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Presidential Proclamation on General Pulaski Memorial Day
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Christ the King - Pomnik Chrystusa Króla


Christ is King Statue

Christ the King (Polish: Pomnik Chrystusa Króla, lit. "Monument of Christ the King") is a statue of Jesus Christ in Świebodzin, western Poland. Completed on 6 November 2010 The project was conceived and led by Sylwester Zawadzki, a local retired Polish priest. It is the second tallest statue of Jesus in the world. The statue was financed entirely through donations by the local Catholic community and foreign contributors based as far away as Canada. It took five years to complete the stone and fiberglass statue, which measures 33 meters in height (108 ft) - a reference to the age of Christ when he died. The crown is 3 metres (9.8 ft) tall, and along with its mound, it reaches 52.5 metres (172 ft) overall.

The entire team involved with the design and construction of the 440-ton statue was recruited from Swiebodzin and surroundings. The main design was completed by Miroslaw Kazimierz Patecki, while Marian Wybraniec took care of designing the base on which the statue rests.

As with "Christ the Redeemer," Jesus is shown with open arms, a symbol of his embrace of all mankind. But while the Brazilian statue shows Jesus wearing a simple robe and no crown, the statue of "Christ the King" features a 6-foot-tall gilded crown.

"This is the culmination of my life's work as a priest," Sylwester Zawadzki said to the Warsaw Business Journalafter the last piece of the statue was assembled. "I felt inspired to fulfill Jesus' will, and today I give thanks to him for allowing me to fulfill his will."

Since its construction, "Christ the King" has attracted tourists to the little known town of Świebodzin and was featured in a Polish film (Mug), which was awarded the Grand Jury Prize at the Berlin Film Festival in 2018.

Enjoy some drone shots of "Christ the King" on You Tube.

Pomnik Chrystusa Króla w Świebodzinie

Figura Jezusa Chrystusa Świebodzin z drona

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Marilyn Jose

Marilyn Fontes Jose Passes Away

Marilyn Fontes Jose, 81, of Hamilton, passed away November 16th. Marilyn was a long time member of the Polish Arts Club of Trenton and served as our financial secretary for many years. The entire Polish Arts Club of Trenton's membership wishes to express our most sincere condolences to David and the entire Jose family.  Marilyn was the 2019 Polish Arts Club's Honoree for her contributions to Polonia.  She has served as the financial secretary and membership committee for many years.  Her cheerful smile and willingness to help will be sorely missed by our members.  Read more about Marilyn and see some pictures with her wonderful smile.  A special scholarship fund has been set up Marilyn's honor. Read more about donating here..



In Memoriam
Andrzej Pityński
1947 - 2020


Tweet by Andrzej Duda, President of Poland, 9/18/20

Ze smutkiem przyjąłem wiadomość o odejściu profesora Andrzej Pityńskiego - Kawalera Orderu Orła Białego. Rzeźbiarza. Twórcy wielu pomników, w tym Pomnika Katyńskiego z New Jersey. Pogrążonych w żalu niech wspiera myśl, że Pan Profesor bedzie na wieki zył w swoich dziełach. RiP

I was sad to hear about the departure of Professor Andrzej Pitynski - Knight of the Order of the White Eagle. A sculptor. Creators of many monuments, including the Katyn Memorial in New Jersey. Let those who feel sorry be supported by the thought that the Professor will live forever in his works. RiP


Maestro Andrzej Piotr Pitynski

Mr. Pityński's Obituary

See some of Andrzej Pityński's works on our 2015 Honoree Page

Click on any picture for a larger image





Katyłn Memorial
Baltimore, Maryland


Haller's Polish Army of 1918
Grunwald Square, Warsaw, Poland


Katyńn 1940
Jersey City, New Jersey

I was saddened to learn of the passing of Mr. Andrzej Pityński's passing.  However we are left to enjoy his wonderful works. Each of his works are a lesson in history.  The craftsmanship in his works are astounding, with every detail eluding to a part of the historic event depicted.  He said of his works, "A monument is an expressive symbol. A good one, looked at for even a few minutes will remain in memory for years or even for one's entire lifetime. Monuments are the milestones in a nation's history -- they will not allow other systems and governments to destroy the core values of a national culture."  And you can easily see why Andrzej Pityński was the 2015 Honoree of the Polish Arts Club of Trenton, NJ.  I asked Andrzej what his favorite piece of work was and he quickly answered, "The Partisans."  Below is a picture of his favorite work. RIP my friend.  -- Ke




