Alberto Trujillo
Alberto Trujillo

Alberto Trujillo graduated from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid in law and is a director of a company operating in the sector of life sciences research. He lives in Madrid with his wife and four children.

Passionated about the history and about Poland, he is the founder and president of the Historical and Cultural Association “Poland First to Fight”. Since 2008, the Association is devoted to the promotion of Polish history from regaining Poland’s independence in 1918 to the end of the Second World War and the immediate post-war period.

He has published several articles about Poland during the Second World War and lectured at universities and cultural institutions across Spain to explain tremendous efforts and great deeds made by Poles in the struggle for freedom. For his work, he has been awarded the Pro Memoria and Pro Patria Medals by the Office for War Veterans and Victims of Oppression and the Bene Merito Medal by the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

During the conference “Poland First to Fight” he will give a brief overview of how the role of Poland in the Second World War is generally perceived in the Spanish speaking world.

Professor Svetlana Beltyukova
Professor Svetlana Beltyukova

Svetlana Beltyukova, PhD, is a Professor in the Research and Measurement Program at the University of Toledo and one of the managing partners of Inference, LLC. Her expertise is in the development of surveys, assessments, benchmarks, and scoring systems for high-stakes decision-making across a variety of settings. She has published in top tier journals advocating for increasing the rigor of research and evaluation with the use of valid instruments for data collection. She has been instrumental in introducing and popularizing the use of the Rasch measurement model both nationally and internationally and in many fields, including education, counseling, pharmaceutical education, physician assistant education, speech and language research, health care research, and European Union and NATO perceptions studies. Svetlana has also extensive experience in designing and conducting evidence-based studies and evaluations and holds an additional PhD in Cognitive Linguistics.

During the conference, professor Beltyukova will present the application of instruments allowing to precisely measure the perception of Poles in the United States.

Professor Christine Fox
Professor Christine Fox

Christine Fox, PhD, is a Professor of Research and Measurement at the University of Toledo and one of the managing partners of Inference LLC. Christine is best known for her seminal book on the measurement of perceptions, ‘Applying the Rasch Model: Fundamental Measurement in the Human Sciences’, cited over 6,800 times since its first edition in 2001. She has applied her perception research across government, corporate, and non-profit entities, including the measurement of passenger perception of flight experience for Boeing, perceptions of NATO by their Asia-Pacific partners, and perceptions of the European Union by its members.

During the conference, professor Fox will present the application of instruments allowing to precisely measure the perception of Poles in the United States.

 

Anu Radha, Film Producer
Anu Radha, Film Producer

Anu Radha is an Indian Film Producer and a Communications Specialist, who has made documentary films which has been screened globally. She believes in films that reflect a compassionate humanitarian issue, connecting each soul of One World without borders.

Her globally acclaimed film, “A Little Poland in India,” and “Jindobrey India,” showcase a unique gesture of India becoming a home to thousands of Polish children and women during WW2. “A Little Poland in India,” has been shared and showcased on various platforms, starting a conversation on the subject and belief of Vasudev Kutubhukum (World is one family).

  • Honored with Bene Merito award as recognition of Honor by Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Poland.
  • The films have been installed at Yaad-e- Jallian at historical Red Fort, India.
  • Screened by American Jewish Community (AJC) and Indian Consulate in New York
  • Premiered and Screened at Kinoteka Polish Film Festival, New Delhi and Warsaw (Poland), Vibrant Gujarat 2017, Nehru Centre (London)
  • The Film has found global acclaim with a wide media coverage. (http://aakaarfilms.com/category/news/)
  • In 2018 she revived “Generation to Generations,” an event by bringing together the Poles of India in Jamnagar, Gujarat https://newdelhi.mfa.gov.pl/en/news/tytul_strony_2

As a Communications Specialist, she connects Grassroot to Boardrooms through creative communication skills, new project strategy development, execution and evaluation, thus bringing positive partnerships in Social development and network management. Empowerment across Genders reflects in her projects and writings. An avid traveler with a creative eye, she has a penchant for photography.

