Dr Edward Ghazaryan, the former Armenian ambassador to Poland, was the guest of the Research Centre for Armenian Culture in Poland. The Centre was fortunate enough to be able to work with Dr Ghazaryan on a number of occasions during his diplomatic service in Poland, which was an especially active and fruitful phase in Polish-Armenian relations. The purpose of his first journey to Kraków, which he made at the very beginning of his mission, was to meet our still informal community of researchers and to fulfil official duties by meeting the president of Kraków and the Małopolska voivod. The lecture he gave in the library of Collegium Maius in 2015 began the commemoration in Kraków of the hundredth anniversary of the genocide committed against the Armenians in the Ottoman Empire.

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The registers of the Armenian parishes that functioned in Old Poland represent a very important source for learning about both the history of the Polish Armenians and the culture of the towns they lived in. The registers serve a vital purpose in, among others, genealogical, statistical-demographic, and socio-cultural research. The oldest of them, which date from the Old Polish period, are of particular value. One of these is the register of marriages and baptisms in the Armenian Parish of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Zamość from 1694-1775, which is kept in the Vasyl Stefanyk National Scientific Library of Ukraine in Lviv (the former Ossolineum).

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Edward Tryjarski, the grand old man of Polish orientalists, has died in Warsaw. In the wake of the demise of Professor George A. Bournoutian, his passing represents a further painful loss to Armenian studies in Poland and the world. For decades, Professor Tryjarski was a presence in the life of the Armenian diaspora in Warsaw. He worked closely with the Circle of Interest in Armenian Culture at the Polish Folklore Society, and his Armenian contacts and friendships contributed to the research that produced Ormianie w Warszawie: materiały do dziejów (2001) (Armenians in Warsaw: Materials towards a History). So substantial was his support for the development of Armenian studies in Kraków, that it contributed to the establishment of the Research Centre for Armenian Culture in Poland.

Read more Edward Tryjarski 31 March 1923 Warsaw – 23 August 2021 Warsaw

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Professor George A. Bournoutian, who was a member of the Council of the Research Centre for Armenian Culture in Poland (RCACP). Along with his wife, the professor was a guest at the inauguration ceremony for RCACP in 2019. He also advised us on our research projects. That was his second visit to Kraków, where he had already been in 2018 to attend a conference organised by Biblioteka Kraków (Kraków City Libraries) entitled Polish Armenians and the Path to Polish Independence. The conference produced a book of the same name, which included a paper by Professor Bournoutian entitled The Establishment of the Contemporary Armenian State. We had been planning to do further work together. His passing is a profound loss to us and to the entire world of Armenian studies.

Read more Profesor George A. Bournoutian Ջորջ Բուռնութեան 25 September 1943 Isfahan – 22 August 2021 New Jersey

Following a long hiatus caused by the pandemic, the Research Centre for Armenian Culture in Poland held its first ‘normal’, that is, face-to-face, seminar on Friday 25 June at 16.00 on its premises. The discussions were led by Professor Krzysztof Stopka and Dr Marcin Łukasz Majewski, who are the editors of the latest volume in the Testaments of the History of the Polish Armenians series. They reported on the work they have done on the reading, translation into contemporary Polish, and critical appraisal and preparation, of a source important to the history of the Polish Armenians that is now kept in the Mekhitarist Monastery in Vienna.

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