Thursday, March 15, 2018

WWII Memoir by Jurkowski & Wright and A Surprising Discovery By Kossakowska

Between the Swastika and the Bear by Jurkowski and Wright

Between the Swastika and the Bear - A Polish Memoir 1925 - 1948 
by Andrew Jurkowski and Lisa Wright 
Cave Art Press in Anacortes, Washington, 2017

Between the Swastika and the Bear is a compelling memoir about a young man’s survival of the Nazi and Russian occupations of Poland. Born in 1925, Andrew Jurkowski enjoyed a peaceful boyhood on his grandfather’s farm in western Poland until the Nazi invasion of 1939. For the next six years, he and his family endured the occupation, determined not only to survive but to fight back with small acts of defiance until Germany was defeated.

Instead of bringing relief, the end of the war brought new dangers as Poland was taken over by Russian-led Communists. Andrew, then a young man of twenty, was sentenced to a labor camp. He was forced to choose between death and a dangerous escape to the West.

This book is Andrew Jurkowski’s account of his experiences in the vanished world of rural Poland before, during, and after World War II.

Please direct your request for a complimentary copy of Between the Swastika and the Bear - A Polish Memoir 1925 - 1948 by Andrew Jurkowski and Lisa Wright to:

Kathleen Kaska, Marketing Director, Cave Art Press
13589 Clayton Lane, Anacortes, WA 98221

A Surprising Discovery - Love Letters of Wacław Kossakowski
An Update by Irena Kossakowski-Clarke

I am the author of A Homeland Denied, the story of my Dad, Wacław Kossakowski, a student of maths and astronomy at Warsaw University in 1939,  before he was transported to a Siberian labour camp.
The book of his incredible journey was published last year. To my amazement, I received an email from a lady in Warsaw a few weeks ago. This lady had bought the book for her Mother, Regina now 98. It was translated over several months by the grandson as only he could understand English and through him they emailed me.

It transpires that to their astonishment, the book is about the childhood sweetheart of Regina, my Dad Wacław. They had grown up together in the small village of Kapice near Białystok; they attended the same village school and became extremely close. Aged 11, Dad gained a scholarship for a prestigious boarding school in Suwałki, but they saw each other when he was home for the holidays and later did correspond frequently.  When he was 17, he was accepted into Warsaw University and they continued to write letters. In  September 1939 when Germany attacked Poland and the war began, Dad joined the army cadets but was taken prisoner by the Russians just two weeks later when Russia invaded Poland.

There are 20 letters in all, several of six pages.  All  were written in neat handwriting and are kept with their envelopes. The last  three letters were sent from the internment camp in Ukmerga, Lithuania where Dad was a prisoner for several months before being transported to Siberia. They  reek of propaganda, but are also poignantly sad and despairing, yet full  of hope. He desperately wanted to hear news of his family and was unsure of what would happen and where he would have been going.

The letters tell a story of a love that was destroyed by the war and yet was never forgotten. He was a young student, 17 years of age; the last letter was written when he was 19 years old, just weeks before deportation to Siberia. Sadly he was unable to receive any letters from Regina though she wrote constantly over the years. They both presumed each other dead.

After leaving Siberia with the 2nd Army Corps commanded by General Anders, Mr. Kossakowski served in the Middle East and participated in the battle of Monte Cassino. He was assigned to the1st artillery survey regiment, topography  division. Unable to return home after WWII ended, for fear of imprisonment or even death, he came to England and met my Mother (Irene Clarke, born 12 March 1921, died  in 1990), whom he married in 1950. They had three children.

Meanwhile, in Poland, Regina also married. At this time, there was a strict censorship of communication with the West, under the communist government in Poland and Dad did not receive any news of his family until 1959. For twenty years after the start of the war, he and they had been thought dead. Of Regina there was no news.

Dad died two years ago just before the publication of the book and sadly does not know of these letters being kept safely all this time. I hope to have them all translated and published as a book. Dad was born on May 19, 1919 and died on August 12, 2016.

