Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Program of PAHA's 2016 Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA

Georgia Tech Campus in Atlanta, GA. Wikipedia photo by Mistercontributer, 2013

The 73rd Annual Meeting of the Polish American Historical Association will take place on January 7-9, 2016, in association with the Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association, held at the downtown Hilton in Atlanta, Georgia (255 Courtland Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30303; T. 404 659 2000). Attendance at the Meeting's sessions is free of charge. Registration fee for the Annual Awards Banquet is $50.00. Please register for the Banquet on PAHA's website.


PAHA Board Meeting
Thursday, January 7, 2016: 3:30 PM-5:30 PM
Hilton Atlanta, Executive Boardroom



Session 1. Polish Immigrant Adaptation and Cultural Transition
Friday, January 8, 2016: 8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Hilton Atlanta, Room 209

Chair: Mary Patrice Erdmans, Case Western Reserve University

Polish Miners in the Ruhr Area, 1920–30
PienVersteegh, Avans University of Applied Sciences

The Eviction of the Kashube Fisherman of Jones Island, Milwaukee
Anne Gurnack, University of Wisconsin-Parkside

Kashubian pustônoc in America: Comparative Perspective of Death Rites, Poland and Canada
Aleksandra Kurowska-Susdorf, University of Gdańsk

Comment: The Audience
Session 2. Polish Americans: Family, Home, Career
Friday, January 8, 2016: 10:30 AM-12:00 PM
Hilton Atlanta, Room 209

Chair: PienVersteegh, Avans University of Applied Sciences

Biatek Family: A Case Study in Polish Immigration History
Barbara D. Pulaski, Mount Ida College
Francis S. Wolenski, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Defining Home: The Development of Polish-American Identity in Toledo, Ohio, 1905–25
Rachel Pawlowicz, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Three Second-Generation Polish American Women of Success and Their Stories
Joanna Wojdon, University of Wrocław

Comment: The Audience

Session 3A. Foreigners’ View on the American Civil War
Friday, January 8, 2016: 2:30 PM-4:30 PM
Hilton Atlanta, Room 209

Chair: Dominic A. Pacyga, Columbia College Chicago

Polish Participation in the Antislavery Crusade
James Pula, Purdue University North Central

Writing German Lives during the American Civil War: The Letters of German Immigrant Soldiers
Daniel P. Kotzin, Medaille College

The Polish View on the American Conflict: The Civil War from the Perspective of Count Adam De Gurowski
Piotr Derengowski, University of Gdańsk

Comment:Christopher Blackburn, University of Louisiana at Monroe, The Audience


Session 3B. Émigré Political Activism during the Cold War
Friday, January 8, 2016: 2:30 PM-4:30 PM
Hilton Atlanta, Room 210

Chair: Anna Mazurkiewicz, University of Gdańsk

Central European Federalists in the United States during the Cold War Period
SławomiŁukasiewicz, Catholic University of Lublin and the Institute of National Remembrance

Between Neighbors, Between Immigrants: Poles and Ukrainians in the United States during the Cold War, A Few Reflections
Anna Fiń, Pedagogical University of Kraków

Serving the United States and Afghanistan: The Role of the Afghan Americans in the Cold War, 1978–92
John K. Baden, Case Western Reserve University

Comment: The Audience


Poetry Reading - Slicing the Bread, Children’s Survival Manual in 25 Poems
Friday, January 8, 2016: 5:00 PM-6:00 PM
Hilton Atlanta, Room 209
Poetry Reading
Maja Trochimczyk, Moonrise Press


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Home. From Wikipedia


Session 4. Polish Immigrant and Polish American Ethnic Women
Saturday, January 9, 2016: 9:00 AM-11:00 AM
Hilton Atlanta, Room 209

Chair: Barbara Rylko-Bauer, Michigan State University

Warsaw, East London, and Detroit: Ravensbrück Camp Inmates Searching for a Home
Anna Muller, University of Michigan-Dearborn

Women, Immigration, and Ethnicity: A Review of Sociological Studies
Mary Patrice Erdmans, Case Western Reserve University

Forbidden Desires: Women and Transgressive Sexuality in Polish American Fiction
GrażynaKozaczka, Cazenovia College
Comment: The Audience

Honoring Victor Greene: Immigration and Ethnic History since the 1960s

Saturday, January 9, 2016: 11:30 AM-1:30 PM
Hilton Atlanta, Room 209
Co-Sponsor(s): Immigration and Ethnic History Society

Chair: Anna D. Jaroszyńska-Kirchmann, Eastern Connecticut State University

Comment: James R. Barrett, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Ronald H. Bayor, Georgia Institute of Technology; Dominic A. Pacyga, Columbia College Chicago; James Pula, Purdue University North Central; Dorothee Schneider, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Session 5. The Reception of Polish Culture in the United States
Saturday, January 9, 2016: 2:30 PM-4:30 PM
Hilton Atlanta, Room 209
Chair: GrażynaKozaczka, Cazenovia College

Digested: Tadeusz Różewicz and the Polish Americans
Maja Dziedzic, University of Gdańsk

Poland, Polish-Americans, and Georgia
John P. Dunn, Valdosta State University
Michał Mydłowski, University of Warsaw

Teaching Resources in the Maintenance and Development of Polish Language and Culture in the United States
Monika Wołoszyn-Domagała, University of ZielonaGóra

Comment: The Audience



19:00- 21:00 AWARDS BANQUET –
The Awards Reception will be held on Saturday, January 9, 2016, starting at 7 p.m., at the historic Mary Mac’s Tea Room (224 Ponce De Leon Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30308).

