Kto to jest? That's Amy Smardz celebrating Wianki/St. John's Eve at the Adam Mickiewicz Library & Dramatic Circle. Thank you to everyone who supports efforts to preserve our Polish heritage and Buffalo's East Side.
Adam Bernard Mickiewicz (December 24, 1798 – November 26, 1855) was a Polish (Polish-Lithuanian) poet, publisher and political writer of the Romantic period. One of the primary representatives of the Polish Romanticism era, a national poet of Poland, he is seen as one of Poland's Three Bards and the greatest poet in all of Polish literature. He is also considered one of the greatest Slavic language or European poets. He has been described as a Slavonic bard. He was a prominent creator of Romantic drama in Poland and has been compared both at home and in Western Europe to Byron and Goethe. - From Wiki
Tour de East Side
This is video of a nostalgic bike ride I took past seven Polish Roman Catholic churches on Buffalo’s East Side (includes parts of Cheektowaga/Sloan). Just so you know, I time-lapsed the video to speed up the ride for the viewer. These are all churches I knew very well when I lived in Buffalo. There are many others, but it was just too hot for me to visit (drive by) the others.
St. Casimir (1459 - March 4, 1484) was a Prince of Poland and Lithuania known as an international peacemaker and crusader against poverty. Against his father’s will, he halted aggression against Hungary. He also modernized Poland’s infrastructure, updated the legal system and nurtured friendly relations with neighboring countries.
The Parish of St. Casimir in Buffalo was established in 1890. Recently it was named an Oratory by Bishop Kmiec and is undergoing a renewal under the leadership of Fr. Czeslaw Krysa.
The church, named a Buffalo Landmark in 1977, is located at the corner of Cable, Casimir and Weiss Sts. in the Kaisertown (Kazimierzowo) neighborhood of Buffalo.
Wreath-Laying Ceremony in Honor of
General Casimir Pułaski
March 2, 2012
Everyone was grateful for the nice weather!
Polish-made supplies are now available for purchase. CLICK HERE
General Pulaski Wreathlaying Presentors:
• Stanley Pulaski Sr. (descendant) and family
• Chair of the Wreath-Laying Committee: Jerry Inda
• President of the General Pulaski Association: Brian Rusk
• Members of the Polish-American Veteran's Association
• Cheektowaga Town Supervisor: Mary Holtz
• Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York's 26th district: Kathy Hochul
• Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York's 27th district: Brian Higgins
• Erie County Sheriff: Timothy B. Howard
• Erie County Clerk: Christopher Jacobs
• U.S Bankruptcy Court Judge: Carl Bucki
• Erie County Judge: Michael Pietruszka
• New York State Senator: Tim Kennedy
• New York State Senator: George Maziarz
Sister Mary Felicia Golembiewski-Dove at St. Casimir Oratory EasterFest
The custom of drowning Marzanna (also known as Marzaniok, Morenam, Mór, Śmiertka, Śmiercicha), the symbol of winter, was most popular among youngsters in certain regions of Poland. Children would make a straw effigy dressed and throw it into a nearby river and rejoice in winter's departure and the advent of warmer weather. "Marzanna" was the name of the ancient pagan goddess of Death.
"Już wiosenne słonko wzbija się po niebie,
W tej wezbranej rzece utopimy ciebie."
"As the spring sun rises in the sky of blue,
In this swollen river we are drowning you!”
Buffalo's Electric Building was aglow in the national colors of Poland, white over red, to celebrate Dyngus Day 2012.
"Na Święty Jan woda kwitnie." - "On St. John's Eve, the water blooms." Learn more about St. John's Eve HERE.
Katy Carr, British singer/songwriter inspired by Polish World War II stories, will be appearing at three benefit events for The Wall Speaks Project. Katy has just released a new album "Paszport" to rave reviews by the British and Polish press. We are delighted and thankful, that she is supporting The Wall Speaks Project. CLICK HERE to view concert photos.
