IT ALL BEGAN IN POLAND
September 1, 1939
September 1, 5-6 2009
Polish Veterans, Polish-American Veterans, United States Veterans, Holocaust Survivors, Children In Exile, Displaced Persons
You are invited to participate in our weekend event designed to commemorate those who witnessed World War II in Poland. We want the community at large to know of Poland’s suffering and strength during WWII. Please, tell us your stories and submit the names of those who should be honored.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
6:00 PM Sunset Wypominki & Candle Service at the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes,
Mass follows in the Shrine Chapel
Saturday, September 5, 2009
10:00 – 11:30 Reunion with Sybiracy – Polish Refugees
Anthony Walawender MA, speaks of his personal experience as a “Chlopcy z Polski”; Photo history of the Sybiracy experiences and the launch of the oral history website; Selected Interviews with Survivors of German work camps; Poet John Guzlowski PhD reads his poetry
11:30 – 12:15 Lunch
12:15 – 2:15 Opening of the Art Exhibition
Peggy Grant, BFA presents the History and Symbolism of Artist Adam Grochowski; Cecile Wendt Jensen, MA presents the History and Symbolism of Artist Jan Komski; Polish Photographer Marcin Chumiecki speaks about his Assignment Auschwitz Portfolio
2:15 – 2:30 Break
2:30 – 3:30 Guy Stern PhD, Director of the Holocaust Museum and Director of the International Institute of Righteous pays tribute to the Polish Catholics who risked their lives to save Jews during World War II and Sue Krolikowski PhD pays tribute to the Polish Catholic nuns who sheltered Jewish children.
3:30 – 3:45 Break
3:45 – 4:45 Poet John Guzlowski PhD discusses his work “ Lightening and Ashes” and “Third Winter of War: Buchenwald”
7:00 Polish Evening Concert in the Shrine Chapel with Curtis Posuniak, organist at St. Patrick Church in Carleton, Michigan.
Sunday, September 6, 2009
1:00 – 2:00 Mass at the Shrine Chapel to honor the Polish Army Veterans and Camp Survivors
2:00 – 3:00 The Filarets Chorus, led by David Troiano, presents a repertory of patriotic and military songs for the Veterans
3:00 – 3:15 Group Photo of Veterans
3:15 – 4:15 William Krul, President, Polish Genealogical Society of Michigan, outlines the required governmental steps he took to obtain the proper military recognition for his father William Krul, Sr. who died in combat during WWII.
4:15 – 4:30 Break
September 5 – 6, 2009
We are honored to have Mr. Zygmunt Matynia, Consul General of the Republic of Poland (Chicago) join us for the events on Saturday and Sunday. Throughout the weekend there will be ongoing activities including: Batilion Burza a living history re-enactment group of Polish & American military men and women, Assembling a Time Capsule – Collection of WWII and commemoration materials to be opened in 2039, the Time Capsule will be registered with the Smithsonian Institute. Personalization of Pewabic Memorial Tiles with signatures of Polish Veterans and Displaced Persons, and Księga Pamiątkowa – Guest Book Signing.
The Polish Mission
3535 Indian Trail Rd.
Orchard Lake, Michigan 48324
This project is funded in part by Michigan Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.