Visiting Professor Anna Mazurkiewicz, University of Gdansk, Poland

Date: November 13, 2017
Time: 6:00 - 7:00 PM
Location: Room 131 The Rita


Visiting Professor and President of the
Polish American Historical Association at UW-Parkside Nov. 13

Anna Mazurkiewicz, an associate professor at the Faculty of History, University of Gdansk, Poland, and president of the Polish American Historical Association is a featured speaker at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside Monday, Nov. 13, at 6 p.m.

Anna Mazurkiewicz

The presentation includes discussion of her book “Do Those Who Pay the Piper Call the Tune?: The Story of Polish and East European Exiles in the United States After World War II!”.

The presentation is in room 131 of the Rita Tallent Picken Regional Center for Arts and Humanities. Free parking is available in Lot B west of The Rita building. There is no charge for admission to the presentation.

In her book, Professor Mazurkiewicz describes how the end of World War II did not bring freedom and true independence to the people of Poland and their neighbors in Czechoslovakia, Hungary, the countries of Southeast Europe, and along the Baltic Sea. Instead they fell, against their will, under the political and military control of the Soviet Union and its followers. But many of the leading patriotic activists in post-war Eastern Europe would not accept their countries’ fate. Instead they left their countries for exile in Western Europe and the United States.  There, many of these exiles became deeply involved in the organized efforts to regain their countries’ freedom – not an easy task in the early years of the bitter Cold War. Professor Mazurkiewicz will discuss the relationship between these exiles and their U.S. supporters and sponsors.

Professor Mazurkiewicz has published three books on the American responses to elections of 1947 and 1989 in Poland, and on the role of the political exiles from East Central Europe in American Cold War politics. Mazurkiewicz was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Notre Dame, Central European University (Budapest), Kosciuszko Foundation Scholar at the University of Minnesota and at the State University of New York. This year she is a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Stanford University.

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