Archive for the ‘History’ Category

Central European Film Days

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

The Department of World Languages, Literature, and Cultures
and Polish Studies at Cleveland State University
present:

“Polak, Węgier, dwa bratanki
“Magyar, lengyel, két jó barát”

“The Pole and Magyar like brothers stand”

Central European Film Days

featuring Hungarian and Polish films
(with subtitles in English)

- FREE AND OPEN TO ALL -

November 6, 2015 – Friday
Fenn Tower, Room 10
CSU Main Campus
1983 East 24th Street

4:00 p.m. – Gods (Bogowie, 2014)

In the 1980s cardiac surgeon Zbigniew Religa works on the first heart transplant in Poland while fighting the system and his own demons.

6:30 p.m. – Control (Kontroll, 2003)

An award-winning film about a metaphoric and often funny journey in the Budapest subway system.

Between the films: Refreshments

November 7, 2015 – Saturday
Fenn Tower, Room 102
CSU Main Campus
1983 East 24th Street

10:30 a.m. – Children of Glory (Szabadság, szerelem, 2006)
An award-winning, touching film commemorating the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 against the Soviet-led Communist rule.

Following the film: Discussion with Cleveland Hungarians, testimonies of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and refreshments

2:00 p.m. – Wałęsa. Man of hope (Wałęsa. Człowiek z nadziei, 2013)

Andrzej Wajda’s film portrait of Lech Wałęsa – the leader of the Solidarity movement in the 1980s.

Following the film: Discussion with Cleveland Poles about the Solidarity movement

 

A Conversation with Michał Trębacz, PhD

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

Polish Studies at Cleveland State University presents:
A Conversation with Michał Trębacz, PhD
Current Polish Scholarship on Jews:
People, Places, Events
Thursday, October 22
During “Common Hour”
11:30 am-12:30 pm
Fenn Tower, Rm 10
Free and Open to all
Michał Trębacz, PhD., is a researcher in Poland at the center for Jewish Research, University of Łódź and the Institute of National Remembrance in Łódź.
Dr. Trebacz is part of growing number of Polish scholars focusing on Jews in Poland in the pre-war period, including their politics. He will give us perspective on the reasons for the special interest in Polish Jews and their recent findings about some of the leading personalities, including Szmul Zygielbojm and his relationship with Jan Karski. He will also discuss Poland’s current position on the Syrian refugees against the background of the Soviet period and earlier, giving us some perspectives on the present Polish leadership.
Find out more about Polish Studies at csuohio.edu/class/polish-studies

Fr. Jerzy Popiełuszko – “Messenger of the Truth”

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

90-minute film to air on WVIZ/PBS ideastream- World Channel, 25.3

Sunday June 1st, 8:00-9:30pm

Monday June 2nd, Midnight-1:30am

Monday June 2nd, 8:00am-9:30am

Monday June 2nd, 2:00-3:30pm

CHICAGO – February 14, 2014 — Narrated by Catholic activist and actor Martin Sheen, Jerzy Popieluszko: Messenger of the Truth is the remarkable true story of Polish martyr and 20th century hero of human rights, Blessed Father Jerzy Popieluszko.  The dramatic 90-minute film, presented by WTTW National Productions and distributed nationally by American Public Television.

Father Jerzy was the chaplain of the Solidarity movement in Poland, who was later murdered by the Communists for speaking the truth in a country full of propaganda, oppression and social injustice.  “Totalitarian systems destroy man because they captivate his inside, his thoughts, free will and conscience.  The only efficient defense against these systems is the Truth,” he said.

It was Father Jerzy’s strong faith, conviction and courage that mobilized a nation to stand united against the Communist regime in Poland.  At his funeral, an estimated one million people surrounded his church in Warsaw and as one, they promised to continue his struggle for freedom through non-violence.  Present at the funeral, Solidarity leader Lech Walesa said, “Rest in peace, Father Jerzy.  Solidarity is alive because you gave your life for it.”

Jerzy Popieluszko: Messenger of the Truth was awarded first place in the documentary category at the 28th International Catholic Film Festival in Warsaw, Poland.  His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York, said “…This film is a must-see for all who believe in the rights of religious liberty, the dignity of the human person, and those who are lovers of freedom and defenders of the truth.”