A poem by my Dad was included in the last letter he wrote to Regina, from the internment camp Ukmerga, Lithuania. 1940, weeks, written before he was transported to gulag in Siberia.  This poem is reproduced below,  translated from the Polish by Stella Overall.

                                                                                                    ~ Irena Kossakowski-Clarke

Lost in thought

When I am away from you and I contemplate loneliness
I recall all the past moments and hours
One image of the past I repeat for the hundredth time 
As this is the only thing that I  have left

I remember each moment spent with you 
I remember each word you said to me
How these moments quickly flew away 
The moments of no return

Now, when I am here and I have to spend my time here
Lonely, I drink the tear wept with sadness
Now, I live of my memories and keepsakes
I want to feed my soul with these. 

I feel a miss-you kind of ecstasy when I remember 
Oh, will I remember it in future the same way I do now that I am young?
Oh my dear, you will not give me the reason to forget
I beg you -I swear!

Wacław Kossakowski
Translated by Stella Overall

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Easter Workshop at the Pilsudski Institute and Our Favorite Things

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Easter Workshop at the Pilsudski Institute 

On March 24, at 3 p.m. the Pilsudski Institute of America invites all children with parents to an Easter Art Workshop dedicated to making Easter Palms.  Under the guidance of Jola Szczepkowska the workshop's participants will make their own, traditional Easter Palms used in liturgy on Palm Sunday (a week before Easter), and as Easter decorations at home.   Registration: 212-505-9077 or The institute is located at: 138 Greenpoint Ave., Brooklyn NY 11222.

These hand-made Easter Palms may become, in time, cherished objects that are associated with fond memories of family, childhood, togetherness, celebration... in other words, Objects that Speak.

Objects that Speak

The Polish American Historical Association has designated a portion of its website to documenting Polish American experience through objects brought by immigrants from Poland and cherished by their descendants.  Moderated by Prof. Anna Muller, this section includes already several such objects - photographs accompanied by stories - and we are always looking for more. In the site's introduction, Prof. Muller writes:

Old furniture, books, dolls, pottery, so much old stuff… all these various objects encircle us and take up crucial living space. Do they add anything to our lives? We often treat them as an addition to our lives, as a sign of prestige and possession. They tell the story of who we are, the hobbies we have, sometimes the fear or ambition that consume us. Perhaps they simply pollute the space around un with unnecessary memories of various moments we experienced, people we used to know, journeys we took or only dreamt of taking, things that symbolize fulfilled or unfulfilled potential or dreams. They do participate in our lives, they are elements of material culture, they help sustain our social lives, but do they perhaps also live separate lives from us?

Here are some pictures and stories gathered so far.  To submit your idea please contact
Prof. Muller (, or
PAHA Executive Director, Dr. Pien Versteegh (, or
PAHA Communications Director, Dr. Maja Trochimczyk (

Theresa Veltri (with the help of Anna Muller and Talylorann Lenze)

A Singer sewing machine may have been a staple of many 1900s women’s households, but for Janina Andrzejczak, it was also a way to maintain and pass on culture. “My mom used to make all of our Polish dance costumes,” the Janina’s daughter, Theresa Veltri remembers. “Three of the four of us kids used to take Polish dance lessons every Saturday, ending the year each May with a dance recital.  We were even in the Hamtramck Parade one year with our Polish costumes.” [...]

The clothing wasn’t Janina’s only effort to pass on her Polish culture to her children. “My mom… was also a fantastic cook always making traditional Polish food like pierogi, gołąbki, soups, and other foods…. She would always cook lamb for Easter,” Veltri notes. [...] Around Easter, Veltri remembers always seeing an Easter lamb statuette surrounded with pysanky. She and her siblings didn’t paint the colorful eggs themselves but were aware that the delicate art came from Poland.
To read more, visit PAHA Website.

