On 27 January 2021, at the Ossolineum in Wrocław, there occurred the presentation of the book financed by the Lanckoronski Foundation, entitled Private Collections of Ancient Books.

The publication presents material from the II International Conference on Provenances – Private Collections of Ancient Books, organized by the Ossolineum in June 2019. The symposium took place in Wrocław under the patronage of the Lanckoronski Foundation, the Association of Polish Librarians and the periodical Meetings with Monuments.

The two-volume monograph  comprises essays on historic private collections from the lands of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, Silesia and Pomerania. The first volume deals with collections from the Poznan, Cracow and Mazovian regions as well as from the eastern territories of the former Polish Republic. The second volume is concerned with collections from Silesia and the lands of northern Poland.

The presentation may be viewed on the Ossolineum’s YouTube channel:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oT1O9Fyvtmg

or: https://ossolineum.pl/index.php/kolekcje-prywatne-w-zbiorach-ksiazki-dawnej-spotkanie-promocyjne/

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Dyrektor Ossolineum dr Adolf Juzwenko

The director of the Ossolineum, Dr Adolf Juzwenko.

Prezes Fundacji Lanckorońskich Piotr Piniński

The president of the Lanckoronski Foundation, Piotr Piniński.


Dr Agnieszka Franczyk-Cegła podczas prezentacji publikacji.

Dr Agnieszka Franczyk-Cegła during the presentation.

Od prawej: Dr Agnieszka Franczyk-Cegła i dr Dorota Sidorowicz-Mulak, pod których redakcją naukową powstałą praca, oraz Piotr Piniński i dr Adolf Juzwenko

(from right) Dr Agnieszka Franczyk-Cegła and Dr Dorota Sidorowicz-Mulak, who were the editors of the book, together with Piotr Piniński i Adolf Juzwenko.


† With deep sadness the Foundation regrets the loss of its long-standing member, Stanisław August Morawski, who died in Rome on December 23rd at the age of ninety seven. The funeral took place there on December 27th. His contribution to Polish culture, in particular that of the émigré Polish community in Italy, was of great significance.

 

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Dr Olga Linkiewicz’s book “Locality and Nationalism. Rural communities in Eastern Galicia in the interwar period ” was awarded the Kazimierz Moczarski City of Warsaw History Award.

Dr Olga Linkiewicz of the Institute of History of the Polish Academy of Sciences received the Kazimierz Moczarski City of Warsaw History Award for her book “Locality and Nationalism. Rural communities in Eastern Galicia in the interwar period”, published with the support of the Lanckoronski Foundation (see: News – New Publications 2018).

The Kazimierz Moczarski City of Warsaw History Award, established in December 2018 by the Warsaw City Council, is a continuation of the award created in 2009 for the best book on the history of Poland. The project is coordinated by the History Meeting House – the Cultural Institution of the City of Warsaw, as well as by the Kazimierz and Zofia Moczarski Foundation. The award promotes the most important publications and best authors. It is a tribute to the memory of Kazimierz Moczarski, a journalist, lawyer and Home Army soldier who was imprisoned after the war on charges of anti-communist activity. Moczarski wrote the well-known “Rozmowy z katem” (“Conversations with an executioner”), which was translated into many languages.

 

Dr Olga Linkiewicz (IH PAN) odbiera z rąk Pani Ewy Malinowskiej Grupińskiej Nagrodę Historyczną m.st. Warszawy im. Kazimierza Moczarskiego. Obok: Pani Elżbieta Moczarska i Prof. Andrzej Friszke. Foto: Urząd M.St. Warszawy. Autor: Zuzanna Sosnowska.

Dr Olga Linkiewicz receiving the The Kazimierz Moczarski City of Warsaw History Award from Ewa Malinowska-Grupińska in the presence of Elżbieta Moczarska and Prof. Andrzej Friszke. Photo: City Council of Warszawy/photographer: Zuzanna Sosnowska.

