was a poet, novelist, essayist and translator.  He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1980 and has won several other prestigious awards, including a 1976 Guggenheim Fellowship, the 1978 Neustadt Prize, and the 1989 National Medal for the Arts.  His work has been translated into more than a dozen languages.  He received many honorary doctorates from American and Polish universities.  He was an honorary citizen of Lithuania and of the city of Cracow.  He spent his youth and studied law in Vilnius, where he also published his first poems.  During the German occupation he lived in Warsaw.  After the war, he served in the Polish diplomatic service in the USA and France until 1951, when he sought political asylum in France.  In 1960, he left France for California, where he spent more than twenty years as Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of California Berkeley.  Until 1989, most of his publications were in the Paris emigré journal "Kultura" or in the underground press in Poland.  He has divided his time between Berkeley and Cracow since 1989.  He died on August 14th, 2004.     


    An event organized by the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Los Angeles, in cooperation with the Polish and American War Veterans, as well as the Warsaw Uprising Celebrations Steering Committee





    Los Angeles, July, 2004 - The Consulate General of the Republic of Poland will host the event HEROES OF THE WARSAW UPRISING on Saturday, July 31 at 2:00 P.M. at the James Bridges Theater at UCLA.


    The program will feature, among others, a screening of the CBS documentary "Twentieth Century: The Warsaw Uprising" narrated by Walter Cronkite and a preview of the historical exhibition.


    The unsuccessful 63-day struggle to liberate Warsaw was the largest undertaking by any underground force against the German Army  and it took place from August 1 to October 2, 1944. The heroic stand of the Polish "Home Army", assisted by elderly men, women and teenage children, surprised the Nazi occupants. With the Soviet Army standing by just across the Vistula River, the Polish Uprising was ultimately subdued after the loss of 250,000 mostly civilian lives and the total destruction of one of Europe's most beautiful cities.


    Warsaw could have been the first liberated European capital in World War II but this outcome was thwarted by the global politics of Joseph Stalin, Winston Churchill and President Franklin D. Roosevelt.


    The preview exhibit saluting "Heroes of the Warsaw Uprising" will be expanded and inaugurated on Thursday, August 5, 2004 at 11 A.M. in Bob Hope Patriotic Hall, 1816 Figueroa Street, downtown Los Angeles. The exhibit will be available for viewing through September 7, 2004 after which it will be shown in other US cities.

    CONTACT: Further info on the subject:

    The Consulate General                           

    of the Republic of Poland                                    

    Tel. (310) 442-8500, ext. 108 & 109              Downloadable pictures available at:                 


    Parking tickets can be purchased at kiosk no. 3. 
    In addition, there will be an attendant at the parking structure from 1:30 P.M. - 3:30 P.M. and tickets can also be purchased at the entrance to it.






    1.  American and Polish national anthems,


    2.  Keynote address by Consul General of the Republic of Poland, the Honorable Krystyna Tokarska-Biernacik,


    3.  Recognition of the Warsaw Uprising Survivors,


    4.  Marek Szpakiewicz with Friends:


    -   Frederic Chopin, "Etude Opus 25, no. 7";  Marek Szpakiewicz  - cello, Nadia Shpachenko - piano

    -   Joanna Bruzdowicz, "The Song of Hope and Love"; Marek Szpakiewicz - cello, Nadia Shpachenko - piano

    -   Jan A.P. Kaczmarek, "Love and Death" (Miłość i umieranie); Rococo String Quartet: Andrew Graybill - violin I, Yi-Huan Zhao - violin II, Luke Maurer - viola, Marek Szpakiewicz - cello,


    5.  CBS film "Twentieth Century: The Warsaw Uprising", narrated by Walter Cronkite,


    6.  Opening of the exhibition and symbolic homage to the Fallen.

    Right-click here to download the press release and the program (28 KB).


    Aided by other partisans, a boy exits sewer system. Sewers were used by the Underground for transportation and communication between separated districts of Warsaw, and as the final evacuation route from combat areas. Nazis tried to disrupt the well-organized one-way traffic by pouring in acid gas, laying mines, building obstacles, dropping hand grenades, and dumping and igniting gasoline.

    Right-click here to download the above photo (1.1 MB).

    Young fighters "Pat" and "Stan" (pseudonyms) pose with a rifle. Warsaw's children shared the hardships and horrors of the Warsaw Uprising. Many distributed mail, relayed messages, and fought fires. Some became soldiers.

    Right-click here to download the above photo (600 KB).


