An Opera and Symposium Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau

January 27th, 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the largest Nazi death, labour and concentration camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau, and is the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust.

On this occasion, the UBC Opera Ensemble (School of Music), the Modern European Studies Program (Department of Central, Eastern and Northern European Studies), UBC Library and the Witnessing Auschwitz International Seminar (Go Global) will join efforts to remember and honour the victims of Auschwitz-Birkenau, and to further interdisciplinary education about the Holocaust. Following a four-day symposium at the UBC Vancouver campus, UBC Opera will stage the Canadian premiere of Mieczysław Weinberg’s opera ‘The Passenger’.

UBC Library will house a special exhibit from January 15th to February 28th in The Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.

The invitation to the symposium is open to all UBC faculty, staff and students, as well as to the general public.

For more information please visit the web page

Tickets to the opera “The Passenger” are available at the UBC Opera Ticket Box (

Dr Bozena Karwowska presents at conference by World Federation of Jewish Child Survivors of the Holocaust & Descendants

Associate Professor Dr. Bozena Karwowska was invited by the World Federation of Jewish Child Survivors of the Holocaust & Descendants to present at their 31st annual conference in Vancouver on November 1-4, 2019. She presented on the panel, “Holocaust education: The antidote to antisemitism?” where she discussed the Witnessing Auschwitz Go Global course and Representations of the Holocaust CENS 303 course.

Panel description:

Alongside the rise of antisemitic incidents and rhetoric across the globe, including on university campuses, Holocaust educators grapple with the question: can teaching and learning about the Shoah play a role in combating the hatred of Jews? If so, what practices and resources can support educators in making a difference in their respective communities? Representing a number of esteemed organizations and post-secondary institutions, the panelists will offer perspectives on programs that seek to engage students in reflection about the causes and consequences of antisemitism, making connections between the history of the Holocaust and the present day.

Olga Tokarczuk, The Nobel Prize in Literature

Olga Tokarczuk, Nobel Prize in Literature

Books by Olga Tokarczuk

UBC Library:

Vancouver Public Library:

Vancouver International Film Festival – Poland, October 2019

Dolce fine giornata by Jacek Borcuch

Mr. Jones by Agnieszka Holland

The Painted Bird by Václav Marhoul

Sole by Carlo Sironi

The Song of Names by François Girard

GoGlobal Information Session for Students: CENES, October 7, 2019

Monday, October 7th, at 5:00pm in Buchanan Tower 997

Join us for an information session for students interested in studying abroad in Central, Eastern and Northern European Studies.

Also in Warsaw, Poland!

Witnessing Auschwitz Seminar


Upcoming lectures with Dr Eunice Blavascunas (October 10 and October 11, 2019)

Mark your calendars!

Dr Eunice Blavascunas
Peasants and Cosmopolitics in Poland’s Białowieża Forest: Historical and Ethnographic considerations

Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 4:15 pm
Simon K.Y. Lee Global Lounge and Resource Centre (GLRC)
(Polish Discussion Club | Global Lounge | CENES)

Until Poland joined the EU in 2004 the country had a larger number of small family farms, a legacy of a much longer historical development that this lecture will explore. But what does this legacy of small farms mean for how “Europe’s last primeval forest” would develop in the post communist period? This lecture explores two competing versions of the peasantry and how they interact with cosmopolitan ecotourist development and nature conservation practices as farming has becoming obsolete in the hamlets of the ancient woodland.

Dr Eunice Blavascunas
The Forester as a Figure: Between Communism and Nationalism in Europe’s “Last Primeval Forest”

Friday, October 11, 2019 at 12:00 pm
FSC 1221 | 2424 Main Mall, Forest Sciences Centre
(Faculty of Forestry)

The Białowieża Forest in north eastern Poland is frequently touted as” Europe’s last primeval forest.” The forest complex is split between a strictly preserved national park and a larger timber producing forest. In an ethnograhic and historical analysis this lecture explores the figure of the forester, a figure that is entangled in both nationalist and communist pasts. As a figure, the forester is more than a civil servant working neutrally for the common good or the state. In a part of the world which experienced violent twentieth century histories, forest aesthetics and historical truths appear to emerge when regional inhabitants conjure the forester.