Dr Olga Linkiewicz, Elżbieta Moczarska and Piotr Piniński, President of The Lanckoronski Foundation. Photo by courtesy of Zuzanna Sosnowska.

Dr Olga Linkiewicz, Elżbieta Moczarska and Piotr Piniński, President of The Lanckoronski Foundation. Photo by courtesy of Zuzanna Sosnowska.

 

 

 

 

Declaration with regard to the interview given by Władysław Teofil Bartoszewski in the weekly magazine ‘Wprost’ (no 41) dated 7-13 October 2019, as well as in the newspaper ‘Gazeta Polska’ of 9 October 2019

With regard to the interview given by Władysław Teofil Bartoszewski in the weekly magazine ‘Wprost’ (no 41) dated 7-13 October 2019, as well as in the newspaper ‘Gazeta Polska’ of 9 October 2019, The Ciechanowiecki Collections Foundation, The Ciechanowiecki Foundation and The Lanckoronski Foundation, would like to publish the following declaration.

  1. In the interview Władysław Teofil Bartoszewski states that Andrzej Ciechanowiecki worked together with the Communist Secret Service (the ‘UB’ and the ‘SB’), and  that when Władysław Bartoszewski senior discovered this fact he broke off relations with him.
  2. The above statements are not in accordance with the facts, are untrue and offensive to the memory of Andrzej Ciechanowiecki, and equally so to the good name of The Ciechanowiecki Collections Foundation at the Royal Castle in Warsaw which was founded by him on 8 October 1986 and over which he presided, to The Ciechanowiecki Foundation in London, and to The Lanckoronski Foundation with which he was for decades deeply engaged.
  3. At this point one should make plain the basic facts. For continuing his conspiratorial underground activities associated with the Polish Home Army (the ‘AK’) Andrzej Ciechanowiecki was arrested by the new communist authorities on 22 October 1950 and in 1952 was given a ten-year prison sentence. He was freed on 6 March 1956. He spent five years in the Rawicz and Wronki prisons. During this time agents of the communist Ministry of Public Safety tried to convince him to become an agent.  Attempts also occurred in the years 1956-58 after Andrzej Ciechanowiecki had been freed.
  4. Such a charge of working as an agent can only by formulated by someone with no knowledge of the records preserved at the Institute for National Memory (the ‘IPN’) (partially available in the internet) and research work published by historians, or by someone who wants to discredit and compromise Andrzej Ciechanowiecki. From these sources even an amateur can easily conclude that Andrzej Ciechanowiecki, despite the obvious risk he was taking, played the authorities – as did many others. The entire dossier is a example of the fact that consistently and full awareness of what he was doing, he conducted a dialogue in such a way as to confuse, mislead and take advantage of the authorities for his own purposes. Andrzej Ciechanowiecki did not write reports and refused to inform. In only two or three superficial notes did he give information which was, in any case, publicly available. The nature of this dialogue irritated the authorities who, as a result, resigned from further attempts to elicit information from him. Today it is hard not to have the impression that these meetings made fools of the authorities, a fact formally noted in their reports by the agents themselves. If anyone fails to see this and draws different conclusions, then that can only be as an act of deliberate bad faith.
  5. Andrzej Ciechanowiecki, finding himself in this situation, took advantage of it to help save his fellow prisoners by, amongst other means, falsifying documents in the prison hospital records, which resulted in the temporary release of many of them. According to the statements of witnesses, it appears that only one person returned to prison from temporary release. That was what Andrzej Ciechanowiecki’s co-operation with the communist authorities looked like, and for which he suffered an additional prison sentence.