Mary Mac’s Tea Room opened in 1945, today it is the last of sixteen tea rooms that once dotted intown Atlanta in the 1940s.  After 65 years, Mary Mac's Tea Room is THE Atlanta culinary landmark, offering made-from-scratch true southern fare (like fried okra, Pot Likker, chicken pot pie, Gulf shrimp, fried green tomatoes, and the best sweet tea) served with genuine southern hospitality.

Photo by Rhoda from Southern Hospitality Blog.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Announcing the Publication of Polish American Studies, Vol. 72, No. 1

The new issue of Polish American Studies (vol. 72, no. 1) is here!

In Memoriam section includes obituaries of Professor Victor R. Greene and Reverend Leonard F. Chrobot, who both contributed to the development of Polish American history as a discipline.

In the Editor's Note, Professor James S. Pula comments on his thirty years of editorship of Polish American Studies, as he steps down from this position.

In his article "Troubles with 'Mela': A Polish-American Reporter, the Secret Services of People's Poland, and the FBI," Pawel Zietara reveals the Communist authorities' attempts at infiltration of American Polonia in the 1950s and 60s. The article is based on the research in declassified records of Poland's intelligence and security structures.

Robert Szymczak in his article: "Cold War Airwaves: The Polish American Congress and the Justice for Poland Campaign" highlights the activities and impact of the popular radio program initiated by the Western Massachusetts Division of PAC in 1945 in order to present the plight of Poland and the region in the wake of the betrayal at Yalta.

Patricia B. Yocum in "Leaving Kozuchow, a Village in Bobrzechow Parish, Galicia," presents an analysis of Polish population who left the same area in the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century, in order to extend our understanding of migration from rural Galicia.

Thomas J. Napierkowski in the article "The Khaki Boys Series: Images of Polish Americans, 1918-1920," discusses a collection of six novels aimed at adolescent audience and published in the United States following World War I. The novels perpetuated hurtful stereotypes of Polish Americans, which were then present in popular culture.

Two books reviewed in this issue of Polish American Studies deal with the goral culture in America and the intellectual contributions of Professor Piotr Wandycz.

Join the Polish American Historical Association and receive a subscription to Polish American Studies and PAHA Newsletter as part of your membership!

The Polish American Historical Association's interdisciplinary refereed scholarly journal (ISSN 0032-2806; eISSN 2330-0833) has been published continuously since 1944. It appears biannually and is available world-wide through JSTOR, a database of full-text research journals. PAS is indexed in America: History and Life; American Bibliography of Slavic and East European Studies; ATLA Catholic Periodical and Literature Index;Bibliographic Index; Current Abstracts; Historical Abstracts; MLA International Bibliography; PIO - Periodical Index Online; PubMed; and TOC Premier. The journal is also ranked by the Polish Ministry of Science and Education. To subscribe and for more information please go to http://www.press.uillinois.edu/journals/pas.html

The editors welcome scholarship including articles, edited documents, bibliographies and related materials dealing with all aspects of the history and culture of Poles in the Western Hemisphere. They particularly welcome contributions that place the Polish experience in historical and comparative perspective by examining its relationship to other ethnic experiences. Contributions from any discipline in the humanities and social sciences are welcome. The Swastek Prize is awarded annually for the best article published in a given volume of Polish American Studies.

ARTICLES: Manuscripts or inquiries should be submitted in Microsoft Word via e-mail attachment to the editor, Anna D. Jaroszyńska-Kirchmann, atanna.k@polishamericanstudies.org. Manuscripts are evaluated based on their originality; relevance to the mission of the journal; the clarity of the thesis, presentation and conclusions; and the depth of research based upon the nature of the sources cited. Contributors whose first language is not English should have their work reviewed for clarity prior to submission. The journal employs a "double-blind" review process with each submission being read by a minimum of two reviewers, and usually three. Comments of the reviewers are summarized by the editors and provided to the authors.

BOOKS FOR REVIEW: Books for review should be sent to Mary Patrice Erdmans (English language) or Anna Mazurkiewicz (Polish language) at the addresses below. Books may be submitted by publishers or authors. Submission is no guarantee that books will be reviewed and books will not be returned.

