Msza św. ormiańskokatolicka

20 września 2020 r. godz. 16:00
Kościół Bożego Ciała
Wrocław, ul. Bożego Ciała 1

Msza św. ormiańskokatolicka

13 września 2020, godz. 11:00
w kościele Trójcy Świętej
Gliwice, ul. Mikołowska 2


On January 10 2021, the Benedictine Sisters from Wołów, who are the heiresses of the Benedictine Sisters from Lviv gave the Foundation of the Culture and Heritage of Polish Armenians consecutive extremely valuable gift. These are the remaining 4 portraits of the Lviv...


Dear readers, friends and donors, There have been many changes in the Foundation at the beginning of this year. We will resign from the services of the former bank. Currently it is exclusively BNP Paribas – account number where payments for statutory purposes can be...


Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) was established in Egypt in 1906 as non –profit organization. With the advent of World War II, the headquarters of the organization moved to New York. European headquarters of AGBU are in Brussels. Recently, this organization...

Church of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul in Gdansk

TVP Gdansk_panoramaGdansk_minister J.Selin On June 2 last year, a fire broke out in the attic of the Church of Saints Peter and Paul. Fortunately, it did not harm the main part of the Church, but it seriously damaged the eastern roof truss. The church, one of the...

Armenika at the virtual exhibition of the National Institute of Ossolinskis in Wroclaw

"GOLDEN AGE OF JAGIELLONS” - it is a virtual exhibition prepared on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the birth of King Sigismund II Augustus. It was implemented by the National Institue of Ossolinskis’ in Wroclaw from the collections of the National Institute...

AGBU helps Armenians affected by the pandemic of COVID 19

The Organization Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) - its headquarters are in Brussels – has launched the initiative Humanitarian Energy Relief Fund in order to support thousands of Armenians in the whole world affected by the pandemic COVID 19 and most exposed...

GORIZ – Program of AGBU related to the development of leadership

Nicolas Tavitian, director of AGBU Europe describes the GORIZ program in this way; “As recent events in Armenia have shown the history is still being created and Armenians in the world perspective could be a good example of a brave nation deciding of the shape of its...


24th April 1915 The murders of the Armenian people began on the 24th of April 1915. Most of Armenian intelligentsia were arrested and killed. The further step was deportation of Armenian Community from subsequent regions of Turkey to Mesopotamia and Syria. It was...


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;...


(Word from the editor) Dear Readers. 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...



Lehahayer_6The 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.


Klasztor na San LazzaroAccording 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;


rękopis ormiańskiArmenian Cultural Society cordially invites for the following language courses;

• 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
Classes take place on Wednesdays – 15:15 hrs (Grabar) and on Fridays (Aszharabar) – 10:20 hrs
at the headquarters of the Armenian Cultural Society – 2, Studencka str., Cracow
Those who are interested in taking part are requested to contact email address


Dear Friends,

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”

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Armenian Catholic Holy Mass in the Warsaw Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist

1. rocznica odsłonięcia tablicy abpa J.T.Teodorowicza w archikatedrze w Warszawie

Msza św. w archikatedrze św. Jana Chrzciciela

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.

Congress of Social Archives has gone down in history

The Congress of Social Archives organized by the Center CHART in the POLIN Museum has gone down in history.

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.

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Armenia Tonight in Poznan

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;:

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.

40th number of “Awedis”

The 40th  autumn number of “Awedis” has just appeared. In the opening article Editor in Chief writes :

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 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.

KLIO 2019 awards and distinctions given out

At the Royal Castle in Warsaw, on November 28, 2019, the opening ceremony of the 28th Historical Book Fair and the awarding of KLIO awards took place.
The KLIO Historical Award has been awarded since 1995 to book authors and publishers for their particular contribution to the promotion of history. Not only the cognitive value of books is assessed, but also their graphic design. The publications are awarded for publishing interesting series and thematic cycles. This year’s ceremony began with a reading of a letter from the President of Poland Andrzej Duda, who took this year’s trade fair under the national patronage of the centenary of regaining independence. Then came the chairman of the Agreement of Historical Book Publishers Zbigniew Czerwiński and the official opening of the Fair was made by the director of the Royal Castle Wojciech Fałkowski. Professor Tomasz Szarota, chairman of the jury of the KLIO Award, pointed out that good, very well prepared books were awarded, and in the case of the editorial category – beautifully published. He assessed that books awarded in the editorial category were at the highest world level. And here I have to inform readers that Armenian Poland published by the Foundation for the Culture and Heritage of Polish Armenians was among the items awarded with this award. The authors of the position, professors Krzysztof Stopka and Andrzej Zięba, as well as the wonderful graphic design by Monika Zołoteńka were appreciated. This wonderful distinction is another one, after the award received in 2013 by “Armenian Warsaw”. More detailed information on the website of the Museum of Polish History and the Polish Press Agency: Klio Award 2019

The 39th number of “Awedis”

Events at the beginning of June in a rather sad way reminded us how difficult is to protect historic and cultural heritage. Gdansk fire , about that we are writing on pages 1 an 2 , might have caused more severe losses . However this what was destroyed clearly shows how historic buildings and objects related to the Armenian heritage in Poland may be sensitive to effects of elements. We still need to make great efforts, not to talk about costs ,to protect this heritage from degradation and destruction.
The protection of inheritance appears as particularly important topic in the context of consecutive anniversary ,this time 104th one, of Armenians genocide in the Ottoman Empire.
Then a great part of the Armenian heritage, both written and transmitted orally, was irretrievably destroyed. Written sources were destroyed by burning of libraries and destroying of Armenian monasteries while oral ones through murdering of people  starting from clergymen, intellectuals  to musicians and artists. These irreversible losses imposed on  those who survived the genocide and Armenians in the Diaspora more relevant duty to save what was left.
In case of Poland the problem of protection of heritage was additionally influenced  by persecutions during the world war II and postwar compulsory migrations. Items that were saved and transported across the borders of post-war Poland to this day are under the care of, among others, of Foundation of Culture and Heritage of Polish Armenians. Fortunately, contemporary Poland gives a lot of opportunities in the field of protecting the heritage and  allows as well for cultivating freely own traditions and customs. It is thanks to the support of the Polish state that such an organization like our Foundation can function and magazine like this one may be published, Celebrating this year the 10th anniversary of “Awedis” in connection with the 10th (autumn) number we should remember about that.

We invite you for reading. The 39th number of “Awedis” is available in internet too, .
Wirtualny Świat Polskich Ormian