BROOKLYN, NY…With the passing of 2016 and our hopes in a new year, I reflect on my father’s 95th birthday on January 28, 2017, the passage of time, humanity, and his legacy as a Polish Catholic Holocaust survivor. It is nothing short of extraordinarily good fortune and his deep faith in God that spared my father’s life during 5 years of unthinkable Nazi brutality.
Waclaw Kolodziejek was arrested in August 1940 in Warsaw as a teenager. His crime: being Polish. And he was Catholic. It took many days in a crowded standing room only cattle car train before he was unloaded in Auschwitz concentration camp. He found himself in the company of hundreds of thousands of other Catholic Poles just like him. Auschwitz was not yet completed, so my father was forced to finish this Nazi order.
New York, N.Y….It appears the producers of NBC’s Saturday Night Live Show have come to the conclusion that mean-spirited nasty jokes are just what a multi-cultural society like America needs today. This way, one ethnic group can keep insulting other ethnic groups with juvenile humor acceptable to all. And NBC will supply the jokes.
Brooklyn, N.Y… While much of the world observed the 70th anniversary of the 1945 end of World War II, Polish Americans also commemorated the day that war began. At the age of 93, Walter Kolodziejek (left) remains living proof Adolf Hitler chose the Polish people to be his first victim when Nazi Germany launched World War II on September 1, 1939, with the invasion of Poland.
Richmond Hill, N.Y. .. “Nowhere else is Holocaust history as distorted and as misrepresented as it is about Poland.” These are the words of Michael Preisler, a Polish Catholic survivor of Auschwitz who came to the United States after World War II and devoted himself to correcting those distortions and misrepresentations.
Brooklyn, N.Y. .. “Tell a little lie, no one will believe you. Tell a big lie, everyone will believe you.” This was a World War II statement attributed to Joseph Goebbels, chief of Nazi Germany’s Ministry for Propaganda. And the more you repeat it, the more believed it becomes, according to his theory.
Brooklyn, N.Y.—In a letter addressed to New Jersey’s Department of Education, the Holocaust Documentation Committee of the Polish American Congress is asking the agency to remove a series of false statements about Poland and the Polish people appearing in the Holocaust curriculum displayed on its website.
Brooklyn, N.Y. .. The Anti-Bigotry Committee of the Polish American Congress issued a protest letter to the Disney-owned ABC-TV network after late-night host Jimmy Kimmel recently decided to use a series of anti-Polish ethnic jokes and ridiculed the effort of the Polish cavalry to fight back against Hitler’s invasion of Poland which began World War II.
Brooklyn, N.Y. .. Friends and members of Greenpoint’s St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish will be able to join the Downstate New York Division of the Polish American Congress (PAC) in honoring their former pastor, Rev. Joseph Szpilski C.M., at the Annual Awards Banquet the Congress holds at the Polish & Slavic Center on October 26th.
Brooklyn N.Y. It’s going to be the Pulaski Association of the New York City Police Department who will be served with a citation when the Downstate Division of the Polish American Congress (PAC) holds its Annual Awards Banquet at Greenpoint’s Polish & Slavic Center on October 26th.
Brooklyn N.Y... There is good reason why the Polish American Congress chose Henryk Cioczek, M.D. Ph.D., as one of its honorees when it holds its Annual Awards Banquet at the Polish & Slavic Center in Greenpoint, Brooklyn on October 26th.
New York, N.Y… August is the month America’s Polish community annually commemorates the 1944 Warsaw Uprising (now referred to as “the Rising”) which attempted to liberate Poland’s capitol city from a five-year-long German occupation..
Brooklyn, N.Y. .. When retired U.S. Army General Edward Rowny saw this photo of Polish Catholic Auschwitz survivor Walter Kolodziejek on the Internet, it was a grim reminder of his own experiences during the time he was on active duty.
New York, N.Y. .. Freedom and emancipation were the goal of two concurrent events which took place 150 years ago in 1863.
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