Professor Mariusz Wołos
Professor Mariusz Wołos

Professor Mariusz Wołos is a historian, professor at the Pedagogical University in Cracow. He lectured at the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń. Historian of the 20th century, history of diplomacy, and Polish-Soviet (Russian) relations. He has published numerous studies on Polish foreign policy in the interwar period. Author, together with professor Marek Kornat, of the upcoming biography of Poland’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Józef Beck.

Dr. Rafał Łatka
Dr. Rafał Łatka

Dr Rafał Łatka is a historian, graduate of the Jagiellonian University in Cracow, employee of the Institute of National Remembrance. He also collaborates with the Cardinal Wyszyński University in Warsaw. His research focuses on the history of the Polish Catholic Church in the realities of the communist regime. He wrote a monograph: The Episcopate on Church-State Relations in the Socio-Political Reality of the Polish People’s Republic 1970-1989 (2019). He is one of the publishers of the multi-volume journals of Cardinal Primate Stefan Wyszyński’s Pro memoria.

Professor Jan Stanisław Ciechanowski
Professor Jan Stanisław Ciechanowski

Professor Jan Stanisław Ciechanowski is a historian, lecturer at the Historical Institute of the University of Warsaw, former head of the Office for War Veterans. His research  deals with the history of the 20th century, with a particular focus on Polish-Spanish relations. He wrote, among others, a monograph on Poland’s position on the Civil War in Spain, as well as about the contribution of Polish intelligence to the Allied victory in World War II.

Professor Małgorzata Gmurczyk-Wrońska
Professor Małgorzata Gmurczyk-Wrońska

Professor Małgorzata Gmurczyk-Wrońska, historian, researcher at the Institute of History of the Polish Academy of Sciences, researcher of the history of diplomacy, Polish-French relations and the history of Poland in the 20th century. She published, among others, a monograph on Polish-French relations: Poland – France’s Unnecessary Ally? (France towards Poland, 1938 – 1944) [Warsaw 2003] as well as a biography study of a Polish diplomat, MP (envoy) of interwar Poland in Moscow and Stanisław Patek’s ambassador in Washington (2012).

Professor Krzysztof Kosiński
Professor Krzysztof Kosiński

Professor Krzysztof Kosiński is a historian and researcher at the Institute of History of the Polish Academy of Sciences, researcher of the history of diplomacy, Polish-French relations, and the history of Poland in the 20th century. He is the author of studies on social history of Communist Poland (the PRL – Polish Peoples Republic). He is currently preparing a monograph on the national movement in occupied Poland during World War II.

Kenneth K. Koskodan
Kenneth K. Koskodan

Ken Koskodan is the author of No Greater Ally; The Untold Story of Poland’s Forces in World War Two.  He spent decades researching Poland’s role in World War Two and has interviewed many surviving veterans.  The highly acclaimed “No Greater Ally” sold out the initial hardcover printing in just over a year.  It is now in its third paperback printing and was subsequently released in E-book format for Kindle, an audio edition and a Polish-language edition.

Koskodan has traveled the country lecturing on the topic in an effort to educate people on the significance of the role Poland played in winning the war and to set the record straight regarding misconceptions that have become part of historical books, films and discussions. In 2011 Koskodan was awarded the “The Knight’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland” for his efforts to promote Polish culture and history.

Koskodan is of Polish descent.  He was born in Detroit, Michigan and currently resides in Grand Blanc, Michigan with his wife and two daughters.  He graduated from Michigan State University in 1990 with a Bachelors’ degree in Communications and continues to study Polish history.

During the conference “Poland First to Fight” he will tell the story of millions of Polish young men and women who gave everything for freedom and in the final victory lost all.

Marcin Makowski
Marcin Makowski

Marcin Makowski is a journalist at the weekly “Do Rzeczy” and Wirtualna Polska, a historian and philosopher by profession. He deals with topics on the border of the media, politics and history. He is an associate of the Stacja7 portal and was a publisher of the portal Deon. He wrote for Onet, Forward, “Rzeczpospolita”, “Dziennik Gazeta Prawna” and “Tygodnik Powszechny”. He runs the program “Night change” in Radio Kraków. He won numerous awards of the Association of Polish Journalists: Adolf Bocheński Award (2016) and Stefan Myczkowski Award (2017).