    Please visit the following websites: and


    Keynote address by Consul General of the Republic of Poland in Los Angeles at the ceremony honoring the 60th Anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising at UCLA James Bridges Theater on July 31st, 2004


    Ladies and Gentlemen, Szanowni Kombatanci, Dear Guests;


    It is my honor to welcome you at the event memorizing the 60th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising. I am particularly privileged to host the freedom fighters and survivors of the Warsaw Uprising living in California. Many of them are absent today because they left for Warsaw, the place of main commemoration, as the Polish authorities invited all insurgents to honor Poland with their presence.


    I should like to assure all present war veterans that we do remember those present and those absent, the living, and the dead, fallen in battle or in camps, abroad or on the Polish soil. We do remember not only those that died with guns in their hand but also 200,000 defenseless inhabitants of Warsaw who lost their lives in those 63 days.


    At that very time, Warsaw, once a most beautiful European city, a living center of culture and science was transformed into a dead sea of ruins. Every single day of the Warsaw Uprising resulted in more victims than the total of 9/11. The memory of 9/11 tragedy evokes deep emotions in the American society and the rest of the world sympathizes with the victims and their families. The victims of the Warsaw Uprising were for years only remembered by the Poles alone.


    Due to political reasons the Warsaw Uprising and the fate of Poland were an uncomfortable subject. For Western politicians the consent given at Yalta to leave Poland in the sphere of Soviet influence, in essence a betrayal of their staunch ally, was a shameful subject, better left well-hidden. And so shameful it was that they found no courage to inform about the secret pact their own ally the troops of which on the western and eastern fronts constituted in terms of numbers the fourth military power. The Prime Minister of a recognized Polish Government was appraised of it in Moscow by Winston Churchill, in the presence of Joseph Stalin, after the outbreak of the Warsaw Uprising. For Stalin a nation that was capable of organizing underground system of education, administration, army and that had its own government in exile, was an obstacle to overcome. Murdering the historical memory was one of the methods to deal with the problem. So both East and West were in accord to silence the victims and losses of the Polish nation, and the Iron Curtain provided the right background for such an attitude. Sporadic scholarly publications of small circulation, difficulties in archival research and censorship, in spite of valiant efforts of many patriots, above all war veterans, provided for the fact that one of the biggest battles in WWII did not find its deserved place equal to the battle for London or Arnhem.


    It was only after half a century, when Poland fully regained her independence, and following the fall of the Berlin Wall, that the archives in Moscow and London opened up and the conditions became right to honor the memory of basically forgotten or unknown soldiers and victims of that heroic stand in WWII. For the first time ever, dignitaries from foreign countries will participate in the celebrations of the 60th Anniversary in Warsaw, including German Chancellor Gerard Schroeder, US Secretary of State Collin Powell and the British Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott. The Unites States Congress recognized the Anniversary by its resolution number 125. Today's ceremony is also attended by the German Consul General, the Honorable Hans Wendler, as well as other representatives of the Consular Corps. I have received letters from many elected officials, including Governor Schwarzenegger and Mayor Hahn. It point out to the fact that Polish history is becoming European history and thus the history of the world.


    For the reasons mentioned earlier we must keep bringing back those events and show our respect and gratitude to those who participated in them and survived. We must speak about Poland who lost 6 million citizens, including 3 million Jews, and was devastated, ruined and exploited but still managed to fight the empire of evil, changed its political system and became a full member of NATO and the European Union. Poland has managed to rebuild from the destruction and revive its economy. In spite of the decimation of its intellectual elite, Poland managed to educate new generations of professionals much appreciated all over the world who even reach outside of the solar system just like the astro-physicist Professor Aleksander Wolszczan, discoverer of new planets, working at most prestigious American universities.


    This year marks our membership in the European Union and it is a next stage in the development of Poland but we start this new stage without forgetting about our history and achievements. Today's ceremony and the following exhibition are just modest examples of such an attitude.


    The inhabitants of Warsaw, for 59 years met at the Powazaki Cemetery on August 1 to light a candle. For me and my husband, just like for many others, it was a family tradition. Therefore, after the screening of the film, I would like to invite you to come out of the building and once the unveiling ceremony is over - to light a candle.


    As said before, the goal of all the events is to honor the living participants of the Warsaw Uprising and to pay homage to the Fallen. Therefore, I would like to present the Freedom-fighters and survivors of the Warsaw Uprising a letter which in two languages says the following:


    As the representative of the Republic of Poland for the Western United States, on the occasion of the 60th Anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising, I want to express my gratitude as well as the conviction that the Freedom-fighters' dedication and heroism very decidedly shaped the patriotic attitudes of the generations to come, which allowed Poland this year to reclaim Her rightful place in the family of European Nations.


