On 29 October, the Polish Social and Cultural Center (POSK) in London hosted a National Education Day celebration organized by the Center for Directors and Executives "Educator". The event brought together about 50 teachers from Polish Saturday schools. Among them were not only teachers of history, but also of other educational fields.
During the event, the President of the IPN. Karol Nawrocki said:
Of course, we encourage everyone to read our publications and to follow the Institute's flagship projects, but we are also thinking about the future, about the virtual world. As the results of our latest research indicate, the future of Poland's remembrance policy will be decided at memorial sites that still scream out historical truth, such as German concentration camps, but it will also be decided in virtual space, and we must take this into account.
President Karol Nawrocki also thanked Marek Laskiewicz Ph.D., - the President of the Polish Social and Cultural Center - for his involvement in the functioning of the IPN History Point in London.
The speech was followed by a presentation of IPN's educational materials "Giants of Science," accompanied by a short lecture by Bartosz Januszewski ( IPN Gdańsk) on the contribution of Poles to world scientific achievements and the official opening of the exhibition. Our "Giants of Polish Science" project, launched in 2021, was designed as a platform for promoting the greatest minds Poland spawned, and their contribution to world development. The enterprise comes in a range of forms, from publications, to documentaries, to a dedicated website.
"You can't have a nation without remembrance. Without remembrance all you can get is a group of people, a random community populating a random territory.", President Nawrocki said during the opening of the "London Alive" exhibition.
The "London Alive" exhibition comprises twelve portraits of eminent members of post-World War II Polish emigré community by renowned artist Barbara Kaczmarowska-Hamilton. The paintings have already been presented in two of the Institute's History Points, in Warsaw and Cracow, and both times the reception was more than enthusiastic.
The events were attended by, among others, Ambassador Georges Friden of Luxembourg, Consul of the Polish Embassy in London Tomasz Balcerowski, Director of the Polish Library in London Dobroslawa Platt Ph.D., Deputy Director of the IPN Branch in Cracow and the scientific supervisor of the exhibition Michal Wenklar Ph.D.