Thursday, February 6, 2014

Two years after United States Holocaust Memorial Museum reply to the Paradis Judaeorum Foundation we repeat our question: when Witold Pilecki in the Permanent Exhibition of the USHMM?

It's been two years since United States Holocaust Memorial Museum answered the Paradis Judaeorum Foundation, who for 6 years runs worldwide campaign "Przypomnijmy o Rotmistrzu" ("Let's Reminisce About Witold Pilecki") on the letter concerning Witold Pilecki's place in the Permanent Exhibition of the USHMM.

Two years passed by and Witold Pilecki's contribution in the effors to stop the horrors of Auschwitz are still cenzored by the Permanent Exhibition of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. For details look below (in the materials posted on www.witoldsreport.blogspot.com in last years).

In February 6, 2014, two years after Steven Luckert's PhD answer to the Paradis Judaeorum Foundation we call upon volunteers to repeat our question to the USHMM: when will you fulfill the promise given us in February 6, 2012? When shall we see the truth about Witold Pilecki's heroism in the Permanent Exhibition of the Holocaust Museums all around the world?

Let's Reminisce About Witold Pilecki! We must give testimony..

Join us on Facebook event:

Remind USHMM about Witold Pilecki

Saturday, February 9, 2013

When Witold Pilecki in Permanent Exhibition of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum?

In February 6, 2012, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum answered on the letter sent by the Paradis Judaeorum Foundation concerning Witold Pilecki. Afer a year the participants of the "Let's Reminisce About Witold Pilecki" ("Przypomnijmy o Rotmistrzu") worldwide civic campaign are asking the USHMM about when Pilecki's deeds will be shown to everyday visitors.


Look for details and join us on special Facebook 'event':

Remind USHMM about Witold Pilecki

Let's Reminisce About Witold Pilecki! We must give testimony..

Friday, March 16, 2012

Don't make a gesheft of Witold Pilecki's sacred memory!

Poles from the Union of Military Organization at Auschwitz are the biggest heroes of the Holocaust era. The name of Witold Pilecki is printed in golden letters in the history of the Jewish people condemned by the Germans to extermination. The memory of the heroic struggle of Captain and his soldiers should not become the subject of a suspicious fair. And this is a request filed by the Forum of Polish Jews.


Since January 2008, a social action "Przypomnijmy o Rotmistrzu" ("Let's Reminisce About Witold Pilecki") takes place. Among the many initiatives that constitute more than four-year history of this apolitical citizens' initiative (see documentation at www.michaltyrpa.blogspot.com), are also efforts to commemorate the achievements of the creator and soldiers of the Union of Military Organization in the U.S. Holocaust Museum.

In August 2010, the Paradis Judaeorum Foundation (Fundacja Paradis Judaeorum) of Krakow (initiator of the “Przypomnijmy o Rotmistrzu”/"Let’s Reminisce about Witold Pilecki") sent a letter to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council in Washington D.C., with the suggestion to take account of Witold Pilecki in the exhibitions of the centers cultivating the memory of the extermination of the Jewish people.

In February 2012, after waiting for more than a year and a half, the longed-for response from Washington finally arrived (see a scan below). The curator of the permanent exhibition of the Holocaust Museum, promised to take account of the demands concerning the Captain, submitted by the Foundation Paradis Judaeorum (see also page StefczykInfo and here).

It is highly surprising that professional historians, nay! specialists in the Holocaust, did not know the achievements of Polish heroes of the Union of Military Organizations. If, however, (which is, indeed, hard to believe) it really was so, Paradis Judaeorum Foundation was able to convince the historians of the Holocaust to devote due tribute to Rotamaster (cavalry Captain) Pilecki.

After Dr. Steven Luckert’s February response it might have been be expected that the Washington establishment would fix the effects of years of neglect, resulting from silence about the work of Witold Pilecki, through which the elites of Great Britain and the United States (including the prominent Jews!), knew from the beginning the details of the execution phase of the so-called. "Final Solution".

Recently, however, it turned out that the Washington Holocaust Museum treats the principle pacta sunt servanda (observe contracts) in a completely arbitrary way, while the U.S. media unleashed another anti-Polish hysteria. This time it was that after the expiration of the term for which the State Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau loaned to Washington the prisoner barracks, the Polish side - under the terms of the agreement - demanded the return of borrowed items.

Venomous, anti-Polish comments appeared in the American media, which willingly and often wrote about the "Polish concentration camps", but never about the author of "Witold's Report". Here in America the Poles (thanks to J.T. Gross) are generally known as zealous accomplices of the Holocaust, who after the war looted the Jewish estates, and now dare to demand the return of what the Washington museum borrowed from them... It is hardly surprising that the consultations between Polish and U.S. officials stalled.

