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March 1968 in Poland. 50 Years.

Sunday, April 8, 2018, at 5:00pm

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The Kosciuszko Foundation in cooperation with the American-Friends of the University of Warsaw (AFUW) will host a panel discussion "March 1968 in Poland. 50 years" to reflect on the Polish 1968 Political Crisis (known in Poland as March 1968). A lineup of five Scholar Speakers including: Prof. Andrzej Żbikowski (University of Warsaw), Natalia Aleksiun, Ph.D (Touro College), Anna Frajlich, Ph.D (Columbia University), Irena Grudzińska-Gross Ph.D. (Princeton University) and Andrzej Krakowski Ph.D (CUNY) will highlight different key aspects of the March 1968 events. A mini piano recital by Roman Markowicz and a wine reception will follow the discussion.

March 1968 in Poland. 50 years.


Sunday, April 8th, 5:00 p.m.

The residence of the Kosciuszko Foundation

15 E 65th St, New York, NY 10065


The event is free of charge and open to the public. Space is limited. Registration required. Donations to the Kosciuszko Foundation are welcome. Please RSVP by April 4th at: 




Presentations and Panel Discussion by the following Speakers:

  • Prof. Andrzej Żbikowski -  "The March 68 Emigration - the Collapse of the Holocaust Research"
  • Natalia Aleksiun, Ph. D. - "The Memory of March 1968 in Poland"
  • Anna Frajlich  - "The Trauma of the 1968 Emigration: Exile or Emigration"
  • Irena Grudzinska-Gross - "1968 in Poland and Abroad"
  • Andrzej Krakowski - "March 1968 in American Media"

A Piano Recital by Roman Markowicz




PROF. ANDRZEJ ŻBIKOWSKI - Polish historian, professor at the Centre for East European Studies of the University of Warsaw. Member of the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw where he directs research on the latest history of Polish Jews.

NATALIA ALEKSIUN, Ph.D. - Associate Professor of Modern Jewish History at Touro College, Graduate School of Jewish Studies, New York. She studied Polish and Jewish history at the Warsaw University (where she received her first doctoral degree), the Graduate School of Social Studies in Warsaw, the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and the New York University.

ANNA FRAJLICH, Ph.D. - Senior Lecturer Emerita at the Department of Slavic Languages and Associate Faculty Member, Harriman Institute at Columbia  University. She has taught Polish language and literature for over 30 years. A poet. Awarded the Knight Cross of the Order of Merit by the President of the Republic of Poland.

IRENA GRUDZINSKA-GROSS, Ph.D. - Polish literary historian, essayist and publicist. Research scholar at Princeton University and professor at the Institute of Slavic Studies, Polish Academy of Science, teaches East European literature and history. She lectured at the New York University. In the years 1998-2003 she was responsible for the program for Central and Eastern Europe at the Ford Foundation. In the years 2003-2008 she was the director of the Boston University Institute of Humanities.

ANDRZEJ KRAKOWSKI, PH.D. - an award winning film producer, screenwriter and director, professor of the City College of New York (CUNY). Alumnus of the Polish National Film School in Łódź and the American Film Institute. Over the last four decades, Krakowski wrote, directed and/or produced over 50 feature films and TV movies for major studios and TV networks. His TV series "We Are New York" won two Emmy Awards. 

ROMAN MARKOWICZ - a Polish-born pianist, music critic and educator, music reviewer and publicist began his musical education in Warsaw (F. Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw). His musical training was interrupted by the antisemitic events of 1968 and the political situation forced the family to emigrate to the United States. Alumni of Manhattan School of Music and the Juilliard School.

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