The Kosciuszko Foundation Philadelphia Chapter
Newsletter No. 3
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  Quo Vadis 
Newsletter of the KF Philly Chapter  •  July 2016  •  Issue No. 3
Did You Know?
The month of August begins a time during which Poles commemorate the largest European resistance movement undertaken during World War II. The heroic Warsaw Uprising was one of the most fierce urban battles of World War II, comparable only with the fighting in Stalingrad. The Uprising began on August 1, 1944 at 5 o’clock in the afternoon.  For the next 63 days, trying to liberate their oppressed capital, Poland’s Home Army fought the Nazis.

Thinking that their efforts would be aided by the Russians, the Home Army had timed the insurgency to coincide with the Soviet Union’s advance into the eastern suburbs of the city. But the Russians stopped their advance, allowing the Germans to re-group and crush the Uprising. Soviet tanks sat idly on the opposite bank of the Vistula in the Praga district of Warsaw, and Stalin repeatedly turned down allied requests to assist the Poles. A final plea from General Tadeusz Bór-Komorowski, leader of the Home Army, to the Soviet commander in Praga on September 29 received no response. Bór-Komorowski was forced to capitulate to the Germans three days later.
The Uprising lasted nine weeks and losses were horrendous. Civilian casualty figures are estimated to have been between 150,000-200,000. The Home Army, which was comprised of 40,000 men at the start of the Uprising, suffered a casualty rate of over 50 percent. Enraged by the Uprising, Hitler ordered that Warsaw be “wiped from the face of the Earth, all the inhabitants were to be killed, there were to be no prisoners”. A week after the capitulation, Heinrich Himmler gave the order to destroy Warsaw “brick by brick”. By January 1945, between 85% and 90% of Warsaw’s buildings had been completely destroyed. According to Yale historian, Timothy Snyder, “No other European capital suffered such a fate: destroyed physically, and bereft of about half of its population.”
Every year on August 1, Warsaw commemorates this horrific tragedy with a minute of stillness. It is an incredibly moving spectacle.
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Recent Events
Polish Cultural Salons 

The Polish Cultural Salons are proving to be extraordinarily popular. With a turnout of 65 guests, The Second Salon took place on June 11th at the home of Ela & Wiesław Bochenek in Newtown, PA.  Celebrated musicians, Ania and Piotr Filochowski accompanied by George Fu provided a virtuoso performance of musical selections which enthralled those who attended.
The Third Salon was hosted by Yolanta and Romuald Roman at the Silverstone on Sunday, July 17th. It included an exhibit en plein air art works organized by Druch Studio Gallery of Trenton and entertainment by the JazSmulski band.  Seventy people attended the festivities.
Bridging Urban America  

The documentary film by filmmakers Basia and Leonard Myszynski, ”Bridging Urban America” documenting the achievements of civil engineer Ralph Modjeski was shown on July 10, 2016 at Drexel University in the Mandell Theatre at 3201 Chestnut Street. The film screening and reception was a huge success. The film will be available on DVD in November of this year. 

The Tomaszkiewicz - Florio Scholarship 

Wiktor Pec of Bensalem was awarded the Tomaszkiewicz- Florio Scholarship for the 2016  Summer Study at Jagiellonian University in Krakow. The Jagiellonian University in Kraków was established in 1364, as the second university in Central Europe. It offers summer courses of study in the Polish language, history and culture for eligible students. Wiktor will be attending the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia this coming academic year.

Adam Styka Art Show
Calling All Artists to Apply to the 38th Exhibition and Sale!

The 2016 Adam Styka Art Exhibit and Sale, a yearly event sponsored by the Polish Heritage Society of Philadelphia in cooperation with the American Council for Polish Culture and Pauline Fathers of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, Doylestown, PA. The event will take place concurrently with the Shrine's Polish Festival and Country Fair. The opening preview and reception will take place on Sunday, August 28, at 2:30 pm followed by the exhibition on Sept. 3, 4, 5, and Sept. 10 and 11, 2016 from 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm. Local artists have been invited to exhibit their work and all of their works will be offered for sale during the exhibition. There will be $1,150  awarded to the four winning artists chosen by jurors.
Adam Styka (1890-1959), for whom the exhibit and sale is named, was a Polish painter and came from a well known family of artists.  He studied under the guidance of his father, Jan, and developed a special interest in Middle-Eastern and Oriental themes and devoted his art career to these subjects. He also did paintings of the American West, but is better known as an “orientalist.”  Adam Styka is buried in the Shrine cemetery in the Avenue of Heroes (Aleja Zasłużonych). Several of the paintings of the Styka family hang at the Pauline Fathers Monastery at the Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa and will be on display during this exhibition. 

 If interested please call Marie Hejnosz 215-487-0221 or email at
The deadline for applications is August 7, 2016.


Volunteers Needed for Kościuszko House 

We are still seeking volunteers for the Kościuszko House. KF Board member, Marie Hejnosz, is the chairman of an initiative to establish a group of volunteers who will be trained by, and work with the U. S. National Park Services to revitalize the Kosciuszko House in Philadelphia on 3rd and Pine Street. The project is a joint cooperative of the KF Philadelphia Chapter and Polish Heritage Society of Philadelphia. The Park Services recently approved funding for background checks for potential volunteers.  For more information, please contact Marie at


Future Events 
  • The Fourth Polish Cultural Salon will take place at the home of Wanda (Trojanowska) Mohr in Philadelphia on October 23. As the Polish government has declared 2016 the year of the Cichociemni, the program will include a lecture and brief film clips on the history of the Cichociemni. Attendance will be capped at 25-30 people.
  • PLEASE SAVE THE DATE for The KF Philadelphia Chapter, Polish Heritage Society of Philadelphia and Jagiellonian Law Society joint Christmas Gala which will be held on December 3, 2016 at the Whitemarsh Valley Country Club.
Proverb Corner
Polish proverbs are short and frequently metaphorical expressions of popular wisdom from all Polish speaking parts of the world. A few examples below are from the collection of Joel Stern.
Kto zawsze szczerze często guzy bierze 
One who's always frank often gets spanked
 Bez butelki kłopot wielki
Life's a battle without a bottle
Ma coś z rycerza - zakuty łeb
He is something of a knight - he has an iron skull
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Our newsletter welcomes contributions, comments and news from our members and friends, as well as from collaborating organizations.  We would like the Newsletter to feature short and informative items related to Polish culture, as well as news about the successes of Polish scientists and scholars in the Philadelphia Metropolitan Area. We would like to celebrate and disseminate the triumphs of people of Polish descent who are making significant contributions to their new country.
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Philadelphia Chapter Board
Yolanta Roman

Miron Wolnicki
1st Vice President

Peter Obst
2nd Vice President

Wanda Mohr
Recording Secretary

Vincent Respond
Corresponding Secretary

Marcia Wolnicki
Board Members:
Ela Bochenek
Marie Hejnosz
Regina Hoffman
Dorothy Koteski
Monica Polowy-Winter
Charles Pydych
Kris Walski
Maria Werner-Wasik
Teresa Wojcik
Margaret Zaleska
Andre Zlotnicki

Quo Vadis Editors:
Wand Mohr
Margaret Zaleska
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