Mary Patrice Erdmans
Book Review Editor
Polish American Studies
Department of Sociology
10900 Euclid Avenue
Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, OH 44106
Anna Mazurkiewicz
Book Review Editor for Poland
Polish American Studies
University of Gdansk
Faculty of History
ul. Wita Stwosza 55
80-952 Gdańsk, Poland

  • M. B. B. Biskupski, Central Connecticut State University
  • Tobias Brinkmann, Pennsylvania State University
  • John J. Bukowczyk, Wayne State University
  • William J. Galush, Loyola University Chicago
  • Ann Hetzel Gunkel, Columbia College Chicago
  • Gabriela Pawlus Kasprzak, University of Toronto, Canada
  • Grazyna Kozaczka, Cazenovia College
  • Karen Majewski, University of Michigan
  • Thomas J. Napierkowski, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
  • Neal Pease, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
  • Angela Pienkos, Polish Center Wisconsin
  • James S. Pula, Purdue University
  • John Radzilowski, University of Alaska - Southeast
  • Francis D. Raska, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic
  • Dariusz Stola, Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Warsaw, Poland
  • Adam Walaszek, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland
  • Joanna Wojdon, University of Wroclaw, Poland

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Nominations for PAHA's Awards and Prizes for 2015 Due by July 15!

Each year at its Annual Meeting, PAHA bestows a series of award honoring individuals and organizations for their contributions to the Polish American cultural, artistic, and social life. The Oskar Halecki Prize honors the best books, the Miecislaus Haiman Award - distinguished scholars, the Amicus Poloniae - individuals not of Polish descent dedicated to the cause of Polonia, the Swastek Prize - articles published in the Polish American Studies, and the Skalny Civic Achievement Awards - contributions to Polonia's community. PAHA also bestows Creative Arts Prizes, Distinguished Service Award, and Graduate Student Awards. An exceptional achievement and contribution to the organization is recognized by Honorary Membership.

Structural Orange (2012) by Julian Stanczak, Creative Arts Prize winner for 2013.

Nominations are sought for the following awards bestowed annually.  Kindly send all nominations to the chair of the awards committee, Dr. John Radzilowski (University of Alaska Southeast) at john.r@polishamericanstudies.org.

The award nominations must be received by July 15, 2015.

Mieczyslaw Haiman Award is offered annually to an American scholar for sustained contribution to the study of Polish Americans.

Oskar Halecki Prize recognizes an important book or monograph on the Polish experience in the United States. Eligibility is limited to works of historical and/or cultural interest, including those in the social sciences or humanities, published in the two years prior to the year of the award.

Skalny Civic Achievement Award honors individuals or groups who advance PAHA's goals of promoting research and awareness of the Polish-American experience and/or have made significant contributions to Polish or Polish-American community and culture.

Amicus Poloniae Award recognizes significant contributions enhancing knowledge of Polish and Polish-American heritage by individuals not belonging to the Polish-American community.

Distinguished Service Award is given occasionally to a member of PAHA who has rendered valuable and sustained service to the organization.

Creative Arts Prize recognizes the contributions in the field of creative arts by individuals or groups who have promoted an awareness of the Polish experience in the Americas.

Mirrored (1971) by Julian Stanczak, who received 2013 Creative Arts Prize.

Read the lists of Past Winners and Awardees on PAHA website or PAHA News Blog.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Report from PAHA's Midyear Meeting at Cazenovia College, NY, June 2015

At its 72nd Midyear Meeting in Cazenovia, June 2015, Polish American Historical Association Promotes Publications and Recognizes Polonia Achievements in the State of New York

The PAHA Board at Cazenovia College: L-R (seated): Robert Synakowski, Pien Versteegh, 
Grażyna Kozaczka, John J. Bukowczyk, Maja Trochimczyk, (standing) Czesław Karkowski, 
Mary Patrice Erdmans, Iwona Drag-Korga, Anna Jaroszyńska-Kirchmann, James S. Pula. 

Los Angeles, June 22, 2015 – During its 72nd Midyear Meeting at Cazenovia College, NY, the Polish American Historical Association put forward proposals for future research and the promotion of studies of the Polish diaspora and strengthened its links to local Polonia. Established in 1942, PAHA is the premier international scholarly association dedicated to the study of Polish immigration experience in the Americas. The meeting’s program included deliberations on a strategic vision for the organization’s future; a visit to the Polish Legacy Art Collection at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY; a meeting with representatives of local Polonia organizations; and a lecture by Dr. Iwona Drag Korga, Executive Director of the Pilsudski Institute in New York City, about the Polish exhibition at the 1939 World’s Fair in New York City.

PAHA President, Grazyna Kozaczka at Polish Art Collection, Le Moyne College, Syracuse, NY.

PAHA’s Annual Meetings, held each January, include numerous scholarly papers and presentations as they are a part of the program of the conference of the American Historical Association. The midyear meetings focus on planning the organization’s future, as well as on enhancing contacts with local Polonia organizations in various parts of the country. During the Cazenovia meeting, the PAHA Board reviewed the program for the 73rd Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, (to be held on January 7-9, 2016) and discussed the expansion of PAHA-sponsored electronic and print publications and resources.

