Showing of Polish Film, IDA

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Tuesday, April 2nd IDA Presented by the Toledo-Poznan Alliance The Toledo-Poznan Alliance is pleased to announce the FREE showing of “IDA,” directed by Pawel Pawlikowski on Tuesday, April 2nd at the Sylvania Library, 6748 Monroe Street. REGISTER NOW It won the Oscar in 2015 for Best Foreign Language Film. A first for a Polish film. It has received widespread critical acclaim since it’s release in 2015. Set in Poland in 1962, a young woman is about to take her vows as a nun when she learns from her Aunt that she was born…

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Polish Constitution Day May 3rd.

http://abc7chicago.com/news/polish-constitution-day-parade-returns-to-chicago/692792/   Constitution Day is an official public holiday in Poland. On May 3, 1791, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth’s constitution was adopted. It was the first constitution in modern Europe and second in the world, following the American one. It was a significant achievement of the Polish Enlightenment thinkers. May 3 was established as a holiday only days after the constitution was passed by the Grand Sejm (Polish Parliament). It was later suspended for many years due to the country’s partitioning, but was reinstituted after Poland regained its freedom in 1918. After World…

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Polish Constitution Day

Inspired by the American Revolution, the Declaration of Independence and the American Constitution of 1787, the people of Poland formed and adopted the first democratic constitution in Europe on May 3, 1791. This became the second democratic constitution in the world.

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60 Years Ago; Uprising in Poznan, Poland

Sixty Years Ago–Poznaǹ June 1956 and its Significance in Polish and World History excerpted from a longer study by David Gwidon Chełmiǹski, Ph. D. Not even a year after the formation of the “Warsaw Pact” mutual defense alliance in 1955, Poland suddenly made it into the world news headlines with the first significant uprising of the workers voicing dissatisfaction with the centrally-controlled Marxist economic system which had been imposed upon them in the decade since the Second World War, and remarkably, Poznaǹ, was at the center of what was happening. After the Minister of…

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Polish Cinema Series at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor

  Presented with support from the Copernicus Program in Polish Studies. This series of restored classic Polish films has been organized and curated by Martin Scorsese, one of the most recognized and respected filmmakers in the world, and is the largest presentation of restored Polish cinema to date. 9/8: The Last Day of Summer & Innocent Sorcerers 9/15: Night Train 9/22: A Short Film About Killing 9/29: Jump 10/6: The Illumination 10/13: The Saragossa Manuscript 10/20: Pharaoh 10/27: Mother Joan of the Angels 11/3: Ashes and Diamonds 11/10: The Hourglass Sanatorium 11/17: Austeria 11/24: Black Cross 12/1: The Promised Land 12/8: Man of Iron Below are…

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PACT Launches Capital Campaign at Polka Picnic

Pictured: City Councilman Tom Winiewski, PACT President Stan Machosky, Toledo Mayor Michael Collins and PACT Vice-President, Matt Zaleski. From the Toledo Blade, Monday, August 11, 2014: The second annual Polka Party Picnic offered far more than the expected polka dancing and kielbasa meal at St. Hyacinth Catholic Church on Sunday afternoon. At the event, the Polish -American Community of Toledo, or PACT, announced plans to launch a $1million capital campaign to raise funds to establish a Toledo area Polish-American Community Center. “A major issue is that the churches formed by some of the…

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UT Press Publishes New Book on Toledo’s Polish Community

American Originals: Northwest Ohio’s Polish Community at Home, Work, Worship, and Play is the latest book to be published by the University of Toledo Press. The 258 page work presents a glimpse into the history of one of Toledo’s most important ethnic groups. “The book is a mix of the broader themes that have shaped our community with the actual lives that Polish-Americans recall–sometimes remembered with pain, more often with joy, and always with the respect for the accomplishments of the families, friends and neighbors,” said Timothy Borden, editor of…

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Our Lady of Czestochowa

From Catholictraditions.org: The origin of this miraculous image in Czestochowa, Poland is unknown for absolute certainty, but according to tradition the painting was a portrait of Our Lady done by St. John sometime after the Crucifixion of Our Lord and remained in the Holy Land until discovered by St. Helena of the Cross in the fourth century. The painting was taken to Constaninople, where St. Helena’s son, the Emperor Constantine, erected a church for its enthronement. This image was revered by the people of the city. During  the siege by…

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May 30th trip to Hamtramck

This year PACT  is organizing a trip to Hamtramck, Michigan; once a stronghold of Polish immigrants and Polish culture.  Hamtramck was originally settled by German farmers, but Polish immigrants flooded into the area when the Dodge Brothers plant opened in 1914. Poles still make up a large proportion of the population. It is sometimes confused with Poletown, a traditional Polish neighborhood, which lies mostly in the city of Detroit and includes a small part of Hamtramck. As of the 2000 census, over 22% of Hamtramck’s population is of Polish origin; in 1970, it was 90%…

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