    August 1, 2004

    With utmost respect,


    /-/ Krystyna Tokarska-Biernacik

    Consul General




    Paying homage to the Fallen,

    this is to recognize and commemorate the Participants and Survivors

    of the Warsaw Uprising living in the State of California,


    -         with admiration and gratefulness,

    the Polish American Community


    The Consulate General of the Republic of Poland

    in Los Angeles

    Adamski Arthur

    Bala Jadwiga

    Bala Stanisław

    Bala-Rueger Halina

    Belza Janusz

    Bernhard Zofia

    Bernhard Włodzimierz

    Beręsewicz Władysław

    Bielska Katarzyna

    Bierzyńska-Stamper Krystyna

    Bijasiewicz Tadeusz

    Brabec Ewa

    Bronicki Jerzy

    Brzeski Tadeusz

    Butler Halina

    Calińska Stanisława

    Chciuk Krystyna

    Ciecek Alicja 

    Ciecek Mieczysław

    Cioth Bogusław

    Dąbrowska Grażyna

    Dębska Maria

    Dobrowolski Marian

    Dowbor Hanna

    Gutkowska Hanna

    Hertzlich Krystyna

    Jarkiewicz Zdzisław

    Kiernik Maria

    Krahelska Aleksandra

    Kosowicz Franciszek

    Kowalska-Konkol Wiesława

    Luber Ryszard

    Machnowska Zofia

    Mróz Edward

    Narębska Jadwiga

    Niżyńska Danuta

    Niżyński Andrzej

    Polak Halina

    Piedraszewska Jadwiga

    Rudnicka Danuta

    Rueger Leszek S.

    Schachtmayer Leon

    Siedlak Teresa

    Stefański Andrzej

    Siedlar Teresa

    Sujecki Zdzisław

    Szymański Sławomir

    Tarwid Małgorzata

    Terelak Edward

    Tuleja Kazimierz

    Ulankiewicz Andrzej

    Wielkoszewska Jadwiga 

    Wolny Krystyna

    Wójcik Kazimierz

    Zawilska Krystyna

    Zawodny Janusz


    In accordance with the lists provided by Ms. Halina Butler & Mr. Andrzej Niżyński.





    In appreciation of the time, effort and outstanding contribution, this is

    to thank all the organizations and individuals listed below,




    Krystyna Tokarska-Biernacik

    Consul General



          Steering Committee

    Members and Contributors


    Teresa Dudzik

    Jadwiga Inglis

    Elżbieta Kański

    Roma King

    Joanna Klass

    Helena Kolodziey

    Kinga Kozdroń

    Maria Piłatowicz

    Lucyna Przasnyska

    Alina Szpak-Fleet

    Bogna Szupińska

    Lucyna Wojciechowska

    Jolanta Zych

    Jerzy Bednarczyk

    Janusz Biernacik

    Marek Chodakiewicz

    Robert Fleet

    Witold Kiezun

    Józef Ladowicz

    Wojtek Maszkiewicz

    Wojciech Narbut-Łuczyński

    Andrzej Niżyński

    Steven & Linda Plochocki

    Jerzy Pujdak

    John Radzilowski

    Joseph N. Smith

    Andrzej Szarejko

    Wojciech Szaszor

    Stefan Szpak-Fleet

    Konrad Szupiński

    Andrzej Ulankiewicz

    Janusz Zawodny


    Exhibition Project Team


    Witold Kiezun, jr.  - Historical Consultation

    Bogna Ladowicz    - Project Development

          Lucyna Przasnyski - Exhibit Graphic Design

    Wojciech Szaszor   - Exhibit Installation Design

          Mark Chodakiewicz, John Radzilowski - Content Verification


         Homage to the Fallen Performance


          Arden2 - Direction

          Rachael Maddalena - Choreography

          Stefan Fleet-Szpak - Acting

    Poem translated by Robert Fleet and Alina Szpak-Fleet

    Łukasz Woźniak, Magdalena Gumienna - assistants






    Polish Center of Los Angeles - DBA Rivers End

    POLAM Federal Credit Union

    Polish National Alliance of the U.S. of N.A.

    Helena Modjeska Art and Culture Club

    Bielski Ladowicz Architects

    John Paul II Polish Center

    KPA Polish American Congress of Southern California - Orange & Inland Chapter

    Arden2 Art Gallery & Design Studio


    Stanley & Helena Kolodziey

    Linda & Steven Plochocki

    Wanda & Felix Presburger

    Jerzy & Urszula Zagner

    Mary & Betsy Cepielik

    George & Lenna Wagner

    F. Jacek & Gabriela Miłobędzki

    Zofia & Jerzy Korzeniowski

    Yolanta & Ted Podkański

    Janusz Rusek

    Adam & Hanna Tyszkiewicz

    Lucyna Przasnyska

    Edward Koterba

    W.W. Szymanski

    Basia Priga

    Anna & TomaszKachelski

    Stanisław & Ariadne Toczek

    Edward & Maria Pilatowicz

    Justyn & Ewa Rowinski

    Halina Zaremba

    Andrew & Jane Koko Zamoyski

    Halina T. Butler

    Jadwiga & Andrzej Łowkis

    Barbara Jankowski

    Wanda Pomykalski

    Stanley & Henryka Frackiewicz


    Thank you very much for your support.

