Dr. Franciszek Wasyl’s Armenians in Old Poland and Austrian Galicia. A Demographic and Historical Study will be published in the near future. The book is devoted to the Armenian Diaspora living in that part of former Poland which, as a result of the partitions, fell under the rule of the Hapsburg Empire in 1772.

Galicia, as it is referred to, was a province of a state that stretched across large areas of Central Europe, encompassing many ethnicities and nations, peoples of different languages, ethnolects, religions and religious rites.

Read more An English-language book about the Polish Armenians in Austrian Galicia

An appeal to the authorities of the Republic of Poland for aid for Artsakh to rescue human lives, and Christian cultural artefacts and monuments destroyed in the barbaric attacks of the Azerbaijani army supported by Turkey and by Muslim mercenaries, was made by representatives of the Polish academic and cultural world, diplomats, clergymen, columnists, activists of the Polish diaspora, and representatives of social life. The appeal was also supported by Andrzej Pisowicz, Fr. Józef Naumowicz, Krzysztof Stopka, Andrzej A. Zięba and Jakub Osiecki, who are all scholars associated with the Research Centre for Armenian Culture. The text of the appeal appears below.

Pictured: Gandzasar Monastery in Artsakh, formerly the seat of the Catholicos of Aghwan, the heads of the Church of Caucasian Albania

Read more Appeal to the authorities of the Republic of Poland

The new, seventh edition of the annual journal Lehahayer (2020), which will be published soon, contains twelve texts, including three notes written in memory of Wartan Rubenowicz Grigorian. Three issues are addressed: the history of Armenian settlement and farming in Poland (Zamość, Stanisławów, Kuty), the attitude of Polish Armenians towards the struggle for Armenia’s independence in the late nineteenth century and after WWI (Robert Bogdanowicz, Polish-Armenian Society), research into Armenian culture in Central and Eastern Europe (Czech Republic, Belarus, Poland), and the academic output of Wartan Rubenowicz Grigorian, who died last year and was an eminent scholar of the history of the Polish Armenians.

Read more Lehahayer 2020 edition

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

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