The Partisan's
Boston, Massachusetts



Father Jacek Łabiński, Pastor of St. Hedwig Parish, presents a Papal Blessing to Chris and Bill Muszynski in celebration of their
50th Wedding Anniversary at the 2018 Wigilia.


2019 Scholarship Award Recipients



PKM Folk Dancers

2019 Scholarship & Honoree Luncheon Pictures


Marilyn Fontes Jose
2019 Polish Arts Club Honoree
See All the 2019 Wigilia Photos

Check out the 2019 Wigilia Pictures!
Photos by Debra Pritchard
Thanks for the great pictures!


If you want any full resolution picture emailed to you, simply email me at: contact@trentonpolisharts.org



Jan Karski,

Jan Karski (Kozielewski)
WWII Polish Freedom Fighter
"The man who tried to stop the holocaust"

READ HIS AWESOME STORY!

WWII, Liberators and Liberated

WWII, Part I, Liberators and Liberated

Presented by the Pilecki Institute of Warsaw
& National WWII Museum in New Orleans
More info on right.
This is a Facebook link.

WWII, Part I, Liberators and Liberated is a new series of international webinars organized by the Pilecki Institute of Warsaw, Poland and and the National World War II Museum of New Orleans, USA.  Part I is 3 short first hand witness videos about WWII and the Holocaust followed by a round table discussion. This link is to their Facebook page and currently active.  Hopefully they will host the video on another platform for all to view.  Click on the picture or title at left to their Facebook page.  You may have to scroll down to find the video as time passes the January 28, 2021 showing.  This is really a great video worthy of your time.



Debbie Majka

We were honored to have Debbie Majka, Honorary Consul of the Republic of Poland for SE Pennsylvania at our March meeting.

READ MORE



John Paul II, the Holy Man

Pictures of the event sponsored by the
Polish Arts Club and St. Hedwig Parish
Save The Date!
August 8, 2021
75th Annual Scholarship
& Honoree Awards Luncheon
THIS IS A NEW DATE!


Polish Underground Fighters,

5 Cent Flag of Poland Stamp
Overrun Countries Series

Have you ever seen this stamp?

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE STAMP

Seven Paintings on Polish History

Seven Paintings on Polish History

The seven paintings on Polish history by The Brotherhood of St. Luke were commissioned for the Polish Pavilion of the New York World's Fair in Flushing Meadow Queens, 1939-40. Their display together with the Szymanski tapestries and other prized cultural and historical items constituted the Polish Pavilion's Hall of Honor, the centerpiece of Poland's iconic towered pavilion designed by Jan Cybulski and Jan Galinowski.

Written by Peter J. Obst.
Read More & See the Paintings



The Wieliczka Salt Mine
The Wieliczka Salt Mine


The Wieliczka Salt Mine is one of the most valuable monuments of material and spiritual culture in Poland.
"The Last Bottle"

A bottle of Baczewski Vodka stolen in 1945 Why would this man steal vodka?
Find out why!


First Poles in America


Read About The First
Polish Settlers in America
October 1, 1608




Front pages of 'The Wedding' by Stanislaw Wyspianski, 1901
Discover 8 Classics from Poland's Required Reading Curriculum


Culture.pl has hand-picked eight classic Polish texts from this list in order to see what they're about, and what they say about Poland.

Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki has won acclaim for his extraordinary interpretive maturity, distinctive sound, and poetic sensibility.

