The Władysław Bartoszewski Chair Collegium Civitas

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8 July 2015  A photo exhibition depicting the late Władysław Bartoszewski’s public activities in the years 1989-2015 was inaugurated in the Polish parliament. Both Elżbieta Radziszewska, deputy Speaker of the Sejm (lower chamber of the Polish parliament) and Bogdan Borusewicz, Speaker of the Senate, spoke during the inauguration. A week later, after its presentation in parliament, the exhibition was given to Władysław Bartoszewski’s family. It is planned to reopen the exhibition to a wider public under the auspices of Collegium Civitas.

 10 July 2015  The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany held a ceremony in which Władysław Bartoszewski’s family received the Bavarian Order of Merit as decided by the Bavarian Prime Minister Horst Seehofer. The official opening speech was delivered by the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany, Rolf Nikel. The award was handed over to Zofia Bartoszewska by the Secretary of State in the Ministry of Economy and Media, Energy and Technology, of the Free State of Bavaria, Franz Josef Pschierer.

 28 July 2015  Władysław Bartoszewski’s family received The Cross of Freedom and Solidarity, awarded posthumously to the former statesman by the President of Poland Bronisław Komorowski, in a ceremony in the Presidential Palace. The Head of the Chancellery of the President of the Republic of Poland, the Minister Jacek Michałowski, presented the award to Zofia Bartoszewska.

 30 July 2015   Władysław Teofil Bartoszewski gave a lecture as part of a conference organized in the Museum of the History of Polish Jews on the possibilities of using the experience of Polish-German reconciliation in the rapprochement between peoples and countries of the Far East. The conference was attended, amongst others, by the Polish and South Korean foreign ministers.

 27 August 2015  As part of the 12th edition of the Festival of Jewish Culture entitled, “Singer’s Warsaw” an event took place at the Austrian Cultural Forum (organized by the Shalom Foundation) that looked back on the life of Władysław Bartoszewski. The panel included: Ewa Beynar-Czeczott, Katarzyna Kolenda-Zaleska, Jacek Taylor, Marian Turski and Prof. Szewach Weiss. The meeting was chaired by Remigiusz Grzela.

 At the end of August and the beginning of September work began on a short documentary with testimonials from former friends and colleagues of the late Władysław Bartoszewski. One of the interviews took place at Collegium Civitas, where Władysław Bartoszewski worked together with Michał Komar on various books including Bóg, Honor, Obczyzna (God, Honour, Exile) and Kryptonim BONZA (Codename BONZA). The presentation of the last book in the series will be held in February 2016 in the Warsaw cinema Kino Atlantic. The documentary will also be shown during the event.

 19 September 2015  The Brodnica Museum opened a photography exhibition entitled “Władysław Bartoszewski – działalność publiczna w wolnej Polsce” (Władysław Bartoszewski – public service in a free Poland). The exhibition was first presented in the Polish Parliament last year in July before being sent on to Collegium Civitas. It is now on loan in the Brodnica Museum. The exhibition, which is sponsored amongst others by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, can be seen in Brodnica’s Brama Chełmińska until 29 September.

 18 September 2015  In the historical building of the Chancellery of the Prime Minister of Poland (1/3 Ujazdowskie Avenue) this year’s Open Days have begun whose highlight will be the exhibition entitled “Bartoszewski 1922 – 2015. Więcej niż przyzwoitość” (Bartoszewski 1922-2015. More than just a sense of decency). According to the Chancellery’s announcement, the exhibition is “the story of a witness of history and of twentieth-century Poland. This is about a remarkable person who spoke frequently and wisely. It is about a sense of humour that facilitated the building of bridges between nations.” The exhibition will also be open on the weekend of 26-27 September from 11am to 6pm. For more information on how to see the exhibition, see:  The exhibition is planned to be opened at Collegium Civitas from mid-November.

On 1 October during the inauguration of the academic year at Collegium Civitas (CC), it was announced that the newly created CC Władysław Bartoszewski Chair would commence work. In a letter sent to the University authorities, the Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz wrote the following: “Collegium Civitas has today inaugurated the Władysław Bartoszewski Chair. Nobody needs to be reminded of the late professor’s figure; he is among us continually and looks at us from the shop windows of book stores, as well as newspapers and exhibitions that pay tribute to him. Above all, the ideas that he promoted live on: faith in man, reconciliation between nations and fidelity to one’s own ideals. It was on those ideals that this extraordinary hero—a witness to history, scholar and politician—built his vision of a better world, which he tried to implement tirelessly. I am happy that his ideas will be creatively developed and passed on to the younger generations in the new Chair that bears his name.” CC professor Alexandra Richie and Władysław T. Bartoszewski (the deceased’s son) accepted the nominations for the posts of Chair directors from Prof. Stanisław Mocek. In addition, the Bronisław Komorowski Centre for Political Practice has been established.