PAHA Board Meeting: Roberty Synakowski, Iwona Drag-Korga, Anna Jaroszynska-Kirchmann, 
Czeslaw Karkowski, and Grazyna Kozaczka

A separate topic was the marketing of PAHA’s Special Projects, including the Polish American Encyclopedia, edited in 2011 by Dr. James S.  Pula, and a proposed teaching resource on the Polish experience in the United States to be prepared by Dr. Pula and Dr. Anna Jaroszyńska-Kirchmann. Current publications of PAHA include its flagship scholarly journal, Polish American Studies (ISSN 0032-2806; eISSN 2330-0833), which has been published continually since 1944 and is now edited by Dr. Anna Jaroszyńska-Kirchmann. It appears biannually and is available world-wide through JSTOR, a database of full-text research journals. Its contents include articles, edited documents, bibliographies, and related materials dealing with all aspects of the history and culture of Poles in the Western Hemisphere as part of the larger Polish diaspora.
In Cazenovia: Pien Versteegh, Mary Patrice Erdmans, Iwona Drag-Korga,
 Anna Jaroszynska-Kirchmann, and Robert Synakowski

A greater recognition is due to the venerable Polish and Polish-American Studies Series of books published by the Ohio University Press, under the general editorship of Dr. John J. Bukowczyk. The book series now consists of 16 titles and will be expanded by adding another series of 10 books published with subventions from PAHA and from the Stanislaus A. Blejwas Chair at Central Connecticut State University.  Notable topics include both research studies and translations, e.g., studies of Polish women’s reproductive rights (The Politics of Morality by Joanna Mishtal), gender issues in theater (Taking Liberties by Halina Filipowicz), the Catholic Church in Poland (Rome’s Most Faithful Daughter by Neal Pease), and the translation of literary works, such as the Holy Week by Jerzy Andrzejewski and Testaments by Danuta Mostwin.

The Polish-American Encyclopedia (McFarland Publishing, 2011) should be found in every Polish home, as it comprehensively documents the history of the ethnic community, along with its organizations, leaders, traditions, and culture. Thanks to the financial support from the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Los Angeles, copies of the Encyclopedia recently found their way to Polish and American institutions, including the House of Poland in Balboa Park, San Diego; the Polish Art and Culture Foundation of San Francisco; the Millennium Polish Library in Los Angeles; the Polish Club of Denver, Colorado; and the library of the Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona.

 The PAHA Board meeting, June 9, 2015: Pien Versteegh, Anna Jaroszyńska-Kirchmann, 
Grażyna Kozaczka, Mary Patrice Erdmans and John J. Bukowczyk 

Copies of the Encyclopedia andeveral books authored by PAHA members were also donated to the library of the Polish Home in Syracuse and to the Noreen Reale Falcone Library of the Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York, the location of an impressive Polish Legacy Art Collection.

On June 10, the PAHA Board toured the Le Moyne College’s Library to see the display of 11 monumental artworks c donated to the College after their display at the 1939 World Fair in New York. Their return to Poland was prevented by the outbreak of World War II.  The Seven Paintings depicting eight centuries of Polish history were created by a group of eleven painters that portrayed the most notable events in Polish history: the encounter of Bolesław the Brave with Emperor Otto III (1000), the Baptism of Lithuania (1386), Granting of the Charter of Jedlnia (1430), the Union at Lublin creating the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth (1569), the Warsaw Confederation granting freedom of religion in the Commonwealth (1573), the Relief of Vienna by the troops of King Jan Sobieski III that defeated the Ottoman Army (1683), and the democratic Third of May Constitution granting rights to Poland’s lower classes  (1791).

Dr. Grazyna Kozaczka, Anna Jaroszynska-Kirchmann and Iwona Drag-Korga 
discuss the history of the Polish Legacy Art Collection at the Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY.

The collection also includes the Four Sobieski Tapestries by Mieczysław Szymański, celebrating the Polish king’s  victory at Vienna that prevented the domination of Europe by the Ottoman Turks and preserved European Christianity from the attack by the Islamic empire (The Angel, Allegory of Victory, and The King with Emperor Leopold). The final tapestry celebrates the love of Sobieski for his queen, Marie Casimire d’Arquien of France, for whom he built the renowned Wilanów Palace near Warsaw. The four tapestries were first shown at the 1937 Paris exhibition; the seven paintings were specifically created for the 1939 New York World’s Fair. Students and visitors may see the artwork prominently and safely displayed throughout the library – thus teaching generations about Polish history.
Dr. Maja Trochimczyk admires a painting from Polish Legacy Art Collection at Le Moyne College.