Please note that the first lecture is organized by Polish Discussion Club and Polish language students (Global Lounge and the CENES department). The second lecture is a guest lecture at the Department of Forestry.

If you have any questions, please contact: Helena G. Kudzia at

Ziegler Lecture Series | Dr.Jacek Lachendro

“Auschwitz. From Liberation to State Museum”

26 September 2019 5:00 pm
Venue: Buchanan Penthouse

Dr. Jacek Lachendro
Deputy Head, Auschwitz Birkenau Museum Research Centre

On January 27, 1945 the Red Army took over Auschwitz and liberated a few thousand remaining sick and exhausted prisoners. This lecture addresses the following: medical treatment for liberated prisoners in Soviet field hospitals and the Red Cross hospital, burials of the remains of the last victims of Auschwitz, committee documentation of German atrocities in Auschwitz, the soviet camps for German POWs, the 1945/46 transfer of the territories of Auschwitz to Polish administration, and the establishment of the Museum in 1947.

Polish Language Lab – Practice Polish language!

Join us at the Polish Language Lab!
eet UBC students and practice
Polish language.

Open to current UBC students who are or were enrolled in Polish language classes.

Tuesdays, 5:00 to 6:00 pm
ENES Lounge, Buchanan Tower 910

Dates and updates: twitter: helenagka |

Helena G. Kudzia | | twitter: helenagka



Please note that some meetings will be replaced by lectures, film screenings or might be canceled.

Polish Film Club: Gods by Łukasz Palkowski – Feb 26, 5 pm

UBC Polish Film Club & Polish Student Club presents:


FEBRUARY 26, 2019, 5:00 PM


Information Session for Witnessing Auschwitz International Seminar in Poland (May 2019)

Witnessing Auschwitz International Seminar in Poland (May 2019)

Information sessions are:
Wednesday October 10 – 12pm – Room 1505 – UBC Life Building
Tuesday October 16 – 1pm   – Room 1504 – UBC Life Building

This course will examine representations of the Nazi Holocaust and related aspects of Nazi Germany by focusing on Auschwitz. Auschwitz was a place in which several frequently conflicting agendas of the Third Reich intersected: it was an industrial compound, a concentration camp, a medical research site, and an extermination facility; it served to imprison, terrorize, enslave, and kill. Its operation as well as the so-called “twisted road” that led to it provide a horrific and revealing example of the strange ways in which the Third Reich ruled by a strange mixture of chaos and consent. More importantly, Auschwitz is a site of conflicting memories that raise the question how, and if at all, it can be remembered and commemorated in ways that resist both sentimentalization and the recourse to conventional literary or cinematographic imagery.
For more information please go to the Go Global web site:

Ziegler Lecture Series: Commemorating Jewish Heritage in Poland

Storybooks Canada – Polish translation available!

Storybooks Canada – Polish translation and audio recordings are now available!

Storybooks Canada is a website for teachers, parents, and community members that aims to promote bilingualism and multilingualism in Canada. It makes 40 stories from the African Storybook available in the major immigrant and refugee languagesof Canada, in addition to the official languages of English and French. A story that is read in English or French at school can be read in the mother tongue by parents and children at home. In this way, Storybooks Canada helps children to maintain the mother tongue in both oral and print form, while learning one of Canada’s official languages. Similarly, the audio versions of the stories can help beginning readers and language learners make the important connection between speech and text.


Beginner’s Polish, Sept. 2018

Sept. 2018, Beginner’s Polish POLS 200
Tue and Thu, 3:30 – 5:00 pm, UBC

Are you a student? Not at UBC? Check Western Canadian Deans’ Agreement!
Are you an adult or a senior citizen? Join us through UBC Access Studies!

