During the celebration of the anniversary of the adoption of the Constitution on May 3 at the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in New York, Deputy Prime Minister Piotr Glinsky awarded Peter Obst the Commander of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland. The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage announced on Friday.
“During the ceremony held at the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in New York, Deputy Prime Minister Piotr Glinsky awarded Peter Obst the Order of the Cross of the Commander of the Republic of Poland, whose activities for several years played a key role in the agreement to return the collection of works of art from Le Moines College in Syracuse to Poland ” – It was reported to the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage on Friday.
The ministry added that Peter Obst has been involved in the promotion and protection of Polish culture for many years as a member of the Polish Heritage Society in Philadelphia, the Polish American Historical Society, the Foundation for Poles in America and the Kosciuszko Foundation. Since 2005, he has also been a lecturer in the history of Polish culture at La Salle University in Philadelphia.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Culture Piotr Gliński signed an agreement Wednesday in Syracuse, New York, regarding the return of a series of paintings by painters from the St. ukasz, which was shown during the World’s Fair in New York in 1939. As part of the contract, a series of 7 joint paintings by 11 painters from the Art Group of the Brotherhood of St. Łukasz, and 4 fabrics by Mieczysław Szymański. The works were specially made at the request of the Polish government for the exhibition in New York.
Gliński, during the celebration of the anniversary of the adoption of the May 3 Constitution at the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in New York, emphasized that “231 years ago in Warsaw, the May 3 Constitution was proclaimed, and was jointly adopted by representatives of the three countries then living in the Republic of Poland: Poles, Lithuanians and Ukrainians, known then as Ruthenians. ”
“(…) In the twenty-first century, it seemed that we would no longer have to fight for freedom, that it was given to us forever. Unfortunately, this certainty was destroyed on the morning of February 24” – said the Deputy Prime Minister Minister during the banquet Ceremony on the occasion of Constitution Day on May 3 at the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in New York. This event was jointly organized by the Consul General of Lithuania and the Consul General of Ukraine as part of the so-called Lublin Triangle.
“Eminent Polish poet Jan Leicho in exile in New York wrote a poignant poem, a paraphrase of Adam Mickiewicz’s famous invocation of +Pan Tadeusz+. In the poem, Lechua prays to New York’s Madonna for miracles for himself and for the world for many immigrants from Poland and the region of Europe. , the central Statue of Liberty, standing at the entrance to New York Harbor, looked like a huge statue of the Mother of God, which should be worshiped with religious chants and prayers, especially in May. In our country, the desire for freedom was combined with religious feelings “- said Glinsky.
He drew attention to the special importance of freedom in the history of Poland. Quote the words of Pope John Paul II: “Here, in this part of Europe, the word + freedom + takes on a special meaning. We know the taste of slavery, war and injustice. Just like those countries which, like us, have had tragic experiences of lack of personal and social freedom.” He stressed that today Ukraine is fighting a heroic battle for freedom and independence so that it does not fall under the occupation of Moscow’s tyranny.
“From February 24, we, the free nations of Europe and America, stand shoulder to shoulder with our brothers from Ukraine, offer help and support. (…) The motto that has guided so many generations of Poles and Americans – + our freedom + – has become very updated and significant ” – The head of the Ministry of Culture confirmed.
The Deputy Prime Minister noted that less than two weeks ago, he and the Minister of Culture of Lithuania, Simonas Keres, during a meeting with the Minister of Culture and Information of Ukraine, Oleksandr Tkazenko in Kyiv and Borodzyanka, had a chance to see just how brutal it was. And the Russian invasion is ruthless.
“We defend Ukraine with all our hearts. Let us make our meeting today in New York, the city symbolized by the Statue of Liberty, a proof of our Polish-American, Lithuanian and Ukrainian friendship” – he said.
Author: Marcin Chomuk
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