He was nominated for the Kazimierz Dziewanowski Award (2016), Stefan Żeromski  Award (2017) and Maciej Łukasiewicz Award (2018). Nominated in MediaTors (2018). Marcin Makowski is a graduate of the University of Szczecin, the Jagiellonian University and the Polish Academy of Sciences.

Daniel Mark Zamoyski
Daniel Mark Zamoyski

Daniel Mark Zamoyski, MBA, is an international Polish activist and Deputy Leader of the Polish Media Issues (PMI) Group, which began in 2005 to actively and robustly obtain corrections to errors, misrepresentations and lies about Poland and Poles in a range of media, now primarily digital. Dan has been a member of the PMI management team since 2012, also serving as the Press Contact:

E:  info@polishmediaissues.online
T:
@PMI_Online
W:
polishmediaissues.online

Dan’s paternal grandparents immigrated to the USA from Poland in 1911, during the last few years of the Third Partition. With his parents thereby being first generation Polish Americans, Dan is 100% Polish genetically, and is a second generation Polish American by birth in Chicago. He himself immigrated to England in 1981, and has become a naturalised UK citizen, so he carries two passports, and travels freely between these two countries.

This somewhat unusual genetic, cultural and citizenship background has provided Dan with a fairly unique perspective on the histories, relationships, cultures and interactions of the USA, UK and Poland. Unlike most people of his generation in the UK, USA and Poland, his 14 months of military service in combat during 1969-70 in Vietnam, as a consequence of the legally mandatory (for males) USA Selective Service (the “Draft”), also gives him a somewhat deeper insight into what those brave Poles who were the “First to Fight” actually experienced in WW2.

With a B.Sc. in Chemistry, and an MBA, Dan has not had an academic career, outside of teaching full time for a year in the College of Business at Northern Illinois University just after the MBA degree earned there. His career progressed from organic chemicals research, to brief academia, to corporate work for USA oil and chemicals companies, to a wider range of companies in the UK. He started up his own business & management consultancy company in 1990, advantage-mgmt.co.uk. Since 2011 he has been semi-retired, allowing him to focus on Polish history, politics, international interactions and genealogy research – and on the essential work carried out by the Polish Media Issues Group.

Research Topics & Interviews: Dan designed and managed the innovative PMI-sponsored research in 2015 into the (insufficient !) levels of knowledge held by UK Adults about WW2 history, which he presented that year at the Polish University Abroad (PUNO) Conference in London. The published paper will be made available at the Conference. His most recent video interviews include: February 2019 by TVP/Poland_In, about the PMI Group;  on August 1st during Patrick Ney’s “Warsaw Uprising44” livestream event (viewable on Youtube at https://youtu.be/6Rz3bc_zqhw?t=31253 ), about his thoughts on the 2019 Rising44 commemorations. Dan has also held discussions with Polish government officials and Foreign Ministry staff in Warsaw, London, Edinburgh and Chicago, including an introduction to PM Morawiecki on 1 August this year.

Professor Kazimierz Braun
Professor Kazimierz Braun

Professor Kazimierz Braun is a scholar, writer, and director. He published more than 50 books on theatre history, as well as novels and dramas. He directed numerous theatre productions in Poland, USA and other countries. He taught at both Polish and American universities.  He became a tenured professor at the University at Buffalo in 1989.

Braun’s father, Juliusz Braun, was a lawyer, professor of ecology, Catholic activist, and political prisoner under Joseph Stalin.

During the conference “Poland First to Fight” professor Braun will present the topic “POLISH THEATRE IN THE TIME OF WAR (1939-1945) – Fight–Losses–Will to Survive.”

Professor Danusha V. Goska
Professor Danusha V. Goska

Danusha Goska has lived and worked in Africa, Asia, Europe, on both coasts, and in the heartland, of the US. She is the author of Bieganski, the Brute Polak Stereotype; Save Send Delete; God through Binoculars; and chapters in The Impossible Will Take a Little While; Love on the Road 2013; and Two Countries: US Daughters and Sons of Immigrant Parents. Goska received her MA from UC Berkeley and her Ph.D. from Indiana University, Bloomington.

Goska has spoken about Bieganski in Krakow’s Galicia Jewish Museum as part of the Jewish Culture Festival, in Markowa, Poland, site of the Nazi murder of the righteous Ulma family, in American synagogues, churches, and universities, including Brandeis, University of Wisconsin, Madison, and Georgetown.