    A Forgotten Odyssey


    The untold story of 1,700,000 Poles deported to Siberia in 1940


    Moving documentary written and directed by Jagna Wright

    Produced by Jagna Wright and Aneta Naszynska


    Screening and discussion with producers will be held 

    Saturday, August 21, 2004 at 7 pm,

    Bradley Room, 6th floor

    The Bob Hope Patriotic Hall

    1816 South Figueroa St.

    Los Angeles, CA 90015


    Event sponsored by Consulate General of the Republic of Poland and Helena Modjeska Art and Culture Club. Moderator Kazimierz Cybulski.

    19 July - 2 August, 2004

    7th annual International Laureates Festival

    Performing: Stanislaw Drzewiecki, Pianist

    Festival Schedule:

    and young artists

     (see the winners list below)


    1. The objective of this competition wa to create a 2-dimentional artwork on paper that might have included drawing, painting or a graphic image based on the landscape, history or folklore of Poland, Europe or USA.


    2. The competition was open to children and young artists ages

    6-18. The artworks was judged in three categories:


    1.       ages 6-11

    2.       ages 12-15

    3.       ages 16-18


    3. The deadline for submission was April 30, 2004. Artworks was judged by an independent, professional jury under the patronage of The Consul General of The Republic of Poland in Los Angeles.


    4. The awards were given in each age category:

    First prize in each of these categories will include a round trip tickets and holidays in Poland sponsored by:  LOT Polish AirlinesPolish National Tourist Office and Wspólnota Polska.


    Rules for entry:


    - All works on paper must be  either

         9x12 in. (23x30 cm)


         12x16 in. (30x41cm)


    - All works must be flat, dry and unframed.


    - Please include personal information on the back of the artwork:

         Name, age, school address, and phone number.


    - All entries should be sent to:

         Consulate General of the Republic of Poland

         12400 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 555

         Los Angeles, CA 90025


    - All submitted artworks will become the property with all the rights reserved by The Consulate General of Poland in Los Angeles.


    Jury members:


    1.  Kasia Czerpak-Węglińska  - artist

    2.  Donald Emery - artist

    3.  Andrew Kolodziey - artist

    4.  Sandra Lajer - artist

    5.  Agnieszka Miziołek - public relations

    6.  Wojciech Szaszor - artist

    7.  Roman Czarny - Consul


    Special thanks to Kasia Czerpak-Węglińska for designing the brochure.


    The exhibition of selected artworks will be organized by the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Los Angeles in co-operation with Arden 2 CO Project Gallery.


    If you would like to sponsor additional prizes or co-finance the organization of the exhibition (tax deductible), please contact Gosia Wróbel (310) 442-8500, ext. 109.  Contributors will be listed on our website ( we have 60,000 hits monthly! ) and in the catalogue.



    Main Prize Winners




    Ages 6 - 11


    Shaylie Konofalski

    8 years old

    "Goat Matołek & Children"

    Juliusz Słowacki Polish School in Seattle

    Seattle, WA



    Ages 12-15


    Natalia Perzyna

    13 years old

    "Yeehaw, Cracovian Wedding Party"

    San Gabriel, CA




    Ages 16-18


    Jesus Mascorro

    17 years old


    John Marshall School

    Los Angeles, CA


    Honorable mentions


    Mateusz Kurek

    9 years old


    John Paul II Polish Catholic School

    Phoenix, AZ


    Monika Sternik

    6 years old

    "The Meadow"

    Mukilteo, WA


    Joanna Sochacka

    11 years old


    Nicolas Copernicus Polish School in  Phoenix

    Glendale, AZ


    Karolina Adler

    8 years old

    "American Children's Vacation in Poland"

    Juliusz Słowacki Polish School in Seattle

    Seattle, WA


    Evan James Inglis

    10 years old


    Newport Beach, CA

    Harbor View School, Corona Del Mar

    Helena Modjeska Polish School in Yorba Linda


    Noemi Joo

    10 years old

    "Folklor of Hungary:

    Buso-Walking in Mohacs"

    Fabriczius Jozef Altalanos Iskola




    Daniel Pienkowski

    10 years old


    South Pasadena, CA


    Marlena Perzyna

    10 years old

    „Virgin Mary Means Poland"

    San Gabriel, CA


    Michal Derlatka

    11 years old


    Nicolas Copernicus Polish School in  Phoenix

    Glendale, AZ


    Olena Sowirko

    13 years old


    Nicolas Copernicus Polish School in  Phoenix

    Glendale, AZ


    Alexandra (Ola) Baginski

    17 years old


    Kentridge High School

    Kent, WA

    The 5th Polish Film Festival

    in Los Angeles

    April 22-29, 2004


    Silesian Dance Theatre (Poland)

    Wednesday, March 24 and Thursday, March 25, 8:00 p.m.