And then the institution under the name of Polish Jews Forum raised a curious project. Its essence would be exit of the impasse by a casemerger of the case of Auschwitz barracks with proper commemoration of rtm.Pilecki, cf. text „Spróbujmy z niezgody uczynić zgodę”.

I must admit that after reading the article, at first I thought it was just a stupid joke. How is that? So the twenty-first century, serious institutions can not (do not want to?) keep their sovereignly taken commitments? Today, in March 2012, the memory of the achievements of Polish heroes will be the subject of shady auctions? Witold Pilecki Merit is the currency with which the authorities and the Polish people would buy in America the truth about Auschwitz?

So this is hutzpah in its pure form!

Hasten to explain, then, to all those who do not understand that the sacred memory of Captain and his memorable deeds were not and will not be subject to any gesheft! Observe the contracts, dear Friends and Allies! And Witold Pilecki in the museums of the Holocaust should be given what he deserves! I it has to be settled in a honorable way! Does America even understand what the word means?

In this context, combining the perennial American-Jewish negligence against the Captain with the total disregard of their own obligations expressed today seems but sneer. It is also further evidence of the lack of respect for our hero.

For this writer it is even more amazing that the same Polish Jews Forum for over 4 years (actually since 20 February 2008) had no time to respond to the invitation to the group of institutional participants social action "Przypomnijmy o Rotmistrzu" ("Let's Reminisce About Witold Pilecki").

And so today, in a fit of inspiration, the Forum of Polish Jews has recognized the Captain ... One would probably not know if the cause of this sudden awakening were news, which can recently be found at www.witoldsreport.blogspot.com

Dear Friends: Jews, Americans, Poles! The memory of Rtm. Pilecki, annihilated and defiled for decades, is not for sale! The memory must not be manipulated, nor politicized. It must not be made the subject of geszeft! Memory of Witold Pilecki is sacred.

Let's Reminisce About Witold Pilecki! We Must Give Testimony..


Michał Tyrpa (translated by Piotr Muszyński)

Polish version of the text – “Nie róbcie geszeftów z pamięci Rotmistrza!” - was published in March 6, 2012 and sparked a heated debate (in Polish), see THIS LINK.

Latest news regarding social action "Przypomnijmy o Rotmistrzu" ("Let's Reminisce About Witold Pilecki") can be found in an open facebook profile, accessible without login:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Przypomnijmy-o-Rotmistrzu-Lets-Reminisce-About-Witold-Pilecki/300842628258


English Facebook profile:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Witold-Pilecki-to-Holocaust-Museums/276335655736394

Thursday, February 16, 2012

US Holocaust Memorial Museum about Witold Pilecki

In August 30th 2010 Polish NGO the Paradis Judaeorum Foundation (Fundacja Paradis Judaeorum) suggested United States Holocaust Memorial Council to bring Witold Pilecki to the US Holocaust Museums. Reply arrived after year and a half.

Read the document:


Polish-readers can find a broad commentary in the text "Przypomnijmy o Rotmistrzu historykom Holocaustu", posted in February 16th 2012 on the site:

www.michaltyrpa.blogspot.com

American plenipotentiary of the Paradis Judaeorum Foundation, Mr.Edward Reid, prepared special video promoting our Cause.

Watch on youtube:




Let's Reminisce About Witold Pilecki! We must give testimony..
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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Bring Witold Pilecki to Holocaust Museums


Information from the "Bring Witold Pilecki to Holocaust Museums" site on Facebook.

Rotamaster Witold Pilecki (1901-1948) was the only one person in history who volunteered to be imprisoned in Nazi German concentration camp. Pilecki was a founder of prisoners underground organization in KL Auschwitz - Union of Military Organizations (Związek Organizacji Wojskowej, ZOW). After World War 2, Pilecki has been murdered by the communists in Stalin’s occupied Poland.

Since January 2008, Polish NGO - Paradis Judaeorum Foundation (Fundacja Paradis Judaeorum) runs civic campaign “Let’s Reminisce About Witold Pilecki” (“Przypomnijmy o Rotmistrzu”). One of its goals is to introduce to the public worldwide an outstanding testiomony about Auschwitz and the Holocaust, so called: “Witold’s Report”.

In August 30th 2010 Polish NGO – Paradis Judaeorum Foundation sent a registered letter to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council in Washington D.C., asking to reminisce about Witold Pilecki in the Holocaust Museums, which does not ( ! ) mention about Pilecki at all.

