2022 March Bulletin

Why has Poland been so generous and welcoming to these Ukrainian refugees and why has the Polish Government led the way in calling for sanctions against Russia? The answer is simple. We Poles understand, probably better than anyone, what it means to be attacked for no just cause by a neighboring power, especially Russia. And we Poles understand what it is like to have to fight and resist a belligerent invader – alone – as the invader tries to take our land, tries to destroy our culture, and tries to nullify our nation. Poland is now showing the world that, in contrast to its own tragic experiences, no nation should have to fight such evil aggression alone; if we do not stand in solidarity with the Ukrainian people, we might be the next victims.

Richard A. Walawender, Honorary Consul
Consulate of the Republic of Poland in Detroit

In the weeks and days before the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Polish government was estimating that about 1 million Ukrainians might seek refuge in Poland. One month since the invasion’s onset, the actual number is over 2.3 million on March 30, 2022. With the total number at 4 million, Poland disproportionately bears the brunt of the invasion-caused exodus by accepting more refugees than all other countries combined. As these numbers keep increasing, so does the incredible strain on resources that Poland expends – so generously and in an exemplary fashion – to accommodate the overwhelming influx of refugees. That’s why donations to aid the country of our ancestors is still needed and the list of funds that still accept them can be found on this page.

Support is also urgently needed to complete the production of the phenomenal “NO GREATER ALLY” documentary chronicling the impact of Polish soldiers, airmen, and seamen during World War II. Scroll down to read the letter explaining the needs and watch the related videos.

WSIP Scholarship Program accepts applications for summer 2022

After two years of pandemic-caused pause (2020-2021), the Wisconsin Study in Poland (WSIP) program resumes accepting applications for summer 2022 studies at the Jagiellonian University – a top ranked university located in Kraków, a prime tourist destination in Poland.

The submission deadline is
May 20, 2022 at 5pm

Visit our WSIP page to learn more about the program founded by generous donors from Wisconsin, download the WSIP brochure (available here with just one click on the ← image), read reports from the 2016, 2017 and 2018 scholarship recipients and get links to the forms and other useful information from the program administrator, Kosciuszko Foundation.


2021 KF galleryJust a week before the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, Professor Donald Pienkos talked to the Polish Students Club at Marquette University. The main topics were the Polish American Congress’ great role in Poland’s entry into NATO and the Ukraine crisis.

In the picture above, students eagerly display our popular ← Do You Know Poland? booklet printed with funding from the Polish Consulate in Chicago. The picture to the right features Dr. Pienkos and Madeleine Albright – U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations (1993-1997) and the Secretary of State (1997-2001) in President Clinton’s cabinet. She died on March 23, 2022.

A line-up of events in
Polish Center of Wisconsin

March 4 through April 15
4-8pm dine in or carry out
4-7pm drive through

April 2, 10am – 3pm
Easter Craft Fair

April 10, 6pm
Maxwell Street Klezmer Band

April 17, 10:30am
Easter Brunch

April 19, 6:30 pm
Polish Poetry Talk
with Dr. Peter Burzyński

April 10, 10am-2pm
Polish Spring Festival
in Madison, WI

Do you know Poland

► download the booklet here ◄

A letter appealing for support urgently needed
to complete the spectacular documentary

Dear Sons and Daughters of Poland: An enormous trove of material, both print and film exists about the Second World War in Europe. However precious little of that covers actions by Polish soldiers, airmen, and seamen, despite Poles fighting with distinction in every theater of the war.

To help tell the story and impact that Poles had in combat, a retired broadcast engineer and U.S. Army First Sergeant and former State of Wisconsin Commander for the Polish Legion of American Veterans Dan Klosowski has ​formed a 501 (c) (3) non-profit called Freedom For Honor (FFH) and has assembled a team that is creating a documentary telling of Poland’s combat forces in World War II. That documentary is several years in the making and has been largely financed by the Klosowski family and the Wisconsin Polish Legion of American Veterans and local PLAV posts.

Today nearly 40 minutes of film is complete and can be seen in the video to the right.

The documentary is targeted to run approximately 60 minutes, but its completion is dependent on finding additional financial support. That support is needed to close a nearly nine thousand dollar funding gap.

This letter is an appeal to members of Wisconsin Polonia, to help tell of the heroic, but too little known and understood story of Polish combat forces in World War II. It’s a proud story that needs to be told.

Details for anyone wishing to help support the completion can be found on the website freedomforhonor.com.

Any donor contributing $25 or more will be sent a link to the completed documentary via email; donors of $50 or more will receive the email link and a DVD.

This letter is an appeal to members of Wisconsin Polonia, to help tell of the heroic, but too little known and understood story of Polish combat forces in World War II. It’s a proud story that needs to be told.

Dave Rydzewski, President of Polish American Congress – Wisconsin Division

Daniel A. Klosowski, President of FFH and member of PAC WI Division

Last edits on March 30, 2022

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