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Kościuszko Chair Met the Financial Goals Required to Match the Funds of Our Endowment

In the academic year 2018/2019, Kościuszko Chair met the financial goals required to match the funds of our endowment. We are thankful to all our benefactors and friends for their generous support. We would like to thank in particular Lady Blanka Rosenstiel and the American Institute of Polish Culture for great generosity and unwavering support! We are also grateful to The Tadeusz Ungar Foundation, the Hon. Aldona Woś, Mr. Adam Bąk, Mrs. Ava Polansky-Bąk, Mr. John Niemczyk, Dr. Magdalena Pogonowska, Mr. and Mrs. Władysław Poncet de la Riviere, The Polish American Veterans’ Association (PAVA), Mr. Bogdan Chmielewski and his team of the Polish and Slavic Federal Credit Union, Mr. Jan Małek of PAFERE (The Polish-American Foundation for Economic Research and Education), and many others. We continue to raise funds for our on-going projects as reported. We would also like to thank ourstaff and interns for their help in running the daily activities of the Chair. Your involvement and support enable the Kościuszko Chair of Polish Studies to inform the American public about Poland and shed positive light on its history and culture.

The 9th Annual Lady Blanka Rosenstiel Kościuszko Chair Spring Symposium

The Ninth Annual Lady Blanka Rosenstiel Kościuszko Chair Spring Symposium took place on April 6, 2019. Introduced by Dr. Marek Chodakiewicz, five lectures focused on the present situation in Central Europe followed by a more historical perspective on the region. Topics ranged from the Polish military under Tsarist Russia, Boris Smyslovski and his role in the Russian counterinsurgency and counterintelligence, the role of women in the Polish National Movement, the Polish involvement in the NKVD, and the backstage of INF Treaty implementation. Below, a short summary of the lectures is presented.

  1. For the Entente’s Cause in Tsarist Uniforms: Polish Military Formations in Tsarist Russia During WWI (1914-1918)

Dr. Wojciech Jerzy Muszyński, a scholar for the Institute of National Remembrance in Warsaw and the editor-in-chief of the semi-annual Glaukopis, discussed how Tsarist Russia utilized the Polish military during WWI. The Polish military were not allowed to use their own national symbols to represent their nation and wished to fight for their independence even though they were under Russian control. He further discussed how the Polish military under Russian control were fighting against the Polish under German control. The Polish military was also involved in the Bolshevik revolution and other internal struggles that the Russians had during WWI.

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  1. Boris Smyslovski: WWII, White Russian, Counterinsurgency and Counterintelligence

Dr. Sebastian Bojemski, an independent scholar, discussed the life of Boris Smyslovski and his role during WWI and WWII. He fought for the Russian army in WWI, fought against the Bolsheviks, moved to Poland, but then was later recruited to be an army officer for the German military. He fought for the Germans in WWII against the Soviet Union and had his army elevated to the 1st Russian National Army. His whittled-down army settled in Liechtenstein, with some returning to the Soviet Union but never heard again, while others went to exile in Argentina. Smyslovski was able to offer his expertise and knowledge of the Soviet Union to the United States.

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  1. Between Politics and Social Work: A Study of Women’s Activities within the Ranks of the Polish National Movement (1919-1939)

Dr. Jolanta Mysiakowska-Muszyńska, a scholar for the Institute of National Remembrance in Warsaw and a deputy editor-in-chief of the semi-annual Glaukopis, wrote a lecture that was presented by Ms. Maria Juczewska, the Associate Director of the Kościuszko Chair of Polish Studies. She discussed the role of women in the Polish National Movement during the Interwar Period and their contribution to the Polish women’s political enfranchisement. The Polish National Movement benefitted greatly from the support of women at the time, proposing a model of women’s liberation alternative to the one posited by the supporters of socialism.

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  1. The Polish Operation of the NKVD: The Victim Tally

Dr. Tomasz Sommer, a Polish writer, journalist and publisher, and editor-in-chief of the weekly magazine Najwyższy CZAS!, discussed the numerical data provided by his research on the Polish Operation of the NKVD – an operation which was a systematic, large-scale extermination of the Poles in the U.S.S.R. between 1937-1938.

  1. The INF Treaty: Adventures in a Late Soviet-Era Town in the Urals

Mr. Charles Winkler, a retired Department of Defense civilian analyst with more than 30 years of experience, discussed his experiences related to the implementation of the INF Treaty, including the reality of late Soviet era in the Russian province as seen with the eyes of an American.