Goska’s work has appeared in Haaretz, Israel Hayom, Dziennik Związkowy, Polin, Tygodnik Powszechny, Polityka, and the Polish American Journal.

Bieganski won the 2010 PAHA Halecki Award. The Shofar Journal of Jewish Studies called it “Groundbreaking.” American Jewish History said that Bieganski points out that the Brute Polak stereotype “gives the illusion of absolving those who failed in their own test of humanity” during the Holocaust.

John J. Mearsheimer, R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago wrote, ”Bieganski is a truly important book because it challenges and demolishes the widely held belief that Poles are nothing more than ignorant and brutish anti-Semites who played a central role in causing the Holocaust. Goska does a first-rate job … Let’s hope that this book is widely read.”

James P. Leary, University of Wisconsin, said that Bieganski is “A powerful, provocative, ultimately profound work of scholarship … for anyone wishing to fathom the interworkings of class and ethnicity in an America that has all too often fallen short of its promise.”

Dr. Michael Herzbrun, Rabbi Temple Emanu-El, Rochester, NY, wrote that Goska’s “Thinking is crisp, and her knowledge of this very sensitive topic is thoroughly evident. Indeed, the reader cannot help but be persuaded by the logical unfolding of the positions she brings to this necessary work. While she may jostle readers’ previously-held constructs, she will also protect them on a literary journey that could be harrowing and dangerous in lesser hands.”

US Holocaust Memorial Council member Father John T. Pawlikowski wrote “Stereotypes of Poles have been commonplace in Western society. Goska presents a comprehensive overview of such images in a balanced fashion. She offers no apologetic for a genuine instance of Polish anti-Semitism. She exposes those rooted in outright prejudice with no foundation in fact. An important contribution to improved Polish-Jewish understanding.”

Prof. Jay Bergman, the biographer of Andrei Sakharov, said, “My wife and I liked your talk immensely and learned a great deal from it. It took guts … the audience was as interested in what you had to say as I was. Your students are very fortunate to have you as a teacher!”

Bieganski is part of a series edited by Antony Polonsky, Albert Abramson Professor of Holocaust Studies at Brandeis University.

Danusha Goska, Ph.D., will introduce during the “Poland First to Fight” conference the Bieganski stereotype, as described in her prize-winning 2010 book, Bieganski the Brute Polak Stereotype. In the stereotype in question, Poles are animalistic: physically strong, stupid, and dirty. Through this stereotype, the blame is shifted from Nazi Germany to a Poland seen as populated by backward peasant Catholics, who, exactly because they are peasants and Catholic, are seen as predisposed to violence and hate in a way that more “evolved” peoples are not. Because it is used to re-write Holocaust and WW II history, the Bieganski stereotype is of concern to all people of good will.

Professor Peter Paprzycki
Professor Peter Paprzycki

Peter Paprzycki is a Visiting Professor in the School of Education at the University of Southern Mississippi and a consultant for a Mississippi Center for Clinical & Translational Research (MCCTR) grant. He is also a Senior Research Analyst at Inference, LLC. Peter specializes in statistical modeling and applications of hierarchical linear models, meta-analysis and measurement. His breadth of expertise in both theory and application helps demonstrate the science behind each solution as well as benefits and drawbacks of competing approaches. Peter also holds an MA in Research and Evaluation and an MBA with specialization in investment finance. He has Fortune 500 company experience in treasury, sales and operations. Peter currently resides in Toledo, OH.

Peter’s presentation will focus on the applications of the Rasch measurement models in the study of public perceptions and how these models could be specifically utilized in the study of public external perceptions of the role of Poland in World War Two.

Stacey Fitzgerald
Stacey Fitzgerald

Stacey Fitzgerald is an independent filmmaker and the producer of the feature-length documentary “Saving the Rabbits of Ravensbrück”. This film tells the story of how an international group of women resistance fighters during WWII united to fight back against their Nazi captors in Ravensbrück, the largest women’s only concentration camp in the Third Reich.   Not only did they manage to save the “Rabbits” – the 63 young Polish resistance fighters who were subjected to horrific experimental surgeries and slated for execution – but ensured that the young women lived to testify at the Nuremberg trials against their Nazi doctors.  This film, currently in post-production, tells the true story that inspired the instant NYT bestseller, Lilac Girls, and is told by the women who lived it.