    $20 General, $15 Skirball and KCRW Members, $10 Students

    Advance tickets Recommended: (323) 655-8587

    North American premiere of new work! The Silesian Dance Theatre represents the leading edge of Polish artists who are resurrecting pre-war Jewish life in Poland. Choreographer Jacek Luminski bases his movement vocabulary on precise reconstructions of Hasidic ecstatic dancing as well as the everyday movements of more common Jewish ritual. What he has created is an exacting modern choreography with roots that reach deeply into the intertwined histories of the Jews and the Poles. After the program, enjoy a conversation with choreographer Jacek Luminski.


    (located off the 405 Freeway; exit Skirball Center Drive) 

    (310) 440-4500, 

    Parking is free and plentiful. 

    The Polish Cultural Institute,
    in association with the Museum of Modern Art,

    A Short History of Polish Animation

    39 Titles by Leading Polish Filmmakers,
    including Jan Lenica, Zbigniew Rybczyński,
    Jerzy Kucia, and Piotr Dumała

    with music by
    Komeda, Konieczny, Penderecki, et al.


    February 6 & 7, 2004
    Los Angeles County Museum of Art
    Saturday, February 7; 7:30 pm:
    Special appearance by Oscar-winner Zbigniew Rybczynski


    February 22-29, 2004
    College of Santa Fe


    March 7, 11, 14, 2004
    The Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque

    March 20, 21, 2004
    Rhode Island School of Design

    March 26 - April 3, 2004
    Cinematheque Ontario  

    "Richly colorful, ambiguously fabulist, and deceptively childlike, the post-war Polish avant-garde spun grim fairy tales for adults" - Ed Halter, The Village Voice

    "...a body of work light years away in quality and inspiration from the officially sanctioned art of their time." - Kristin M. Jones, The Wall Street Journal

    The program was curated by Joshua Siegel, Museum of Modern Art in New York, and Marcin Giżycki, Ph.D., Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, author of Nie tylko Disney /Disney Was Not the Only One/





    Proudly sponsored by Polish Airlines.

    More events listed in the Polish version of the website.


    The second meeting of young people of Polish heritage with the Consul General of The Republic of Poland Ktystyna Tokarska-Biernacik took place on January 31st.

    Maciej Hermanowicz, 17, was present among the guests. He has been chosen as one of sixteen Student Astronauts to work with the Mars Exploration Rover team at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, this month. 

    Maciej Hermanowicz of Dywity was among the eight boys and eight girls, aged 13 to 17, who won their places on the team through an essay contest run by the Planetary Society, a non-profit space advocacy group that works with NASA. 

    The Student Astronauts were part of The Planetary Society's "Red Rover Goes to Mars" project, run in partnership with the LEGO Company. The project was an official part of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover mission.

    Maciej is one of the best students of Gałczyński high school ( II LO im. Konstantego I. Gałczyńskiego) in Olsztyn, Poland.

    Zeitgeist: The Harry and Belle Krupnick 
    International Jewish Arts Festival

    August 10-August 28, 2003


    The only festival of its kind in the United States, Zeitgeist presents some of the world's finest artists who use Jewish tradition as the launching pad for creating contemporary work. This festival introduces to U.S. audiences nearly a dozen music, dance, and theater companies from Europe and Russia, beginning with three program-filled weeks in August and continuing with a series of performances through March 2004.



    Le Bonheur  (France, Poland)
    Friday, August 22, 7:30 p.m.
    $10 General, $8 Members*, $6 Students
    *Skirball, AFI, Union, Guild, and ArcLight Members
    Advance tickets: (323) 655-8587
    One of the most acclaimed European directors of her generation, Agnieszka Holland has succeeded in making films in her native Poland, as well as in America. Part of the series "Cinema's Legacy: How Great Filmmakers Inspire Great Filmmakers." 



    The Dybbuk (Poland)
    Tuesday, August 26, 7:30 p.m.
    $6 General, $5 Skirball Members, $4 Students
    Advance Tickets: (323) 655-8587
    Set in rural Poland in the late 1800s, this rare screening of Agnieszka Holland's Polish television adaptation of the Chasidic folktale is the story of a wandering soul in search of an earthly host. When a matrimonial promise binding a yeshiva student and a young woman is betrayed, the student uses the power of the Kabbalah, the ancient Jewish practice of mysticism, to free his soul from his body to inhabit the form of his beloved. (Poland, 1999, 90 min.)