More than a year passed by, and there was no answer.. Pilecki’s deeds are still being concealed by the US Holocaust Museums.

Let’s support request of the Paradis Judaeorum Foundation to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council, concerning Witold Pilecki!

Let’s encourage important institutions around the world to teach the truth about tragic history of those who strived to stop the Holocaust in the very beginning, in the very core of Auschwitz hell on earth!

Let’s Reminisce About Witold Pilecki! We must give testimony..


1) “Witold’s Report” in English:

www.witoldsreport.blogspot.com

2) Letter of the Paradis Judaeorum Foundation to US Holocaust Memorial Council

3) Postcard of the “Let’s Reminisce About Witold Pilecki” civic campaign

4) Text “Volunteer for Auschwitz” in The Catholic Messenger

5) Polish “Let’s Reminisce About Witold Pilecki” (“Przypomnijmy o Rotmistrzu”) initiative Facebook profile.

See also: declaration of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum concerning official answer for the Paradis Judaeorum Foundation's letter from August 30th 2010: http://www.facebook.com/holocaustmuseum/posts/160352977396176

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

International Day of the Heroes of the Fight Against Totalitarianism

...may be celebrated soon.


February the 18th, 2009 the UEN Group in European Parliament unanimously passed a bill on establishing 25 May the International Day of the Heroes of the Fight Against Totalitarianism. If the proposal tight in the resolution will meet with approval of the majority in European Parliament, we shall soon celebrate new international holiday commemorating all the Heros who fought with nazi and communist totalitarianism. It means that one of the goals of our worldwide civic action "Let's Reminisce About Witold Pilecki" ("Przypomnijmy o Rotmistrzu"), initiated by Polish Paradis Judaeorum Foundation in January 2008 may be accomplished soon. For details look below:



Let's Reminisce About Witold Pilecki! Not only in Europe.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

INTRODUCTION


“You Must Give Testimony”



Today, sixty years after the death of Witold Pilecki, his memory should unite not only his compatriots, but everyone around. Will Europe be willing to commemorate the heroes who struggled with totalitarianism?

The 20th century has gone down in history as the time of totalitarianisms and mass extermination. Although conflicts have accompanied people since the dawn of time, never before had genocide been an industrial killing. Never before had people created “death factories” with all their meticulously designed infrastructure, constantly refined during its functioning. Never before had humanity been as trampled on as this. Nowadays, despite the postmodernist tendency to question symbols, sometimes even facts, the memory of “the epoch of the ovens” and its evil is a vital element of common knowledge. If we want cultivation of this memory to have any deeper meaning, we should not ignore human greatness which emerged in the twentieth-century hell on earth. Lest the experience of battling with the evil of the last century should be wasted, we must fulfil our duty to do justice to all those who had the courage to face totalitarianisms. This duty particularly concerns the restoration of the memory of the bravest ones; those who paid the highest price for remaining faithful to the ideals of humanity. But for their sacrifice, the victory would not have been possible.

we are despite everything
the guardians of our brothers


With this quotation as our motto, this January we initiated the action called “Let’s Reminisce about Witold Pilecki”. Its aim is to give the Captain his due place in the consciousness of contemporary people as one of the greatest figures in Polish and world history. The Poles should not be the only ones to reminisce about him, but the whole world should “recall” his heroism. All people of goodwill ought to nurture his memory. Especially those who believe that we owe our freedom to such heroes like Pilecki. The year 2008, which is 65 years after the Rittmeister’s courageous escape from the Auschwitz Concentration Camp and 60 years after his judicial murder, should become the year of Witold Pilecki. This does not necessarily have to happen by an official government order. Although the support from political and self-government institutions would be valuable, the initiative in this respect belongs to the civil society. Every one of us can contribute to the accomplishment of the action “Let’s Reminisce about Witold Pilecki”, of which there are three. Firstly, disseminating “Witold’s Report” dated 1945. Secondly, arranging a strong lobby group for shooting an international blockbuster movie which would tell the story of “a volunteer for Auschwitz”. Thirdly, establishing the Day of the Heroes of the Struggle with Totalitarianism on May 25, which is Pilecki’s death anniversary. This date would be a new holiday in the European Union. The project to commemorate the figure of Captain Pilecki has met with a kind reception of the high-ranking EU officials.