On 17 November the exhibition, first shown in the Chancellery of the Prime Minister, was opened in Collegium Civitas, entitled “Bartoszewski – więcej niż przyzwoitość” (Bartoszewski—more than just a sense of decency). The event also saw the projection of the film “Bartoszewski. Droga” (Bartoszewski. The Way) by Witold Bereś, Krzysztof Burnetko and Artur Więcek. Witold Bereś and Władysław T. Bartoszewski took part in a short panel discussion accompanying the projection. Poland’s 24-hour cable news channel TVN24 broadcast details of the opening of the exhibition.

On 19 November an exhibition dedicated to Władysław Bartoszewski at Collegium Civitas was visited by the former Israeli foreign minister, Moshe Arens.

On 26 November a meeting with partner institutions of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation was held at the Foundation’s headquarters during which a presentation was made of the new Władysław Bartoszewski Chair.

On3 December  a special student event was organized at Collegium Civitas in cooperation with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation under the auspices of the CC Władysław Bartoszewski Chair. It featured the former President of the European Parliament and current chairman of the Foundation, Dr. Hans-Gert Poettering. After the meeting H. G. Poettering visited the exhibition dedicated to Władysław Bartoszewski.

On  12 December  the German journalist Bettina Schaefer, author of an upcoming book about Władysław Bartoszewski, visited the exhibition dedicated to the late statesman.

On 17 December  with the participation of the Władysław Bartoszewski Chair, a meeting was organized for secondary school teachers, presenting educational materials on the history of Auschwitz Concentration Camp. During the event a series of interviews with W. Bartoszewski were projected accompanied with comments from the secretary of the International Auschwitz Council, Marek Zając.


Forthcoming Events

On 17 February in conjunction with the Władysław Bartoszewski Chair and the Foundation for Polish-German Cooperation, an all-day conference about the late  Władysław Bartoszewski will be held in the cinema Kino Atlantic in Warsaw. Mirosław Chojecki, Jacek Taylor and Marian Turski will take part in the first debate on opposition activism. The second, summarizing Władysław Bartoszewski’s academic work, will include former Catholic University of Lublin students Krzysztof Stanowski and Tadeusz Zych, as well as Prof. Andrzej Paczkowski and Prof. Anna Wolff-Powęska (Institute for Western Affairs in Poznań). The Honourable Speaker of the Senate, Bogdan Borusewicz, is expected to attend. The third debate will focus on Bartoszewski’s diplomatic activities. Participants will include German Ambassador Rolf Nikel, former Israeli Ambassador Shewach Weiss, Prof. Irena Lipowicz and the Director of the Foundation for Polish-German Cooperation, Krzysztof Miszczak.

After this series of debates, a presentation will take place on the last volume of talks between Władysław Bartoszewski and Michał Komar in which there are chapters about Tadeusz Mazowiecki, Krzysztof Skubiszewski, Stefan Meller, Stanisław Lem and others.

On 18 February Collegium Civitas will host an event with the former consul of the Republic of Poland in Munich, Elżbieta Sobótka, who will present to students her experience of more than a decade of consular work. She will talk about Polish-Bavarian relations (which was initiated amongst others by Bartoszewski’s Polish-Bavarian Committee of Experts) as well as her current work on Polish memorial sites in Bavaria. Not only is the creation of a Polish-Bavarian student association in the pipeline but also the organization of future events on Bavarian themes with, amongst other, the Deputy German Ambassador, Manfred Huterer.

On 24 April with the collaboration of the Collegium Civitas Władysław Bartoszewski Chair, a scientific workshop is planned on the anniversary of the death of Władysława Bartoszewski in the Museum of the History of Polish Jews.

At the end of May and the beginning of June Collegium Civitas will co-organize a trip to Poland for groups associated with the National WWII Museum in New Orleans (including state administrators, military personnel, academics and others interested in the history of the Second World War).

From 26 June to 10 July a group of American students will stay in Warsaw as part of a study programme on security and defence at Collegium Civitas.