In the second half of December 2019 discussions on long-term cooperation were held in Yerevan between the National Archives of Armenia (Հայաստանի ազգային արխիվ) and Dr Jakub Osiecki, who was representing the Research Centre for Armenian Culture in Poland (RCACP). The discussions had been preceded by an exchange of correspondence facilitated by Krystyna Yeremyan, who is active in the Polish diaspora in Armenia, to whom we express our thanks. Director of the National Archives of Armenia, Professor Amatun Wirabjan (Ամատունի Վիրաբյան), and vice-director Sonja Mirzojan (Սոնյա Միրզոյան) agreed on behalf of the National Archives of Armenia to assist RCACP in an investigation of Polish-Armenian relations that will involve all of the collections held by that institution. Further research visits will soon be undertaken for this purpose.
The Research Centre for Armenian Culture in Poland (RCACP) and Księgarnia Akademicka invite you to a live event with Dr Jakub Osiecki, the author of The Armenian Church in Soviet Armenia, which deals with the repressions visited on the Armenian church in the Soviet Union and, more precisely, in the Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic, in 1920-1938. Dr Andrzej A. Zięba (RCACP director) and Anzhela Kayumova (Institute of Russian and East European Studies at the Jagiellonian University) will take part in the event alongside the author. The meeting, which will be streamed live on the Facebook page of Księgarnia Akademicka, is scheduled for 14.00 on Friday 29 May.
The final editing of Dr Jakub Osiecki’s book – The Armenian Church in Soviet Armenia – was completed in March, April and May 2020. The publication was prepared by the New York branch of the Peter Lang Group – a publisher with over forty years’ experience of editing books in the humanities and social sciences whose headquarters are in Bern, Switzerland. It was translated into English by Paweł Siemianowski and Artur Zwolski of Kraków. The book will be available to readers at the end of June this year. That the book has now appeared in an English edition is partly due to the efforts of the Research Centre for Armenian Culture in Poland.
Krzysztof Penderecki, the world-famous Polish composer, conductor and teacher, died in Kraków on 29 March 2020. He came from a family with Armenian roots, which he referred to on several occasions in recollections of his grandmother, Eugenia Szyłkiewicz. In an interview he granted to Mark Grigorian, he said:
‘At home at my grandmother’s everything was arranged and prepared according to Armenian tradition, although she didn’t speak the language. She was born in eastern Poland, in Stanisławów. I remember her well. She was a wonderful person and very warm – as well as being a caring grandmother. We were very close.’
Vaneni M. Petrosyan came to the Jagiellonian University in the summer semester of the academic year of 2019-2020 as a holder of a grant from the International Visegrad Fund. It was the occasion for a series of meetings with employees and associates of the Research Centre for Armenian Culture in Poland. Having acquainted herself with the aims and activities of the Centre, she gave a presentation of her interests and research plans. Possible directions for cooperation were discussed.