Today is yet another celebration of Polonia Restiuta- celebration of 1918 rebirth of Poland - vivat Respublica Poloniae.
I believe that one of the most important architects of this rebirth was Wincenty Witos (my grandpa was named after this peasant leader) - a giant of the Polish pre-1939 politics and one of the most famous and important Polish peasants ever. With the leaders like Ignacy Paderewski, Jozef Pilsudski, Jozef Haller, Roman Dmowski, Wincenty Witos, Ignacy Daszynski, Wojciech Korfanty, Jozef Rymer et al and hundreds of thousands or rather millions of Polish women and men they made this possible.
But it was a Polish peasant-farmer who made up the army and won the Independence in those great years of 1918-20.
... many winters ago I flew over the Atlantic and discovered to my utter amazement that I had next to me one of the most extraordinary artists and Polish-American patriots - pan Andrzej Pityński.
So I spent some 7 hours listening to a lecture on art, sculpting, history, politics of art making and selling, and horses and horseback riding.
Thus far it was for me the most memorable flight I have had over the Atlantic.
For me his most important work in the US and perhaps in the world is this monument in Jersey City - Katyn Forest Massacre
Today, on November 11, Polish Republic recognized pan Andrzej Pitynski merits, importance and achievements and this this morning in Warsaw the President of Respublica Poloniae pan Andrzej Duda awarded pan Pitynski the Order of the White Eagle.
Congrats, panie Andrzeju!
Few works by pan Pitynski:
Partisans - I myself saw them in the summer of 2005 before the were moved from Boston Commons
|a little article about the new permanent place for the Partisans|
Another Katyn Massacre monument - in Baltimore
Pan Andrzej is the author of the Monument to the Book - in Lesko, unveiled in 2008. A photo with some text here [in Polish] .
And countless other monuments and sculptures, in stone and metals, and also he is a noted sculptor of medals and other forms of sculptural expression.
all the best wishes to my fellow Poles from all over the world (we are some 70 million strong and counting) on our Independence Day. Also hail to our brothers and sisters from Belorus...
Some of Polish more famous military songs - the first one was sung during the Battle of Grunwald, 1410
Duma Czlowieka Rycerskiego
Bywaj Dziewczę Zdrowe
W Krwawym Polu
Jeszcze Jeden Mazur Dzisiaj
Hej Strzelcy Wraz
Przybyli ułani pod okienko
My, Pierwsza Brygada
O moj rozmarynie - my favorite
Hej Hej Ulani, malowane dzieci
Rozszumialy sie wierzby placzace
Ta szara piechota, Maszeruja strzelcy, maszeruja
Rozkwitaja paki bialych roz
Serce w plecaku
Hej Chlopcy, bagnet na bron
Dziś do ciebie przyjść nie mogę
Czerwone Maki na Monte Cassino - unusual performance by Alexandrov Choir - Pacem Aeternam to all you soldiers-artists
Marsz, Marsz Polonia - wiki
|Lwow/Lviv - monument to the American pilots of Pulaski Squadron who died for Polish independence, part of the Defenders of Lwow Monument within the Lyczakowski Cemetery|
... do not forget - today is also the Veterans Day in the USA - hail to all veterans
there is a book on Andrzej Pitynski's art - from Bosz - Andrzej Pityński. Rzeźba (introduction by Ireny Grzesiuk-Olszewskiej & Andrzeja K. Olszewskiego)