Saturday, April 7, 2018


I’ve tweeted about it but for the record I’ll be lecturing on the OSS, “Wild Bill” Donovan, Katyn and the Nuremberg Tribunal as well as the unknown 1948 CIC investigation of Katyn and the 12th Nuremberg Trial at the Institute of World Politics
8th Annual Kosciuszko Chair Spring Symposium
You are cordially invited to the eighth annual
Lady Blanka Rosenstiel Kosciuszko Chair Spring Symposium
Saturday, April 7th
1:00-6:30 PM
The Institute of World Politics
1521 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036 
This event is sponsored by the Kosciuszko Chair of Polish Studies.
Speakers and Topics:
1:00PM - Introduction
Dr. Marek Chodakiewicz, Kosciuszko Chair of Polish Studies
1:10 PM - Russian Lobby in Belarus: Could Belarus be the Next after Ukraine?
Russia actively expands its presence in Belarus. Kremlin-sponsored digital media, cultural centers, think tanks, Cossacks paramilitary groupings aimed to form pro-Russian-lobby in Belarus and push anti-western and anti-Ukrainian message. How efficient are they and what is the effective policy to counter them?
Franak Viacorka, Editor of New Media Radio, Free Europe / Radio Liberty

1:50 - The Missing Polish Perspective in the Western Media
Much has been written about Poland since the last parliamentary elections, from forests, to pipelines and the judiciary, but surprisingly little is being published from Poland’s own perspective. Before the imbalance of voices can be addressed, we need to ponder what exactly is being heard in the West and what is being lost — and why.
Anna Wellisz, White House Writers Group

2:30 PM - The Polish Pavilion at the 1939 New York World’s Fair
A presentation on the contents, purpose and eventual fate of the Polish Pavilion at the 1939-40 "Building the World of Tomorrow" World's Fair in New York City. Speaker is conducting a continuing search for documents and artifacts from the pavilion.
Peter J. Obst, Poles in America Foundation, Philadelphia

Hors d’Oeuvres 3:10 – 3:30 PM

3:30PM - Wild Bill Donovan, the OSS and the Nuremberg Tribunal
In 1948, the US Counter Intelligence Corps investigated the Katyn Massacre of Polish POWs and collected several hundred pages of material. This coincided with the period when the last of the US prosecuted War Crimes' Trials occurred – the one which dealt with the role of the Wehrmacht. However, the materials collected by the CIC have never been publicly discussed. The lecture shall analyze the novel material.
Krystyna Piorkowska, Independent Scholar

4:10 PM -Application of Historic WWII and Cold War Resistance Experience to Present Day Significance
The lecture discusses how the resistance experience, including the Polish resistance during WWII, is being put to use in contemporary conditions.
Dr. Otto Fiala, SOCEUR

Coffee Break 4:50 – 4:55 PM

4:55PM - Back to the Future: Genocide Prevention in the Intermarium
As the land between the Black and Baltic Seas finds itself squeezed between a sea of Middle Eastern migrants 

flooding a culturally anemic Europe and a Putin-driven resurgence in populist Pan-Slavism, could the genocidal 

events of World War II be repeated?

Matt O’Brien, Federation for American Immigration Reform

5:35 PM -The Soviets and March 1968: Antisemitism and Antizionism

The lecture will focus on the international aspect of the Anti-Jewish campaign organized by the Polish United 

Workers' Party (PZPR) in March 1968 in the Polish People's Republic.
Dr. Marek Chodakiewicz, Kosciuszko Chair of Polish Studies