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November 3 @ 7 PM     December 7 Wigilia at Leonardo's II 2 PM     January 5 @ 7 PM

Meetings are held at Leonardos II Restaurant
2021 Brunswick Pike (Business Rt. 1 South)

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Great Men and Women of Polish Descent

Paralysed man, Darek Fidyka, walks again after pioneering surgery

Medical team led by Polish surgeon, Dr. Pawel Tabakow, regrow cells of patient's
severed spine in breakthrough that offers hope to millions with disability   Read More


Marion Winters
A Great WWII Vet of Polish Descent
Retired US Air Force Major Marion Winters (Wasowicz)

Submitted by Peter Obst. Thanks for another PJO.



Merry Christmas
The Polish Arts Club


Invites you to attend the

2014 Wigilia

Sunday, December 7th@ 2:00 P.M.

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October Meeting Highlighted With A Presentation On The
Invasion of Poland by Professor Barbara Bochenek
The October 2014 meeting was highlighted by guest speaker Professor Barbara Bochenek who hails from Kielce, Poland.   She has taught history in high school and college in Kielce for many years.  Prof. Bochenek gave a very interesting presentation on the events leading to, and the invasion of Poland in September 1939.  The presentation was interpreted into english by our own Ms. Bea Maciolek  Prof. Bochenek is the mother of none other than our favorite Polish waitress at Leonardo's, Magdalena Gaworek!   The meeting was well attended and everyone enjoyed the presentation.









2014 Polonaise Ball Honoree and Scholarship Award Recipients

The 69th Polonaise Ball and Scholarship Awards Dinner
will be held at the Trenton Country Club on April 25th, 2015
Three Charter Members Pass Away
Loretta Bielawski Daunis, the sole remaining founder left us peacefully on April 24, 2014.  Loretta was born in Brooklyn, NY, and a longtime resident of Lawrenceville, NJ, and most recently, Ewing, NJ.
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Stephanie Barbara Balwan Winowicz, 92, passed away peacefully in her sleep Saturday morning, June 21, 2014, at Saint Joseph's Residence at Morris Hall, Lawrenceville, NJ. Stephanie was a charter member.   Read More Lt. Col. Frank J. Krupp, USAF (Ret.), 97, of Mount Laurel passed away peacefully at home on April 26, 2014. Frank was a charter member and the president for the first 3 years of the Polish Arts Club of Trenton.   Read More


2014 Scholarship Award Recipients

2014 Scholarship Award Recipients


2014 Polonaise Ball

2014 Polonaise Ball and Scholarship Awards Dinner Pictures
Photos by Kirk Everett

Polonaise Ball Picture Album      Polonaise Ball Slide Show

PKM Dancers Slide Show

Sorry, but the slide shows will not work on Apple products :o(


2013 Wigilia

2013 Wigilia Pictures
Photos by Kirk Everett

Wigilia Picture Album

Wigilia Slide Show

Great Men and Women of Polish Descent



Polish Children's Heartline

"SAVE A CHILD'S HEART"

Established in 1985, The Polish Children's Heartline is a 501 (c)(3) Non-Profit volunteer organization which raises money to purchase medical equipment for children's heart surgery in pediatric units throughout Poland. They are currently working in the regions of Katowice, Lodz, Zabrze, Bialystok, Suwalki and Grajewo. Every year over 2,000 procedures are performed in Poland on children with heart problems. In almost 30 years, The Polish Children's Heartline has donated over $20 million dollars' worth of medical equipment, saving thousands of Polish children's lives.
VISIT the Polish Children's Heartline website.