The PAHA Midyear Meeting ended at the Polish Home in Syracuse, where Polonia gathered under the leadership of Robert Synakowski, to hear a fascinating lecture by Dr. Iwona Korga, on the history of the Polish pavilion at the 1939 World’s Fair in New York City. It provided the audience with an important historical context for the Polish Art Collection at Le Moyne College. PAHA’s President, Dr. Grażyna Kozaczka, commented:  “It was heartwarming to see so many young immigrant families who came to the Syracuse Polish Home to prove to us that we are still an ethnic group with a strong identity.” Dr. Kozaczka acknowledged Robert Synakowski, PAHA Board Member and President of the Polish Home, who introduced PAHA Board to this center of Polish American culture in Syracuse and organized a performance by children from the local Polish school.

As an additional event associated with the Board Meeting, Dr. Maja Trochimczyk gave a bilingual poetry reading for the Palace Poetry Group in Syracuse, focusing on her recent book of verse, Slicing the Bread (Finishing Line Press, 2014), filled with bitter family memories from World War II and its aftermath, the takeover of the country by the Stalinist regime.

Slicing the Bread by Maja Trochimczyk (Finishing Line Press, 2014)

Thursday, May 14, 2015

PAHA Mid-Year Meeting and PIASA Meeting in Toronto, June 2015

The PAHA Council Midyear Meeting will take place at the Cazenovia College on June 9-10, 2015 in Cazenovia, New York 13035. There will be one public presentation, by Dr. Iwona Korga, Director of the Pilsudski Institute in New York. Those interested in hearing more about Polish and Polish-American topics, are invited to attend PIASA's Annual Meeting in Toronto, soon after, starting on June 11.


Wednesday: June 9, 2015
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm:  PAHA Council Meeting Part I
       The Harden Room (Hubbard Hall, Cazenovia College)

Thursday: June 10, 2015
9:00 am – 1:00 pm: PAHA Council Meeting Part II
        The Harden Room (Hubbard Hall, Cazenovia College)



7:00 pm - 8:30 pm. DeWitt Community Library, DeWitt near Syracuse, NY
3649 Erie Blvd. East, DeWitt, NY 13214,  Tel.: (315) 446-3578 www.dewlib.org

     A Poetry Reading presented by the Palace Poetry Group
    "Slicing the Bread / Krojenie Chleba" by Dr. Maja Trochimczyk - 
     A Bilingual Poetry Reading

Dr. Maja Trochimczyk at Tia Chucha's Centro Cultural, Sylmar, February 2018.
Photo by Jessica Wilson

"Slicing the Bread" is a unique poetry collection revisits the dark days of World War II and the post-war occupation of Poland by the Soviet Union that “liberated” the country from one foreign oppression to replace it with another.  The point of view is that of children, raised by survivors, scarred by war, wary of politics. The poems, each inspired by a single object giving rise to memories like Proust’s madeleine (a spoon, a coat, the smell of incense), are divided into three sections, starting with snapshots of World War II in the Polish Borderlands (Kresy) and in central Poland. Reflections on the Germans’ brutal killings of Jews and Poles are followed by insights into the way the long shadow of THE war darkened a childhood spent behind the Iron Curtain. 


3:30 pm – 5:00 pm: Le Moyne College: Noreen Reale Falcone Library: 
1419 Salt Springs Road,  Syracuse, NY 13214

        The Polish Art Collection Archives:
        1. the inventory of the Polish Exhibits created in 1938-39 by Baron de Ropp and his assistants;
        2. a September 1939 New York City arts newsletter dedicated to the art of the Polish Pavilion.

Dr. Iwona Korga, Executive Director of the Pilsudski Institute.

Born in Poland, came to New York in 1991 after graduating in MA in History from Pedagogical University of Krakow. From 1994 associated with the Pilsudski Institute of America, a research center for East-Central Europe, first as a volunteer, than from 1998 part time librarian, assistant to the President and since 2005 Executive Director. From 1996-2001 she served as a teacher and volunteer in  the Polish Saturday School in Maspeth, NY In 2004 she received her Ph.D. from Pedagogical University  of Krakow. Korga specializes in Polish-American relations during World War II, especially in propaganda and information policies. She takes part in international conferences, as well as gives lectures on Polish history for children, high school students and college students. In 2008 she graduated from Queens College (CUNY) with Masters of Library Science degree. She wrote many articles for Polish-American newspapers, periodicals in Poland and USA and is the author of the book: Poland fights! Propaganda activities of the Polish Government in Exile towards American society 1939-1945 ( 2011). Dr. Korga is the recipient of the scholarship from the Kosciuszko Foundation in NY and Polonia Aid Foundation Trust in London. She is active in professional organizations: Pilsudski Institute, Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences and Polish American Historical Association.

