This coming Monday, 25 January 2021 at 5 pm, we invite you to another meeting in the series ‘My Armenia, My Armenians’. This time we will host Witold Repetowicz at the Research Centre for Armenian Culture in Poland. The topics of conversation include the current situation of Armenia after the recent Artsakh War in 2020 and the fate of Armenians and their culture in lands now belonging to Turkey, where Armenian life flourished before 1915 and which are now inhabited by a Muslim population.

Read more The Armenia of Witold Repetowicz

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

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