Czesław Blechinger (with the help of Anna Muller and Talylorann Lenze)

During World War II, young Czeslaw Blechinger and his family were brought to Germany as forced laborers. They departed from Otynia Poland, a town south of Lwow, with only essentials and a decoratively wrought mortar and pestle.  The two brass pieces were intended to prove Blechinger's father’s technical craftsmanship competence, so they were not used on a daily basis. Blechinger explains that his father had “worked in the shop area, where railroad cars were maintained. A foundry was also in the shop, that’s where the mortar and pestle were made.”

When WWII ended, the mortar and pestle came with the Blechinger family to the displaced persons (DP) camp, called Bergen-Belsen. It was a former Nazi concentration camp where thousands of prisoners died including Margo and Anne Frank. ... To read more, visit the PAHA Website.

Karen Walczyk Prescott

The 10K gold ring inlaid with rubies and pearls has the initial J inscribed on it. It traveled from Przasnysz, Poland in 1908 to the United States, shortly after my grandmother, Henryka Kolakowska Bulawa was born. Originally the ring had belonged to her great-grandmother, Jozefa. Henryka's mother, (Jozefa's daughter), had returned to Poland after only a year of lliving in the US in order to honor her beloved mother's death. Jozefa's will stipulated that the ring would be passed on to her first grandchild, whoever that might be. Already pregnant, Stanislawa would save the ring for Henryka and bring it back to the US....
To read more,visit the PAHA Website.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Polish Jewish Conference and Concert, March 5-6, 2018 at Rutgers University

Centering the Periphery: 
Polish Jewish Cultural Production Beyond the Capital
March 5-6, 2018, Rutgers University
Conference of the Polish Jewish Studies Initiative

March 5, 9:15am - 11:15am               Panel 1: Translations
March 5, 11:30am - 1:30pm              Panel 2: Geographies
March 5, 3:00pm - 5:00pm               Panel 3: Traditions
March 6, 9:00am - 11:00am              Panel 4: Embodiments and Spaces
March 6, 11:15am - 1:15pm              Panel 5: High and Low Cultures
March 6, 2:45pm - 4:45pm                Panel 6: Audiences

Organized by: Natalia Aleksiun, Touro College; Halina Goldberg, Indiana University; and
Nancy Sinkoff, Rutgers University.

For more information, contact the Center for European Studies:
l (848) 932-8551

Concert, “Soundscapes of Modernity”
7:30pm - 9:00pm, March 5, 2018
Kirkpatrick Chapel, 81 Somerset Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Jewish inhabitants  of Polish cities, like their  counterparts elsewhere,  responded to the challenges of
 modernity in diverse ways, which  included reshaping the musical  soundscapes of their communities.
 This concert presents music of Polish  Jews that is little known to American  audiences — choral pieces from  19th-century progressive (“Reform”)  congregations, compositions associated  with Jewish music societies, and  avant-garde works by  Jewish composers.

Founded in 2013, the Polish Jewish Studies Initiative (PJSI) is an international, interdisciplinary forum for scholars involved in research and teaching at the intersection of Polish and Jewish studies. This collaboration has generated an annual Polish Jewish Studies Workshop (PJSW) that brings together scholars, public intellectuals, artists, and cultural workers to identify new theoretical and methodological developments in the field of Polish Jewish Studies; to help scholars keep abreast of each others’ work across linguistic and continental divides; and to consider new vocabularies and research strategies in a hybrid and transnational cultural landscape. The PJSI Advisory Committee welcomes inquiries from institutions and organizations interested in applying to host the annual international Polish Jewish Studies Workshop.

