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Emigration and Genealogy

Pulaski and Dombrowski Honored

BALTIMORE, Md. - A festive gathering of Polonia commemorated the 228th birthday of U.S. General Casimir Pulaski (his portrait is displayed below to the left) here on March 11, 2007 (March 4th is the actual birthday). The annual ceremony and reception, sponsored by the General Casimir Pulaski Post 209 of the Polish Legion of American Veterans (PLAV), took place in the Great Hall of the Polish National Alliance (the photo of the building is showed below), Council 21. Post 209's Color Guard was in fine form and performed its various formal maneuvers admirably and with panache. The Krakowiaki Dancers provided assistance and much ethnic color to the event. Frank Lanocha, Maryland President of the Polish American Congress, delivered a very interesting and informative dissertation on Gen. Pulaski's life and times that covered historical data that usually goes unremarked upon. The memory of Gen. Pulaski was well served on this day by all of the participants and audience.

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Martial Law in Poland Remembered

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Martial Law Declared In Poland: Winter days in Poland are notoriously cold, dark and bleak. But they were to become even more so with the murky dawn of Sunday, December 13, 1981- now remembered as a particularly dreadful and infamous day: On the cusp of Christmas, while Poland was still peacefully abed, the oppressive communist regime - stealthily, like thieves in the night - imposed a very strict and draconian regimen of martial law upon all of the citizens of Poland. This was to be the Poles heavy cross-to-bear for now proactively embracing democracy while simultaneously rejecting and opposing communism a foreign totalitarian form of governance that was forced upon Poland with military might by the neighboring Soviet Union (a.k.a. Russia) in 1945, immediately in the aftermath of World War II.

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30th Anniversary of the Chopin Foundation

WASHINGTON, D.C. Piano Concert At Polish Embassy. The 30th Anniversary of the Chopin Foundation of the United States was celebrated here on October 18, 2007 at the Embassy of the Republic of Poland. Cultural Counselor Mariusz Brymora hosted the gala black tie event.

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Poland's 88th Independence Day

WASHINGTON, D.C. Ambassador Janus Reiter officiated at Poland's Independence Day celebration here at the Embassy of the Republic of Poland on November 14, 2006 (the official date is November 11th). The large gathering consisted mainly of Poles, Polonia and a delegation of visiting military officers led by Brigadier General Marek Witczak. The ceremonies were conducted exclusively in Polish due to the uniqueness of the evening's coupling of the anniversary of Poland's independence with the special guest speaker and the introduction of his related, fascinating book, written and printed in Polish.

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Polish Emigration: Historical Review

Polish Diaspora abroad counts 15-20 mln people. Poles belong to the nationalities that have relatively high fraction of emigrants compared to the number of Poles that live in Poland (about 40 mln now, read more about it in the article: Poland - Basic Information - Facts - Statistics ). This is due to difficult Polish history, loss of independence, economical problems and due to the communism. The total numbers of Poles abroad are given in the article Polish Diaspora (Polonia) Worldwide .

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