Eighty years ago, on 2 November in Siedliska, Andrzej Pisowicz was born – an outstanding Polish scholar of Armenian and Iranian Studies, member of the Council of the Research Centre for Armenian Culture. On this occasion, the employees and co-workers of the Centre would like to wish the Professor a happy birthday! Unfortunately, this important anniversary occurred during the pandemic and the planned celebration in honour of the Professor could not take place in the usual form. Nevertheless, we are with him in our thoughts, we thank him for his wonderful academic work and wise judgments about times, people and matters, we express our gratitude for so many years of work in such an important field for our team, and we ask for further kindness and cooperation. And we sing (in our thoughts) the traditional song in honour of the dignified jubilarian:

Plurimos annos, plurimos
Plurimos annos, plurimos
Annos, annos plurimos.

In recognition of his great contribution to learning about Armenian culture, we dedicate volume seven of the journal Lehahayer (2020) to him.

Read more Professor Andrzej Pisowicz at Eighty

Instructuarius per me descriptus Stanislaum Piniecki Anno Domini 1691 Die 26ta februarij Oblatus M[agno] Domino D[omi]no Danieli Zarugowicz Thelon[eatori] S[acrae] R[egiae].M[aiestatits] et R[ei] Pub[li]cae Superintendenti Anno Domini 1692.
This is the full title of the manuscript recently purchased for the collection of the Research Centre for Armenian Culture in Poland. It is a unique relic of the history of international trade and customs policy in the Kingdom of Poland at the turn of the eighteenth century. It was drawn up in 1691 for Daniel Zarugowicz, a Polish Armenian, who served as a superintendent of the Russian and Podolian customs authorities.

Read more New handwritten acquisition for the Centre: Daniel Zarugowicz’s customs manual

There are few surviving artefacts of the Polish Armenians and even fewer in the collections of Polish libraries and archives, which makes the Library of the Research Centre for Armenian Culture in Poland particularly delighted to have acquired a valuable artefact of the history of Polish Armenians. The item in question is the manuscript book Percepta et expensa (1762-1804), which belonged to one of the pious confraternities operating at the Armenian Catholic Cathedral in Mohylów Podolski.

Read more Book of the Consolation of the Mother of God Confraternity in the Armenian Church of Mohylów

In Kraków, conservation work is underway to restore a collection of portraits of Armenian Benedictine Sisters from Lviv, which were in the possession of the Latin Benedictine Sisters convent of St. Joseph in Wołów in Silesia and were donated to the Foundation for the Culture and Heritage of Polish Armenians in Warsaw. The work is being carried out by Ms. Jolanta Pollesch, Head of the Conservation Department of the Jagiellonian University Museum. The first images of the prioresses, until recently cracked, with many cavities, blackened and dirty, have already regained their former colour, shine and form. They are a valuable relic of the cultural heritage of the Polish Armenians.

Read more Conservation of the portraits of Armenian Benedictine Sisters from Lviv

We invite you to another meeting from the series My Armenia, My Armenians. This time our guest will be Tisa Żawrocka-Kwiatkowska. For twenty years, she has been running the Gajusz Foundation, a hospice for terminally ill children and a pre-adoption centre. Since her birth, she has counted herself among the citizens of Łódź, although her heart and soul is also connected with Armenia. She is the initiator of many charity and aid activities addressed to Armenians. In 2010, she created a network of home hospices in Yerevan and surrounding towns. She is responsible for implementing the Polska Pomoc [Polish Aid ] programme in Armenia, which is organised under the auspices of the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She regularly visits Armenia, not only professionally but also as a tourist. One of her favourite Armenian regions is certainly Gorny Karabakh, whose inhabitants were attacked by Azerbaijani troops on 27 September. Co-author of the film The Weather is Better in Baku.

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