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Honorary Consul of Poland for Seattle
Seattle does not have
a Honorary Consul of Poland and it definitely misses one. The local Polonia is
trying to find an appropriate candidate for the position. Please read the
information on the subject prepared by the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of
the Polish Home Association, Mr. Pawel Krupa.
Konsul Honorowy dla Seattle
posted Dec 22, 2011
Karski Presidential Medal of Freedom Campaign
(1914-2010) was a Polish WWII hero, resistance fighter as well as a Polish
government envoy and diplomat, famous as a man who tried in vain to convey the
truth about Nazi atrocities and the Holocaust to the world leaders. The
Kosciuszko Foundation started a campaign for awarding him the Presidential Medal
of Freedom. This initiative is supported by several US Senators and many
Representatives. You too, can help -
please see here.
Jan Karski bio,
the Campaign site
posted Dec 22, 2011
New Visa Waiver Law Campaign - Please Send a Letter
or Email To Your Senator
of the Pacific Northwest joined forces to contribute to nation-wide letter
campaign about a new law related to the visa waiver program based on the
overstay rate. Pursuing the proposed law is a new approach to the problem and
we encourage everybody to send a letter or email to Senators Patty Murray and
Maria Cantwell as well as to your congressman or congresswoman in support of the
new legislation. Please
read more about it
here - includes letter templates you can use.
Thank you for supporting this important campaign
to drop Visas for Poland.
of new legislation and letter templates
posted Oct 27, 2011
Adamska wins the 2011 SPFF poster competition
by Anais Adamska
Seattle Polish Film Festival is happy to announce that the
winner of the 2011 SPFF poster competition is Anais Adamska.
Also: Volunteers needed to run the Festival. SPFF runs November
4-13 this year.
posted Oct 20, 2011
Dr. Adam Kozuchowski is the Polish
Fulbright scholar at the UW
visiting Polish Fulbright Lecturer for 2011/2012 is Dr. Adam
Kozuchowski. Dr. Kozuchowski is an assistant professor at the
Institute of History, Polish Academy of Sciences in
Warsaw. His research interests are
history of 19th-20th
century in Central Europe, Russia and Germany; history of
historiography; literature and film as historical source. The Polish Fulbright Lecturer position is supported
in part by the UW Polish Studies Endowment Committee.
posted Sep 22, 2011
Seattle Polish Film Festival Poster
Competition - deadline Sep 24, 2011
by Magdalena Hill
Seattle Polish Film Festival is pleased to announce a poster
competition for the upcoming 19th Annual Seattle Polish Film
Festival. Deadline for entries is September 24, 2011. Winner
will receive 2 festival passes and an invitation to the
opening reception. Please visit
Seattle PFF site for competition rules and poster
Also: Volunteers needed to run the Festival. SPFF runs November
3-13 this year.
posted Sep 7, 2011
Fr. Phil Wallace of St. Louise died on
Aug 25, 2011
who served at St. Louise Church in Bellevue for over a decade
has died after a long battle with cancer. The gentle and much
loved priest was well known to the Polish community as the one
who started the rite of Easter basket blessing at St. Louise,
the first and for many years the only church on the Eastside
observing the rite and the place where a growing number of
Polish-American gathered each year. St. Louise Parish also
hosted the Polish School in Bellevue for several years.
7 pm Mon Aug 29 - the prayer service in honor of Fr.Phil at St.
pm Tue Aug 30 - the Vigil service at
St. Francis of
Assisi Church in Burien
am Wed, Aug 31 - the Funeral Mass at St. Louise Church
Seattle Times article about Rev. Wallace,
Fr. Phil's obituary,
St. Louise Church
posted Aug 28, 2011
Basia Patrick & the Polish Home Restaurant featured in The Seattle
B. Patrick / Seattle Times
The Polish Cultural Center restaurant chef, Ms.
Barbara (Basia) Patrick was on the cover of the Pacific NW section of the
Seattle Times Sunday edition on Aug 14, 2011. The main article featuring Swedish
Cultural Center as well as the Polish Home ran several pages and was very warm
and positive. You can
read it online, but the printed original also had several pictures with
Konrad Palubicki, Julia Olejniczak and Paul Griffin among others.