Questions? Contact: Helena at

Poster POLS 200 001 2018W Kudzia

Polish Studies: Scholarships / Stypendia

Stypendia / Scholarships

John Paul II Scholarship in Polish – University of Ottawa
Deadline: Oct. 31, 2018

Canadian Polish Millennium Fund

Deadline: Sept. 15, 2018

The W. Reymont Foundation

Deadline: November 2018

Adam Mickiewicz Foundation Deadline: Sept. 15, 2018

Dr. Jerzy W. Jarmasz Memorial Scholarship

June, 30, 2018

2018/2019 POLS and SLAV Course offerings

2018/2019 POLS and SLAV Course offerings

POLS 200 001
Beginner’s Polish (Instructor: TBA)

Term Day Start Time End Time Building Room
1 Tue Thu 15:30 17:00 Buchanan D304
2 Tue Thu 15:30 17:00 Buchanan D304

UBC SSC link:

POLS 426 001
The German Nazi Holocaust in Polish Literature and Film (Instructor: Bozena Karwowska)

Term Day Start Time End Time Building Room
2 Tue 17:00 20:00 Buchanan D317

UBC SSC link:

SLAV 307A 001
Literature and Film in Eastern Europe
(Instructor: TBA)

Term Day Start Time End Time Building Room
2 Tue, Thu 15:30 17:00 Buchanan D322

UBC SSC link:

We hope you will join us in 2018/19!

2018/2019 CENS Course offerings

2018/2019 CENS Course offerings

CENS 303A 99A (Distance Education)
Representations of the Holocaust

Term Day Start Time End Time Building Room
A No Scheduled Meeting

UBC SSC link:

CENS 303A 99C (Distance Education)
Representations of the Holocaust
(Instructor: Dr. Bozena Karwowska)

Term Day Start Time End Time Building Room
C No Scheduled Meeting

UBC SSC link:

CENS 303B 001
Representations of the Holocaust
(Instructor: TBA)

Term Day Start Time End Time Building Room
1  Tue Thu  11:00  12:30 Buchanan  D322

UBC SSC link:

CENS 303B 99B (Distance Education)
Representations of the Holocaust
(Instructor: Dr. Bozena Karwowska)

Term Day Start Time End Time Building Room
C No Scheduled Meeting

UBC SSC link:

We hope you will join us in 2018/19!

Barka Foundation Volunteer and Travel Opportunity: Social Work & Polish Language

Barka Foundation Volunteer and Travel Opportunity:
Social Work & Polish Language

Application Deadline: May 16, 2018

For detailed information please contact Barka Foundation directly.

The main purpose of this project is provide an opportunity to young Canadians of Polish origin to develop or improve their skills in social work by acquainting them with the changes that have occurred in Poland in recent years. Participation in this project will also provide Polish-Canadian youth with an opportunity for a cultural exchange and improvement of Polish language skills.




Dr. Ewa Wampuszyc: From Rubble to Rhetoric

A Report by POLS 300 Students (Polish / English)

W dniu 6-go Marca, 2018 roku UBC Polski Klub Dyskusyjny miał przyjemność gościć Panią Dr. Ewę Wampuszyc, profesor języka polskiego z University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Pani profesor Ewa Wampuszyc przedstawiła wciągającą lekturę w eleganckiej sali instytutu Liu. Tematem spotkania było ,,Od Gruzu Do Retoryki, czyli: Jak Warszawa Powstala Po Wojnie”. Wykład fizycznie i teoretycznie nakreślił odbudowę Warszawy po jej całkowitym zniszczeniu pod koniec II wojny światowej. Pani Doktor Ewa Wampuszyc wyszczególniła role komunistycznej propagandy, która istniała w tamtych czasach na rzecz przebudowy miasta i skąd ona powstała. Równowaga wiedzy Dr. Ewy Wampuszyc i stymulujących wizualizacji Warszawy pozwoliły stworzyć przyjemny i akademicki wieczór. Na spotkaniu byli studencii i absolwenci uniwersytetu UBC, jak również ludzie niezrzeszeni z uczelnią. Publiczność była mile zaskoczona i imprezę zaliczono do udanych. Pan Norman, czlonek Polskiego Klubu Dyskusyjnego, powiedział, że: ,,był szczególnie pod wrażeniem eksperckiego portretu polskiej historii, kultury i języka dla zróżnicowanej i globalnej publiczności”. Studentka, ktora przeprowadziła się z Polski do Vancouver, jako dorosła juz osoba, zdradziła, że dorastając w Polsce, historia odbudowy Warszawy była w szkole ledwie wymieniana, a wiedza Dr. Ewy Wampuszyc dodała znaczącą głębię do zrozumienia miasta, w którym dorastała. To wydarzenie zostało zorganizowane przez Polski Klub Dyskusyjny przy wsparciu Polskich Nauk, Global Fund, Global Lounge, UBC Tandem i Polskiego Konsulatu.