PJSI Advisory Commmittee: Irena Grudzinska-Gross, Princeton University, Jessie Labov, Central European University, Karen Underhill, University of Illinois at Chicago, Geneviève Zubrzycki, University of Michigan



This event is made possible by generous support from the following sponsors:

At Indiana University: The Borns Jewish Studies Program, The Russian and East European Institute, and The School of Global and International Studies

At Rutgers University: The Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life, Rutgers Global, The Center for European Studies, Mason Gross School of the Arts, The Department of History, The Department of German, Russian, and East European Languages and Literatures, The Department of Jewish Studies, and Dean’s Office of the School of Arts and Sciences

Additional Support Provided by: The Jan Karski Educational Foundation, the POLIN Museum’s GEOP, the Kosciuszko Foundation, the Kronhill-Pletka Foundation, the Touro Graduate School of Jewish Studies, and Campus Coach Lines

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Call for Papers for PAHA's 76th Meeting in Chicago Il, due April 15, 2018

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The 76th annual meeting of the Polish American Historical Association will be held in Chicago as part of the 133rd yearly meeting of the American Historical Association, January 3–6, 2019.

The theme for the AHA conference is “Loyalties.” As explained in the general CFP “… loyalties function on multiple levels. Individually, or in groups, humans commit themselves to communities, loved ones, principles, a leader, a nation, a religion, an ideology, or an identity.”

The multivalent and rich nature of the concept of‘loyalty’ and ‘loyalties’ is a fitting theme for the PAHA conference as 2018 is a year when PAHA celebrates its 75th anniversary and Poland celebrates the 100th anniversary of 1918 – the year when after 123 years of political partitions, Poland regained its independence.

The conference thus offers a unique chance to reflect on various levels of loyalties (individuals, family, traditions, old and new communities) and how they change over time and space. What contributes to the sense of loyalty and duty that came with it? What forms did they take? And how did the Polish Americans of different generations and social standing deal with the conflicting, changing, or perhaps double loyalties to the old and new country?

We invite scholars who study the Polish American communities or the greater Polish diaspora as well as those who deal with migration, ethnic, and regional studies and would like to join the discussions related (but not limited) to the following topics:

  • Polish Americans and the restoration of Poland’s independence, 1918
  • 1918 and Polish migration, new understandings of citizenship, settlement, and assimilation patterns
  • Intersections of ethnicity, class, gender and race
  • Ethnic lobbying and occurrences of ethnic mobilization
  • Rituals, imagery, and symbols of continued loyalty 
  • The relationships between different loyalties – loyalty to the old country vs. new country
  • Immigration to the USA and state building in Poland 
  • Diplomacy, outreach, and relationships between Poles in the country and abroad 
  • Polish American experience and various forms of nostalgia for the old country 
  • Polish American experience 

We invite proposals for sessions as well as individual papers related to all aspects of the Polish American experience (in history, sociology, literature, art, music, etc.) on both American continents.

The deadline for submissions is April 15, 2018.

Abstracts for papers and panel proposals are now being accepted and should be submitted to:

PAHA Chair of the Program Committee
Anna Muller, Ph.D.
University of Michigan-Dearborn
4901 Evergreen, SSB 2192
Dearborn, MI 48128
(313) 583-6539 (phone)
(313) 593-5645 (fax)

Electronic proposals in email and word format are strongly preferred.

Individuals and session organizers should include the following information when submitting a proposal:
• Paper/Session title(s) (of no more than 20 words)
• Paper/Session abstract(s) (up to 300/500 words, respectively)
• Biographical paragraph (up to 250 words) for each participant
• Mailing and e-mail address for each participant
• Chair (required) and commentator (optional) for the session
• Audiovisual needs, if any.

Please be advised that it is not always possible for PAHA to provide AV equipment for all sessions due to the high cost of mandatory rental from AHA. All presenters are encouraged to consider submission of their papers for publication in PAHA's peer-reviewed journal: “Polish American Studies."

For more information please see PAHA's website:

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Calls for Proposals from Our Friends - PSA and PIASA


The Polish Institute of Arts & Sciences of America is pleased to invite presentation proposals for our 76th Annual Conference to be held at the Harriman Institute, Columbia University in New York City, June 8-9, 2018.

Proposals are solicited for complete sessions or individual papers in any of the disciplines in the liberal arts, sciences, or business/economics. Since the Institute values comparative sessions, individual papers need not focus on Poland or the Polish diaspora, but it is hoped that at least one paper in each session will do so. Sessions including presenters from more than one nation are encouraged. Each session is scheduled for 90 minutes to accommodate three/four papers (20 minutes each).