Dr. Walter Golaski

Polish American Mechanical-Bio-Medical Engineer

Best known for developing Dense Knit Dacron Vascular Prostheses

In 2013 the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission approved a historical marker to honor Dr. Walter Golaski, engineer and inventor who was a leading pioneer in manufacturing knitted Dacron blood-vessel replacements. A Drexel University graduate, he was also a philanthropist who devoted much time and energy to establishing closer ties between the United States and Poland through cultural and scholarly exchange. Though a Philadelphian, he was Chairman of the Board at the Kosciuszko Foundation in New York during the years 1973-1982. The dedication ceremony took place on: Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 12:00 noon, near the intersection of 34th Street and Lancaster Avenue in Philadelphia, Drexel University campus.
Read more about Dr. Walter Golaski
Historical Marker Dedication Pictures by Peter Obst




Finding Your Polish Roots

Problems, Challenges, Solutions

A Presentation by Peter Obst

Mr. Peter J. Obst presented "Finding Your Polish Roots" to the Polish Arts Club membership at a recent monthly meeting. Mr. Obst presented some of the problems, challenges and soulutions to tracing your Polish ancestry. You can start at home looking through documents such as birth, batismal, marriage and death certificates, letters, passports, citizenship papers and military records. There are many public records you can search such as the US census, naturalization papers, Social Security applications, draft registrations, passenger lists, and other US records.

Mr. Obst's presentation is provided here with his permission in both MS Power Point and Adobe PDF formats. I have also taken some of the links from the presentation and listed them below.

Finding Your Polish Roots - in MS Power Point

Finding Your Polish Roots - in Adobe PDF format

Family Search - A free site

Ancestry.Com - Subscription Based

U.S. Census

U.S. National Archives

Pinkowski Files - A Data Base of American Polonia

Genealogy Resources - from the Polish Mission

Recommended Book Sto Lat: A Modern Guide to Polish Genealogy

Other Books - from St. Mary's Bookstore, Orchard Lake MI




New Translation of Sienkiewicz Works Showcases Polish Author's Humor & Wit

Three Stories

by Henryk Sienkiewicz (Author), Peter J. Obst (Translator)

Various works of Henryk Sienkiewicz have been translated into English at different times by different translators. The latest offering is Henryk Sienkiewicz: Three Stories. This short collection presents three of Sienkiewicz's humorous stories that have been practically forgotten: "A Comedy of Errors" (based on small town life in the American West), "The Authoresses" (a sketch about children, not for children) and "The Third One" (a romantic comedy).

Thanslator/writer Peter Obst has breathed new life into these lively tales rendering them into a form accessible and understandable to english Speaking readers. Those who care to sample the wit and humor of Poland's most famous writer will be delighted by these stories. Light and exuberant, they are a world away from the cruel reality and melodrama of the better know: "Lighthouse Keeper," "Janko Musician," and "For Bread." The book, published by Wildside Press (and featuring Jacek Malczewski's painting "Vicious Circle" on the cover) is available from Amazon.Com.

Peter J. Obst is a lecturer at LaSalle University and a researcher for The Poles in America Foundation, established by historian Edward Pinkowski. He received his BS in Commerce and Engineering from Drexel University (1977) and his MA in Central and East European Studies from LaSalle University (2004). He also studied at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. Several of his book-length translations from Polish have been published: Lech Walesa: Democrat or Dictator?, My Flights to Freedom, A Family from Sosnowiec, and A Man Who Spanned Two Eras. His articles have appeared in The Wall Street Journal Europe, Private Pilot magazine, the Polish-American Journal, Nowy Dziennik, Post-Eagle and other Polonia and American mainstream publications. The recently published Polish American Encyclopedia (edited by James Pula) contains nine entries he authored. He contributed 42 photographs to Allan M. Heller's album Monuments and Memorials of Philadelphia. He is active in the Kosciuszko Foundation (KF) and the American Council for Polish Culture (ACPC).

Check out Mr. Obst's latest book translation by clicking the book image above or go direct to Amazon.Com. While your there, click on Peter's name and see his other books.





Col. Francis Stanley "Gabby" Gabreski

Polish American Fighter Pilot

WWII and Korean War Ace

Francis Stanley "Gabby" Gabreski (born Franciszek Gabryszewski; January 28, 1919 - January 31, 2002) was the top American fighter ace in Europe during World War II, a jet fighter ace in Korea, and a career officer in the United States Air Force with more than 26 years service, retiring with the rank of colonel. 

Although best known for his credited destruction of 34½ aircraft in aerial combat and being one of only seven U.S. combat pilots to become an ace in two wars, Gabreski was also one of the Air Force's most accomplished leaders. In addition to commanding two fighter squadrons, Gabreski had six command tours at group or wing level, including one in combat in Korea, totalling over 11 years of command and 15 overall in operational fighter assignments.