On March 6th, 2018 the UBC Polish Discussion Club was honoured to host the distinguished Dr. Ewa Wampuszyc, professor of Polish at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Ewa Wampuszyc led diverse audience through her engaging lecture In the serene surroundings of the Liu Institute Multipurpose room. The talk was titled “ From Rubble to Rhetoric: How Warsaw was reconstructed in Image and Word after the War”. The lecture physically and theoretically mapped out the rebuilding of Warsaw in the aftermath of its near complete destruction at the end of World War II. Dr. Ewa Wampuszyc outlined how the perceptions of the rebuilding of the city were framed in the states communist ideology of the time, and how these depictions of the cities rebuilding evolved. The balance of Dr. Ewa Wampuszyc’s expertise and the stimulating visuals of Warsaw combined to create a pleasurable and academically engaging evening. The audience included current and former UBC students, as well as numerous members of the community at large. The audience’s reception was overwhelming positive and everyone felt that the event was a success on numerous levels. Norman a member of the Polish discussion club said, “he was especially impressed by the speaker’s expert portrayal of Polish history, culture, and language to a diverse and global audience”. A student in attendance who moved from Poland to Vancouver as an adult shared that while growing up in Poland this history of Warsaw’s rebuilding was barely mentioned in school and the knowledge provided by Dr. Ewa Wampuszyc added meaningful depth to her understanding of the city she grew up in. This event was staged by the Polish Discussion Club with the support of Polish Studies, Global Fund, Global Lounge, UBC Tandem, and the Polish Consulate.



Mark your Calendars! March 6th, 5 pm

March 6th , 5 pm at the Multipurpose Room, Liu Institute, UBC

Dr. Ewa Wampuszyc: “From Rubble to Rhetoric: How Warsaw was ‘Reconstructed’ in Image and Word after the War.”

The story of postwar Warsaw is not only about the city’s physical reconstruction after being nearly destroyed by the Germans during World War II. It is also a story about underlying symbolic, political, and ideological concepts that became essential to the Polish capital’s “resurrection” after the war. Through the prism of photobooks and newsreels, Ewa Wampuszyc will discuss how the postwar communist authorities visually and narratively appropriated “Warsaw” in an attempt to legitimize their power and construct a socialist society.

Ewa Wampuszyc earned her PhD at the University of Michigan and is currently Assistant Professor of Polish at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her book, Mapping Warsaw: The Spatial Poetics of a Postwar City, will be released in fall 2018 by Northwestern University Press.

Od gruzów do retoryki: Jak Warszawa została „zrekonstruowana” w obrazie i słowie po wojnie.

Opowieść o powojennej Warszawie to nie tylko fizyczna odbudowa miasta, które Niemcy nieomal całkowicie zniszczyli w czasie wojny. To także opowieść o ukrytych symbolicznych, politycznych i ideologicznych koncepcjach, które stały się podstawą „odrodzenia” stolicy Polski po wojnie. Posługując się albumami i kronikami filmowymi Ewa Wampuszyc opowie jak powojenne komunistyczne władze wizualnie i narracyjnie zawłaszczyły „Warszawę”w celu uprawomocnienia swojej pozycji i konstruowania społeczeństwa socjalistycznego.

Prof. Ewa Wampuszyc uzyskała stopien doktora nauk humanistycznych na University of Michigan i obecnie zajmuje stanowisko Assistant Professor of Polish Studies na University of North Carolina at Hapel Hill. Jesienią 2018 ukaże się jej książka Mapping Warsaw: The Spatial Poetics of a Postwar City (Nothwesthern University Press).

Organized and sponsored by:
Polish Studies, Global Lounge, CENES, Polish Consulate, UBC Tandem

PDF version for distribution: 2018WampuszycPoster



Questions? Please e-mail Helena G. Kudzia |


Translating from Leśmianesque into English (

Translating from Leśmianesque into English: An Interview about Polish Literature’s Mission Impossible

Bolesław Leśmian’s remarkable poetry may be a Polish favourite, but it’s been infuriating English-language translators for decades. Translation expert Marta Kaźmierczak talks to about why it’s so hard to translate Leśmian into English and what constitutes a good Leśmian translation.