ignorance about those who have disappeared
undermines the reality of the world

Persuading a major overseas film studio to shoot a movie with the working title “Volunteer for Auschwitz” might seem difficult. The actions to be taken to carry out such an undertaking necessitate considerable financial outlays. Meanwhile, it is possible to propagate “Witold’s Report” through much less “rich” means. In the age of widely accessible Internet, getting acquainted with the late Captains’s report would not pose any difficulties. However, it is necessary to put foreign translations of the report on the Internet; without that it is hard to imagine how the inhabitants of different continents will have better knowledge of the particular fragment of European history which our Hero described. There are strong arguments for “Witold’s Report” being worth reading. Above all, we need to mention the high ethical value of the report. Moreover, as far as its factual aspect is concerned, this document may turn out to be exceptional for many Polish and non-Polish readers. One must realize that the circumstances of Witold Pilecki’s imprisonment, his stay in Auschwitz and his flight are the missing piece of today’s people’s consciousness. The memory of the heroes of the Union of Military Organizations (Związek Organizacji Wojskowych, ZOW) is getting fainter and fainter year by year. In contemporary Poland a lot of people, particularly the post-communist generation, do not even know the name of the Auschwitz inmate resistance movement’s creator. To cap it all, foreign mass media tend to shift the responsibility for German war crimes to Poland, which insults the memory of Pilecki and his companions. Such terms as “Polish concentration camps” or “Polish extermination camps” constantly appear in the mass media all over the world, which shows how serious and widespread a misconception about the responsibility for Holocaust is. The Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum guides have first-hand experience of the terrible effects of our neglect. On more than one occasion, tourists from abroad asked, “ Are these the turrets which Polish soldiers shot the prisoners from?” The popularization of foreign translations of “Witold’s Report” should help to put an end to this alarming misconception.

we must therefore know
draw up exact accounts


“Witold’s Report” should become a required reading for the inhabitants of the global village primarily out of respect for the historical truth, but also for the above-mentioned timeless values of this document. Witold Pilecki presents the reality of hell on earth from a humanistic perspective, which is familiar and important to us too. After all, we live in the age of a triumph for human rights. Therefore, it is especially worth realizing the price which some of our predecessors had to pay to save this world. Lest good “purchased” at the cost of their heroism should be wasted, we need to take care of such elements of Europe’s common heritage as the Captain’s testimony. “Witold’s Report” is also worthy of note for formal reasons. Typical of the author’s terseness of a professional officer, concrete language, economy of words, acute sense of observation and large sensitivity to details make this document almost a literary work. As a result, dramatic scenes provoke a reader to think deeply about the sense of basic human values. In contrast to the realities of the world of ultimate evil, where good is a scandal and meets with an inevitable punishment, the smallest signs of goodwill stand out very distinctly. In the context created by unrestrained hatred and contempt, a penchant for freedom, fraternity, honor, perseverance, mercy, bravery and faith gain significance, which is hard to detect in some abstract phrases of various declarations. It should be emphasized that a respect for a human being, his dignity and indispensable features became for Pilecki, who was a Christian and ardent Polish patriot, an unconscious reference point . This perspective allowed the author to do justice to each person mentioned in his written memories from the largest “death factory” created by the Third Reich, regardless of their nationality or function in the machinery of terror. One of the most harrowing fragments of “Witold’s Report” are the ones about a despicable Pole (Mieczysław Pańszczyk) and a noble German (Otto Küsel).

summon them by name
ready them for the road


There is no splinter of the devil’s mirror in the eye of the hero who described the reality of Anus Mundi. Pilecki was free from any forms of nationalism and xenophobia, which we know about both from “Witold’s Report” and accounts of those who knew him. This patriot and a man of deep Christian faith, which is often emphasized by his children, was the epitome of the most noble things in our Polish and European tradition. Witold Pilecki, a descendant of a mighty family, was never patronizing towards others. Numerous accounts confirm his innate modesty, which frequently emanates from “Witold’s Report”. The criteria according to which the Rittmeister evaluated others differ completely from what today is the indicator of belonging to the élite. Today, the political class members tend to refer to working for the common good to justify their stances, but for the prisoner no. 4859 the sense of this work was disparate. The scene where Pilecki describes the “illegal” Christmas Eve supper in Auschwitz, 1941 should be contemplated not only by members of our parliament. The author’s final appeal in “Witold’s Report” should be taken to heart not only by his compatriots. The biography of Pilecki, a hero of the Polish-Soviet War (1919-21) and the Second World War (1939-45), a creator of ZOW, a soldier in the Warsaw Uprising (August-October 1944) and an officer of the Polish Armed Forces, constitutes a very noble example of the permanence of the ethos of chivalry in Western culture. Also, our concern for the “healthy roots” of our civilization ought to motivate us to make the world remember or rather learn about Witold Pilecki.