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm: The Polish Home in Syracuse 
915 Park Avenue, Syracuse, New York 13204, Phone: 315-471-9348

Presentation: "Poland at the 1939 World's Fair in New York City," 
       by Dr. Iwona Korga, Executive Director, The Pilsudski Institute, New York


Dr. Grazyna Kozaczka, President of PAHA

Published in PAHA Newsletter, Spring 2015

Dear Friends,

 I feel deeply honored by your decision to entrust me with the leadership of the Polish American Historical Association, especially that I am following in the footsteps of such recent presidents and eminent scholars as Dr. Neal Pease and Dr. Thomas Napierkowski. I am also grateful to all PAHA members for electing an experienced and creative team of Officers, Dr. Anna Mazurkiewicz, Dr. John Radzilowski, Dr. Anna Jaroszyńska-Kirchmann, Dr. James Pula, Dr. Maja Trochimczyk, and Dr. Pien Versteegh, as well as twelve Council Members. I will do my best to continue the work of previous presidents to realize to realize our organization’s mission of promoting the study of Polish American history and culture.

PAHA’s achievements are many and they become especially visible during our annual meetings. This year’s Annual Meeting in New York City, held on January 2-4, 2015, in conjunction with the American Historical Association, attracted an impressive number of both American and international scholars. We were able to organize eight sessions, which were all very well attended. Our program would not have been this successful if it were not for the help I received from Dr. Thomas Napierkowski and Dr. Pien Verseegh. The Awards Banquet hosted by the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland gathered both awardees and guests thanks to the efforts of Dr. Anna Mazurkiewicz and Dr. Iwona Korga. 

Conference presentations, the business meeting, as well as formal and informal discussions that followed, suggested themes and posed questions, which will certainly find their way onto the agenda for the PAHA’s midyear meeting to be held at Cazenovia College in Cazenovia, New York, on June 9-10, 2015. In addition, the next year’s annual meeting is already being planned under the direction of First Vice President Dr. Anna Mazurkiewicz with the help of Executive Director Dr. Pien Versteegh. The meeting will be held in Atlanta, Georgia, January 7-10, 2016.  The theme of the upcoming conference is “Global Migrations, Empires, Nations and Neighbors.” I would like to encourage all PAHA members to share their research. 

PAHA, as any organization wishing to remain relevant to the changing times, has to consider periodically if it realizes its goals, if it creates a space for scholarly achievement, if it addresses the needs of its members, if it attracts new members, and if it communicates effectively utilizing all the new means of communication. I believe that we have entered a new era in the history of Polonia and the Polish Diaspora. It is hard not to notice the slow disappearance of old Polish American communities and parishes, the “graying” of Polonian organizations, the change in the social networking of young people, the growing scholarly interest in comparative studies rather than the focus on a single ethnic group, the explosion of interest in migration studies among scholars in Poland, as well as the drastic change in Polish migration patterns after the 2004 accession of Poland to the European Union. All these pose a great challenge but also create an exciting opportunity for PAHA to participate in this twenty-first century evolution of Polonia and the Polish Diaspora.

The leadership of a president is only as effective as is the teamwork of the organization’s officers and council as well as the support its membership. Let us all continue to work together for PAHA’s continued success.

 Grażyna J. Kozaczka
Cazenovia College
President of the Polish American Historical Association



PIASA has organized annual conferences since 1942. Their main purpose is to convene experts from the Polish-American community working in various disciplines of the humanities, arts, and sciences and to highlight their latest research and accomplishments. The conference offers multiple presentations and panels in both plenary and thematic sessions as well as a banquet and cultural and networking events. The conference also recognizes the highest achievements in the humanities, arts, and sciences with the presentation of the PIASA awards. The most recent PIASA conferences were in Warsaw (2014),Washington, DC (2013) and Boston, MA (2012).

REGISTRATION: http://www.piasa.org/annual-meetings.html


Thursday - June 11
6:00 PM - Opening Reception at the Polish Consulate

Friday - June 12
9:00 - 10:30 - Plenary Session
10:45 - 12:15 - Concurrent Sessions
12:15 - 1:30 - Lunch
1:30 - 3:00 - Concurrent Sessions
3:15 - 4:45 - Concurrent Sessions

Saturday - June 13
9:00 - 10:30 - Concurrent Sessions
10:45 - 12:15 - Concurrent Sessions
12:15 - 1:30 - Lunch
1:30 - 3:00 - Concurrent Sessions
3:15 - 4:45 - Concurrent Sessions
7:00 - Reception
7:45 – Banquet (to reserve a ticket for the reception and banquet visit:

Full Program in PDF Format: http://www.piasa.org/pdf/Toronto%20Program%20Information.pdf

Friday, April 17, 2015

Terry Tegnazian's Update - New Awards for Aquila Polonica

Terry Tegnazian, publisher of Aquila Polonica, is the recipient of PAHA's Amicus Poloniae Award for 2014.  Her title to fame is her publishing house, dedicated to Polish history. Aquila Polonica has recently been recognized by yet another set of awards.