Stacey also directed and co-produced the Emmy award-winning A Southern Celtic Christmas Concert, an hour-long broadcast special that celebrates and explores the musical and spiritual connections, and the Christmas traditions, of Ireland and Appalachia. The film combines the magical performances of world-class musicians and Grammy award-winning performers from both sides of the Atlantic, with interviews from the artists and songwriters themselves.  The program currently in national rotation on PBS.

In addition, Stacey co-produced and directed a feature-length comedy starring Grammy nominee, Shawn Mullins.  She has also produced and directed television commercials for various nonprofit clients, including the Special Olympics.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Finance at the University of Alabama and is currently a member of UA’s President’s Cabinet.   She lives in Atlanta with her husband and her 6-year-old twin daughters.

 

Stacey Fitzgerald with one of the Polish victims of the Nazi German concentration camp Ravensbrück. Copyright: Stacey Fitzgerald.

Professor Sean McMeekin
Professor Sean McMeekin

Professor Sean McMeekin will talk about “Keeping Stalin Happy – The Allied Betrayal of Poland.”

He is the Francis Flournoy Professor of European History at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY.

He received his Ph.D. and M.A. in History from UC Berkeley and his B.A. from Stanford University. He has previously taught at Koç University, in Istanbul, Turkey; at Yale University; at Bilkent University, in Ankara; and at New York University. He is the author of The Russian Revolution. A New History (2017); The Ottoman Endgame. War, Revolution, and the Making of the Modern Middle East (Penguin, 2015).

Awarded the Arthur Goodzeit Book Prize; July 1914: Countdown to War (2013), which was reviewed on the cover of the New York Times Book Review; The Russian Origins of the First World War (2011), which won the Norman B. Tomlinson Jr. Book Prize and was shortlisted for: the Lionel Gelber Prize, the Berlin to Baghdad Express: The Ottoman Empire and Germany’s Bid for World Power, 1898–1918 (2010), winner of the Barbara Jelavich Book Prize; History’s Greatest Heist: The Looting of Russia by the Bolsheviks (2008), listed for the Ed Hewett Prize; and The Red Millionaire (2004), along with numerous articles and book chapters.

He is currently at work on Stalin’s War, forthcoming in 2020 from Basic Books and Penguin (UK).

He lives in Red Hook, NY with his wife and two children.

Prof. McMeekin will talk about “Keeping Stalin Happy – The Allied Betrayal of Poland.”

Christoph Schwarz
Christoph Schwarz

Christoph Schwarz is a teacher, author, filmmaker, and curator of exhibitions. In 2014, he founded “Abducted Children – Forgotten Victims”, an association which deals with the fate and compensation of children abducted during the Second World War. From Poland alone, 200,000 children were forcibly abducted and germanized.

As a curator, he has organized a traveling exhibition “Abducted children – forgotten victims”, which has already been shown in several German cities such as Cologne, Stuttgart, Leipzig, and Hamburg, and seen by more than 100,000 people.

In January 2019 the documentary “Abducted Children” (140 min) was presented. 2006 to 2012, Christoph Schwarz was a curator of the exhibition “By the German Reichsbahn to death”. 2008, he was a curator of the exhibition “Nazis – Terror against Young People.” He published “Persecuted Children and Adolescents from Baden-Württemberg 1933-1945.”

During the conference, Schwarz will present the fate of Polish children kidnapped by Nazi Germany.

Professor Norman Domeier
Professor Norman Domeier

Norman Domeier is Assistant Professor of Modern European History at the University of Stuttgart/Germany. He studied History, Political Science and Media and Communication in Göttingen, Cambridge and at the European University Institute in Florence/Italy. The English edition of his Ph.D thesis, ‘The Eulenburg Affair. A Cultural History of Politics in the German Empire’, was published by Camden House in 2015. His second book project—the focus of his current work—looks at the relationship between foreign journalists and the Third Reich.