Gabreski's official Air Force biography states:

Gabreski's parents had emigrated from Poland to Oil City, Pennsylvania, in the early 1900s. His father (Stanley Gabryszewski) owned and operated a market, putting in 12-hour days. Like many immigrant-owned businesses in those days, the whole family worked at the market. But Gabreski's parents had dreams for him, including attending Notre Dame University. He did so in 1938, but, unprepared for real academic work, almost failed during his freshman year. During his second year at Notre Dame, Army Air Corps recruiters visited the campus. Gabreski went to hear them, primarily because his friends were going. The Army's enticing offer impressed him and he enlisted, reporting in July 1940.

See the entire story



WWII in Photos

A Retrospective in 20 Parts

by Alan Taylor

Originally published in TheAtlantic.com

World War II is the story of the 20th Century. The war officially lasted from 1939 until 1945, but the causes of the conflict and its horrible aftermath echoed for decades in both directions. While feats of bravery and technological breakthroughs still inspire awe today, the majority of the war was dominated by unimaginable misery and destruction. In the late 1930s, the global population stood at approximately 2 billion. In less than a decade, the war between the nations of the Axis Powers and the Allies resulted in some 80 million deaths -- killing off about 4 percent of the whole world.


The photo at left shows a crowd reading newspaper headlines, "Bombs Rain On Warsaw" as they stand outside the U.S. State Department building where diplomats held a conference on war conditions in Europe, on September 1, 1939.


This series of entries was published weekly on TheAtlantic.com from June 19 through October 30, 2011, running every Sunday morning for 20 weeks. In this collection of 900 photos spread over 20 essays, Alan Taylor tried to explore the events of the war, the lives of the people fighting at the front and working back home, and the effects of the trauma on everyday activity. These images still give us glimpses into the experiences of our parents, grandparents and great grandparents, moments that shaped the world as it is today.

To see the entire 20 part series click this link:    WWII Photo Spread

Provided by the Polish Arts Club of Trenton

National Polish American Sports Hall of Fame

The National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame was founded in 1973 to honor those who have achieved greatness in their sport and community. The NPASHF strives to be a national platform of Polish-American pride through the recognition of the athletic achievements of its members.

The mission of the National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame is to recognize and preserve outstanding achievement by individuals of Polish heritage in the field of sports and to educate the entire community with the hope of encouraging and inspiring personal excellence.

2014 Candidates to the National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame and newsletter
2013 Inductees to the National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame

Submitted by Fred Brodzinski.  Thanks Fred!!


The Spy Who Loved
The Secrets and Lives of Christine Granville
By Clare Mulley

The Untold Story of Britain's First Female Special Agent of World War II

In June 1952, a woman was murdered by an obsessed colleague in a hotel in the South Kensington district of London. Her name was Christine Granville. That she died young was perhaps unsurprising; that she had survived the Second World War was remarkable.

The life of the beautiful, fiercely brave, and spirited Christine Granville has gone largely unnoticed by the American public until now with the publication of Clare Mulley's THE SPY WHO LOVED (St. Martin's Press, June 11, 2013). This well-researched and fascinating biography of Ms. Granville, Britain's first female special agent of World War II, provides an intimate portrayal of the charismatic woman who saved many lives, broke many hearts, and time-and-again risked her own life to fight for freedom against the Nazis.

Born Krystyna Skarbek on May 1, 1908 in Warsaw, Poland (and interestingly enough a relative of composer Fryderyk Chopin), Christine inherited her father's zest for adventure, taking up horseback riding and skiing at an early age. Little did she know that as a young woman during World War II she would utilize her skill on the slopes to ski from Hungary over the steep snow-covered Tatra Mountains to Nazi-occupied Poland on several top secret missions, including an unsuccessful attempt to help her Jewish mother escape from the Nazis.