The conference language is English and all conference rooms will be equipped with AV for the use of PowerPoints and CD/DVD presentations. It is expected that acceptable conference papers will be submitted for possible publication in The Polish Review subsequent to the conference.

To submit a paper or complete session, please send the name, e-mail address, institutional affiliation, a tentative paper title and brief abstract for all presenters to the chair of the program committee at The deadline for proposals is April 15, 2018. All participants are expected to pay the conference registration fee



The Polish Studies Association is pleased to announce its inaugural Dissertation Research Award. This award, in the amount of $2000, aims to assist dissertation research on any topic in the humanities and social sciences that makes significant contributions to the study of Poland and/or
Poland in a global context. Applications and letter of recommendation are due

Grant Requirements:
1) A two-page, single-spaced research proposal that outlines the project, methodologies and sources, and contribution to existing literature, as well as specifies how research funds will advance project (e.g., for obtaining sources in archive X or conducting interviews in Y)
2) CV
3) A letter of recommendation from the applicant’s dissertation advisor

Grant Regulations:
1) Applicants must be PhD students working on a topic related to Poland.
2) There are no citizenship requirements for this grant.
3) Applicants must be members of the Polish Studies Association at the time of their application.
4) Graduate students at any stage in their program are invited to apply, though preference will be given to those who have reached ABD status.
5) Grant monies are to be used for research-related purposes, e.g. travel, research materials, visas, etc. and should not be used to pay for tuition at their home institutions.
6) Research is expected to be conducted within 12 months of receipt of funds.

The Polish Studies Association (PSA) is an organization of scholars,  publishers, librarians, archivists, and journalists who specialize in the history, culture, art, politics, economics, and society of Poland. To submit  applications, CVs, and letters of recommendation, or for information about the Award or membership, please contact Michał Wilczewski (  [1]) or Kathleen Wroblewski ( [2])

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Ambassador Piotr Wilczek Welcomes PAHA at 2017 Awards Ceremony in Washington D.C.

The 75th Annual Meeting of the Polish American Historical Association in Washington D.C. featured PAHA's Awards Ceremony held on January 6, 2018 at the Residence of the Ambassador of the Republic of Poland, Prof. Piotr Wilczek.  The event began with a welcome by the Ambassador himself, reproduced below, with his permission. The list of awards and awardees may be found on this blog.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear Friends,

Let me start by saying that I am very happy to be the host this evening of the annual Polish American Historical Association Gala dinner. As a Professor of the history of literature, I am both honored and pleased to welcome for the first time PAHA members to my residence.

We are meeting today to present the Polish American Historical Association’s Prizes and Awards. These include: the Haiman Award for sustained scholarly effort in the field of Polish American Studies, the Halecki Prize for the best book on a Polish American topic, and the annual Swastek Prize for the best article appearing in Polish American Studies, which are all widely recognized in the community of Academic Historians.

Events such as today offer us an opportunity to celebrate all that PAHA and its members accomplished this past year, and to recommit ourselves to work even harder for our common good in the year to come. I would personally like to take a moment to thank all those gathered here this evening, as well as those who could not make it but who nevertheless have contributed to the storied history of the Polish American Historical Association. Your dedication and hard work are known, appreciated, and very important for the Polish-American community.

Since its founding during the tumultuous and uncertain days of World War II to today, PAHA has become a modern, interdisciplinary academic and professional organization with a diverse, international membership of individuals and institutions. As a scholar and Ambassador, I can attest that PAHA is an organization that all of Polonia can be proud of, and should appreciate for their important work.