    The Cracow Klezmer Band


    Oleg Dyyak - accordion, clarinet, percussion

    Wojciech Front- double bass

    Jaroslaw Bester - accordion, piano

    Jaroslaw Tyrala - violin


    Sunday, August 10, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    $8 General, $6 Students and Seniors
    Free for Skirball Members and Children under 12
    Advance Tickets and Reservations: (323) 655-8587

    FILM WITH MUSIC: JEWISH LUCK (Russia, 1925, 90 min.)
    Silent with English intertitles and live music by the Cracow Klezmer Band

    Tuesday, August 12, 8:00 p.m.
    $15 General, $10 Members, $8 Students
    Advance Tickets and Reservations: (323) 655-8587


    The Cracow Klezmer Band
    A product of the growing interest among many Poles in their nation's multi-ethnic past, and especially in the thousand-year history of Jewish culture in Poland that was nearly eradicated by the Nazis, The Cracow Klezmer Band is a leading representative of young Poles' rediscovery of the Jewish musical legacy. It was founded in 1997 by arranger and accordionist Jaroslaw Bester, and was at first dedicated to the revival of traditional klezmer music. But the original compositions and creative arrangements of this quartet of young virtuosi have placed them in the vanguard of a radical contemporary movement based on traditional Jewish music. Their first two albums, De Profundis and The Warriors, are available on John Zorn's famous Tzadik label. Zorn writes that "the passion of Taraf de Haidouks meets the perfectionism of Astor Piazzoli in these delightful recordings permeated with the mysterious links between Jewish and Gypsy music."


    For more background on the Cracow Klezmer Band visit


    Loyola Marymount University Summer School

    Department of History, University Hall, One LMU Drive, Suite 3500

    Los Angeles , CA 40045

    June 30 through August 8, 2003


    History of Poland    HIST 498, Section 01, 7:10-10:10pm ,

    Tuesday and Thursday


    Ours is a whistle stop history of Poland since before 966 until the present. We shall explore four distinct "Polands" and her inhabitants: The Piast Poland which existed until the end of the 14th century; the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth which sprawled as the largest country in Europe until the end of the 18th century; Poland under partitions and its successor, the Second Polish Republic, which lasted through the Second World War; and, finally, Poland of the Communists and its inheritor, the Third Polish Republic. In our class, we shall use both textbooks and film to acquaint ourselves with the country and her peoples.

                This is a unique opportunity to bring Poland 's history to the West Coast. However, we need 9 (nine) students enrolled in this class to keep it from being cancelled. If the enrollment is satisfactory, LMU may start offering Polish history on a steady basis. We are counting on your cooperation.

                Elements of Polish History will also be incorporated into:


    Western Tradition 1500-Present HIST 101, Section 01, 12:50-3:50 pm , Monday-Wednesday


    Both classes will be taught by Marek Jan Chodakiewicz, Ph.D.

    Kosciuszko Chair in Polish Studies, Miller Center of Public Affairs , University of Virginia , 434.982.2752

    Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Chodakiewicz,

    Professor John Grever, Chair, Department of History, LMU


    or Teresa M. Hackett, the Administrative Assistant at the Department of History




    Staged by artists from Poland


    This powerful new staging of Don Giovanni, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's beloved "comic opera" and a perennial favorite for its endless stream of exquisitely beautiful melodies, with the orchestra, chorus, and soloists of the Los Angeles Opera led by Principal Conductor Kent Nagano, was specially created for the Polish National Opera and its L.A. counterpart by director Mariusz Trelinski, with choreography by Emil Wesolowski, set design by Boris Kudlicka, and costumes by the fashion genius, Arcadius - all well known for their work at Warsaw's Teatr Wielki. It is the first time the two opera companies have presented the same production in the same season, a collaboration for which the first seed was planted when Placido Domingo, Artistic Director of the L.A. Opera, was bowled over by Trelinski's earlier staging of Madam Butterfly.


    To learn more go to


    MAY 31 - JUNE 22, 2003

    Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Music Center of Los Angeles County, 135 N. Grand Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90012. performed in Italian with English supertitles.

    For tickets call (213) 365-3500 or order online (


    Saturday May 31, 2003 7:30 p.m.
    Wednesday June 4, 2003 7:30 p.m.
    Sunday June 8, 2003 1:00 p.m.
    Wednesday June 11, 2003 7:30 p.m.
    Saturday June 14, 2003 7:30 p.m.
    Tuesday June 17, 2003 7:30 p.m.
    Friday June 20, 2003 7:30 p.m.
    Sunday June 22, 2003 7:30 p.m.

