University of Wroclaw restores doctorate degrees

The University of Wroclaw said Jan. 5, 2015, it will restore doctorate degrees to 262 people, most of them Jewish, decades after Nazi Germany annulled them in the approach to World War II. “It’s a symbolic gesture,” said spokesman Jacek Przygodzki, explaining that border changes have made official restitution impossible. The individuals in question received their degrees from the University of Breslau, which no longer exists. The university was located in the former German city of Breslau, which became Wroclaw in western Poland when the war ended in 1945. The university symbolically returned the degrees at a ceremony in Wroclaw on January 22.

Source: Polonia Media Network

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner honored with Amicus Poloniae Award

Polish Consul General in Chicago Paulina Kapuścińska presented Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner with the Amicus Poloniae Award on behalf of the Polish Ambassador to the United States Ryszard Schnepf in recognition of Governor Rauner’s very good cooperation with the Polish-American community of Illinois.

The Amicus Poloniae Award was established in 1996 by the Ambassador of the Republic of Poland in Washington D.C. The honor is conferred annually upon citizens of the United States of America for their contributions to the advancement of the Polish-U.S. relations. The Latin phrase Amicus Poloniae denotes a ‘Friend of Poland’ whose understanding of the communities helps to advance relations between people.

The award ceremony took place during the Annual Gala of the Polish American Medical Society – 65th Physicians’ Ball, at the Ritz-Carlton in Chicago on January 31, 2015 . The event was attended by close to 500 guests, mostly medical doctors, members of the Polish American Medical Society and students of medical sciences.


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Poland draws filmmakers

Poland is becoming a leader in foreign film production thanks to world-class locations and crews available at a fraction of the price elsewhere in Europe.

Steven Spielberg recently wrapped up a top-secret week of shooting in the city of Wroclaw for what is billed as a 1960s Cold War-era spy thriller featuring fellow Oscar winner Tom Hanks.

Set and shot in the capital Warsaw this spring, Bollywood’s hit action-romance comedy “Kick,” starring A-list bad boy Salman Khan is on track to be India’s all-time top-grossing film, spurring talk of a sequel.

Two other Bollywood productions, “Bangistan” and “Shaandaar,” also chose Poland this year, as did Japan’s upcoming historical drama “Persona Non Grata,” while French director Anne Fontaine has scheduled a 40-day shoot early this year for “Les Innocentes.”

Native son Roman Polanski, who won an Oscar in 2003 for the Holocaust drama “The Pianist” filmed on location in Warsaw, is also considering a new project in Poland.

“Poland is beautiful, it’s exotic, it’s unique and it’s got a certain sense of style which we’ve not seen before,” said hit Indian filmmaker and “Shaandaar” director Vikas Bahl.

Naturally, there’s also the money factor. Most European countries offer tax rebates for international film producers starting at around 20% of production cost, with Ireland touting a 32% tax credit as of next year. While Poland still offers none, 100 local producers provide services at up to half the cost in western European states.

Add nearly 1,000 locations from modern cities to rugged mountains, beaches, forests, castles and pastoral countryside brimming with old-world charm, and foreign filmmakers are increasingly seduced.

According to Maciej Zemojcin, President of the Krakow-based Film Polska, business is good, but he worries that “foreign film production won’t really take off in Poland without tax breaks.”

“With tax breaks,” says Zemojcin, “in 2012 we would have quadrupled our business. We lost the last stage of a tender to Hungarian producers because they could offer tax breaks. It cost us $6 million in lost business,” he told the French press agency.

Source: Polonia Media Network

Pope John Paul II Day recognized in Canada

Jason Kenney, a Member of the Canadian Parliament representing Calgary Southeast, announced via the internet in December, that the Act to Establish Pope John Paul II Day recognizing St. John Paul II as a champion of human dignity and freedom, has finally become law in Canada.

The Pope John Paul II Day Act was proposed by Wladyslaw Lizon, MP, and was adopted by the House of Commons on June 12, 2013, by a vote of 237 to 42. The bill then went to the Senate where its final consideration was delayed for a year and a half. However, the bill was finally adopted by the Senate and received Royal Assent to become law on December 17, 2014.

Bill C-266, An Act to establish Pope John Paul II Day, was introduced to the House of Commons as a Private Members’ Bill by MP Lizon in 2011, and designates the second day of April annually as “Pope John Paul II Day.” As stated in the Bill, “Pope John Paul II Day” is not a legal holiday or a non-juridical day.

“Pope John Paul II’s work transcended so many boundaries,” said Lizon. “He promoted the values of peace and tolerance along with his strong stand against human rights violations. These are values that resonate deeply in our country and with Canadians. This was the motivation of this legislation.”

MP Lizon’s Bill passed with substantial support from all parties in the House of Commons in April, 2013. This culminated with passing a final vote in the Senate and receiving Royal Assent.

“As a Canadian Parliamentarian I can truly say this is a humbling experience. I am deeply honored,” added Lizon.

Source: Polonia Media Network