Father Jerzy was beatified on June 6, 2010 in Warsaw and is expected to be canonized in the near future.

“Polonia in Cleveland and the Journey of Julian Stanczak”

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 2:00 – 4:00 PM
Western Reserve Historical Society

 

As part of the series of events celebrating the life and work of Julian Stanczak, a panel discussion on Cleveland’s Polish immigrant community will be held at Western Reserve Historical Society on Wednesday, March 19th, from 2 to 4 pm. Participating in the discussion will be Gene Bak, Mary Erdmans, John Grabowski, and Sean Martin. This panel discussion will examine the long history of Cleveland’s Polish immigrant community, with particular emphasis on the post-war migration of individuals like Julian Stanczak who came to play major roles in art and culture within and outside of that community. This is a free event. For more information on Stanczak, including details of current exhibitions, see http://www.siegallifelonglearning.org/stanczak-programs.html

 

November 11th Polish Independence Day Reception

Sunday, October 28th, 2012

All are welcome. Reception starts at 2 PM.

More info about Polish Independence Day

The Glory of Poland

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

My first thought, hearing of the Polish tragedy, was that history’s gyre can be of an unbearable cruelty, decapitating Poland’s elite twice in the same cursed place, Katyn.

My second was to call my old friend Adam Michnik in Warsaw. Michnik, an intellectual imprisoned six times by the former puppet-Soviet Communist rulers, once told me:

“Anyone who has suffered that humiliation, at some level, wants revenge. I know all the lies. I saw people being killed. But I also know that revanchism is never ending. And my obsession has been that we should have a revolution that does not resemble the French or Russian, but rather the American, in the sense that it be for something, not against something. A revolution for a constitution, not a paradise. An anti-utopian revolution. Because utopias lead to the guillotine and the gulag.”

(more…)

President Kaczynski’s last speech

Monday, April 12th, 2010

“Dear Representatives of the Katyn Families. Ladies and Gentlemen. In April 1940 over twenty-one thousand Polish prisoners from the NKVD camps and prisons were killed. The genocide was committed at Stalin’s will and at the Soviet Union’s highest authority’s command.

The alliance between the Third Reich and the Soviet Union, the Ribbentrop-Molotov pact and the Soviet attack on Poland on 17 September 1939 reached a terrifying climax in the Katyn massacre. Not only in the Katyn forest, but also in Tver, Kcharkiv and other known, and unknown, execution sites citizens of the Second Republic of Poland, people who formed the foundation of our statehood, who adamantly served the motherland, were killed.

(more…)

“The Soviet Story” – Video Documentary

Friday, March 12th, 2010

“The Soviet Story” is a startling document of cooperation with the Gestapo, the NKVD before the year 1941. The film tells the story of Soviet domestic terror, the killing of its citizens “on an industrial scale, artificially induced by the Great Famine in Ukraine (Holodomor) of a murder at Katyn.
(more…)

Seventy Years Ago…

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

February 10, 1940 – the second most important date, after the Soviet invasion of September 17, 1939, to engrave itself in the memories of the residents of the eastern kresy (borderlands) of the Second Republic. The first mass deportation of Poles to Siberian camps, officially known as „resettlement”, began at dawn on February 10th, seventy years ago. More than 220,000 people were taken – state officials (including judges, prosecutors, and policemen), self-government activists, foresters, landowners, and those in the military with families. The deported were taken to the northern regions of the Soviet Union, near Archangelsk, Irkutsk, Krasnoyarsk, and Komi. An estimated one and a half to two million Poles were taken to this „inhuman land” by the Soviets during  four deporations, lasting until June 1941. (more…)

Memories of Christmas Eve

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

The year was 1943 and the winter, as is usual in the Bialystok region, was harsh.  The trees looked like glassy, motionless objects.  Houses in the entire town stood shrouded in melancholy  and dread.  As night fell, the lights went dark in the windows, leaving only the moon casting its glow among distant cold stars.  Sometimes passing airplanes could be  heard,  followed by  the sounds of bombs exploding far away  and then a glow of fires burning somewhere over the horizon reflected in the night sky. (more…)