Witnessing Auschwitz Student Conference: Sept 14 & 15

Please join us for the Witnessing Auschwitz Student Conference
Sept 14 & 15, Simon K.Y. Lee Global Lounge








Schedule (details may change):

Thursday Sept. 14
9:15-10:20—Panel #1
10:30-11:45—Panel #2
12:30-1:30—Panel #3
1:45-2:45—Panel #4
2:45-3:00—Closing for the day
4pm—Book launch for “The More I Know, The Less I Understand”
5pm—Dr. Setkiewicz lecture

Friday Sept 15
9:15-10:20—Panel #1
10:30-11:45—Panel #2
12:30-1:30—Panel #3
1:45-2:45—Panel #4

World War II Survivor Testimonies

World War II Survivor Testimonies by Wojciech Oleksiak

Leicestershire Council has recently made public the recorded memories of the Poles and their families living in the county. Why have Poles been living there for over 60 years now? Would you believe that people who were deported to Siberia faced even worse hardship after the war?

Read and listen at


Our Courses in 2017/2018

2017/2018 Course offerings (listed alphabetically)

CENS 303A 001
Representations of the Holocaust
(Instructor: TBA)

Term Day Start Time End Time Building Room
1 Tue Thu 15:30 17:00 Buchanan D322

UBC SSC link:

CENS 303A 99A (Distance Education)
Representations of the Holocaust
(Instructor: Dr. Bozena Karwowska)

Term Day Start Time End Time Building Room
A No Scheduled Meeting

UBC SSC link:

CENS 303A 99C (Distance Education)
Representations of the Holocaust
(Instructor: Dr. Bozena Karwowska)

Term Day Start Time End Time Building Room
C No Scheduled Meeting

UBC SSC link:

POLS 300 001
Intermediate Polish (Instructor: TBA)

Term Day Start Time End Time Building Room
1 Tue Thu 15:30 17:00 Buchanan D307
2 Tue Thu 15:30 17:00 Buchanan D304

UBC SSC link:

POLS 426 001
The German Nazi Holocaust in Polish Literature and Film (Instructor: TBA)

Term Day Start Time End Time Building Room
1 Tue 17:00 20:00 Buchanan D217

UBC SSC link:

SLAV 307A 001
Literature and Film in Eastern Europe
(Instructor: TBA)

Term Day Start Time End Time Building Room
2 Tue 17:00 20:00 Buchanan B215

UBC SSC link:

Hope you will join us in 2017/2018!

Discovering the Hidden Brilliance of Poland’s Poetry for Children

Discovering the Hidden Brilliance of Poland’s Poetry for Children

… Just think about what they do – the non-physical thoughts and emotions of the writer are converted into sound (the basic form of language), then pictures (letters started out as pictograms), then infinitesimally complex sequences of words, sentences and paragraphs, which are then printed on cut-down pulped trees so that countless others can use the light flying in from the nearest star, bouncing off the page and inside their eyeballs, to convert their reflection into the same thoughts and emotions the writer was feeling at the time of writing… or, as is often the case, the very opposite to what the writer wanted the reader to think and feel.

Yad Vashem: After the Uprising

Yad Vashem: After the Uprising: Life Among the Ruins of the Warsaw Ghetto

Even after the 16th of May, 1943, a number of undetected bunkers remained in the area of the former ghetto. It seems that hundreds of Jews still lived among the ruins of the ghetto, even after its official liquidation. Due to the harsh conditions and the presence of Germans in the area, only a small number of these Jews managed to survive for any extended period of time.

Ursula Phillips on Polish Author Zofia Nałkowska

Ursula Phillips on Polish Author Zofia Nałkowska (The Thornfield Review)



Nałkowska was born in Warsaw. After World War II, Nałkowska was one of several established literary figures who remained in communist Poland. Twice elected as a member of parliament, she served on the Parliamentary Commission for Culture and Art.