Ladies and gentlemen, all of you here in the audience need no reminder that we have just inaugurated our centennial year of Poland’s rebirth, and what an incredible opportunity this presents for Poles everywhere to celebrate our history. As the Ambassador in Washington, D.C. I look forward to this centennial not only to celebrate with Polonia, but also to remind our American friends and partners the rich history of our relations. I am sure that many of you know that Monday is the anniversary of Woodrow Wilson’s Fourteen Points Address. Anniversaries such as this present scholars, teachers, but also diplomats and journalists opportunities to reinvigorate public memory of these momentous events and their lasting ramifications.  Throughout the year and years to come we will celebrate those great heroes on whose shoulders we stand today, especially those with ties also to the United States. Here specifically I am thinking  about Ignacy Jan Paderewski – a great pianist, composer, statesman, prime minister, close friend of President Woodrow Wilson. I am pleased that PAHA has also decided to commemorate Him this evening.

In closing, I wish you a memorable evening and very productive meeting tomorrow. I hope that when you return home from this 75th jubilee conference in Washington you will again take up the challenge of uncovering Polish American history and bringing Poland and the United States closer together.

On the beginning of a new year I wish you all the best in your personal and professional life. I believe that your professional successes are the best possible way to promote Polish history and culture, and to shape the image of Poland – a country which is worth visiting, getting to know, and cooperating with.

Madame President Mazurkiewicz, the floor is yours.


Ambassador Piotr Wilczek
Photo: Karolina Siemion-Bielska/MSZ

Ambassador Piotr Wilczek was born on 26 April 1962, in Chorzów, Poland. A prolific literary scholar, intellectual historian, writer, and translator, he graduated in 1986 from the University of Silesia in Katowice, where he also received his Ph.D. (1992) and Habilitation (2001). Recruited by his Alma Mater, he remained there until 2008 as a professor and Faculty Dean. His interests include comparative literature, philology, and intellectual history that form the culture and geography of knowledge across time. In 2006, he received the title of Professor of the Humanities from the President of the Republic of Poland.

In 2008, he joined the University of Warsaw faculty at the new, experimental Artes Liberales program. He became the Founding Director of Collegium Artes Liberales (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences) where he helped establish and chaired Centre for the Study of the Reformation and Intellectual Culture in Early-Modern Europe. Since 2010, he has also been at the helm of the Artes Liberales Doctoral Studies Program. An international scholar active in Europe and the United States, he has been promoting liberal arts education, which breaks the existing barriers between narrow fields of specialization traditionally favored in the continental Europe.

His commitment to interdisciplinary approach to learning draws on his own engagement with international studies, scholarly exchanges, and cultural diplomacy. A recipient of numerous grants and scholarships, he conducted postgraduate research in intellectual history at Oxford’s St Anne’s College in 1988 and completed two postdoctoral projects at the Warburg Institute, University of London, in 1996 and 1998. Twice, he was visiting translator at The British Centre for Literary Translation, University of East Anglia. In the United States from 1998 to 2001, he taught Polish literature and language as a visiting professor at Rice University, the University of Illinois, and the University of Chicago. He was invited to give public lectures at Harvard University and the University of Texas at Austin and conducted research as a visiting scholar at Boston College and Cleveland State University.

Piotr Wilczek is an active member of the Warsaw-based non-partisan American Study Group at the Polish Institute of International Affairs, which brings together experts, journalist, and academics who comment on political and cultural developments in the United States and analyze their implications for Poland, Europe, and the trans-Atlantic alliance. Until his diplomatic appointment in the US, he was Representative in Poland of the New York-based Kosciuszko Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to educational, cultural, and artistic exchange between the United States and Poland. He also served as President of the Foundation’s affiliate in Warsaw.

Piotr Wilczek authored and edited 22 published monographs and more than 100 journal articles which appeared in Poland, the UK, and the United States, both in English and Polish. He belongs to a number of professional groups and associations and is a board member of various international scholarly journals, book series, advisory councils, and academic and educational initiatives in Europe and the United States.

On 21 October 2016 the President of the Republic of Poland nominated him Ambassador to the United States and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas.