In February 2017 he discovered the secret deal between the Associated Press (AP) and Nazi Germany during the war years 1942-1945. First results are available here (English version under ‘Translation’)

Dr. Ing. Bruno Wasser
Dr. Ing. Bruno Wasser

Dr. Ing. Bruno Wasser from the German city of Cologne is an experienced architect, a city planner, and a researcher of Second World War history. For more than 14 years, Dr. Wasser, together with Professor Czeslaw Madajczyk from Warsaw, and Professor Gerhard Fehl from Aachen, has been researching Germany’s biggest spatial expansion plan in Central Europe – the so-called “Generalplan Ost.”

Prepared in the years of 1939-1942, Generalplan Ost (or in English Master Plan for the East) was the Nazi German government’s plan to attain Lebensraum (living space) for the Germans. Implementing the plan entailed the genocide and ethnic cleansing in the European territories occupied by Germany during World War II. It included the extermination of most Slavic people in Europe as well as colonization of Central and Eastern Europe. 20 million of ethnic Poles (80% of the whole population) were planned to be murdered or deported to Siberia from the areas destined for the settlement of Germans. The plan was supervised by Heinrich Himmler, Reichsführer of the Schutzstaffel and a leading member of the Nazi party (NSDAP). Although the plan was never fully realized due to the German defeat, the implementation of the plan went far enough to result in expropriations and resettlement of millions of people, in kidnappings and germanization of children, in millions of deaths of ethnic Slavs by extermination, starvation, and slave labor.

Dr. Ing. Wasser worked as an architect at the Technical University Cologne. Later, he was a city planner at the Rheinisch-Westfälischen Hochschule (RWTH), the largest technical university in Germany. For more than 40 years he has been running his own architecture firm and brought to life many successful projects like the Rösberg Castle or Manor Schillingsrott, the biggest manor in the city of Cologne. He has been working also as an honorary judge at the Finance Court in Cologne.

For his research on the “Generalplan Ost” he was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany and Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland.

Dr. Ing. Wasser will present during the conference in Washington “The Master Plan for the East.”

Professor Bogdan Musiał
Professor Bogdan Musiał

Bogdan Musiał is a Polish-German historian. In 1985 he left Poland and became a political refugee in Germany, where he obtained German citizenship. In 2010 he returned to Poland and became a professor at the Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw.

He studied history, political science and sociology at the Leibniz University of Hannover and the University of Manchester. In 1998 he graduated with a thesis on the treatment of Jews in occupied Poland.

From 1991 to 1998, Musiał received a scholarship from Friedrich Ebert Foundation. During that time he was one of the main critics of the Wehrmachtsausstellung exhibition compiled by the Hamburg Institute for Social Research, which eventually had to be seriously revised before reopening to conform with his findings.

Since 1998 he served as a scientific researcher at the German Historical Institute in Warsaw where he has studied previously inaccessible sources about crimes of the Soviet NKVD, during the Soviet retreat in 1941 which escalated violence.

He habilitated in 2005. In 2008 he published the book Kampfplatz Deutschland. 2010-2015 he lived in Poland and worked at the Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw.

Musiał specializes in World War II history.

Several weeks ago he published his newest book “Kto dopomoże Żydowi…” (Who helps a Jew …). During the conference “Poland First to Fight” professor Musiał will talk about Polish-Jewish relations during World War Two.

Source: Wikipedia. Picture of professor Musiał: M. Żegliński.

Professor Grzegorz Berendt
Professor Grzegorz Berendt

Grzegorz Berendt is a Polish historian, professor at the University of Gdańsk, member of the Institute of National Remembrance Gdańsk office, member of the Scientific Council of the Jewish Historical Institute, and deputy director of the Museum of the Second World War (Gdańsk). He specializes in the history of Polish Jews and the population of Gdańsk Pomerania in the 20th century. His current research encompasses Polish-Jewish relations during the Holocaust, the extermination of Jews in Polesie and Polish government policy towards the Jewish population.

He has conducted archival and library research in Belarus and Ukraine, in Denmark, Finland, Israel, Germany and the United States. He is the author of approximately 90 scientific publications and over 30 popular science publications. His scientific achievements include three independent monographs and the co-authorship of seven books. He authored among others: Jews in the territory of the Free City of Gdańsk in the years 1920-1945; Jews at the Gdańsk Crossroads (1945-1950); Jewish life in Poland in the years 1950-1956. From the history of the Social and Cultural Society of Jews in Poland and In the shadow of PZPR. Activities of the Social and Cultural Society of Jews in Poland under the communist regime (1950-1989). In the years 2007-2008, he coordinated a study dedicated to Polish citizens who were repressed by the German Nazi invaders for helping Jews.