Immediately after the war, she also served on the official government Commission for Investigating Nazi Crimes on Polish Soil, which resulted in the short-story collection Medallions (1946), one of the first literary witnesses to the atrocities, and certainly her best-known work outside Poland.

A. Wajda’s ‘Afterimage’ at the Vancity (April-May)

Vancity: dates and tickets

The last feature of the late, great director Andrzej Wajda, one of the titans of European cinema, Afterimage is a poignant and enraging story about injustice; about the destruction of an individual by totalitarianism. Set in post-World War II Communist Poland, it portrays a world in which beauty, art and artistic integrity are persecuted.

Painter and author Wladyslaw Strzemiński was a legend of modern art, the most famous of the Polish formalists before World War II, and a co-creator of a unique avant-garde art collection in Lodz. Afterimage (the title referring to one of his revolutionary theories) traces his outspoken resistance to the social realism sanctioned by the Stalinist regime as the only accepted artistic style and how he suffers for his principles.

POLS 200 Student Projects #3

NOTE: These are parts of student presentations for POLS 200: Beginner’s Polish.

History of Smok Wawelski Legend by Christine Rehaluk & Sophie McNeilly



“Smok Wawelski” jest popularną historią. Istnieją trzy wersje legendy.



Wincenty Kadłubek, biskup Krakowa od 1208 do 1218 roku, napisał pierwszą wersję. W tej historii syn króla zabija smoka.

Drugą wersję napisał Jan Długosz w pietnastym wieku. Ta wersja jest podobna do oryginału ale tutaj to król zabija smoka a nie jego syn.

Trzecią, najbardziej popularną wersję i napisał Marcin Bielski, historyk w piętnastym wieku. W tej wersji, Bielski dodał nowy charakter: Szewczyk, który nazywał się Skruba lub Dratewka. W ten wersji szewczyk zabija smoka.


Dzisiaj w Krakowie, jaskinia smoka jest popularna wśród turystów. Pomnik Smoka Wawelskiego został zamontowany w 1972 r.

For our project, we decided to look into a Polish folk- or fairy-tale. Our aim was to research the history of our chosen story, discover the oldest known version and its credited author if one exists, and find origins for any variations. The story we selected is the story of ‘Smok Wawelski,’ or the ‘Wawel Dragon’ in English.
There are three versions, one written in the 13th century and two written in the late 15th century, and two distinct endings to this story. In the oldest version, our version of which was taken from the Wawel Castle website, the dragon is killed by the sons of the king. The younger son then kills the older and becomes king, but is later found out and banished. This original story was recorded by Wincenty Kadlubek, a historian and priest, and later the Bishop of Krakow in the 13th century. Kadlubek is most famous for his work, the “Chronica Polonorum,” or the Chronical of Poland, where the original story appears (Wawel Cathedral).
The second version of the story of Smok Wawelski, written by the historian Jan Dlugosz in the 15th century that is very similar to the 13th century version. This version features no change in characters, unlike the other 15th century version (which we will get to). The most significant change is which character slays the dragon. In the Dlugosz version, it is the king himself who kills the dragon (Bryll). Other than that, the Dlugosz version is very similar to the original Kadlubek story.
The third and final version was, during our research generally credited to the historian Marcin Bielski, although one source (“Dragon’s Den”) lists his son, Joachim, as the author. This version is the more divergent of the 15th century versions. The greatest alteration is the addition of the character of the shoemaker, who is alternately called Skruba or Dratewka. In this version, the dragon eats young women, not cattle, and the king’s daughter is the next offering. The shoemaker defeats the dragon, saves the princess, and marries her. This version seems to be the most popular one.

POLS 200 Student Projects #2

NOTE: These are parts of student presentations for POLS 200: Beginner’s Polish.

Excerpts from: Piotr Florczyk: Literature in Translation lecture and workshop by Cynthia Dobroszek & Janek Saunders

W zeszłym miesiącu mieliśmy zaszczyt gościć Pana Piotra Florczyka na wykładzie i warsztacie „Literatura w Tłumaczeniu”. Wykład miał miejsce w ‘global lounge’ i głównym tematem dyskusji były relacje pomiędzy tłumaczami i autorami. Pan Florczyk opowiedział nam o różnych wyzwaniach w świecie tłumaczy i jak trudno „odnaleźć się” w tej dziedzinie. Zwłaszcza w Ameryce gdzie utwory/książki napisane w mniej znanych językach obcych, na przykład język Polski, są rzadko tłumaczone a zainteresowanie jest małe .