Friday, January 12, 2018

"PAHA: A 75th Anniversary History" by James S. Pula

PAHA: A 75th Anniversary History of the Polish American Historical Association
Edited by James S. Pula (PAHA, 2017). 212 Pages. Available on

In 2018, PAHA is celebrating its 75th Anniversary.  Established in 1943 as a Commission for Research on Polish Immigration within the newly formed Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences in America, the organization assumed its current name and incorporated as an autonomous nonprofit scholarly association in 1948.  PAHA's Mission is described as follows:

• To promote the study of Polish American history and culture as part of the greater Polish diaspora.
• To encourage and disseminate scholarly research and publication on the Polish American experience in the fields of history, the social sciences, the humanities and the arts, and advance scholarly collaboration across disciplines
• To support collection and preservation of historical sources regarding the Polish past in America

In order to fulfill this mission, PAHA publishes a scholarly journal, Polish American Studies, and a semiannual newsletter, sponsors books on Polish American experience, organizes annual conferences, and researches the activities of the American Polonia and the Polish diaspora on other continents.


The PAHA 75th Anniversary History was edited by James S. Pula to commemorate the history, changing goals and lasting achievements of the organization. The volume contains reprints of earlier histories of PAHA published in the Polish American Studies by Konstantin Symmons-Symonolewicz, Anthony F. Turhollow, John J. Bukowczyk, Anna D. Jaroszynska-Kirchmann. These histories are   complemented with the update bringing the account to the present era by James S. Pula.  A valuable section of the Anniversary History consists of appendices listing PAHA founding members, presidents, and award winners. 

PAHA 75th Anniversary History and Books by PAHA Members


Preface, by Anna Mazurkiewicz, PAHA President (2017-18) - p. vii
Introduction, by James S. Pula - p. xi
A Special “Thank You” to the Skalny Family - p. xv


1. Polish American Studies, 1942-1970: An Overview, by Konstantin Symmons-Symonolewicz - p.1

2. The Polish American Historical Association: An Act of Faith, by Anthony F. Turhollow - p.17

3. “Harness for Posterity the Values of a Nation”: Fifty Years of the Polish American Historical Association and Polish American Studies, by John J. Bukowczyk - p. 25

4. The Polish American Historical Association: Looking Back, Looking Forward, by Anna D. Jaroszyńska-Kirchmann - p. 129

5. Celebrating the Past, Preparing for the Future, by James S. Pula - p. 155


6. Appendix A: List of Members of the Commission for Research on Polish Immigration - p. 181
7. Appendix B: The Polish-American Historical Commission - p.182
8. Appendix C: Presidents of the Polish American Historical Association  -p.  183
9. Appendix D: Editors of Polish American Studies - p. 184
10. Appendix E: The Mieczysław Haiman Award - p.184
11. Appendix F: The Oskar Halecki Prize  - p. 185
12. Appendix G: The Joseph Swastek Prize - p. 189
13. Appendix H: The Distinguished Service Award - p. 191
14. Appendix I: The Skalny Civic Achievement Award - p. 192
15. Appendix J: The Creative Arts Prize - p. 194
16. Appendix K; The Amicus Poloniae Award  - p. 194
17. Appendix L: The Graduate Student Award - p. 195
18. Appendix M: The Kulczycki Prize - p. 195
19. Officers and Council for 2017-2018 - p. 196


James S. Pula is Professor of History at Purdue University North Central. The author and editor of more than a dozen books on the Polish diaspora and the American Civil War, he served as editor-in-chief of The Polish American Encyclopedia and was the editor of the academic journal Polish American Studies for some 33 years. He has for many years been a member of the Boards of Directors of the Polish American Historical Association and the Polish Institute of Arts & Sciences of America. His work has been honored with the Mieczysław Haiman Award for sustained scholarly contributions (1988), the Distinguished Service Award from the American Council for Polish Culture, and three Oskar Halecki Prizes for: The Polish American Encyclopedia (Editor, 2011), Polish Americans: An Ethnic Community (1995), and United We Stand: The Role of Polish Workers in the New Mills Textile Strikes , 1912 and 1916, co-authored with Eugene E. Dziedzic (1991). He is the recipient of the Rudewicz Medal, and the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland (2014).