Henryk Sławik Memorial Conference

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The aim of this conference is to commemorate the Polish national hero who saved the life of thousands of people, both Polish soldiers and civilians, and, among them, the life of some five thousand Jews during the Second World War.

Friday 14 September, 10:00 am — Friday 14 September 2012, 1:00 pm

Holocaust Memorial Center.

1094 Budapest Páva utca 39

Being the leader of the Citizen's Committee for Help for Polish Refugees, Henryk Sławik, a Polish politician and journalist, constantly co-operated with the Hungarian Government Commissioner for Refugees, József Antall Senior, and his circle. As a result of their work, an orphanage and school was established  for the Jewish children who fled to Hungary that officially functioned under the name of the Home of the Orphans of Polish Officers. He remained faithful to his moral principles all his life, as well as he stood by his friend and comrade in arms József Antall Senior until the end, even at the time of the German occupation of Budapest in 1944 when the Gestapo tried to extort the crucial testimony out of him by torture. Henryk Sławik died a martyr’s death on 23 August 1944 in the Mauthausen concentration camp.

Yad Vashem honored Henryk Sławik with the title of the Righteous Among the Nations.

 

Program

9.15 a.m. – laying of wreaths at the memorial plaque of Henryk Sławik (Budapest, Garibaldi u. 3.)

10 a.m. – Opening of the conference

 

Welcome speeches:

Roman Kowalski, Ambassador of the Republic of Poland  in Budapest
Iván Bába, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Hungary
Eleni Tsakopoulos Kounalakis, Ambassador of the United States of America in Budapest
Karin Olofsdotter, Ambassador of Sweden in Budapest
Ilan Mor, Ambassador of the State of Israel in Budapest

Speakers:

dr Tomasz Kurpierz, historian, associate of the Katowice branch of the Institute of National Remembrance
Károly Kapronczay, historian, author of several publications on Polish refugees, Vice President of the Hungarian-Polish Joint Committee of Historians at ELTE
Grzegorz Łubczyk, writer, journalist, documentary film maker, former Ambassador of the Republic of Poland in Budapest, the chronicler of the life and work of Henryk Sławik

 

Closing remarks:

Prof. Dr. Szabolcs Szita, Director of the Holocaust Memorial Center

 

The language of the conference is Hungarian with simultaneous interpretation into English.

Conference Live Broadcast (in hungarian and english language) : http://hdke.hu/hirek/online-kozvetites

Organizers:

Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Budapest
Polish Institute in Budapest 
Holocaust Memorial Center

RSVP by September 10, 2012 at budapest.info@instytutpolski.org