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The following posting was sent on May 27, 2005


Calendar of Polish events in Northern California
Memorial Day - occasion to remember Polish suffering in WWII
Jazz Party in the foothills
Looking for long term full time nanny
Private Polish lessons
Media watch - by Ted Mirecki

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Memorial Day - occasion to remember Polish suffering in WWII

The Oral History Project.

I would like to help by making sure our community is more aware of the project. We can do this by discussing what else can be done to help find more survivors for interviews.

A great way would be to put together an update on the project and make sure it is widely published, not only in the Polish American community. The 2000 Census lists that about 600 000 California residents marked Polish ancestry. Great number of them are here in the Bay Area. Estimates, depending on the formula used, can vary from 100 000 to 150000. Most of those persons are outside active Polish American community. I am sure among them there are people who could be interviewed for the project.

In such update it would be useful to have names of those already interviewed. This could make others to come forward. Many times people do not want to relive the horrors and would opt to stay silent. Such update could explain the importance of their testimony. I know such person in San Francisco. I interviewed him personally, but he did it just for me. He was not convinced he wants to be videotaped. That was 3 years ago. I do not want to bother him and ask again. There is a possibility someone else reached him recently and there is no need to agitate. Such update would resolve that question. I know of two more people like that in Menlo Park.

More on this topic:

Jazz Party in the foothills

Good friend of mine, Stasio (Stan) Jarmulowicz, organizes on June 5 traditional Jazz Party on his estate located in Marysville area. On his behalf, I am inviting people, willing to camp there, already since Friday, June 3. One should bring a tent and some food and nicely spent time in the area, where nearby there are beautiful hills, a mountain creek to swim in, a winery, which can be visited on an organized tour, if we can gather in advance at least 30 people, and also there is a swimming pool on the property. Since up to 300 people can come, it makes sense to commute in groups.

It is an annual event to which very good jazz musician are invited. Charming personality of the host, a jazzman himself, and interesting guests create unforgettable atmosphere. This year, on June 5 starting at 11:00 am John Witala Trio will be performing, John Witala – bass, Leonard Thompson – piano, Diego Voglino – drums. As I was able to find out, it is not easy to get good musicians at convenient date and it comes at sizable cost. In order to take some financial burden off the host’s shoulders, I suggest donations, as much as one can afford. It will be a nice surprise to him.

Address: 6265 Stonehedge Drive, Marysville.

Below there is a link to the map:

Whoever is willing to visit the winery or has a question, please e-mail to me at:

Leszek Szalek

Looking for long term full time nanny

LOOKING FOR F/T LONG TERM NANNY, Campbell, starting September 2005.
French/Polish family is looking for an experienced F/T nanny for their daughter.
Skills required:
- French or Polish preferred
- Experience with babies
- Non smoking
- References from past childcare

If you are interested, please contact Magdalena.

Cell phone: (408) 528-4303
or email with a brief description of your experience and salary requirements Email:

Private Polish lessons

Private Polish lessons by Master of Science of Polish language and literature. Contact: ,tel. 925 458 4395

Mgr filologii polskiej udziela prywatnych lekcji jezyka polskiego. kontakt: , tel. 925 458 4395

Media watch - by Ted Mirecki

Address by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland, Professor Adam D. Rotfeld, at the special meeting of the UN General Assembly convened to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II (New York, 9th May 2005)

Magazine sums up Polish feelings on Putin

Polish postcards poke at `Putinocchio'

Letters published in response to last week's artilce in Jewish Week on March of the Living.
Charles Chotkowski is Director of Research, Holocaust Documentation Cmte of the PAC
David Harris is head of the American Jewish Commitee
In case you missed the article in last week's mailing, here it is:

60 Years Later, Debating Yalta All Over Again

Letter to the Editor:
What Was Gained and What Was Lost at Yalta

EU AFFAIRS: A Word of Caution

3 countries join forces to endorse EU charter The Associated Press, Agence France-Presse
Leaders Use Summit to Urge French "Yes"

Memorial Rises Amid Protest
About 500 celebrate the unveiling of West Hollywood's monument to Soviet veterans of World War II. A few people express dismay.

Council of Europe:
European leaders meet in Warsaw
Europe's Pan-Continental Pillar of Unity

Far-Right NPD Prints Paper in Poland
The NPD party has long railed against moving jobs abroad to Germany's low-wage and low-cost eastern neighbors. But the far-right extremists just got caught printing a party newspaper across the border in Poland.

A Place to Go for Mass and Pirogi
The Pope John Paul II Polish Center in Yorba Linda draws those eager to keep a connection to Poland

Benedict XVI Watches Film on Predecessor
By VICTOR L. SIMPSON, The Associated Press
German-born Benedict XVI watched a film Thursday about his Polish predecessor that included scenes of Nazi persecution of Poles and Jews



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