He is a member of the Polish Historical Society, the Gdańsk Scientific Society and the Kashub Institute. He is the chairman of the Stutthof Museum Council and a member of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum Council, and the Historical and Program Collegium of the European Solidarity Centre. He also belongs to the editorial office of the scientific journal of the Historical Department of the University of Gdańsk “Studia Historica Gedanensia.”

Source: Website of the University of Gdansk and website of the Museum of the Second World War.

Professor Marek Kornat
Professor Marek Kornat
Marek Kornat is a director of the Department of the History of the 20th Century and of the Section for the History of Diplomacy and Totalitarian Systems of the Polish Academy of Sciences.
Professor Mieczyslaw B. Biskupski
Professor Mieczyslaw B. Biskupski

Mieczyslaw B. Biskupski is a Professor of History Stanislaus A. Blejwas Endowed Chair in Polish and Polish American Studies Coordinator, Polish Studies Program at the Central Connecticut State University (CCSU).

Prior to coming to CCSU, Biskupski was Professor of History and Graduate Professor of International Studies at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York. Awarded a Yale Fellowship, Biskupski spent nine years in New Haven, earning his doctorate and teaching at his alma mater. During his academic career, he has held visiting professorships at the University of Rochester (in both history and political science), served as Fulbright Research Professor at the University of Warsaw, and, in 1997, was a Fellow of the Central European University of Budapest.

M. B. Biskupski is the descendant of Polish soldiers, artists, and musicians who were forced to leave Russian Poland early in the 20th century for political reasons. They settled in Brazil, whence they came to the United States. Dr. Biskupski is the recipient of many academic and national awards, including the Honor Roll of Polish Science by the Polish Ministry of Education, and the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland. In 2011 he was elected president of the Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences of America. He is an author of The United States and the rebirth of Poland, 1914-1918The history of PolandHollywood’s war with Poland, 1939-1945 and numerous other books and publications on Poland’s history.

Source: Website of the CCSU

Professor Tadeusz Wolsza
Professor Tadeusz Wolsza

Tadeusz Wolsza is a Polish historian and social scientist, professor at the Institute of History of the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN); lecturer at the Casimir the Great University in Bydgoszcz (Poland), and Board member of the Warsaw Institute of National Remembrance since 2011.

Professor Wolsza is the author of over 200 publications including 11 books. He specializes, among others, in the history of Soviet repressions of Polish citizens. He is one of the leading experts dealing with the Katyn massacre, a series of mass executions of Polish military officers and intelligentsia carried out by the Soviet NKVD (secret police) in April and May 1940.

Soviet secret police systematically shot and killed 22,000 Poles. Most of them were top Polish Army officers, political leaders, government officials, policemen, priests, rabbis, and intellectuals. The topic of professor Wolsza’s lecture during the “Poland First to Fight” conference will be “The Katyn massacre and Katyn lie on the international arena.”

Tim Holden
Tim Holden
Tim Holden was born in Madras (today Chennai), India in 1950 as the son of Piotr Zaniewski, Polish pilot during World War Two, and Betty Irene Holden. He lived in India, Australia, South Africa, Kingdom of Lesotho, and now he is residing in Devon, United Kingdom. Tim holds an M.A. in Literature from Duke University, North Carolina, 1973. During his career, he was a professional diver, entrepreneur and Managing Director of Arktis Ltd (UK) 1995-2017 (specialities: foul weather clothing design and camouflage design). Now he is sole Director of TH Publishing. He wrote and published the graphic historical novel AIRDOGS in 2018, a book about Poland. One of his objectives is generating interest in history amongst young people.
Tim’s current work: The sequel to AIRDOGS, called SPYDOGS, several documentary projects, and the story of General Anders.
The subject of his talk during the “Poland First to Fight” conference will encompass the strange excitement of the first day of World War Two, and set it in the context of circumstances that led to few of the survivors returning to Poland after 1945, and the subsequent spread of the Polish flame to many countries – of which he was a part.

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