    Erwin Schrott DON GIOVANNI
    Rosendo Flores LEPORELLO
    Andrea Rost DONNA ANNA
    Fedor Kuznetsov IL COMMENDATORE
    John Matz DON OTTAVIO
    Adina Nitescu DONNA ELVIRA
    Anna Christy ZERLINA
    James Creswell MASETTO

    CONDUCTOR--Kent Nagano
    CONDUCTOR--Christophe Durrant (JUNE 8)
    DIRECTOR--Mariusz Trelinski
    SET DESIGNER--Boris Kudlicka
    CHOREOGRAPHER--Emil Wesolowski

    3rd Polish Art Festival
    May 4 - June 3, 2003

    Polish Art Confrontations 2003
    Exhibition of Painting, Sculpture and Prints of 44 Polish Artists
    May 4 - June 3, 2003




    Ewa Bathelier (Strasbourg, France), Anna Bialobroda (New York, NY)
    Jan Brud (Chicago, IL), Eva Chodkiewicz-Swider (Los Angeles, CA)
    Kasia Czerpak-Weglinski (Beverly Hills, CA), Joanna Fodczuk (Los Angeles, CA), Maria Fuks (Dasswang, Germany), Anna Gajewska (Los Angeles, CA), Kazimir Glaz (Toronto, Canada), Marek Grychczynski (San Francisco, CA), Greg Jakubowski (Paris, France), Pawel Jocz ( Paris, France), Janusz Kapusta (Brooklyn, NY), Jerzy Kenar (Chicago, IL), Andrew Kenda (New York, NY), Andrew Kolodziey (Hollywood, CA), Leonard Konopelski (Los Angeles, CA), Malgosia Koscielak (Chicago, IL), Jurek Kubina (Brooklyn, NY), Roman Kujawa (New York, NY), Anna Kunz (Chicago, IL), Thomas Misztal (Lisbon, Portugal), Waldemar Mitrowski (San Francisco, CA), Tadeusz Myslowski (New York, NY), Rafal Olbinski (New York, NY), Darek Pala (Miami Beach, FL), Barbara Paciorek (Mexico City, Mexico), Andrew Pitynski (New York, NY), Beata Pozniak (Beverly Hills, CA), Miroslaw Rogala (Chicago, IL), Danuta Rothschild (Venice, CA), Mieczyslaw Rudek (New York, NY), Janusz Skowron (Woodhaven, NY), Monica Sledzinska (Mexico City, Mexico), Tadeusz Sudol (New York, NY), Lubomir Tomaszewski (Easton, CT), Gosia Wlodarczak (Perth, Australia), Mira Satryjan (New York, NY), Jan Sawka (High Falls, NY), Jan Sytnik (Hollywood, CA), Natalia Witkowska-Finch (San Diego, CA), Witold "Vito" Wojcik (Hollywood, CA), Leszek Wyczolkowski (Toronto, Canada), Christopher Zacharow (New York, NY)

    Polish Photo Confrontations
    May 17-24, 2003

    Ewa Chodkiewicz-Swider, Darek Banasik, Marek Dzida
    Andrew Kolodziey, Bonifacy Malolepszy, Jacek Nowaczynski
    Tomasz Slaboszewski, Wojciech Szaszor


    Jazz in the Gallery
    Sunday, May 25, 2003 - 4PM

    Lava Lounge Ensemble:
    Peter Erskine - percussion, Bob Sheppard - saxophones and flute,
    Darek Oleszkiewicz - base

    Modern Art Gallery
    3240 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 200
    Los Angeles, CA 90010
    Tel. 213 487 2565


    Poetry nad Music Confrontations -"Krak & Omsky"
    Sunday, June 1, 2003 - 4PM


    Anna Gajewska, Aniela Gregorek,
    Elizabeth Libel, Jerzy Gregorek, Andrew Kolodziey,
    Konrad Tademar

    Jakub Omsky (cello)

    Festival Sponsored by: Western Union.

    Polish Lectures at the University of Washington


    The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Washington would like to invite you to an exciting series of lectures - "50 Years of Polish at the UW: Celebrating Polish-American Heritage," which will focus on the achievements of prominent Poles and Polish-Americans in order to highlight their contributions to Polish, American, and worldwide cultures.


    May 16, 2003 - Rafal Olbinski 7 p.m. - Walker Ames Room in Kane Hall, UW Campus.

    May 30, 2003 - His Excellency Ambassador of the Republic of Poland Przemyslaw Grudzinski, "Transatlantic Relations and International Security: the Poland Factor" 7 pm Walker Ames Room, Kane Hall, UW Campus.
    The ambassador will be accompanying President Bush on his trip to Poland and has had to cancel his talk, which will be rescheduled for Autumn 2003.