  6. Władysław Teofil Bartoszewski is not being truthful when claiming that his father, Władysław Bartoszewski senior, broke off relations with Andrzej Ciechanowiecki when he discovered about his past. In a letter to Andrzej Ciechanowiecki dated 13 January 2014 (written long after the court case referred to below was initiated by The Foundation), Władysław Bartoszewski senior wrote that he had read the work of Dr Wojciech Frazik entitled ‘An Emissary of Free Poland’, in which the author writes in detail about how Andrzej Ciechanowiecki played the authorities during his time in prison. Władysłąw Bartoszewski judged the book to be thorough and accurate, agreeing with the author’s approval of the way in which Andrzej Ciechanowiecki played the SB, and furthermore drew his attention to the dangers associated with ambiguous documents in the IPN. There was no question of breaking off relations with him. The matter was, however, unambiguous, and as Dr Wojciech Frazik concluded in a letter addressed to Andrzej Ciechanowiecki dated  28 January 2014: “The documents in the IPN, with which I am familiar in their entirety, relating to Andrzej Ciechanowiecki (IPN Kr 009/6870. IPN BU 0192/514, IPN BU 0259/596), and the testimony of Andrzej Ciechanowiecki as well as other former political prisoners, allows me to state once again – which I have otherwise already done in my book – that in opposition to the intentions of the security services Andrzej Ciechanowiecki not only did not act against the best interests of those imprisoned in the prisons of Rawicz and Wronki, but in fact did quite the opposite …”. In the light of this, Władysław Teofil Bartoszewski’s notion that Andrzej Ciechanowiecki should forfeit the Order of the White Eagle in completely baseless.
  7. At this point, as members of the above-named Foundations who for many years worked together with the Founder and were usually also his personal friends, we feel the need to again emphasize Andrzej Ciechanowiecki’s services to Polish culture. He was an exceptional historian of art and collector whose main aim in life was to help rebuild Poland’s museum collections after the Second World War, in particular those of the Royal Castle in Warsaw. For this purpose he dedicated his knowledge, experience and significant financial resources throughout many decades. He also helped young Poles to study in England, including Władysław Teofil Bartoszewski. Until the end of his life Andrzej Ciechanowiecki was committed to the protection and propagation of Poland’s national heritage and the above-named Foundations have the honour of continuing this mission.
  8. Władysław Teofil Bartoszewski’s defamatory statements must be seen in the context of recent interest shown in the media relating to the ongoing court case in which The Ciechanowiecki Collections Foundation is seeking the return of approximately 16 million Polish złoties as as well as certain works of art. To describe this case in the briefest possible way, it concerns Władysław Teofil Bartoszewski’s accountability with regard to the failure to return assets relating to agreements made with the Foundation Non Omnis Moriar, set up by Andrzej Ciechanowiecki, as well as with Andrzej Ciechanowiecki personally. These agreements permitted Władysław Teofil Bartoszewski to control the assets of the Foundation and Andrzej Ciechanowiecki with regard to pre-agreed and defined purposes. The Ciechanowiecki Collections Foundation, unlke Władysław Teofil Bartoszewski, will not make public statements about this case, but leave judgement to the courts, notwithstanding the fact that matters appear otherwise than Władysław Teofil Bartoszewski is attempting to portray them in his interviews and brief comments in the media.
  9. It is transparently obvious that the interviews and defamatory statements made by Władysław Teofil Bartoszewski are intended to discredit Andrzej Ciechanowiecki and give credibility to his role in the case brought against him by the Ciechanowiecki Collections Foundation. We do not hesitate in expressing the view that Władysław Teofil Bartoszewski’s intention is to influence an independent court and that this constitutes a very serious infringement of universally accepted standards, committed moreover by a public person.

We feel obliged to inform public opinion about the situation and circumstances and to declare emphatically that appropriate legal steps will be taken in the event of further examples of similar behaviour on the part of Władysław Teofil Bartoszewski.

 

The Ciechanowiecki Collections Foundation

The Ciechanowiecki Foundation, London

The Lanckoronski Foundation

 

The most relevant sources:

J.Woźniak, Droga do wolnej Polski, Wrocław 2011, s.102-104;

W.Frazik, Emisariusz Wolnej Polski. Biografia polityczna Wacława Felczaka (1916-1993) Kraków 2013; s.420-443;

A.Friszke, Między wojną a więzieniem 1945-1953. Młoda Inteligencja Katolicka, Warszawa 2014, s. 219-241.