Później tego samego dnia mieliśmy warsztat prowadzony przez Pana Florczyka. Czytaliśmy wybrane wiersze i pracowaliśmy nad nimi aby zrozumieć kontekst i emocję które są adresowane w wierszach.  Ten warsztat był bardzo udany ponieważ pojawiło się dużo uczniów którzy uczestniczyło w dyskusji z Panem Florczykiem o naturze tych wierszy. Rozmawialiśmy o przedwojennej i powojennej Polsce i jak poezja zmieniła się, w tym czasie. Rozmawialiśmy również o tym że Polska poezja często brzmi nacjonalistycznie i patriotycznie. Właśnie tak dużo ludzi wyobraża sobie Polskę, kraj który przeżył wojny i który pisze o uczuciach związanych z wojną. Faktem jest że większość współczesnych poetów pisze na inne tematy które są mniej brutalne niż wojna. Przez to, że ograniczamy to co jest przetłumaczane, ograniczamy co wiemy o polskiej poezji.


English version:

On the 28th of February we were fortunate enough to host Piotr Florczyk for the Literature in Translation lecture and workshop. We held the lecture at the global lounge and the main topic of discussion was the relationship between translators and authors. We looked deeper into the world of a translator and how challenging it may be to find yourself in this field that tends to be overlooked.

Later in the day we held a workshop led by Florczyk, we looked at specific poems and worked to understand the context and emotions that are being addressed. This event was very successful as we had many students participate and debate with Mr. Florczyk about the nature of the poems. We spoke about pre and post War Poland and how the poetry changed, how Polish poetry always tends to sound nationalistic and patriotic. This is how what many people think of Poland to be a country that strives off the war and uses those emotions to fuel their writing when in reality most modern day poets write about other topics that don’t come close to the brutality of the war. However, by limiting what is translated we limit what we know of polish poetry.

POLS 200 Student Projects #1

NOTE: These are parts of student presentations for POLS 200.

Polska Gościnność:  Wartości i Tradycje Rodzinne

Excerpts from: Polish Hospitality: Cemented Values and Family Traditions by Vanessa Adebowale & Aleksandra Rahman

Gościnność jest związana z hojnością, zwyczajnym byciem kiedy się jest potrzebnym, samym zjawieniem się. Nauka o polskiej gościnności to nauka o polskich wartościach, normach, zwyczajach i ideologiach zbudowanych i utrzymywanych wśród Polaków. Chcemy powiązać polską gościnność z instytucjami takimi jak rodzina, tradycje, patriotyzm i religijność.

Tożsamość “Matki Polki”

Tożsamość “Matki Polki” jest tematem wielu badań naukowych. W Historii Polski było wiele wojen i kobiety musiały zająć się interesami, domem, i rodziną. Podtrzymywały tradycje religijne i patriotyczne przez poświęcenie dla rodziny i ojczyzny. Czyli, mieć rodzinę i dzieci, chodzić do kościoła, modlić się w domu, posyłać dzieci do szkoły, sprzątać w domu, i gotować posiłki domowe. Ta rola kobiety została utrzymana do dzisiaj i jest największym powodem
utrzymywania Polskich tradycji.


90% (dziewięćdziesiąt procent) Polaków jest katolikami, dlatego też religia i Polskie państwo są bardzo  ze sobą powiązane. Religijność Polaków miała bardzo duże znaczenie w walce przeciwko Komunizmowi. Papież Jan Paweł II(drugi), który był przywódcą ruchu, popularyzował wartości szczerości, szanowania się, dyscypliny, i sprawiedliwości.

Katolicyzm miał wpływ na życie Polaków: Stoczniowcy Gdańscy klęczący i przyjmujący Komunię Świętą są świadectwem polskiej religijności, która przetrwała niestabilną Polską historię. Prawo przyjęte w 1998(tysiąc dziewięćset dziewięćdziesiątym ósmym roku), że chrześcijańskie wartości muszą być szanowane w nauce i religijne instrukcje muszą wrócić do szkół podstawowych i średnich.Polskie dzieci będą wychowywane według tych wartości.

