Frank Milewski

Frank Milewski is the New York City Division President of the Polish American Congress

Most Recent Articles by Frank Milewski:


Sep 3, 2017 — Frank Milewski

Maspeth, NY…. To observe the 78th anniversary of Nazi Germany’s invasion of Poland that started World War ll on   September l, 1939, New York’s Polish American community (Polonia) will be participating in a solemn memorial mass on Sunday, September 3.

The mass is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. at Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church, 61-21 56th Road in Maspeth.

A section of 56th Road bordering the church had its name changed to “St. Pope John Paul II Way” in 2014 largely through the efforts of the Polish American-Jewish American Dialog Committee of Queens, N.Y.  The Downstate N.Y. Division of the Polish American Congress was the organization representing the Polish side of the dialog.


Jan 13, 2017 — Frank Milewski

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.

Polish Americans Ask NBC Prez To Stop Promoting Old Hitler WWII Theories

Oct 15, 2015 — Frank Milewski

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.

Polish Americans Remember German Invasion and WWII

Sep 6, 2015 — Frank Milewski

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.

Polish Catholic Auschwitz survivor Michael Preisler dead in New York

Sep 30, 2014 — Frank Milewski

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.

New Jersey Curriculum Quits Blaming Poland for Hitler’s Death Camps

Sep 22, 2014 — Frank Milewski

Brooklyn, N.Y. ..  “ It was an embarrassing and upsetting moment for anyone dedicated to the assurance that the history of the Holocaust must be accurately recorded and preserved.”

1939 Nazi Invasion Began WWII and “Big Lies” Against Poland

Aug 26, 2014 — Frank Milewski

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.

Factual Errors Mar N.J. Holocaust Curriculum

Aug 15, 2014 — Frank Milewski

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.

Polish Americans Fight Against WWII Media Errors

May 30, 2014 — Frank Milewski

Brooklyn, N.Y…”Nowhere else is Holocaust history as distorted and as misrepresented as it is about Poland.”

WWII and Holocaust:  Just A Big Joke At Disney’s ABC-TV

Dec 20, 2013 — Frank Milewski

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.

St. Stan’s Rev. Joseph Szpilski on PAC’s 2013 Honors List

Oct 15, 2013 — Frank Milewski

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.

Pulaski Police To Be Cited By Polish American Congress

Oct 10, 2013 — Frank Milewski

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.

Rescuing Jews From The Nazis: More Poles Died Doing It Than Anyone Else

Sep 12, 2013 — Frank Milewski

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.

Price of Freedom was costly in WWII Poland

Aug 6, 2013 — Frank Milewski

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..

When Gen Rowny wishes Happy Birthday, he does more than send a card

Feb 7, 2013 — Frank Milewski

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.

African and Polish Americans mark 150th anniversary of two 1863 events

Jan 30, 2013 — Frank Milewski

New York, N.Y. .. Freedom and emancipation were the goal of two concurrent events which took place 150 years ago in 1863.

NAZIs branded this Polish Catholic with a special Auschwitz Memento

Jan 8, 2013 — Frank Milewski

Hitler’s SS Guards changed the name of Walter Kolodziejek (below) after he was arrested and sent to Auschwitz in the summer of 1940, just a few weeks after the Germans opened it.  He was only 18 then.  The day he arrived he came to be known as Auschwitz prisoner #2254 and has worn that number on his chest ever since.

Modern Europe’s first democracy was Poland

Nov 16, 2012 — Frank Milewski

New York, N.Y. .. Chet Szarejko, Vice President of the Downstate N.Y. Division of the Polish American Congress (left), and Division President Frank Milewski present Poland’s Consul General in New York, Ewa Junczyk-Ziomecka, with a copy of the newly published book, “Poland the First Democracy in Modern Europe.”

NY Polish American Congress Hails Pulaski Cadets of America

Sep 27, 2012 — Frank Milewski

Brooklyn, N.Y. … Among the organizations the Downstate New York Division of the Polish American Congress will be honoring at its 2012 Awards Banquet this October is one with ties to America’s War of Independence and, specifically, to Casimir Pulaski, the Polish officer who volunteered his services to Gen. George Washington 235 years ago.

A unique Auschwitz survivor reaches 90

Feb 25, 2012 — Frank Milewski

imagePatricia Kolodziejek, a member of the Children of Polish Christian Holocaust Survivors with the Polish American Congress, wishes her dad a Happy 90th Birthday.

A Polish Catholic survivor of Auschwitz, Walter Kolodziejek was sent to the death camp shortly after the Nazi’s opened it in 1940.

Brooklyn, N.Y. .. Living long enough to celebrate a 90th birthday would be something special for anyone.  It would be something “extra special” for anyone who had to spend several years in the Auschwitz death camp and suffer the brutality of Hitler’s SS.