WARSAW, 1 MARCH 2019
The Witold Pilecki Institute of Solidarity and Valor, acting pursuant to the provisions of Article 15 of the Act
of 9 November 2017 on the Witold Pilecki Institute of Solidarity and Valor (Journal of Laws of 2019, Item 213) and § 4, subparagraph 1 of the Regulation of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage , dated 13 December 2018, on scholarships supporting scientific research and educational and cultural projects falling within the scope of activities of the Witold Pilecki Institute of Solidarity and Valor (Journal of Laws of 2019, Item 23), hereby announces a competition for cultural scholarships in connection with the project:
The subject of the competition are five cultural scholarships, each totaling 1,000 EUR net per month, which will be awarded for a period of 6 months. The scholarships are planned to be paid out between May and December 2019, while the earliest feasible date for commencing the project is 1 May 2019.
Although the horror stories of extermination camp Auschwitz are widely known, many resistance stories are more unknown. This includes the story of Polish intelligence agent Witold Pilecki: he volunteered for a Polish resistance operation that involved being imprisoned in Auschwitz in order to gather intelligence. During this lecture, the Polish historian Mared Kornat will present this little known story.
Risking his own life, Pilecki organized a resistance movement and escaped the camp in 1943, in order to inform the Western world about what happened behind the closed gates of the camp. The result of this operation was the Witold’s Report: the first comprehensive Allied intelligence report on Auschwitz, and the atrocities of Nazi Germany.
The distinguished Polish Professor Mared Kornat (Historic Institute of the Polish Academy of Science) will give a lecture on the story of Pilecki and confront the audience with the choices people had to make during the horrors of the Second World War.
ORGANIZERS: the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in cooperation with the Pilecki Institute.
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The objective of this five-year project, which is supervised by Professor Piotr Madajczyk, is to examine and popularize the achievements of 20th-century Polish legal thought, with a particular focus on Polish intellectuals, chief among them Rafał Lemkin.
Scientific conferences, exhibitions and publications, organized on an annual basis, will centre on a discussion of the new paradigm of sovereignty, human rights, and international law in the wake of the catastrophe of the Second World War.
The full name of the project is “The contribution of Polish legal and scientific thought to the shaping of the concept of genocide. Rafał Lemkin and the 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide and the Polish experience of occupation by National-Socialist Germany”.
The project is financed under the “Szlakami Polski Niepodległej” Program of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education for the years 2018–2023.
The debate „Why Lemkin” is intended to bring to the attention of wide audiences the significance of the concept of genocide – a new crime under international law – both in the context of the tragic experiences of the Second World War and in the present world, 70 years after the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide was adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations Organization (which happened on 9 December 1948). The author of the concept and the driving force behind its codification was Rafał Lemkin, a Polish lawyer of Jewish ethnicity.
During the Second World War, many Poles helped their Jewish compatriots. Such assistance was offered both institutionally and spontaneously, at grass-roots level. But irrespective of what exactly they did, those who aided Jews in any way risked their very lives, risked being arrested, or simply risked being deported to a concentration camp. To illustrate this point, we would like to present the history of the Lubkiewicz family, which similarly to the Ulms paid the highest price for saving their co-citizens.