REMEMBER THIS: Jan Karski movie premieres on PBS Wisconsin

2023 Karski Remember ThisREMEMBER THIS

A Cinematic Adaptation of the Original Stage Production Remember This: The Lesson of Jan Karski,
Produced by Sobremesa Media in association with The Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics at Georgetown University

Premiering on PBS Wisconsin
February 13, 2023 at 8 pm

Clips on the PBS website
Official trailer

From the Jan Karski Educational Foundation website: “All I can say is that I saw it, and it is the truth.” In a virtuoso solo performance, Academy Award nominee David Strathairn (Good Night, and Good Luck, Lincoln, Nomadland) portrays Jan Karski in this genre-defying true story of a reluctant World War II hero and Holocaust witness. After surviving the devastation of the Blitzkrieg, Karski swears allegiance to the Polish Underground and risks his life to carry the first eyewitness reports of war-torn Poland to the Western world, and ultimately, the Oval Office. Escaping a Gestapo prison, bearing witness to the despair of the Warsaw ghetto and confronted by the inhumanity of a death camp, Karski endures unspeakable mental anguish and physical torture to stand tall in the halls of power and speak the truth. Strathairn captures the complexity and legacy of this self-described “insignificant, little man” whose timely story of moral courage and individual responsibility can still shake the conscience of the world.

From the Jewish Film Festival website: Professor Jan Karski’s secret past as a member of the Polish underground was uncovered in 1978 by filmmaker Claude Lanzmann, who included his emotional testimony in Shoah (1985), after 35 years of near-obscurity and silence. Starring the brilliant David Strathairn (Good Night, and Good Luck; Nomadland), who reprises his original role from the highly acclaimed one-man stage play, Karski’s life is recounted in harrowing, mesmerizing detail. Faithfully adherent to the experience of the original one-man show, this cinematic adaptation of Remember This recreates the pared-down, abstract staging of “one table and two chairs.” Yet they become a professor’s lectern, a devastated Warsaw, a Nazi train, the Oval Office.” Other bold formal decisions dramatically heighten the intimacy of this experience, such as the use of a single camera with a 50mm lens, the closest equivalent to the normal human field of vision, and the film’s black and white palette. The stylistic flourish of shooting in widescreen almost dares us to look away from Strathairn, only to find emptiness. These stark visuals allow the virtuosity of Strathairn’s performance and his dynamic, shape-shifting presence to take center stage in creating a world for us out of only his face and his voice, to captivating and haunting effect.

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Wednesday, March 8th, 2023 Newsletter No Comments

Upcoming lectures in the Polish Center of Wisconsin

due to projected winter storm
The new date will be posted here when it becomes available.

6941 S. 68th Street Franklin, WI 53132-8237
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February 16 at 6:30 pm

through History and their impact
– on Poland and on us too.

Presented by Professor Donald Pienkos

Perhaps more than practically any other country, Poland’s fate over its first 1000 years has been shaped by its border situation, or more accurately, by the absence of readily defined and defensible borders.

In my talk, which I illustrate with vivid maps of Poland over the centuries, I discuss how Poland’s fate has been very much defined by its leaders’ ability to defend the Country from powerful enemies – from the west, the East, even the North. Indeed Poland’s profound border situation is a core reason why so many people from Poland emigrated elsewhere – to western Europe, Canada, Brazil, and of course, the United Sy les and to Milwaukee and Wisconsin.

About the Speaker: Donald Fienkos is Professor Emeritus (Political Science) at the University of Wisconsin-Milwukee. At UW-M Don was a founder of the Polish Studies and the Russian and East European Studies programs. A long time PHA supporter, its Polish Fest and the Polish Center, Don is a member of the Milwaukee Society of the PNA and the Polish American Congress. He is the author of the Congress’ official history For Your Freedom Through Ours .

Free and open to the public, no registration required

3seasJanuary 26 at 6:30 pm

during the Holocaust

Presented by Michael A. Morris

On September 1, 1939, Nazi Germany invaded Poland and immediately instituted their violent and antisemitic policies. In the face of this persecution, some Poles risked their lives to help Jews, and today over 7,000 Poles are honored by Yad Vashem as Righteous Among the Nations, non-Jews who risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust.

In honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource (HERC) will highlight a number of Poles who risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust. Attendees will also learn about how HERC brings Holocaust education to every part of Wisconsin.

About the Speaker: Michael A. Morris, HERC’s Community Engagement Manager, has an M.A. in Holocaust and Genocide Studies from Stockton University and an M.A. in Experiential Education and Jewish Cultural Arts from the George Washington University.

Free and open to the public but registration recommended – register HERE

Sponsored by the Polish Center of Wisconsin in partnership with
the Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center

Thursday, January 19th, 2023 Newsletter No Comments

2022 Polish National Independence Day

Narodowe Święto Niepodległości


“November 11th is a special day for the Polish people because it represents the fulfillment of their pursuit of freedom during Poland’s long and painful history. The many doomed uprisings, the bondage of Siberian exile, and efforts to sustain Polish culture and identity were not in vain. After over a century of a consistent, dedicated, and tireless fight, Poland emerged from the iron chains of the partitioning powers. November 11th is the collective legacy of generations of Polish patriots who stood against overwhelming odds. It was the day when Poles’ dreams and hopes were fulfilled in the rebirth of their nation” /from the Polish American Congress (PAC) website/


“I deeply believe in the independent, sovereign, free Poland. I deeply believe in my compatriots. I deeply believe in the sense of great faith – latent in everyone and in all of us — in the value of sovereign, independent, our own Poland, where we govern and make decisions all by ourselves. I deeply believe in the wisdom of our society” – said Polish President Andrzej Duda during the ceremony and guard briefing at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Warsaw. The Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda was in attendance.

104 Words for 104 Years
of Polish Independence

Under this title arrived the special address delivered in Polish to the Polish people from the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky:

“Dear Poland. Your regained independence is 104 years old today. And I have 104 words for you. Ukraine and Poland together. You are our sister. We had our ups and downs, but we are relatives. We are free. When our regained independence was 30 years old, Poland was next to us. I remember our shared happiness. We rejoiced together. When we met again with the old common enemy, Poland was next to us. Ukrainians will always remember this. They will remember how they welcomed us, how they help us. Your people are our allies. Your country is our sister. Your friendship is forever. Our friendship is forever. Our love is forever. Together we will be winners. With Independence Day, Poland. With Independence Day, my dear…”

Friday, November 11th, 2022 Newsletter No Comments

2022 Independence and Veteran Day Luncheon (invitation)


Polish American Congress Wisconsin Division
cordially invites all to the


Sunday, November 6, 2022

6941 S. 68th Street Franklin, WI 53132
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Cash Bar and Raffle: 12:00 pm
Luncheon 1:00 pm

Cost: $40.00 per adult member ($40.00 per non-member), $20.00 per child 12 and under

For additional information, please contact
Andrew Wozniewicz at (414)405-8542 or

Tuesday, October 11th, 2022 Newsletter No Comments

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