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September 2001

Volume XXI, No. 3

Kraków's Adam Mickiewicz Institute promotes translations of Polish works of fiction and nonfiction

In 1998, a foundation was established in Kraków, with a view to promoting Polish culture abroad. A mini-Goethe Institute, really ('mini" refers to financial possibilities and not to the wealth of culture represented). The full name of the foundation is the Literary Group of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute. Its address is Villa Decius, 28 Lipca Street, No. 17a, 30-233 Kraków, Poland. Email:, or Web address:

The Literary Group's task is to promote translations. It publishes an English language catalog, organizes exchanges with German and Israeli journalists, and promotes currently published works. So far as we can judge, the Group also assist translators from the Polish. Interested persons might want to contact the Adam Mickiewicz Institute by telephone (48- 22-625-4323).

Norman Davies receives the Order of St Michael and St George

Professor Ivor Norman Richard Davies, author of God's Playground: A History of Poland (1984), Europe: A History (1996) and The Isles: A History (1999), received the Order of St Michael and St George from the British Government for "services to Central European History" (The Times, 30 December 2000).

The Jerzy Lojek Prize

The organizers of the Warsaw exhibit "Zbrodnie w Majestacie Prawa, 1944-1956" [crimes and the law, 1944-1956] were recipients of this year's Jerzy Lojek Prize. The Prize was bestowed on them on 12 May 2001 in Warsaw. The Jerzy Lojek Foundation is associated with the Pilsudski Institute in New York, and its founders are Mr. and Mrs. Andrzej and Danuta Cisek. The Warsaw exhibit was put together by the "Jaworzniacy," a group dedicated to assisting the survivors of political terror in Soviet-occupied Poland during the 1944-1956 period.

Francis Kajencki honored

Col. Francis Kajencki's book, Thaddeus Kosciuszko: Military Engineer of the American Revolution (1998) was selected by the U.S. Commission on Military History to be included in the annual Bibliographie Internationale d'Histoire Militaire published in Switzerland. About thirty American books are so selected each year. Kajencki is the author of several books, and he is the former President of the Polish American Congress, Texas division. He is presently at work on Casimir Pulaski: Cavalry Commander of the American Revolution. Yes, of course he is a Sarmatian Review subscriber!

A new site on old Polish literature is the address of a Kraków site on literature of the Polish Middle Ages, Renaissance and Baroque. It contains many English translations including those by SR Editorial Advisory Committee members. Worth a visit.

Postage increase and other financial matters

Inclusive of January 2001 issue, we have been mailing the complete printed edition of Sarmatian Review to Poland, surface mail, for $1.45 per issue. In April 2001, the rates changed. Surface rate for single issues of the periodical is no longer available, and the least expensive way to mail SR to Europe is to use the air mail rate at $3.05 per issue (Poland) and $3.20 (England, Germany, Italy).

In effect, mailing rates have increased by 110 percent. This translates into a considerable amount of additional postage. Regrettably, starting with the current issue, we shall have to curtail our complimentary mailings to Poland. Some libraries and individuals will still receive SR but many individuals will not unless a generous donor comes up with the money. Sarmatian Review needs and additional yearly income, and eventually an endowment allowing it to fulfill its mission in the future.

Fifth Polish Film Festival in Houston
November 2-4, 2001
Angelica Movie Theater Downtown

The Fifth Annual Polish Film Festival in Houston has been established owing to the efforts of Dr. & Mrs. Zbigniew Wojciechowski. Among films planned for this year's festival are "Przedwiosnie" and "Pharaoh" based on novels by Stefan Zeromski and Boleslaw Prus. If all goes well, actor and producer Daniel Olbrychski will also appear. Details at the Forum Polonia site.

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