Jest normalne że te dwa fakty stały się wartościami narodu polskiego.Te wartości utwierdziły tradycje gościnności które obserwujemy w dniu dzisiejszym.


The photographs of Henryk Ross (Washington Post)

‘I buried my negatives in the ground in order that there should be some record of our tragedy.’ The photographs of Henryk Ross. Washington Post.


„Blisko Miłosza” z Agnieszką Kosińską

Grupa Epizod we współpracy z Konsulatem Generalnym RP zapraszają na spotkanie zatytułowane „Blisko Miłosza” z  Agnieszką Kosińską, autorką książki Miłosz w Krakowie.

Z Agnieszką Kosińską rozmawiać będą Andrzej Busza i Roman Sabo.

Poniedziałek, 27 marca 2017 r.
Sala Stowarzyszenia Polskich Kombatantów
1134 Kingsway, Vancouver.
Początek godz. 19:30 pm. Wstęp: $5.00.



Women in the Third Reich

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum:
Women in the Third Reich

Women played a vital role in Adolf Hitler’s plan to create an ideal German Community (Volksgemeinschaft). Hitler believed a larger, racially purer population would enhance Germany’s military strength and provide settlers to colonize conquered territory in eastern Europe. The Third Reich’s aggressive population policy encouraged “racially pure” women to bear as many “Aryan” children as possible.

Feb 28th: “Ambassadors and Colonizers” & “East Meets West” by Piotr Florczyk

Polish Discussion Club, Polish Studies at the CENES, Global Lounge and UBC Tandem invite you to a lecture and workshop by Piotr Florczyk:

“Ambassadors and Colonizers:
On Translators in the Literary Marketplace”

February 28 th , 3 PM AT THE GLOBAL LOUNGE (2205 Lower Mall)


“East Meets West:
Polish and American Poets in Conversation”

February 28 th , 5 PM @ Buchanan B, Room 215

Event supervisor: Helena G. Kudzia:
Student Coordinators: Janek Saunders and Cynthia Dobroszek

Please note: Both lectures will be in English. Everyone welcome.

The first lecture will be of interest to students and faculty interested in translation regardless of the language they work in


Piotr Florczyk is a doctoral fellow at the University of Southern California. His research focus is on translators in the literary marketplace and the creative dialogue between Polish and American poets. His book publications include a volume of poetry, East & West (2016), a collection of essays, Los Angeles Sketchbook (2015), a poetry chapbook, Barefoot (2015), and eight volumes of Polish poetry translations. His work has been supported by USC Shoah Foundation’s Center for Advanced Genocide Research, the Polish Book Institute, the Anna Akhamatova Fellowship for Younger Translators, and the Delaware Arts Council. He has served as a judge for the 2015 PEN USA Translation Prize and as a manuscript reviewer for the National Endowment for the Arts translation fellowships. He has also been a fellow at the Czesław Miłosz Institute at Claremont McKenna College, and taught poetry and literature undergraduate and graduate courses at San Diego State University, University of San Diego, Antioch University Los Angeles, University of Delaware, Claremont McKenna College, and at University of California-Riverside. Piotr Florczyk lives in Los Angeles.

Basic information on Auschwitz

Auschwitz, the  Nazi German concentration and extermination camp, is the most recognizable symbol of the Holocaust and place of genocide in the world. Never, and in no other camp or extermination center did the SS murder such a great number of Jews from nearly all the Nazi occupied Europe. However, many people do not know that Poles constituted nearly 40% of the prisoners registered in the camp and that those incarcerated and murdered there included also: the Roma, Soviet POWs and prisoners of over twenty nationalities. And only experts will know the role Auschwitz was to play in the Nazi German settlement plans of Eastern Europe, which – aside from exterminating the Jews – posited also the destruction of the majority of the Slavic population.

A Foreigner’s Guide to the Polish Alphabet (

“Polish is infamously intimidating to language learners. But never fear! We’re here to give you a few tips that will help you start to get the hang of one of the world’s hardest languages, all with listen-along pronunciation and simple step-by-step examples.”