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  • 14 January 2015

    Czesław Miłosz, Jan Karski, Janusz Korczak, Zuzanna Ginczanka and the Minkowski family will be the heroes of this year’s Days of Dialogue and Remembrance—a project realised by the Polish Institute in Rome on the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust.

    Organised for nine years now, the Days of Dialogue and Remembrance promotes Poland in Italy as a multicultural country, where religious, ethnic and cultural minorities are free to flourish, cherishing their traditions and maintaining dialogue with other groups.

     

    “On this year’s edition, we commemorate the events of the Second World War and a mutual Polish-Jewish history, not only in a historical dimension, but also through the prism of reminiscing about the lives and works of eminent Poles,” said Paweł Stasikowski, Director of the Polish Institute in Rome.

     

    The Roman programme of the Days of Dialogue and Remembrance will cover Italian premieres of three documentary films, among them: Miłosz, directed by Katarzyna Gondek, Minkowski. Saga, directed by Rafael Lewandowski and Urwany wiersz. Zuzanna Ginczanka (1917-1944), directed by Mary Mirko Milo. A meeting will be held promoting the newest publications devoted to Janusz Korczak on the Italian market, among them L'ultimo viaggio. Il dottor Korczak e i suoi bambini, written by Irène Cohen-Janca.

     

    The commemoration is accompanied by the unveiling of a plaque with the poem “Campo de’Fiori” by Czesław Miłosz in the famous square in the Eternal City, prepared thanks to the cooperation of the Polish Embassy with Rome authorities.

     

    “For the first time, a part of the project will be realised outside Rome as well: Italian commemoration of the Jan Karski Year will be concluded in Palermo, Sicily, the birthplace of the authors of a best-selling comic book about the legendary Polish courier. The comic book was designed and published by the Italian publishing house Rizzoli Lizard, specifically for the Jan Karski Year,” added Director

    Stasikowski.

     

     

    The events devoted to Jan Karski in Palermo will, in part, comprise the exhibition Jan Karski. Mission for Humanity, organised by the Polish History Museum as part of the “Jan Karski. The Unfinished Mission” educational programme. An Italian promotion of Jan Karski’s book Story of a Secret State: My Report to the World (La mia testimonianza davanti al mondo, Adelphi Edizioni, 2013) will be held as well. The guests will have an opportunity to watch unique archive recordings and interviews with Jan Karski, made available to the Polish Institute in Rome by the Italian television RAI. The event’s co-organisers are: Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Poland in Palermo and Fondazione Sicilia.

     

    Days of Dialogue and Remembrance will open on 15 January 2015 and close on 19 February 2015. The International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly, is observed on 27 January, on the Auschwitz-Birkenau liberation anniversary.

     

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    Photo Agnieszka Traczewska/Archiwum Studio Filmowe Logos

     

    Photo from the film "Minkowski. Saga", courtesy Raphael Lewandowski
    Photo from the film "Minkowski. Saga", courtesy Raphael Lewandowski
    Jan Karski, photo Carol Harrison
    Jan Karski, photo Carol Harrison
    Cover of the book "L'ultimo viaggio. Il dottor Korczak e i suoi bambini"/ Orecchio Acerbo, 2015
    Cover of the book "L'ultimo viaggio. Il dottor Korczak e i suoi bambini"/ Orecchio Acerbo, 2015
    Zuzanna Ginczanka, photo courtesy Light History
    Zuzanna Ginczanka, photo courtesy Light History

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