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2018 "Henryk Sławik Award" Presentation
Melbourne, Australia
Wednesday, 28th November 2018

The Henryk Sławik Award is presented in honour of the spirit of the life and deeds of Henryk Sławik, (saving over thirty thousand lives in occupied Hungary, five thousand of those being Jews). The Board of Management of the ASPJ has decided to honour individuals who, or organisations which, have worked towards enhancing mutual respect and understanding between the Polish and Jewish communities.

    
 
The recipients of the
2018 Henryk Sławik Award are:
 
Marian Pawlik OAM
and the
Polish Community Council of Victoria Inc.
    

Since the Australia Society of Polish Jews & Their Descendants (ASPJ) re-emerged, in 2009, as an organisation with a new name, a new Board and a renewed desire to improve the relationship between our local Poland and Jewish communities, the Polish Community Council of Victoria (PCCV) has welcomed us and has always been open to a mutual dialogue.
 
One of those at the forefront of bringing our two organisations - and our two communities - closer together has been Marian Pawlik OAM, current President and long-serving Board member of the PCCV.
 
Through his efforts and those of the PCCV, together, we have endeavoured to highlight those things which our two communities have in common, particularly throughout history. The PCCV and Marian have endeavoured to make us an integral part of Polish community activities. Their continuously extended hand of friendship ensures that the steps which we have taken together thus far bode well for an even closer relationship into the future.
 
The Award is presented in recognition of efforts made towards enhancing mutual respect and understanding between the Polish and Jewish communities. Marian Pawlik OAM and the Polish Community Council of Victoria are worthy Award recipients.
 

 
From left: Izy Marmur (Pres. ASPJ), Marian Pawlik OAM (Pres. PCCV), Dr Sylwia Greda-Bogusz (Vice-Pres. PCCV),
Jerzy Wojtkowski (Vice-Pres.) PCCV, Bernard Korbman, OAM (CEO, ASPJ)

This year's Guest Speaker was newly-appointed Polish Ambassador to Australia, Michał Kołodziejski. We were also honoured to have this year's Award presented in the presence of three currently-serving members of the Polish Senate - Senator Elżbieta Stępień, Senator Dr. Tomasz Latos and Senator Grzegorz Długi.
 
A special award was presented posthumously to the family of the late Andrew Korab, who sadly passed away in January 2018. As the President of the Polish Club Albion, he was a good friend to the ASPJ and a strong supporter of our efforts in bringing our communities together. Polish Club Albion Acting President, Dr Marek Kijek, (pic right) accepted the certificate on behalf of the Korab family and read a very moving letter from Andrew's wife.
 
As in previous year's, the Award's musical interlude was provided by members of the Melbourne's well-known klezmer band "Klazmania"
 
Also at this year's Award night were Dr.George Łuk-Kozika (Honorary Polish Consul-General in Melbourne) and his wife Denise, Francis Prince (Jewish Community Council of Victoria and 2017 Henryk Sławik Award recipient), Christopher Lancucki AM (Imm.Past Pres., Polish Community Council of Victoria and 2016 Henryk Sławik Award recipient) plus many other leaders of Victoria's Jewish and Polish communities.
 

 

Janusz Makuch in Conversation with Arnold Zable
Melbourne, Australia
Sunday, 12th November 2017

In its final event for 2017, ASPJ President Izydor Marmur (pic right) introduced Founder and Director of the Kraków Festival of Jewish Culture, Janusz Makuch, in conversation with Melbourne writer Arnold Zable. In 2008, Janusz became the first recipient of the prestigious Irena Sendler prize awarded by the Taube Foundation for preserving and revitalising Jewish heritage in Poland.
 
The Festival was founded in 1988 in Kraków, a city with a flourishing Jewish culture before WWII and whose Jewish community almost vanished during the Holocaust. Although not being Jewish himself, when asked about the original purpose of organising the festival, Janusz Maluch said, "It's a way to pay homage to the people who lived here".
 
In 2017, the Festival hosted over 200 events, including musical performances, workshops, lectures, guided tours, and attracted some 30,000 visitors. The Festival gathers around 200 artists and workshop leaders from all over the globe.
 

Janusz spoke about the festival and what it means to Kraków and Poland in general . He also told about his personal journey during the years in which he became involved with the project.
 
Arnold Zable, an award-winning writer, novelist and human rights advocate, is the son of Polish-Jewish immigrants who lost their families to the Holocaust. During his conversation with Janusz Makuch, Arnold shared some of his own experiences during his visits to Poland before and following the fall of communism and also his observations of the changes that have taken place.
 

 
From left: Eva Hussain (Vice-Pres. ASPJ), Janusz Makuch, Arnold Zable, Adam Warzel (Pres. AIPA)
 

 
From left: Adam Warzel (Pres. AIPA), David Southwick MP, Nick Wakeling MP, Dr George Łuk-Kozica (Hon. Polish Consul),
Janusz Makuch, Izydor Marmur (Pres. ASPJ)

Following the inspiring conversation, there were a number of questions from the audience.
Later many people stayed behind to mingle and to talk with both speakers.

 

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