BOARD OF MANAGEMENT
Bernard Korbman, OAM
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DATES FOR THE DIARY
In honour of the Polish
Righteous Among the Nations
Direct from Warsaw's
MUSEUM OF THE HISTORY
OF POLISH JEWS
The Premiere Screening of
the Official Opening of
"THEY RISKED THEIR LIVES"
- an exhibition honouring Poles
who risked their lives and the
lives of their families to save
Jews during the Holocaust.
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The ASPJ is pleased to be able to offer
many of our members as Speakers for your
organisation's or company's activity or
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Formerly known as
"The Worldwide Federation
of Polish Jews
we have a new name, a new Constitution,
a new Statement
of Purpose and a new
generation of active members.
Based in Melbourne, Australia,
we invite all people, Jewish and
non-Jewish, whose roots lie
in Poland,to join our
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Membership Application details.
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HAVE ROOTS IN ....
Many of Poland's cities and towns
are, today, endeavouring to preserve
their Jewish history and heritage.
Some are now turning to the ASPJ
to assist them in their task of
collecting memoirs, photographs
and other documents.
To encourage their endeavours,
a new feature has been added to
this website to assist them in
contacting former residents or
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regarding the ASPJ website.
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2014 HENRYK SŁAWIK AWARD PRESENTATION
The recipient of the 2014 Henryk Sławik Award, presented by the Australian
Society of Polish Jews & Their Descendants, is Pauline Rockman OAM.
At an event held at Kadimah on 28th October 2014, Pauline was presented with the
Award by actress Magda Szubanska, whose yearning to meet Polish Jewish descendants, and
compare their stories with those of her own Polish grandparents, had led to long
conversations with Pauline.
The Award,in recognition of the enhancement of mutual respect and understanding between the
Polish and Jewish communities, was presented in the presence of the Honorary Polish Consul-General in Melbourne,
Dr.George Łuk-Kozika, who himself was the recipient of the inaugural Award in 2011.
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WARSAW'S JEWISH MUSEUM CORE EXHIBITION OPENING!
The Core Exhibition of Warsaw's POLIN - Museum of the History of Polish Jews opened at
an event held on 28th October 2014, in front of over 1,500 guests and covered by 600 journalists
from around the world.
The ceremony was attended by the President of the Republic of Poland Bronisław Komorowski,
and the President of the State of Israel Reuven Rivlin (on his first foreign visit), the Prime
Minister of Poland Ewa Kopacz, Speakers of the Sejm and Senate, the Mayor of Warsaw, as well as
several foreign delegations and related organisations from around the world.
The ASPJ was represented by our Vice-President, Andrew Rajcher, who, for more than five years,
has been a volunteer translator/interpretor for the Museum and its websites
The exhibition was symbolically opened by two generations of Polish Jews – Marian Turski, Chairman
of the Museum Council and a Holocaust survivor, and 13-year-old Joanna Widla, a student at the
Lauder-Morasha Jewish School in Warsaw.
In the first week following the Opening, the Museum's Core Exhibition was viewed by over
25,000 visitors, with tickets sold out for many days in the weeks following.
Take a Virtual Tour of the Museum's Core Exhibition
by watching the video below:
PRESIDENT KOMOROWSKI VISITS ISRAEL
Polish President Bronisław Komorowski and his wife began
an official state visit to Israel on 5th November 2013.
In welcoming them, Israeli President Shimon Peres noted that
Zionism, the movement that led to the creation of the modern
state of Israel, began in Poland, referring to founder David
Ben Gurion who was born in the Polish town of Płonsk.
At a reception at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem,
President Komorowski said that Poland would stand by Israel and
defend the interests of Jews everywhere.
“We are sensitive to every manifestation of anti-Semitism in
Europe in general and in Poland in particular,” Komorowski said,
adding that “Poland is well aware of the security challenges
THE ASPJ WELCOMES
NEW POLISH DIPLOMATS TO AUSTRALIA
His Excellency, Mr Paweł Milewski, has been appointed as the new Ambassador
of the Repubic of Poland to Australia. A career diplomat, Ambassador Milewski's last position
was as Deputy Director of the Department of Asia and Pacific, in Poland's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Ambassador Milewski has expressed a desire to work closely with our organisation and we look forward to a
mutually fruitful relationship during his time in Australia.
The Polish Government has also appointed a new Consul-General, based in Sydney. She is Ms Regina Jurkowska,
a career diplomat whose last position was as Deputy Director of the Department of Cooperation with the Polish
Diaspora and Poles Abroad, within the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
During his time in Australia, the ASPJ enjoyed an excellent relationship with her predecessor, Daniel Groman. We look
forward to continuing and developing that excellent relationship with Ms Jurkowska.