The subject of the latest episode in the “My Armenia, My Armenians” series was born in Kraków in 1956 as Tadeusz Zaleski. His father, Jan Zaleski (1926-1981) was a Pole and a linguist by profession, while his mother, Teresa (née Isakowicz; 1933-2011) was a Polish Armenian and a Polish language specialist. He is related to the penultimate Armenian Catholic archbishop of Lwów, the outstanding preacher and philanthropist Izaak Mikołaj Isakowicz (Fr Tadeusz is the great-great grandson of the archbishop’s brother). His mother’s twin sister joined the Order of the Franciscan Sisters, Servants of the Cross and, as sister Miriam Isakowicz, performed pious and charitable works in Poland and Ukraine.
The fourth volume in the Lehahayer Library series, which makes important source material – History of Armenia by Movses Khorenatsi – available to readers, will be on sale soon. It is published by the Research Centre for Armenian Culture in Poland and was translated by Dr Stanisław Ulaszek (University of Gdańsk) from an edition prepared in Russian by Professor Gagik Sargsyan. It was furnished with additional footnotes, commentaries, an introduction and indexes by Professor Andrzej Pisowicz of the Jagiellonian University. A generous donation from Mr Zbigniew Manugiewicz, who is a member of the RCACP Council, greatly assisted publication. Volume four is published by Księgarnia Akademicka in Kraków – as were all of the previous volumes.
Following sittings on 8 February 2021 and 4 March 2021, the panel of judges of the XXVIII edition of the ”Przegląd Wschodni” (Eastern Review) prize for the best book of 2020, which was made up of the following eminent Polish history professors: Dorota Janiszewska-Jakubiak, Adolf Juzwenko, Maria Kałamajska-Saeed, Jan Malicki, Wojciech Materski, Lech Mróz, Andrzej Rachuba and Leszek Zasztowt, selected Dr Tomasz Krzyżowski, an employee of the Research Centre for Armenian Culture, as the winner in the category of domestic publications. The work in question, which is published by the Research Centre for Armenian Culture in association with the Foundation of Culture and Heritage of Polish Armenians and the academic publishers Księgarnia Akademicka, is entitled The Armenian Catholic Archdiocese of Łwów in 1902-1938
Unexpectedly, on 8 April 2021, we received the sad news of the death of Dr Stanisław Dziedzic, historian of literature, columnist, apostle for culture, and a tireless servant of Kraków for many years in his roles as director of Kraków City Council’s Department for National Culture and Heritage (from 2004) and, later, as director of Kraków Libraries (from 2017). He was a journalist, university teacher and prolific author who engaged wholeheartedly in academic life.
As part of the “My Armenia, My Armenians” series, you are cordially invited from 26 April 2021 to watch an interview with the Turkish historian Candan Badem.
Professor Badem studied Russian at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom. He gained his doctorate in history from Sabancı Üniversitesi in Istanbul (estd. 1996) for his research into the Crimean War (1853-1856). In 2009 he became the first Turkish historian to be given access to the collections of the Armenian National Archives in Yerevan. Since that time he has also been conducting research into the history of Armenia in the twentieth century.