in (...) a ring of fidelity

The action “Let’s Reminisce about Witold Pilecki” is the first grassroots initiative of this kind this year. By the middle of February, several hundred people had become actively involved in it and nearly thirty state institutions had declared their support. I personally sent the invitation to “reminisce about the Captain” to over three thousand people in Poland and all over the world. Among these are: local authorities, high schools and universities, foundations, associations, trade unions, museums, educational institutions, publishing houses, mass media etc. As early as January, I sent the information about the action with an appeal for support to the highest authorities of Poland: the President and the Speakers of the Sejm and Senate. I have also made the efforts to get the Ministries of National Education and Sport, Culture and National Heritage, National Defense and their subordinate institutions interested in our action. Therefore, our hopes of “Witold’s Report” becoming a mandatory reading, whether in a Polish school or in the Polish army, are not at all vain.

May 25 – the European Day of the Heroes of the Struggle with Totalitarianism?


This year, in which we are celebrating the important anniversaries of Witold Pilecki’s activities, it is worth trying to contribute to the more extensive (both factually, geographically and institutionally) and the more lasting commemoration of those who dared to face the totalitarian tyrannies last century. The biography of the late Captain is in a sense an apogee and a summary of the fate of many individuals. Giving Pilecki his due place in our consciousness can and should be accompanied by the commemoration of other heroes who fought “for our freedom and yours”. I would like to emphasize that we should cherish the memory of not only the innocent victims, but above all of those who had the courage to challenge evil. The courage, for which they sometimes paid the highest price.

With the above-mentioned arguments on the agenda, on February 1, I submitted the official letter to Hans-Gert Pöttering, President of the European Parliament. I quoted the basic facts about Witold Pilecki and requested taking action to establish the European Day of the Heroes of the Struggle with Totalitarianism on May 25, which is Pilecki’s death anniversary. I also expressed my hopes that Mr. Pöttering would be willing to help to propagate “Witold’s Report” among the Members of the European Parliament and all the European Union citizens as well as to include this document in the canon of required reading in schools of all member states. I also submitted letters in this matter to Katerina Batzeli, President of the European Parliament Committee on Culture and Education, Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission and Jan Figel, Member of the European Commission responsible for Education, Training, Culture and Youth.

I trust that in view of the great value of the Captains’s testimony and the ethical universality of the message in “Witold’s Report”, all people of goodwill, including the representatives of the highest authorities of the Republic of Poland and the European Union, will consider my suggestions and requests favorably. I trust that they will be willing to do everything in their power to pay tribute to the heroes who struggled with totalitarian evil. It is our duty to keep the memory of the bravest from the brave alive. I believe that the free nations of Europe will pay off the moral debt to those of our predecessors who we owe our freedom to.

Krakow, Poland, February 2008.

MICHAŁ TYRPA
President of Paradis Judaeorum Foundation (Fundacja Paradis Judaeorum),
initiator of the worldwide campaign “Let’s Reminisce About Witold Pilecki” (“Przypomnijmy o Rotmistrzu”)


The quotations (except the last one) are taken from the poem “Mr. Cogito on the Need for Precision” by Zbigniew Herbert.

Translated from Polish by Marta Koziarz

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"The Envoy of Mr. Cogito"
by Zbigniew Herbert

Go where those others went to the dark boundary
for the golden fleece of nothingness your last prize
go upright among those who are on their knees
among those with their backs turned and those toppled in the dust
you were saved not in order to live
you have little time you must give testimony
be courageous when the mind deceives you be courageous
in the final account only this is important
and let your helpless Anger be like the sea
whenever your hear the voice of the insulted and beaten
let you sister Scorn not leave you
for the informers executioners cowards - they will win
they will go to your funeral with relief will throw a lump of earth
the woodborer will write your smoothed-over biography
and do not forgive truly it is not in your power
to forgive in the name of those betrayed at dawn
beware however of unnecessary pride
keep looking at your clown's face in the mirror
repeat: I was called - weren't there better ones than I
beware of dryness of heart love the morning spring
the bird with an unknown name the winter oak
light on a wall the splendour of the sky
they don't need your warm breath
they are there to say: no one will console you
be vigilant - when the light on the mountains gives the sign- arise and
go
as long as blood turns in the breast your dark star
repeat old incantations of humanity fables and legends
because this is how you will attain the good you will not attain
repeat great words repeat them stubbornly
like those crossing the desert who perished in the sand
and they will reward you with what they have at hand
with the whip of laughter with murder on a garbage heap
go because only in this way you will be admitted to the company of cold
skulls
to the company of your ancestors: Gilgamesh Hector Roland
the defenders of the kingdom without limit and the city of ashes
Be faithful Go


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See also: Witold Pilecki in English Wikipedia