 The Color of Courage—A Boy at War: The World War II Diary of Julian Kulski (Aquila Polonica Publishing, Nov. 2014) won the Gold Award for Interior Design (1-2 Color) and the Silver Award for Autobiography/Memoir in the 2015 Benjamin Franklin Awards. Winners were announced at a ceremony held in Austin, Texas, Friday evening, April 10, 2015. Now in its 27th year, the Benjamin Franklin Award, sponsored by the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), is the premier awards competition in independent publishing, recognizing excellence in independent publishing. There were nearly 1,400 entries this year. More info at:

In his Foreword to this remarkable diary of a boy soldier during World War II, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Lech Walesa calls The Color of Courage “a superb lesson of humanity.” The Chief Rabbi of Poland, Rabbi Michael Schudrich, writing the Introduction to the book, praises The Color of Courage as “an inspiring read.” Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski, Center for Strategic & International Studies, says: “Compelling, readable, and very moving.”

“We’re absolutely thrilled to learn that The Color of Courage has won the 2015 Benjamin Franklin Awards,” said Aquila Polonica president Terry Tegnazian. “It’s so exciting to be both a Gold and a Silver winner! We knew we had something special with this rare look at World War II through the eyes of a young boy soldier, and we took special care in creating the book. We’re gratified that the Ben Franklin judges agree with us!” To learn more: www.polww2.com/AboutCourage

Julian Kulski was a 10-year-old Boy Scout living in Warsaw when the Germans invaded Poland in 1939. His diary follows his wartime experience from ages 10 to 16. He quickly begins his own personal war against the Germans with small acts of sabotage but soon, at age 12, is recruited into the Underground Army by his Scoutmaster, where he is trained in weapons handling and military tactics. Kulski undertakes a secret mission into the Warsaw Ghetto, is captured by the Gestapo, beaten, sentenced to Auschwitz, rescued, fights in a Commando unit during the vicious street fighting of the 1944 Warsaw Uprising, and ends as a 16-year-old German POW...finally risking a dash for freedom onto an American truck instead of waiting for “liberation” by the Soviets. Watch the book trailer: www.polww2.com/CourageTrailer

Kulski’s diary is enriched by more than 150 photos and illustrations, 13 maps, and 11 “Digital Extras,” which are short videos created by Aquila Polonica from historical film and audio material that bring Kulski’s story to life in an unprecedented way. Watch sample Digital Extras: www.polww2.com/SampleDigitalExtras

Interior design, typesetting and cover art are the work of talented Los Angeles designer Ewa Wojciak, Senior Lecturer of Fine Arts at the USC Roski School of Art and Design. Although this is her first book for Aquila Polonica, Wojciak has an extensive background as a designer and creative director primarily for the entertainment industry, with a client list that includes Disney, CBS, HBO, Sony, Universal Pictures and Fox, as well as in advertising agencies and print media. Winning the Gold Award for her design of The Color of Courage, Wojciak brings a fresh, contemporary look to this historical memoir, with pull quotes that draw the reader through the text, organic placement of images within the text, and an innovative use of thumbnail images and QR codes augmented by URLs to incorporate the multimedia Digital Extras into the print book.

Aquila Polonica is an award-winning independent publisher based in Los Angeles, specializing in publishing the Polish WWII experience in English. The company is a member of the Association of American Publishers (AAP) and the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA). Aquila Polonica’s titles are distributed to the trade in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Europe, Australia and New Zealand by National Book Network, www.nbnbooks.com.

All of Aquila Polonica’s books to date have won one or more awards. Aquila Polonica titles have been reviewed in major media such as The New York Times, The Atlantic, The New Republic and Publishers Weekly; they have been chosen as Selections of the History Book Club, the Military Book Club and the Book-of-the-Month Club; audio rights have been acquired by Audible.com and Brilliance. Translation rights for various titles have been acquired by foreign publishers in a number of countries—including most recently Brazilian rights to The Color of Courage, which were acquired by Editora Valentina.

See more at: www.AquilaPolonica.com

Friday, March 20, 2015

Deadlines for Papers for Polska Theater (4/10), Chicago (7/31) and the Fulbright (8/3)

The Joan and Bill Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage
The Interdisciplinary Polish Studies Program

Chicago Catholic Immigrants Conference: The Poles

November 13-14, 2015, Loyola University Chicago


The Loyola University Chicago Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage (CCIH) in collaboration with the Interdisciplinary Polish Studies Program will host the third conference in a series of conferences that focus on the historical, cultural, and religious roles that Roman Catholicism played in sustaining ethnic identity for many immigrant communities of people who came to Chicago in the 19th and 20th centuries. Each year the conference is devoted to an ethnic community in which Catholic faith and devotional life bolstered cultural and national identity at the same time that the Church’s institutions helped that ethnic community to assimilate into a new city and nation. The conferences explore many waves of 20th century immigrants to Chicago whose Catholic faith helped to shape their cultural narrative.

The 2015 Chicago Catholic Immigrants Conference (CCIC) will focus on the Polish immigrant community here in Chicago. We would like to invite scholars from the fields of ethnic studies, urban and cultural history, literature and language, theology, and sociology of religion. This conference will also highlight the Polish heritage and traditions with the participation of Chicago artists, students, and Catholic religious leaders.