Christine's "joie de vivre" as a child manifested itself into a need to do all she could to assist the allies. Fleeing to Britain at the outbreak of World War II, she was recruited by the intelligence services and took on mission after mission, parachuting into occupied France, serving in Egypt and North Africa, and helping to organize a system of Polish couriers who brought intelligence reports from Warsaw to Budapest. Her courage, quick wit, and determination won her release from arrest more than once, most notably when she feigned symptoms of pulmonary tuberculosis by biting her tongue until it bled, saving herself and one of her many lovers, Polish army officer, Andrzej Kowerski, from the Gestapo. The intelligence she gathered during the war was a significant contribution to the Allied war effort, and she was awarded the George Medal, the OBE, and the Croix de Guerre.

It was a miracle that Christine survived the war but in an ironic turn of events when she was murdered in a hotel in the South Kensington district of London by an obsessive colleague whose advances she rejected. Charismatic and fearless, Christine was an extraordinary woman whose legacy lives on through Mulley's writing.

Clare Mulley is the author of The Woman Who Saved the Children: A Biography of Eglantyne Jebb, which won the Daily Mail Biographers' Club Prize. She is a member of The Social History Society, The Voluntary Action History Society, The Women's History Network, The Royal Society of Literature, The Biographer's Club, The Society of Authors, English PEN, Walden Writers, The Fawcett Society, and The National Secular Society. Mulley is a seasoned public speaker and literary chair, with extensive experience making presentations and lecturing in academic conferences, literary festivals and museums throughout the UK. She lives in London with her family.

The book is available in many stores and online. Here is a link to the book on Amazon

A book review in the NY Times



Bloodlands
Europe Between Hitler and Stalin
By Timothy D. Snyder


Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin is a book written by Timothy D. Snyder, first published by Basic Books on October 28, 2010. The book is about the mass killing of an estimated 14 million non-combatants by the regimes of Joseph Stalin's Soviet Union and Adolf Hitler's Nazi Germany between the years 1933 and 1945.. Snyder finds similarities between the two totalitarian regimes, and many forgotten or misremembered parts of the history, such as the fact that most of the victims of the two regimes died outside their respective concentration camps. He estimates, contrary to a commonly held view, that the Nazis were responsible for about twice as many noncombatant killings as Stalin's regime.

There are many studies available that document the most brutal chapters of 20th-century history. The Holocaust is well-covered in both scholarly and popular volumes, and even lesser-known subjects, such as the Soviet 'Great Terror', the Warsaw Rising and the postwar expulsions of the Germans, have all found their own champions in print.

Yet, to date, nobody has sought to place all of these grim examples of man's inhumanity to man into a single all-encompassing narrative. That is the task that the Yale historian Timothy Snyder has set for himself with his new book Bloodlands. Snyder concentrates his attentions on the very epicentre of those horrors, the ''Bloodlands'' of the title, the territories between Germany and Russia comprising mainly Poland, Lithuania, Ukraine and Belarus, which bore the brunt of the killing in the mid-20th century.

It was there, Snyder suggests, that the two most murderous totalitarian regimes of the time competed, co-operated and overlapped through 20 of the darkest years of human history.

Consequently, it was there that as many as 14 million lives were lost; not through military action, but through deliberate state policy of starvation, execution, maltreatment and gassing.

Professor Snyder is an excellent guide through this man-made hell. A talented historian and an accomplished storyteller, he expertly negotiates an extremely complex story, debunking myths, correcting misconceptions and providing context, analysis and human interest in equal measure, always with a sympathetic ear for the victims themselves.

Interview with Paper Trails on NPR and the author          Second interview with Paper Trails on NPR and the author

The book is available in many stores and online. Here is a link to the book on Amazon

A book review in the Economist

An excellent submission by Fred Brodzinski.  Thanks Fred!!



Kinga Augustyn's Album of Polish Violin Music

The Philadelphia Chapter was pleased to host two outstanding performances by Polish violinist Ms. Kinga Augustyn (Christmas and Summer concerts). Ms. Augustyn has just released a brand new CD featuring lesser-known, but truly outstanding, violin works by Polish composers. Many of these compositions have not been recorded before.

