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July 2020

July 25   We Are History Keepers Workshop on Zoom
July 24   Virtual Polish Book Club Meeting on Zoom
July 14   Lecture New Polish Jewish Woman in Lwów on Zoom
July   Special Charter Flights to Poland by LOT Airlines
July 11   Polish Presidential Election - second round
July 11   Polish Festival at the Seattle Center - cancelled
July 9-15   Movie All That I Love at Virtual Polish Film Festival Miami
July 7   Rick Steve's Europe: Poland Rediscovered on KCTS 9
July 2-8   Movie Little Rose at Virtual Polish Film Festival Miami

July 25, 10 am - noon: We Are History Keepers! Workshop on Zoom

The Ethnic Heritage Council and the UW Libraries present We are History Keepers Virtual Workshop. This is a shortened version of the workshop on preserving history of local ethnic communities. Please check the workshop website for details of this program and of another one coming in September.


Where: on Zoom; the workshop is free but registration is required

More: We Are History Keepers

July 24, at 6 pm: Virtual Polish Book Club Meeting on Zoom

This is the second meeting of the new, virtual Polish Book Club. Paulina Phung started the virtual edition of the club at the Polish Cultural Center with meetings happening on Zoom. The book to discuss is  Faworyty by Manuaela Gretkowska published by Wyd. Znak literanova in 2020. Gretkowska, 56 is a popular contemporary writer, screenwriter and an active feminist. The book set in the 18th c. Poland is about power and sex: three aristocrat women fight for the king's favors and domination. Polish Book Club meetings are in Polish. The book is available in Polish-American bookstores or as an ebook.


Where: on Zoom; please contact Paulina for the Zoom invite or more info

More: About Polish Book Club meeting in July (PL), Gretkowska bio, Gretkowska's feisty facebook page, this event is in Polish

July 14, at 7 pm: Lecture New Polish Jewish Woman in Lwów on Zoom

The UW Polish Studies Endowment Committee invites you to an online lecture Forging a New Polish Jewish Woman: The Jewish Girls Vocational School in Lwów by Sarah Zarrow. Dr. Zarrow is an assistant professor of history at Western Washington Univ. in Bellingham, WA focusing on modern Jewish life in Eastern Europe, particularly in Poland. The vocational school founded by Cecylja Klaftenowa thrived between WWI and WWII in the Polish city of Lwów, now Lviv in Ukraine.


Where: this lecture is on Zoom; you need to register here, link will be send to you

More: detailed info about the lecture at the UW PSEC site

July: Special Charter Flights To Poland by LOT Airlines

Polish Consulate in New York announced a schedule for flights from USA to Poland. While Americans cannot enter the EU countries, the Polish Airlines LOT will fly special charter flights to Warsaw for Polish citizens and other people who have the right to enter Poland. Tickets are not available at the LOT website or at travel agents' - the only way to make a reservation is to contact LOT by email at this address [email protected].

   Flights from New York JFK are on July 4, 6, 8 and 11

   Flights from Chicago on July 5, 7, 10 and 12.

Please contact LOT at the address above for info on other flights.


Where: Tickets and reservations at [email protected] only

More: Border regulations for entering Poland (PL), Coronovirus regulations and restrictions in Poland (PL)

 July 11, Polish Presidential Election - second round

The second round of the Polish presidential election in America is on July 11, 2020, 7 am to 9 pm. The incumbent, Andrzej Duda (PiS) goes against Rafal Trzaskowski (PO). Voting in the USA is by mail only. Seattle belongs to the polling station #126 at the Polish Consulate General in Los Angeles.  You need to be Polish citizen and registered to vote; the registration deadline has passed.

The results of the second round In the LA consular region (polling station #126):  Trzaskowski 2464 (72.7%), Duda 926 (27.3%). There were 4960 registered voters, 3565 packages returned on time and 3404 valid votes cast. In the United States Duda had 19 701 votes (55%) of the 35,845 votes cast. About 33% more people registered for the second round in LA and in the United States. In LA, only 71.9% packets were returned on time and only 68.6% valid votes cast.

Update about election packets for the second round. The LA Consulate sent them from Tuesday, June 30 to Thursday July 2 by 1st class mail. Your vote has to be received at the Consulate by 9 pm on July 11 to count.


More: LA Consulate facebook page, Official announcement about voting in the USA (PL), electronic voter registration (PL)

updated June 30, 2020

June 25 - July 15: Movies at Virtual Polish Film Festival Miami

Little Rose

Polish Film Festival Miami and the Embassy of Poland in Washington, DC present a retrospective of Polish cinema Stories From Behind the Iron Curtain. These fairly recent movies cast an interesting light on the reality of the post WWII communist rule in Poland and enjoyed a commercial success when doing so. Enjoy! All movies in Polish with English subtitles, with Q&A sessions in English

Streaming available for a week for each film at your own time

     6/21 - 7/1  Reverse / Rewers by Borys Lankosz (2009)

     7/2 - 7/8    Little Rose / Rózyczka by Jan Kidawa-Błoński (2010)

     7/8 - 7/15   All That I Love / Wszystko co kocham by Jacek Borcuch (2009)

Where: PFF Miami site, streaming is free but you need to register

More: registration required, available at the site

July 7, 7:30 pm: Rick Steve's Poland Rediscovered on KCTS 9

Rick Steve's Europe is a long-running travel documentary TV series shown on public television. KCTS channel 9 presents an episode Poland Rediscovered: Kraków, Auschwitz and Warsaw shot in 2004 The lion share of the program is devoted to Cracow: old town with St. Mary's Church and the Cloth Hall, the Royal Castle and the Cathedral on the Wawel Hill, Jewish quarter etc. Other highlights include Wieliczka salt mine, Auschwitz camp, as well as klezmer and Polish jazz music.


Where: On the KCTS channel 9 in the Seattle area

More: Detailed description of the episode on Rick Steve's Europe website


© 2020 Ryszard Kott

Photo "Fountain" courtesy Hanna Gil, Photo "Seattle" courtesy Ryszard Kwieciński