In the issue no 2 (58) of the quarterly Przegląd Wschodni (Eastern Review) you can find the text of Marcin Tyszka in which the author discusses the activities of the Armenian-Catholic Parish in Stanislawów. The full title of this article is “Before the destruction; From the history of the Armenian Catholic Parish in Stanisławów in the last years of its existence”. Marcin Tyszka using among others documents available in the Foundation of Culture and Heritage of Polish Armenians describes the most important events of the Parish life presenting its picture in the last years of independence and the period of occupation. He quotes the information about the constant church services and the celebrations related to the liturgical calendar. He quotes as well the coverage of major events like the coronation of the image of Gracious Lady in 1937 which appeared to be a unique celebration in the life of the Parish and Stanislawów city. In the presented text we also see how the years of occupation forced the Parish to reduced activities limited mostly to beseeching services and holy masses with the intentions “ for a happy return”. The author appreciates especially the great commitment of acting there priests despite a lot of difficulties which were taking place in connection with tragic times.
In the same number of Przeglad Wschodni (Eastern Review) Dariusz Maciak prepared a chronicle of the most important events from 2026-2018 that took place in centers in Poland associated with the celebration of the 650th anniversary of the granting of the privilege for Polish Armenians by King Casimir the Great in 1367.
We did not think that such a moment would ever come, and yet it came. Wherever you look there is only one valid topic – epidemic. The scale and speed of spreading of the virus are unheard of in the 21st century. There is an extremely difficult situation of individuals, enterprises, organizations and lastly countries and the whole world. There are uncertainty of tomorrow and hardships of quarantine. However, we know all this and we must somehow survive this difficult time. You also have to remember about the hard work of people on the front lines – doctors, nurses and rescuers.
We should think whether, in this situation, we cannot help anyone, even at a distance. In the meantime, however, our editors continue their work hoping that the articles in “AWEDIS” will help at least for a moment to divert attention from what is outside the window and take time when we almost do not go outside. In our magazine as always there are many memories, biographies and a lot of history. There are as well coverage of events and presentation of new publications. We hope, and we believe you certainly do, that the situation will get improved as soon as possible and that life will soon return to normal. to download.
The sixth issue of the magazine devoted to the history of Polish Armenians has just been published – “LEHAHAYER”. As usual, its content is very interesting. Monika Agopsowicz undertakes attempts to reconstruct the list of names of Kamieniec Armenians in the 17th century. Dorota Jarzabek-Wasyl writes about enterprising Warsaw Armenians of whom Szymonowicz most probably became the archetype of character from Bohomolec comedy. Maksym Potapenko describes Armenians from Mohylow Podolski, while Father Marek Milawicki quotes sources of Armenian Catholic Church history from Vienna collections. You may also find there a very interesting lecture by Wahan Ohanian, mekhitarist from Venice on Gewondian Alishan , the 19th century poet and historian from Armenia, who was as well a monk and intellectual. Tomasz Krzyzhowski talks over the correspondence between the Archbishop Joseph Teodorowicz and the Primate Cardinal Augustyn Hlond. Romana Obrocka elaborates the Letters from Lagr (Concentration Camp) by Isaaak Antoni Donigiewicz.
In the part of the magazine called “Voices, Reviews, Information” one may find among others; Krzysztof Stopka returns to the fate of the Gospel from Skewra. Andrzej Pisowicz takes out origin of the name Penderecki. Andrzej Zieba writes about the discovery from Jass which might turn out to be the picture by T.Axentowicz “Baptism of Armenia” ordered originally by the Priest Bogdanowicz for the Church in Suczawa. Andrzej Zieba is also the author of the report about inauguration of activities of the Research Center on Armenian Culture in Poland.
According to Onet news (wiadomości.onet) the Italian archaeologist, candidate for doctor’s degree Vittoria Dall’Armellina when visiting the monastery of Armenian Mekhitarists at the Italian Island of San Lazarro in 2017 has noticed in the collection the sword which, according to her opinion, was much older than its description attached. After detailed research works it appeared that this sword was given to monks 150 years ago by an Armenian collector. It is 5,000 years old and comes from before the bronze age as evidenced by the alloy from which it was made. According to available documents the sword was found near the town of Trabzon at the south-east coast of Black Sea. By the way, it is interesting what extraordinary treasures are still hidden in the magnificent collections of the Armenian Monastery. One may find more details about this sensational discovery; https://wiadomosci.onet.pl/swiat/wlochy-doktorantka-archeologii-odnalazla-miecz-sprzed-pieciu-tysiecy-lat/vxrp86x
• Modern Armenian Language (Aszcharabar) in the East Armenian variant used in Armenia, Georgia and Iran,
• Old Armenian Language (Grabar) used among others in the Liturgy of Armenian Apostolic Church and Armenian Catholic Church,
Classes are run by Professor, dr Mr Andrzej Pisowicz, retired Professor of the Jagiellonian University in Cracow
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After almost 13 years we part with the Foundation of Culture and Heritage of Polish Armenians previous website edition. The change is due to technical reasons.From the 14th of February 2020 onwards we invite yourselves to our new website which apparently is active under address known to everybody “WWW.DZIEDZICTWO.ORMIANIE.PL”
On the 9th of February 19, 2019 there was 100th anniversary of delivering by the Archbishop Jozef T. Teodorowicz memorable so called Sejm Sermon (Parliamentary Sermon).In order to commemorate this event in the Warsaw Cathedral a plaque was unveiled , which was then consecrated by the priest Kazimierz Cardinal Nycz, Ordinary of believers to the Armenian Catholic rite.
