PNA Commissioner asks people to clear their names
To clear ones name all the person needs to do is send a simple email
to Institute of National Remembrance with request for a certificate.
The email must include personal information as:
- first and last name
- date and place of birth
- names of parents including mother's maiden name
The email address to IPN is: firstname.lastname@example.org
The certificate is issued accordingly, certifying that someone "was"
or "was not" the secret communist police agent. It all takes 3 weeks.
At the beginning of August 05, PNA Commissioner suggested that supposedly
me, Slawomir Lewandowski is on the secret agent list of communist era
Poland. Slawomir is my middle name. How the Commissioner from Southern
California got an idea what is my middle name is still a mystery. Here
is my reaction to those allegations:
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Open letter to the Commissioner of the PNA
Ms. Elzbieta Rudzinska
San Francisco, August 30, 2005
Via this open letter, I would like to express a special gratitude
for your support for investigating past communist and secret
intelligence agency (SB) activities among members of the Polish
community, particularly those whose names are included on the list
of the Institute of National Remembrance (IPN), also known as the
It was a very good thing that your thorough analysis of this list
made you question me. I myself would never think of petitioning
the IPN to obtain the necessary statement simply because the name
of Slawomir Lewandowski appears on the list. Soon after I learned
of your investigation, I petitioned the IPN for proper certification.
The procedure turned out to be unbelievably simple and very fast.
Apparently, it does not even require the consulate's involvement.
Everything takes less than three weeks. I already received the
certification that I have nothing to do with the Slawomir Lewandowski
listed among the individuals who allegedly worked for the communist-era
Polish intelligence service. I hope that we will meet at the upcoming
Polonia Convention in Arizona and I will have an opportunity to present
this certification that is so important to you.
I hope that you will now begin questioning some other people from
the list, particularly the most active Polish community leaders.
May I direct your attention to some people with brilliant careers
in recent years with the Polish community, including Waldemar Glodek,
President of the Polish Club in San Francisco; like yourself,
Commissioner of the Polish National Alliance, and, more importantly,
National Director and Vice President of the Northern Division of
the Polish American Congress; and Antoni Zukowski, President
of the Polish American Congress of Northern California. It is
wonderful that we have such fantastic activists, but we should
examine their reputations just the way you examined mine.
The Polish community should know whether any Polish leaders,
especially those in the Polish American Congress, the organization
that was fighting communism for almost fifty years of the Communist
Poland, collaborated with the SB or with the Communist Party in general.
Only with this knowledge can the Polish community intelligently select
its own leaders. It is noble that you, a very well-known Polish
activist and accomplished teacher, initiated this very important
I am looking forward to our meeting at the Polonia Convention in Scottsdale, AZ.
With warm greetings,
Edmund Slawomir Lewandowski
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In February of 2005, a group of Polish Americans made suggestion to
Waldemar Glodek of San Francisco, and Antoni Zukowski of San Jose to
start a procedure to clear their names. Exactly the same names appear
in Warsaw, Poland as communist era secret agents on so called Wildstein
list. Nothing happened since February. As you can see, I took matters
seriously and when someone pointed similarity of my name with such list
of agents, I have cleared my name immediately. After 3 weeks I had
the certificate. All it takes is one email to IPN at: email@example.com