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"Slaying The Soviet Beast"


Author Zbigniew Wojcik conveys the incredible true story of how he discovered and delivered information that overcame the Soviet Bloc. He warns about the rising threat of socialism in the US today.





Pisanki Demonstration Program

Conducted By Local Artist Leona Law

Sponsored By The Polish Arts Club Of Trenton

Everyone had a great time learning
to make the traditional pisanki.

Thank you so much Leona!

CHECK OUT THE PICTURES HERE!







Polish Arts Club Photo Album


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Then use the browser's "BACK" button to return here

See the annual Picture Albums for the full size pictures




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Marion Winters

A Great WWII Vet of Polish Descent

Retired US Air Force Major
Marion Winters (Wasowicz)


Submitted by Peter Obst.
Col. Francis Stanley Gabreski

Col. Francis Stanley "Gabby" Gabreski

Polish American Fighter Pilot
WWII and Korean War Ace



Dr. Pawel Tabakow

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





Dr. Walter Golaski

Polish American Mechanical
Bio-Medical Engineer

Best known for developing Dense Knit Dacron Vascular Prostheses

Read more about Dr. Walter Golaski

Historical Marker Dedication
Pictures by Peter Obst


Pulaski Birthday Commemoration
in Savannah, Georgia
March 5, 2016

This year's annual birthday ceremonies honoring Revolutionary War General Pulaski, the Polish cavalryman known as "The Father of the American Cavalry" took place on the afternoon of March 5, 2016 on Monterey Square in Savannah, Georgia.

Read and See More


National Polish American
Sports Hall of Fame


NPASHF You Tube Videos

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.

Submitted by Fred Brodzinski.  Thanks Fred!!





Henryk Sienkiewicz - Three Stories

Translator/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. Available from Amazon.Com.

Read more about the book and 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.
     See Mr. Obst's presentation is provided here with his permission in both MS Power Point and Adobe PDF formats and some handy links.

Click for all the information


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.






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.

Read More About The Book




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.

Read More About The Book


"WWII In Photos

A Retrospective in 20 Parts
by Alan Taylor

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.

Click Here for the entire series






Kinga Augustyn is a Polish-born and New York City based versatile classical concert violinist and recording artist gaining worldwide recognition through her performances as a concerto soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. Pictured above is her upcoming release on Centaur Records in 2017. Listen to the 2 short sound clips below.

Read More About Ms. Augustyn
Kinga Agustyn Discography
M. Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1
F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: Violin Concerto




Barbara Alex Aleksandrowicz is elated to announce the 10th Anniversary of the Polish American Poets Academy. She 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.

Read More About The Academy
Pope John Paul II

Great Men and Women
of Polish Descent



Read about more great men and women of Polish descent






Polish Arts Club
Katyn Forest Massacre Page

Including some by our 2015 Polonaise Ball Honoree, Andrzej Pitynski.

Katyn Forest Massacre Information

Memorials Around the World



What really happened in the 1946 Kielce pogrom

Editorial submitted by one of our club members.   Please take a few minutes to READ this well written letter by Marilyn Fontes Jose. Also see:

The Museum of Family History

Wikipedia
Behind Closed Doors

World War II Behind Closed Doors Stalin, the Nazis and the West

A fact sheet written by William Muszynski






Polish News and Links

Various Polish News and other links for your reading pleasure.

TAKE ME THERE!



World War II Invaders Turned Poland Into Hell

Editorial submitted by Donna Chmara pointing out some vital information that was missing from Sharon Schlegel's column. READ this well written letter by Donna.

The Peasant Prince, A Two-Country Freedom Fighter Book Review

A Two-Country Freedom Fighter Book Review

"The Peasant Prince," by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Alex Storozynski. A NY Times book review submitted by Donna Chmara.



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!
VIEW THE PHOTOS OF THE BEHIND CLOSED DOOR EVENT


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

And Did You Know Who Is Józef Poniatowski?

How about Private Wojtek and the Bear?


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