    Leonardo da Vinci

    A History of Collecting and Patronage

    March 8 - May 18, 2003
    California Palace of the Legion of Honor
    San Francisco



    The artistic riches of Poland visit San Francisco in this stunning debut exhibition. Seventy-seven paintings drawn from Poland's leading national collections include important Italian Renaissance works, 18th-century cityscapes, and works by Polish masters from five centuries.


    Perhaps the best known in the exhibition is Leonardo da Vinci's Lady with an Ermine (ca. 1490) -one of Europe's most celebrated paintings and a measure of the quality of collecting achieved by Poland into the 19th century. This marks the first time that a painting by da Vinci has been on view in San Francisco. Other highlights: Bernard Bellotto's View of Warsaw from the Terrace of the Royal Castle (1773), commissioned by King Stanislaus Augustus, has particular resonance with modern audiences as it relates to 20th-century efforts to rebuild the city after World War II. And Olga Boznanski's Two Boys (1903) celebrates the Polish national spirit that endured more than 100 years of continuous occupation by foreign powers.


    Leonardo da Vinci and the Splendor of Poland is organized by the Milwaukee Art Museum. Funding for the exhibition in San Francisco is generously provided by the Fine Art Museums Auxiliary. Local media sponsors are KKSF and KABL Radio and


    For a Calendar of numerous other Poland-related events accompanying the exhibition, including film, theater, music, lectures, a disco, and much more - visit the website of The Splendor of Poland Cultural Events Committee in San Francisco:, and click on "Cultural Calendar".

    The Museum of Modern Art present
    From MoMA to California,
    A Polish Pathfinder in Cyberspace:
    Piotr Wyrzykowski

    March 31 -April 3, 2003

    Museum of Modern Art present a series of evenings with one of Poland's leading contemporary artists working in the new media - video, CD-ROM, and internet art. Assuming the identity of "Peter Style" in some of his works, Piotr Wyrzykowski explores technology's influence on our perception of human presence, and its potential to extend our sense of our own corporeality.

    You can visit Mr. Wyrzykowski's website at

    Pacific Film Archive presents
    March 28 -30, 2003


    Pacific Film Archive Theater
    2575 Bancroft Way
    Berkeley, CA
    (510) 642-1412



    Tour Opening

    Tuesday, March 18, 2003

    7:30 PM

    UC Berkeley Art Museum
    PFA Theater
    2575 Bancroft Way
    Berkeley, CA
    (510) 642-1412

    Arden 2, the Society for Promoting International Theatre Exchange and Dialogue
    the Staniewski Center for Theater Practice in Gardzienice
    in its West Coast Premiere of

    or, The Golden Ass according to Lucius Apuleius

    Saturday, March 8, 2003
    4 PM and 8 PM
    The Getty Center
    1200 Getty Center Drive
    Los Angeles
    Harold Williams Auditorium

    Reserved seats @ $22 ($15 students/seniors)
    at (310) 440-7300 or Museum Information Desk




    350 East Seventeenth Street Suite 220, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
    Tel: 714/432-1218; fax: 949/548-3751;;


    Following our mission to help promote international cultural exchange, Arden2 is honored to be coordinating this Spring the visit of the world-renowned Polish theatre company "The Staniewski Center for Theater Practice in Gardzienice." Mr. Staniewski's Group will tour the West Coast with their latest production in March 2003. Metamorphoses or The Golden Ass, According to Lucius Apuleius will be performed twice at The Getty Center, on March 8th 2003. This ambitious project to recreate the music of Greek antiquity in this tour de force performance has achieved international acclaim in the past few years. This will be its first West Coast presentation after the successful tour of the East Coast in Spring 2001, which included performances and workshops at La Mama in New York, New York University, Smith College and MIT.


    Considering the cultural role of the Getty Center, and Gardzienice's creative context in the history of anthropological theatre, we are dedicated to organize this very important event as an opportunity to present Polish culture at its best. We hope that this project will stir your interest and enthusiasm and you will consider it beneficial for a cultural enhancement of the Los Angeles community. Gardzienice Company will also visit Yale and Stanford Universities.


    The Getty will present two performances in the Harold Williams Auditorium at 1200 Getty Center Drive, in Los Angeles on March 8th - at 4:00 p.m. and at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $22 general admission and $15 for students/seniors. Seating is assigned so call as early as you can purchase tickets for the best seats at 310/440-7300. Tickets are also available at the Museum Information Desk. Visit for additional information. To find out more about Gardzienice, please e-mail Arden2 at or call us at 310/514-1023.

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