Future conferences of the Joan and Bill Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage will focus on the following immigrant communities: Lithuanian, Vietnamese, and African. The two previous conferences have looked at the Italian and Mexican immigrant communities.

Deadline for Paper Submissions: Friday, July 31th, 2015

We invite you to participate as a speaker, a moderator of a panel and/or an organizer of a panel. Each speaker will participate in a panel addressing a topic suggested in our agenda. We are open to proposals given that you will organize the whole panel. Presentations should be limited to 20 minutes, which will be follow with a brief discussion led by a panel moderator. Please submit your papers including 200-word abstract, 60-word biography, contact and affiliation information to Bozena Nowicka McLees, Director of the Interdisciplinary Polish Studies Program, at bmclees@luc.edu. If you have any questions please call 773-508-2864

Chicago Catholic Immigrants Conference: The Poles
Proposed Program

DAY 1 – Friday, November 13th , 2015

9:00 – 9:30 Opening Session and Welcome
9:30 – 10:00 KEYNOTE ADDRESS Followed by Q&A
10:00 – 11:15 PANEL 1: Poles Coming to Chicago, A Historical and Social Perspective
11:15 – 11:30 Coffee break
11:30 – 1:15 PANEL 2: First Parishes and Catholic Organizations
1:15 – 2:00 Buffet Lunch
2:00 – 3:15 PANEL 3: Polish Catholic Education and Assimilation
3:15 – 3:30 Coffee Break
3:30 – 4:45 PANEL 4: Parish Histories and Religious Orders
4:45 – 5:00 Coffee Break
5:00 – 6:30 PANEL 5: Pope John Paul II and Other Catholic Role Models (St. Kolbe, Jan Karski)

DAY 2 – Saturday, November 14th , 2015

9:00 – 9:45 Keynote Speaker
9:45 – 10:00 Coffee Break
10:00 – 11:15 PANEL 5: Immigration, Transnationalism, and Cultural Identity
11:15 – 11:3 Coffee break
11:30 – 1:00 PANEL 6: Polish Catholic Culture in Literature
1:00 – 2:00 Buffet Lunch
2:00 – 3:30 PANEL 7: Polish-American Writers in Chicago
3:30 – 3:45 Coffee break
3:45 – 4:30 PANEL 8: Chicago Polish Catholicism for the 21st Century: Perspectives from Loyola
4:30 - 4:45 Coffee Break
4:45 – 5:30 VISUAL PRESENTATION on the Architecture of Polish Churches in Chicago
6:00 Sacred Liturgy in celebration of Polish-American Heritage; music performed by the LIRA
Ensemble, Madonna della Strada Chapel

Pre-Conference Events:

Wednesday, November 11th An adaptation of a play: The Jeweler’s Shop written by John Paul II

Thursday, November 12th A screening of a film: The Fourth Partition and discussion with the filmmakers
We encourage scholars to expand this program by submitting any other suggestions exploring the Polish-
Catholic experience in Chicago.




Deadline: April 10, 2015

Polska New Theatre is now accepting applications to participate in a three-day theater conference in Poland, for people interested in learning about and promoting Polish theater worldwide. The city of Bydgoszcz will host delegates from Poland's most important theater institutions, who will present their upcoming international projects. Attendees will also have a unique opportunity to network with potential Polish partners and explore opportunities for research projects and artistic ventures.

Polska New Theatre will be three days of presentations by leading Polish artists, as well as representatives of cultural and research institutions in Poland. Participants will be able to attend workshops and productions by young Polish directors (including up-and-coming director Weronika Szczawińska, curator Agata Siwiak, theater pedagogue Justyna Soczyk and Prof. Dariusz Kosiński, Assistant Director of the Theater Institute).

POLSKA NEW THEATRE is an unprecedented opportunity to learn all about the new wave of Polish theater over three days in one city and experience the latest theater productions that transcend national boundaries. 

Shows will be supertitled in English and interpreters will be provided for Polish-language activities. The number of places is limited. The organizer will cover travel costs and accommodation only for selected participants. More information at the following link:


Fulbright Opportunity in Poland (Award #6299) 

Distinguished Chair in Humanities and Social Sciences 

The Fulbright Scholar Program announces a unique opportunity for the 2016-17 academic year. The Council for International Exchange of Scholars, which administers the Fulbright Scholar Program on behalf of the United States Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is seeking someone to fill a position teaching and/or conducting research at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań.

Areas of specialization include anthropology, archaeology, area studies, communications, language and literature (non-US), linguistics, political science and religious studies. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

The competition will close on August 3, 2015. For an application form use this address http://www.cies2.org/redirect.aspx?linkID=7535&eid=68885. For more information on other Fulbright opportunities visit http://catalog.cies.org/searchResults.aspx?wa=EU&dc=&di=