Congratulations for the good vibes!
Where: In the Aug 14th edition of the Seattle Times
The article on the Seattle Times website - only one picture but there is a
posted Aug 15, 2011
Russia Toughest Prisons by local Polish filmmakers on Nat
Russia's Toughest Prisons is a documentary
made for National Geographic by two filmmakers from the local Polish community.
Anna Rodzinska, producer & writer, spent two years securing access to the
prisons and Michal Pietrzyk, producer & editor, spent a month shooting it and
braving temperatures reaching -50 degrees. Featured prisons include the Black
Dolphin, Russia's highest security prison.
Where: On the National Geographic Channel on Sunday,
July 31 at 9 pm
National Geographic site with the movie
posted July 28, 2011
Mr. Jerzy Friedrich died on June 14, 2011
Mr. Jerzy Friedrich, Polish patriot and longtime active member of the Polish community in
Seattle, has died. He was 91.
Mr. Friedrich was a native of Lwow (Lviv), then part of Poland,
where he was born on Jan 18, 1920. In 1940, his whole family was
by the Soviet authorities;
they were lucky to survive the hardships of the exile. After the
Germans invaded the Soviet Union, Mr. Friedrich enlisted with
Gen. Anders Army and went with it from Kazakhstan to Persia and
the Palestine, eventually becoming an artillery officer. With
the Corps, he fought in North Africa and in Italy all the way
from Bari, through the famous battle of Monte Cassino, to
Bologna, where he ended the war. Since his hometown had been
annexed to Soviet Ukraine, he had no home to go back to. At
Torino University he met his beloved wife Pia. In 1948 they
emigrated to Argentina and eventually found their way to
Seattle, where they arrived in 1959. In Seattle, Mr. Friedrich
worked as an associate architect for Univ. of Washington until
Mr. Friedrich was a co-founder of the Polish WWII Veterans
Lodge (SPK) #50 in Seattle and was its President for 15 years. He
was an active member of the Polish Home Assn. where he involved
his family as well. He supported the Polish Home for many years.
More recently, with other survivors of the Soviet deportations
he was featured in the documentary The Trip To Nowhere
Mr. Friedrich is survived by his son Alex with daughter-in-law
Susie, grandchildren Paul, Mark and Laura, daughter Vivien
Savojni, son-in-law Adriano and grandson Alexander Savojni.
Memorial: June 24, 2011 from 6 pm at Mr. Friedrich's house.
funeral is private. The memorial is at
6547 NE 61st, Seattle, off of Sandpoint Way
messages and remembrances on Legacy.com. Donations in
Mr. Friedrich's name may be directed to Evergreen Hospital
Hospice Center in Kirkland who, along with his wife Pia, took
loving care of him in his last days.
Mr. Friedrich extensive bio on HistoryLink,
PHA profile of
Lt. Friedrich (in Polish),
YouTube videos with Mr. Friedrich,
The Trip To Nowhere website,
Siberian Exiles Project
Posted June 16, 2011
Jaworski elected the President of SGSCA
Seattle-Gdynia Sister City Association election meeting in April 2011, Mr. Allen
Jaworski has been elected for SGSCA President, Mr. Tom Clark for Vice-President,
Ms. Barbara Lee for Treasurer and Ms. Martha Golubiec for Secretary.
Also, Mr. Zbigniew Pietrzyk became the liaison for the Seattle Polish Film
posted May 12, 2011
SGSCA wins the Best Overall
Program Award in the City
At the annual Sister City Reception
at the Seattle City Hall co-hosted by Mayor Mike McGinn and City
Council President Richard Conlin,
Seattle-Gdynia Sister City Assn was honored with the 2011
Best Overall Program Award. SGSCA won the award on the strength
of the three big projects it runs annually: The
Seattle Polish Film Festival, the student exchange program and Gdynia Business
Week (a summer school of business). Gdynia Business Week won the Best Project
Award last year. Congratulations to the out-going SGSCA President Debra Markert,
Gdynia Business Week coordinator Janice Jaworski, SPFF Directors Greg Plichta &
Michal Friedrich and to the SGSCA board and members!