Katy Carr, a London-based singer and songwriter, performed at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York this afternoon. Many of her songs recall the terror the people of Poland faced during WWll. Her performance was greatly enjoyed by all who attended. Thank you for making the trip to Buffalo, Katy!
Andy Gołębiowski's Photos of His Recent Trip to Poland
LEFT: Ciocia Józia, full of stories, and eager to tell them. What a treasure, what a woman, at 90 years old. Deep faith, great sense of humor, and warm, warm, warm.
What a day it was!
The Bishop Colton High School Glee Club
Sister Mary Lorentine C.S.S.F., Director
Fr. Tadeusz Bocianowski
Fr. Tadeusz Bocianowski, an active co-organizer of the oldest Pulaski Parade in the United States in Cheektowaga, and the host of weekends for children from the Polish "Communication without Barriers" Foundation, was recently awarded the Knight's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland. Fr. Bocianowski supports the activities of all Polish organizations in Buffalo, and co-organizes concerts by Polish artists.
"The World Knew: Jan Karski’s Mission for Humanity", a new exhibit is on view at the downtown Central Library, 1 Lafayette Square, now through Sunday, November 16. The exhibit is free and open to the public during regular Library operating hours: Monday – Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Thursday 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m., and Sundays 12 noon to 5 p.m.
The story of Polish-born diplomat and “citizen of the world” Jan Karski
(1914-2000) is not well known today, remarkably, but he carried out one of the most monumental missions
attempted in World War II – a cross-continental trek to inform Western leaders in 1942 that the Holocaust was underway. Planned by the Underground, the largest anti-Nazi resistance movement in occupied Europe, Karski was smuggled into the Warsaw Ghetto and the vast Nazi system of industrialized slaughter to directly bear witness, then report on what he had seen to the top leaders of the Allies.
Along the way, he was captured, tortured, nearly executed, and managed daring escapes that allowed his message and evidence to be carried to the West. He presented his dramatic report in 1943 to the British Foreign Secretary, U.S. Secretary of War, bishops, journalists, and President Roosevelt. However, many were skeptical that even the Nazis would attempt to murder an entire people.
The war, and the killing, continued. Karski stayed in the U.S., eventually becoming a U.S. citizen, a professor of history and politics at Georgetown University, and an author. In his later life, he received many awards for his courage and was a controversial speaker on the callousness of the Allies toward the fate of the Jews in Europe. He posthumously received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama in 2012.
In conjunction with the exhibit, there will be several free programs including:
-Saturday, October 18, 12:30 p.m.: Book Talk by Wanda Urbanska, Director of the Jan Karski Educational Foundation, on Karski’s recently re-published memoir, *The Story of a Secret State*.
The Buffalo & Erie County Public Library is collaborating with the Permanent Chair of Polish Culture at Canisius College, Kosciuszko Foundation – WNY Division, the Polish Legacy Project, Daemen College, the Holocaust Resource Center of Buffalo, and the Jewish Community Center to present the exhibition.
More information about Jan Karski and the Foundation's efforts can be found at:
-Sunday, October 26, 2 p.m.: Film and discussion, *The Labyrinth: The Testimony of Martin Kolodziej*, a documentary on the haunting artwork of an Auschwitz survivor.
-Sunday, November 9, 2 p.m.: Film and discussion, *Irena Sendler: In the N ame of Their Mothers*, the story of a group of young Polish women who saved thousands of Jewish children.
For further information on these activities, please call 858-8900 or visit the Library’s website at: www.BuffaloLib.org <http://www.buffalolib.org/>.
The exhibit "The World Knew: Jan Karski’s Mission for Humanity" was prepared by the Polish History Museum in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland, Jan Karski Educational Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities prepared by the Polish History Museum in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland, Jan Karski Educational Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
EXHIBIT: "The World Knew: Jan Karski’s Mission for Humanity"
Mary Lou Wyrobek greets guests at a reception officially opening the traveling exhibit "The World Knew: Jan Karski’s Mission for Humanity", on display at the Central Library in Downtown Buffalo. Ms. Wyrobek led to effort to bring the exhibit to Buffalo. On display until Nov. 16, 2104.