Dear Members and Friends, 10th October 2002.

At the Irish Polish Society’s AGM on 29th September 2002 it was decided to re-elect the last year’s committee. There is one change: Mr Martin Reynolds, Dublin architect, an artist and a friend of Poland, was elected as a committee member. He replaces

Mr Roman Furgalski who did not go up for the election this time. We appreciate Roman’s contribution to the Society’s affairs during his 2 year term as a committee member. Many thanks.

The officers are: Committee members:

Helena Johnston – chairperson Marek Bogacki-Staszkiewicz

Jas Kaminski - vice-chairman Marysia Harasimowicz

Hanna Dowling - hon. secretary Michal Litewski

Seamus McSweeny- hon.treasurer John O’Carroll

Prof. Michal Jan Ozmin

Martin Reynolds

The main contact numbers are: Hon. Secretary 2 98 37 21: Chairperson 6 68 12 01

Vice-chairman 086 806 4321Treasurer (for subscriptions renewals: 8 22 29 29)

Our Website (on trial ) is:

Mr Krzysztof Kowalczyk’s photographic exhibition of Kazimierz ,

a Jewish district of Krakow and a film on Jewish Heritage in Poland will be the basis for the afternoon discussion on 20th October 2002 (Sunday) at 3 pm entitled:

" The Jewish Cultural Heritage of Poland". Jas Kaminski will conduct the discussion.

The prominent representatives of the Jewish community and of Jewish academia in Dublin have been invited. The event is organized in cooperation with the Polish Embassy.

Present conditions in Poland made the renewal of Jewish life and the cultivation of national traditions and cultural heritage possible. The date of the arrival of the first Jews onto Polish soil is unknown. Ibrahim ibn Jakub (a Jewish traveler, merchant and diplomat from Tortosa, Spain) in the account of his journey in 965 mentioned Krakow and wrote of the first historic Duke of Poland, Mieszko I.

Later Jews looked to Poland for asylum and here they found it. Poland became host over time to the largest concentration of Jews in Europe and a center of Jewish culture.

Numerous Jews, both writers and poets, left their distinct mark on the Polish culture: in history of Polish literature (Julian Tuwim, Boleslaw Lesmian, Antoni Slonimski, Mieczyslaw Jastrun, , Jan Brzechwa (a favorite poet of Polish children), Stanislaw Jerzy Lec, Anatol Stern, Janusz Korczak, Bruno Schulz and others). In the world of art there are many famous names such as: the Seidenbeutal twins, the Gotliebs, Maurycy Trebacz, Roman Kramsztyk, Artur Szyk, Leopold Pilichowski, and Marek Wlodarski as well as renown sculptors Abraham Ostrzega and Henryk Kuna. In the world of music: Arthur Rubinstein, Henryk Szeryng. The well- known composers, Adam Muncheimer and Ludwik Grossman, directed the Warsaw Opera for a time during the 19th century. The primary founder of the Warsaw Philharmonic (opened in 1901) was Aleksander Reichman, while its acclaimed director for many years during the period between the two World Wars was Grzegorz Fitelbe. These are only a very few of many Jewish people who left a mark on the heritage of Poland.

We hope that 19th October, the day of 2nd Referendum on Nice Treaty, will bring a satisfactory result for Poland and other EU aspirant countries. For Poland it means so much: economic and political stability, democracy and a step into a new civilization era. Our rich heritage and traditions will enrich the European Union greatly and Poland’s entry into EU will bring further prosperity to Ireland and Poland.

Holy Masses in Polish take place twice a month –on the second and fourth Sunday- at 11.30 a.m.

With regards -

Helena Johnston- acting Hon,.Secretary

A Chairperson