Gdynia Business Week,
2010 Best Proejct,
Seattle Polish FF
posted May 12, 2011
Poland, Visas and You Campaign - please sign a letter
to your congressman
The Kosciuszko Foundation
and its president, Alex Storozynski have started a new campaign, this one about
including Polish citizens in the visa waiver program.
For too long, the United States has
treated our friends and families in Poland as second class citizens requiring
them to apply for visas to visit this country, while Europeans from other
countries travel here without visas. There is a bill in Congress that would
change that. But it will only become law if you and your friends call and write
to your Senators and Representatives.
Read more ...
More: KF site
an appeal from Mr. Storozynski with a letter to sign,
posted Apr 24, 2011
Anna Grzankowski wins the 2011 UW PSEC scholarship
UW Polish Studies Endowment
Committee announced that the $1500 Student Scholarship for 2011 was awarded to
Ms. Anna Grzankowski. Ms. Grzankowski is
double-majoring in History and Eastern European Language, Literature and
Culture, and among other courses, is currently taking Polish language classes.
She is also planning to spend the upcoming summer at the Jagiellonian University
in Cracow studying Polish language and culture.
UW Polish Studies Endowment Committee scholarships,
UW Polish Student Association
posted Apr 24, 2011
Cpt. Michael Bialowski Benett died on April 11, 2011
Captain Michael Bialowski Benett, Polish patriot and longtime active member of the Polish community in
Seattle, has died. He was 92.
When WWII started young Mr. Michal Bialowski happened to be in
Casablanka as a cadet on a Polish tall ship. As many other
Polish volunteers he found his way to Great Britain and
continued his navy service. He served both in the Polish Navy
(on ORP Conrad and ORP Dragon) and, as Michael
Benett, in the Royal Navy (on HMS Exeter, HMS Walney &
HMS Veteran) ending the was as a captain. After the war, he
joined US merchant fleet and in 1961 settled in Seattle where he
worked for Royal Mail Lines. From 1966 till his retirement he
was the Director of Port of Seattle Marine Terminals.
Mr. Benett was a member of the Seaman's Club, Propeller Club
and College Club as well as of the Polish WWII Veterans Lodge
SPK and Polish Home Association in Seattle. He was also a
founding member and longtime active member of the Seattle-Gdynia
Sister City Association. He exemplified the best traditions of
both navies he served, and will be remembered as a true officer
Mr. Benett is survived by his wife Janina, daughter Renata and
son Robert, all of Seattle.
Memorials: The memorial and the funeral was private
The family is very grateful to Swedish Medical Center for their
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the
Swedish Medical Center
800 Broadway Ste 1000, Seattle, WA 98122, or
the Seattle Times obituary,
PHA profile of Mr. Benett (in Polish)
Posted April 21, 2011
Volunteers needed at the Polish
Volunteers are needed for the following events at the Polish Cultural
1) Polish Bazaar needs volunteers to set up
tables on Friday April 15 from 8 pm and on Saturday morning and to tear it down
in the evening;
Library needs volunteers to run a book sale at the bazaar on April 16 - please
contact Monika Oczkowska-McNeal
3) Polish Home Foundation needs volunteers for greeters and
PH fundraising table downstairs on April 16, please contact
4) Pierogi Fest needs
volunteers for many functions on May 7, 2011, please contact
posted April 7, 2011
Podl died on March 23, 2011
Mr. Tom Podl, a great friend of Poland, renowned Polish art
collector and longtime active member of the Polish community in
Seattle, has died.
Born in Chicago in 1938 as Thomas Matthew Podlasinski, he graduated from the
Illinois Institute of Technology in 1963. He settled in Seattle
in 1974 and established Intralife, a very successful
medical device company, which gave him means to pursue his
passion as a Polish art collector. Over a span of two decades he
amassed one of the most important collections of Polish art in
America (paintings and sculptures) focusing on artists from the
Paris School of painting but including paintings from the early
18th c to modern times. His collection was exhibited in Chicago
and Seattle and in 2001-2003 his Colors of Identity
collection of over 150 paintings toured the most important
museums of Poland, including the National Museum in Cracow and
the Zacheta Museum in Warsaw.