The 11th Annual Kościuszko Chair Conference

On November 3, 2018, Dr. Marek Chodakiewicz opened the 11th Annual Zdzisław Zakrzewski Kościuszko Chair Conference. This year the topics revolved around Polish independence as well as real and potential threats to it. Ms. Maria Juczewska discussed General Haller’s Army’s diplomatic and military contribution to the rebirth of Poland. Mr. Matthew J. O’Brien analyzed the dangers European countries are facing due to their immigration policies. His lecture led to the conclusion that Poland and its neighbors may become the next victims of the immigration crisis. The second part of the conference last fall entailed a unique film screening. Mr. Robert Orlando premiered his documentary The Divine Plan on the extraordinary partnership between the American President, Ronald Reagan, and the Pope, John Paul II, in fighting the Soviet Union. Drawing on the discussions with scholars, politicians, historians, and journalists, Mr. Orlando delved into the religious and political history of the partnership between the Pope and the American President that overthrew communism. The program of the conference entailed the following lectures:

  1. Introduction

Marek Jan Chodakiewicz, Ph.D., the Head of the Kościuszko Chair of Polish Studies at The Institute of World Politics, introduced the main themes of the conference.

  1. Saved from Overseas: Contribution of the General Haller’s Army to the Independence of Poland 

Mrs. Maria Juczewska, an Associate Director of the Kościuszko Chair of Polish Studies, gave a lecture commemorating the 100th Anniversary of Poland’s regaining independence. One of the factors that greatly contributed to the rebirth of Poland was the support of General Haller’s Army, created on the American soil. The lecture discusses the Army’s diplomatic and military contribution to Polish independence.

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  1. Radical Islam and Resettlement Jihad: Are Poland and Its Neighbors the Next Potential Victims?

Mr. Matthew J. O’Brien, the Director of Research at the Federation for American Immigration Reform, explained how the nations of Europe are rapidly becoming the victims of their unnecessarily generous immigration. He further analyzed their – possibly too broad – concepts of religious freedom and unwillingness to defend Judeo-Christian culture from Islamic encroachment. In the conclusion he posited a question whether Poland and its neighbors would be the next casualties of this disturbing trend.

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  1. The Divine Plan – a feature film presentation

Mr. Robert Orlando, an author and filmmaker, took viewers behind the scenes of a partnership that changed the world between the American President, Ronald Reagan, and the Pope, John Paul II. Told in part as a graphic thriller, this highly stylized motion picture film pushed beyond the bounds of conventional documentary-making, reviving and revising the history of the Cold War.

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The 8th Annual Kościuszko Chair Military Lecture

On September 12, 2018, the Kościuszko Chair of Polish Studies hosted its annual Gen. Walter Jajko Kościuszko Chair Military Lecture. The lecture was entitled “Russian Military History” and was presented by Mr. Geoffrey Seroka, a graduate student at The Institute of World Politics. It explored the military history of Russia, going back to pre-imperial times, in order to analyze the Russian Federation’s recent actions toward the United States, NATO, and Europe. Russia has historically viewed war in a different light than the West, and this historical context is vital to determining how to respond to recent belligerent actions. The lecture was based on Mr. Seroka’s graduate research in Russian/Eurasian affairs.

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The Academic Year 2017/2018

SONY DSCThe academic year 2017-2018 was truly busy for Kościuszko Chair of Polish Studies, the Center for Intermarium Studies, and the Institute of World Politics. Dr. Chodakiewicz has been invited to join boards of several prestigious institutions and periodicals in the U.S. and in Poland. He travelled extensively as a guest speaker at American and Polish-American events. He was awarded a prestigious Wybitny Polak w USA Award [Outstanding Pole in the USA Award] in the field of science. We successfully continued our expanded speaker series on Poland and the Intermarium Region. We organized the 10th Annual Zdzisław Zakrzewski Kościuszko Chair Conference and the 8th Annual Lady Blanka Rosenstiel Kościuszko Chair Spring Symposium. We followed and commented on the political developments in Poland explaining the rationale behind the Polish foreign policy to the American reader. Dr. Chodakiewicz was interviewed as well by the Polish radio and TV programs in relation to American political life.

We are thankful to all our benefactors and friends for their generous support. We would like to thank Lady Blanka Rosenstiel and the American Institute of Polish Culture, The Tadeusz Ungar Foundation, the Hon. Aldona Woś, Mr. Adam Bąk, Mrs. Ava Polansky-Bąk, Mr. John Niemczyk, Dr. Magdalena Pogonowska, Mr. and Mrs. Władysław Poncet de la Riviere, The Polish American Veterans’ Association (PAVA), Mr. Bogdan Chmielewski and his team of the Polish and Slavic Federal Credit Union, Mr. Jan Małek of PAFERE (The Polish-American Foundation for Economic Research and Education), and many others. We also appreciate the efforts our staff and interns in running the daily business of the Chair.

Your interest and your continuous involvement enable the Kościuszko Chair of Polish Studies to inform the American public about Poland and shed positive light on its history and culture. This kind of public diplomacy is more and more needed these days.

Briefing for the US Army War College, Class of 2018, IWP, May 2018.

Dr. Marek Chodakiewicz participated in a briefing for the US Army War College, Class of 2018, organized at IWP, elaborating on the Contingency Planning for the Intermarium in the event of a Russian invasion.

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