Andrzej Ciechanowiecki’s correspondence given after his death to The Ciechanowiecki Collections Foundation.

 

The opening of the exhibition at the Royal Castle in Warsaw, entitled “36 x Rembrandt”, took place on 4 October 2019, the centrepieces of which are the paintings “Girl in a Window frame” and “Scholar at a Lectern”. Both works of art were donated to the Royal Castle in 1994 as part of Professor Karolina Lanckorońska’s gift to the Polish Nation and are usually on display in the Castle’s Lanckoroński Gallery. The exhibition also provides the occasion to celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of that exceptional donation. Also on show are drawings and prints lent by the Print Section of the University of Warsaw’s Library as well as the Polish Academy of Learning in Kraków.

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Jakub Borawski, a member of the Council of the Lanckoronski Foundation, speaking during the opening of the exhibition entitled “36 x Rembrandt”.

Jakub Borawski, a member of the Council of the Lanckoronski Foundation, speaking during the opening of the exhibition entitled “36 x Rembrandt”.

Jakub Borawski, as the representative of the Lanckoronski Foundation, during the opening of the exhibition “36 x Rembrandt”. To his right are the Minister of Culture Professor Piotr Gliński as well as the Director of the Royal Castle in Warsaw Professor Wojciech Fałkowski.

Jakub Borawski, as the representative of the Lanckoronski Foundation, during the opening of the exhibition “36 x Rembrandt”. To his right are the Minister of Culture Professor Piotr Gliński as well as the Director of the Royal Castle in Warsaw Professor Wojciech Fałkowski.

 

 

 

The Lanckoronski Foundation was the honorary patron of the celebrations entitled “The Year of Maria Clementina Sobieska in Oława”, which on September 26-27 commemorated the three hundredth anniversary of the wedding of the granddaughter of King Jan III who was brought up at the Castle of Oława (formerly Ohlau), to King James III, the exiled Stuart King of Great Britain. The festivities, in which Piotr Piniński as president of the Lanckoronski Foundation took part, were organized by the Starosta of Oława Zdzisław Brezdeń and lasted two days, comprising, amongst other events, the celebration of Holy Mass, various speeches and lectures as well as the unveiling of a memorial plaque.

 

 

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The president of the Lanckoronski Foundation Piotr Piniński during the event to celebrate the anniversary of the marriage of Maria Clementine Sobieska to the exiled King James III of Great Britain.

The president of the Lanckoronski Foundation Piotr Piniński during the event to celebrate the anniversary of the marriage of Maria Clementine Sobieska to the exiled King James III of Great Britain.

Professor Aleksandra Skrzypietz of the University of Silesia in Katowice during her lecture on Maria Clementine Sobieska.

Professor Aleksandra Skrzypietz of the University of Silesia in Katowice during her lecture on Maria Clementine Sobieska.

The Starosta of Oława Zdzisław Brezdeń and Piotr Piniński unveil the memorial in the Church of Saints Peter and Paul in Oława which commemorates the three hundredth anniversary of the marriage of Maria Clementine Sobieska and the exiled King James III of Great Britain.

The Starosta of Oława Zdzisław Brezdeń and Piotr Piniński unveil the memorial in the Church of Saints Peter and Paul in Oława which commemorates the three hundredth anniversary of the marriage of Maria Clementine Sobieska and the exiled King James III of Great Britain.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Lanckoronski Foundation was the patron of the international conference entitled “Private Collections of Ancient Books”, which was organized by the Ossolineum and held in Wrocław on 18-19 June 2019. The aim of the conference was to gather together and publicize information about former private collections of the Polish-Lithuanian Republic, Silesia and Pomerania, which are presently, in whole or in part, maintained in Polish libraries, archives and museums as well as those abroad. This conference was designed to constitute a further step towards reaching a deeper knowledge and academic historical reconstruction of book collections throughout the ages. 26 June 2019

Website: Private Collections of Ancient Books

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(from left) Dr Dorota Sidorowicz-Mulak of the Ossolineum and Piotr Piniński, president of the Lanckoronski Foundation.