Mr. Podl served as the President of the Polish Museum of America
in Chicago from 1991 to 1993 and the President of the Society
for Arts in Chicago from 1993 to 1997; he was also a co-founder
of the Society in 1981. In Seattle, he was very active as a member of
the Polish community for more than 30 years. He
served as the Treasurer of the Polish Home Assn. in Seattle and
was a member of Seattle-Gdynia Sister City Assn. Among his
initiatives were the quarterly PHA publication Nasz Dom
and the Seattle Polish Film Festival; he was also a co-founder
of the UW Polish Studies Endowment Fund. Mr. Podl was a very
generous supporter of Polish causes and events, including the
Solidarity movement and the Polish Home in Seattle.
Mr. Podl's unwavering support for Poland and Polish culture was
honored with the Gloria Artis
Gold Medal, the highest Polish medal awarded for accomplishments
in Polish arts and culture, the Cavalier Cross of the Order of
Merit of the Republic of Poland (awarded by the President of
Poland) and other awards.
Mr. Podl is survived by his wife Cathy of Port Orchard, WA,
brother Bill and his family
in Illinois, sister Monica
Janicki and her family, daughter Carrie Habernern and her family in Colorado, son Tod Podl and
his family in
Ohio, stepchildren Mark Rex, Brandy Hogan-Hohmann and Lisa Hoak
and their families in Washington, and eight grandchildren.
Memorials: Private memorial and funeral for the
family and friends only on Tue, March 29, 2011.
The family asks for privacy in their mourning of Mr. Podl.
Public memorial is planned at the Polish Cultural Center
in Seattle at a later date.
Biography in Nowy Dziennik,
the Seattle Times obituary
Posted March 24, 2011
Polish Consul in Seattle on March 21 & 22
at the Polish Cultural Center
The Consulate General of the Republic of
Poland in Los Angeles kindly informs that the consular visit to
Seattle to process passport applications and to handle other
issues that require Polish citizens to talk to a Polish Consul
in person will happen on March 21 & 22, 2011. The visit is
coordinated by Mr. Marian Strutynski. Reservations are required
to talk to the Consul. Please see the
detailed information about the visit in Polish.
Update: as of
March 3, there are no places left on the reservation list. The
next chance to file an application near Seattle will be in
Portland, OR in late spring - likely not earlier than in June..
Where: At the
Polish Cultural Center / Polish
Home in Seattle; reservations required - to make a
reservation, please follow
information about the visit.
FAQ info on Polish passports;
contact to Mr. Strutynski,
posted Feb 17, 2011
Elections at the Polish Home Association
At the Polish
Home Association election meeting in Seattle on January 29, 2011, Mr. John Golubiec has
been reelected as the PHA President for another one year term. Mr. Pawel Krupa
has become the Chairman of the Board of Trustees. Congratulations!
posted February, 2011
The Way Back playing
in Metro Cinemas
The Way Back, a
movie directed by an Oscar nominated director Peter Weir, tells
a story of an audacious WWII escape from a Soviet Gulag camp to
India. The film has been inspired by the famous novel The
Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom by Slavomir
Rawicz and by other accounts of lucky escapees, some of them
Polish. Starring Ed Harris and Colin Farrell.
Where: Playing in some
Metro Cinemas in Seattle, please check the listings
The official movie
Seattle Metro Cinemas,
Seattle Times review,
posted Feb 3, 2011
Memory of Mr. Piotr Pawluskiewicz
A stone with the plaque
In a mid-December ceremony,
a metal plaque in honor of Mr. Piotr Pawluskiewicz was unveiled
in front of the Polish Cultural Center building in Seattle. The
ceremony was attended by the Trustees and Officers of the Polish
Home Assn. as well as friends and the family of late Mr.
Pawluskiewicz who died in 2009. Mr. Pawluskiewicz was one of the
pillars of the Polish community in Seattle, having served as
President of the Polish Home Assn., Chairman of the PHA Board of
Trustees and at the Board of Directors of the Polish Home
Obituary & Bio
posted Jan 19, 2010
Fot. 'Fountain" - Hanna Gil
Fot. "Seattle" - Ryszard Kwieciński