Polish-born and New York City based violinist Kinga Augustyn has been described as an "adventurous performer valuable to New York's scene" (NY Concert Review), "a violinist for whom nothing seems too difficult" (Nowy Dziennik Polish Daily News), "stylish and vibrant" (The Strad Magazine). She has performed as a soloist with orchestras in the United States and Europe. Among them are the Magdeburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra Leopoldinum, the Wroclaw Philharmonic Orchestra, the American Academy of Conducting Orchestra at the Aspen Music Festival, the Empire State Sinfonia, the Gateway Classical Music Society Orchestra, the Broadway Bach Ensemble, the Glacier Symphony, and the Augusta Symphony Orchestra.

Hear a sample track and order your autographed copy

Listen to more music by Kinga Augustyn in both audio and video clips

Another great submission by Fred Brodzinski, our sites top contributor.  Thanks Fred!!





Barbara Alex Aleksandrowicz is elated to announce the 10th Anniversary of the Polish American Poets Academy. Barbara is the President of the Academy and is proud to say that the Academy has achieved its reputation, quite deservedly, as a Polish American treasure. The mission of the Polish American Poets Academy is to support and promote Polish American poets at all stages of their careers and to foster the appreciation of poetry. The Academy sponsors poetry contests, a Poet of the Year competition, poetry readings, poetry books promotion and offers workshop, critic services, translation from Polish into English, help in finding publishers on Polish and American Poet's Market, and a poetry book revising.

The Academy needs your support. Without it cannot be self-sustaining. As a Sponsor you will give strength and life to a variety of Academy programs which touch the lives of literally hundreds of thousands of Polish Americans every year. Your support will help to provide education for poets, sponsor poetry contests and other events, sustain our websites and cover operational costs. Any form of support will be greatly appreciated, especially financial. The Polish American Poets Academy is non-profit 501 (c)(3) charitable organization. All donations are tax-deductible.

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Behind Closed Doors Film Event and
Polish Arts Club Reception Dinner with Dr. Marek Konarzewski
The Polish Arts Club of Trenton was honored to have Dr. Professor Marek Konarzewski from the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Washington DC as their guest speaker. Dr. Konarzewski provided further insight to the Laurence Rees film "Behind Closed Doors" held on October 24, 2010.  The event was attended by 250 people at the Mercer County Conference Center.  Selected portions of the film were shown along with superb commentary from Dr. Konarzewski.  Opening remarks were offered by Dr. Patricia C. Donohue, President of Mercer County Community College  Dr. Konarzewski also answered questions from the audience.  Light refreshments were served afterward along with a wonderful display table guarded by a Polish Soldier, Krzystof J. Czuj.  The Polish Arts Club applauds the audience for their interest and suport.  The Polish Arts Club is very grateful to the American Council for Polish Culture (ACPC) for a grant which made this in part possible. We also thank the following donors for their support: Leonardo's II Restaurant, Pulaski Meats at the Trenton Farmers Market and Paul Bosse.  There have been nothing but great comments about the event.  The committee was chaired by Donna Chmara and William Muszynski.  Sto Lat to the the entire committee for all of their hard work planning and executing a great event!

Great Men and Women of Polish Descent

World War II Behind Closed Doors Stalin, the Nazis and the West
A Fact Sheet Written by William Muszynski

World War II Invaders Turned Poland Into Hell
From the 6/11/2010 Trenton Times Editorials submitted by Donna Chmara.
Donna points out some vital information that was missing from Sharon Schlegel's column .

Polish Arts Club Katyn Forest Massacre Page   

What really happened in 1946 Kielce pogrom
From the 6/17/2010 Trenton Times Editorials submitted by one of our club members.
Please take a few minutes to read this well written letter.
Research sources used for the letter include:
Polonia Today - A Study by Iwo Cyprian Pogonowski.
Ilya Luvish - a research consultant located in the Boston area
Also see Wikipedia for more reading and links on Kielce pogrom.

A Two-Country Freedom Fighter Book Review  -   Submitted by Donna Chmara

Philadelphia and its surrounding towns including Trenton. With excellent footage of downtown scenes, neighborhoods, the Mummers Parade, Levittown, factories in Camden, New Jersey.
View The Pictures

Submitted by Fred Brodzinski

Polish News Links and More!

And Did You Know Who Is Józef Poniatowski?

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