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(1st row) Professor Arvydas Pacevičius from the University of Wilno; (2nd row) Dr Iryna Kachur from the National Library of the Ukraine in Lwów and Irena Ciborowska-Rymarowicz from the National Library of the Ukraine in Kiev.

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(from left) The director of the Ossolineum Dr Adolf Juzwenko with Professor Jacek Soszyński of the Polish Academy of Science.

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(facing, from left) Dr Jolanta Gwioździk, Professor Paulina Buchwald-Pelcowa and Dr Urszula Paszkiewicz during the accompanying exhibition entitled “Rare Manuscripts from the Ossolineum’s Collections, XV – XVIII c.”

 

At the Bristol Hotel in Warsaw on the 18th of October the inauguration of the Book of a Century of Independence was held, of which the Lanckoronski Foundation was the principal sponsor. As part of the occasion a debate took place entitled Poland on the Road of Democracy 1918-2018. It was introduced by a speech given by Professor Andrzej Rottermund, former director of the Royal Castle in Warsaw and president of the Ciechanowiecki and Teresa Sahakian Foundations, whilst the debate itself was hosted by Zbigniew Gluza, president of the Karta publishing house. The participants were Filip Bajon, Professor Andrzej Bordziej, Janina Ochojska and Andrzej Pągowski and Kazimiera Szczuka

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Warsaw 18/10/18. Hotel Bristol. Piotr Piniński, president of the Lanckoronski Foundation, (middle) talks with Zbigniew Gluza (on the right) president of the Ośrodek Karta.

The inauguration of the Book of a Century of Independence

(from left) Piotr Piniński, president of the Lanckoronski Foundation, Maria Bliźniak, Dominik Radziwiłł, member of the Lanckoronski Foundation Council, professor Andrzej Rottermund, president of the Collection Foundation Ciechanowiecki and the Teresa Sahakian Foundation.

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Dominik Radziwiłł, member of the Council of the Lanckoronski Foundation, (on the left), talks with Michał Szułdrzyński, deputy editor-in-chief of the Rzeczpospolita newspaper.

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The annual meeting of the Lanckoroński Foundation’s Scholarship Committee, held at the Polish Academy of Learning in Kraków which administers the programme

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(from left to right) Piotr Piniński president of the Lanckoronski Foundation, professor Andrzej Borowski the vice-president of the Polish Academy of Learning, and Katarzyna Dzięgło who is the committee’s secretary.

(from left to right) Professors Adam Małkiewicz (of the Polish Academy of Learning), Janusz Tandecki (of the University of Toruń), Kazimierz Lewartowski (of the University of Warsaw), and Maciej Salamon of the University of Kraków).

(from left to right) Professors Adam Małkiewicz (of the Polish Academy of Learning), Janusz Tandecki (of the University of Toruń), Kazimierz Lewartowski (of the University of Warsaw), and Maciej Salamon of the University of Kraków).

Promotion in Wrocław of the publication: Książka dawna i jej właściciele, containing papers given at the international conference held in the Autumn of 2016, organized by the Ossolineum and the Consortium of European Research Libraries.

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(from left to right) Dr Adolf Juzwenko director of the Ossolineum, Professor Jacek Soszyński, Piotr Piniński president of the Lanckoronski Foundation, Dorota Sidorowicz-Mulak (co-editor), Dr Mariusz Dworsatschek vice-director of the Ossolineum and Agnieszka Franczyk-Cegła (co-editor).

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Piotr Piniński with the publication’s two editors, Dorota Sidorowicz-Mulak and Agnieszka Franczyk-Cegła.