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  • 04 May 2011 7:00 PM | Anonymous

    Mary Skinner's film, "Irena Sendler: In The Name of Their Mothers" Will Screen at The Jewish Festival in Kraków in the Summer of 2011.

     

    04:00 PM

      Film: Irena Sendlerowa. W 

      imieniu matek and ceremony

      of awarding Irena Sendlerowa

      Award by the Taube

      Foundation for Jewish Life

      and Culture.

          Muzeum Sztuki i Techniki  

          Japońskiej Manggha,

          ul. M. Konopnickiej

     

    "In The Name of Their Mothers" is a documentary film (by Mary Skinner) about Polish heroine Irena Sendler and her wartime conspiracy of women and men who outfoxed the Nazis and saved the lives of thousands of Jewish children. Sendler was a 29-year-old Catholic social worker when Nazi Germany invaded Poland. After Warsaw's Jews were imprisoned behind ghetto walls without food or medicine, Sendler, and those she most trusted, and who were willing to risk their lives, smuggled aid into the ghetto, and began smuggling orphans out ­-- hiding them in convents, orphanages and private homes in the city and in the Polish countryside. Those who gave shelter risked not only their own lives but also the lives of their families. Before the Nazis burned the ghetto to the ground, Irena Sendler and the Żegota network (Council to Aid Jews in Occupied Poland) rescued more than 2,500 Jewish children. All of the children on "Sendler's List" survived the war.

    Irena Sendler was captured by the Gestapo, imprisoned and tortured after refusing to divulge the identities of her co-workers or the names of the hidden Jewish children. On the way to her execution, Sendler escaped at the last moment, thanks to friends who managed to bribe a Nazi guard. Irena and her co-conspirators, and others who sheltered Jews, were silenced by the Communists, who came to power after the Nazis and who harassed, sometimes imprisoned, and persecuted as enemies of the State those who fought for a free and independent Poland. When WWII ended for the West, Poland was still beseiged.

     

    Since the fall of Communism and the emergence of free Poland, the rescuers' stories can be told. IRENA SENDLER: In The Name of Their Mothers features the last in-depth interview with Sendler before her death at the age of 98. Rare archival footage, family photographs and evocative re-creations shot in Warsaw bring the lives of the hidden Jewish children, Sendler, and her co-workers into dramatic focus. The film is a testament to the power of moral courage in the darkest of times.

    "This documentary is a stirring tribute to the courage and cunning of a group of women who saved [Jewish] lives at the risk of losing their own," states John Boland, KQED President and CEO. KQED is honored to present IRENA SENDLER: In the Name of Their Mothers to our national PBS audience."

    Video Clip - May 1, 2011 PBS Broadcast

    Companion Books:

    Code Name: Żegota: Rescuing Jews in Occupied Poland, 1942-1945: The Most Dangerous Conspiracy in Wartime Europe

     

    Irena Sendler: Mother of the Children of the Holocaust

     

     

     

  • 04 May 2011 5:46 PM | Anonymous

    Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival

     

    Warren Hellman, who organizes the annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in Golden Gate Park and has a bluegrass band, will be participating in this Summer's Kraków Jewish Festival and will be part of our PR and cultural exchange.

     

    NPR Profile, Warren Hellman

  • 04 May 2011 5:43 PM | Anonymous

    Peabody Award-Winning Public Radio Producers, The Kitchen Sisters, will make a series of short programs to introduce the cities of San Francisco and Kraków.

  • 04 May 2011 10:28 AM | Anonymous
    Professor Richard Kamler

     

    Three people from Kraków will assist University of San Francisco Professor and artist, Richard Kamler, during his visit to Kraków: 

     

    Iwona Sadecka, Public Affairs Specialist and General Consul for Culture, Consulate General of the USA in Kraków; 

     

    Robert Kardzis, Curator and Coordinator, Center of Contemporary Art, Solvay (his wife, Beata Nowacka-Kardzis, is Curator at Bunkier); and

     

    a student at Jagiellonian University (Monika Mamon) who is a photographer.

     

    Stay tuned for Professor Kamler's report of his visit to Kraków!  Good luck Professor Kamler!

  • 29 Apr 2011 1:44 AM | Anonymous

    Poland's Ministry of Culture has announced its decision to loan the painting, currently in the collection of the Czartoryski Museum in Kraków, for upcoming exhibitions in Madrid and Berlin

    "Lady with an Ermine"
    was painted by Leonardo da Vinci near the end of the fifteenth century. It is one of only four portraits painted by the man behind the "Mona Lisa". The model for the painting bears a strong resemblance to the model in da Vinci's " La belle ferronnière", currently in the collection of the Louvre. The painting was acquired in Italy by Prince Adam Jerzy Czartoryski in 1798 and incorporated into the Czartoryski family collection in 1800. The painting travelled extensively in the nineteenth century, escaping plunder during the Russian invasions of 1830 thanks to hiding in Dresden and Paris. During the Nazi occupation of Poland, it was appropriated by the Kaiser Friedrich Museum in Berlin. In 1940 it returned to Kraków at the behest of Governor Hans Frank, who wished it to hang in his office. At the end of the war, it made its way back to Poland from Frank's house in Bavaria and has been on display at the Czartoryski Museum in Kraków ever since.

    Loans of the painting have been banned as it was feared transport would harm the work. However, it is to serve as a focal point of two major European exhibitions. First, the portrait will be on loan to the Royal Palace for the "Golden Times of the Republic" exhibition in May, one of the main events preceding the Polish Presidency of the EU Council later this year. The show presents over 200 works of art in Polish collections, reflecting the nation's art history from the end of the Middle Ages through the period of partiition. "Lady with an Ermine" is the most valuable exhibit at this exhibition.

    It will then travel to Berlin's Gemaeldegalerie in August for an exhibition devoted to Renaissance Portrait Painting. The unprecedented decision to loan the painting was announced by the General Conservator Piotr Żuchowski, founder of the Princes Czartoryski Foundation Adam Karol Czartoryski, director of the National Museum in Kraków Zofia Gołubiew and the Conservator of the Małopolski Voivodship Jan Janczykowski. The work is currently held by the Royal Castle in Warsaw, although the National Museum in Kraków has been requesting its return to the museum. However, once it returns from Mardid and Berlin, it will not be released for ten years (unless there are extenuating circumstances). It will instead serve as the subject of a research project on its origins.

    Source: press release, wiadomosci.gazeta.pl

  • 03 Apr 2011 8:48 PM | Anonymous

    The International Business and Trade Summer Law Program offered by The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law and the Jagiellonian University will celebrate their 20th anniversary this June in Kraków. As law students prepare for emerging careers in international law, they will focus on global aspects of modern trade and business law.

     

    Nowy Dziennik, April 3, 2011

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