On the 16th of February 19, 2020 in the Warsaw Cathedral we observed the first anniversary of unveiling and blessing of this plaque. The Armenian Catholic Holy Mass in the Literary Chapel of this temple was celebrated by the priest Professor Jozef Naumowicz. In the delivered sermon he recalled the merits of the Archbishop Jozef T.Teodorowicz in fighting for regaining the Poland’s independence. He solicited this matter in the Parliament in Vienna, in Vatican and in Europe, wherever he could do that. He supported Polish interests in Silesia and Poznan. He was an Armenian but also a great Polish patriot. He was a remarkable orator, distinguished theologian and splendid preacher . As a member of Parliament from Podlasie Region he was offered to deliver a sermon at the Holy Mass on 9th of February 1919 one day before the first session of the legislative Sejm (Parliament).The Priest also mentioned the echoes of his sermon. The then press described Archbishop Joseph T. Teodorowicz as undoubtedly the first Polish preacher. The Priest J.Naumowicz reminded of the fate of the remains of the Archbishop buried in accordance with his will among the heroes of the fights of 1920 at the Cemetery of Lviv Orleta.
At the beginning of the Second World War the archbishop’s ashes were hidden in the Lyczakovski Cemetery for fear of being desecrated. There were needed very difficult and lasting for many years diplomatic efforts to transfer finally in 2011 bishop’s ashes to original place of burial. Priest Jozef Naumowicz expressed his sincere thanks to all those who were engaged in this difficult undertaking. He put forward the proposal that next year in June 2021, on the tenth anniversary of the Archbishop’s Jozef T. Teodorowicz re-burial a pilgrimage to Lviv in order to celebrate this anniversary to be arranged.
In the final part of the Holy Mass its participants went under the plaque where they said the prayer “Our Father in Heaven”- Armenian “Hajr Mer” and sung the song “Boze, cos Polske”(“God whose Poland”). Priest Jozef Naumowicz gave everyone final blessing. This Holy Mass attended by many faithful and not Catholic Armenians only will certainly remain in our memory for a long time.
On 12th of October the session was traditionally open by the President of the Center CHART. Mr Zbigniew Gluza this time in the company of Mrs Katarzyna Grochola who read the letter from Director Mr Pawel Pietrzyk from the Head Office of the State Archives.
120 organizations from all over Poland took part in the Congress.
In order to discuss the subject of responsibility and importance of documenting history Zbigniew Gluza invited Mrs Malgorzata Szejnert, commentator, Mrs Joanna Kordial, curator from the National Gallery of Art “Zacheta” and Mr Pawel Rodak, Professor from the Institute of Polish Culture of Warsaw University. All above mentioned experts unanimously admitted that irrespective of the sort of activities – reporting, exhibiting or scientific research the fundamental of reliable message is to be based on authentic sources.
The strength of the social archives constitutes the total historical and ideological independence. This allows for the return to sources of information. It is mutual advantage for reporters and archivists. Thanks to making it available in case of often private archival collections one can get sometimes interesting information. Disclosing it can support archives in their existence and activities. The experts also stated that today’s humanities is based on social archives. Thanks to them so called micro-history is preserved. This applies as well to the grass-roots history which is not created by external factors. After extremely interesting discussions representatives of five archives presented their ranges of activities.
Armenia Tonight – This is a series of events prepared by four Armenian creators, curators and theoreticians of art (GRIGORYAN, HARUTUNYAN, PETROSYAN, TANGYAN) together with the Sense of Movement Foundation. It will be accompanied by small exhibition of postcards reflecting pictures of social and ecological challenges of the contemporary Armenia.
There will be three days of free of charge workshops – 5th ,6th, and 7th of November. The organizers invite everybody to take part in selected workshops and accompanying discussions. Registration for the workshop;: email@example.com
More information at the website: Fundacji Sens Ruchu
The project is being carried out from the resources of City of Poznan Office and the Adam Mickiewicz Institute within the collaboration with IK Piraeus and Open Pavilion.
The Foundation of Culture and Heritage of Polish Armenians took the media patronage over the said event.
It is hard to believe, but it has been just ten years from the release of the first issue of Awedis (autumn 2009). Then the cover theme of the issue was the unveiling of Khachkar in Gdansk . (We write about the “equipotent “ of our magazine on page 3) It is worth while taking a look at the website awedis.ormianie.pl in order to recall what else was going on among Polish Armenians then. In the pictures one can recognize familiar faces but 10 years younger. But there was also a mission of connecting Armenians in Poland and reaching them with important information. Is this mission being fulfilled by “Awedis” at present ? This is dependent on your assessment of course. We as the editors can just say only that working with changing staff and with limited resources we were doing our best to include in these 40 issues what we think is the most important both for the Armenians living currently in Poland and the future generations. After all, we, looking through annuals of “ Messenger of Saint Gregory” (Posłaniec Świętego Grzegorza) may feel those times and better understand those people. Therefore there were reports, announcements, biographies, historical, social and cultural articles, interviews and working ,working for propagating knowledge and information. Thanks are due to everyone , for these colleagues , who cooperated with us for many years and these who were doing that from time to time since everybody made one’s contribution to the creation of our magazine, that was unknown 10 years ago and that is widely appreciated in the definite environments today. We are grateful to you , of course, our dear readers for reading itself as well as your remarks, sent to us messages and all expressions of appreciation. We also pass our thanks to the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Administration since thanks to Ministry donations “Awedis” is published and is distributed free of charge. We thank for recognizing values of media coverage of national minorities. We hope that this very number we also will remember after next 10 years.
We invite you for reading. The 40th number of “Awedis” is available in internet too.http://www.awedis.ormianie.pl/?id=10