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Polish American
Strategic Initiative

Building a Better America Through Inclusion and Honesty

Upcoming project of the Kurtyka Foundation in cooperation with PASI's educational arm (PASI EDU).

"Witnesses to the truth on Katyn:
Heroism behind the iron curtain".

This is a joint project by PASI and the Kurtyka Foundation.
Please save the date! December 4 at 11 am EST.
This Zoom meeting will be broadcast in two languages: Polish and English.
Please join!
Polish American Strategic Initiative EDU and the Janusz Kurtyka Foundation will present a meeting with Polish historian Professor Tadeusz Wolsza, entitled „Witnesses to the truth on Katyn: Heroism behind the iron curtain”. The discussion will be on Prof. Tadeusz Wolsza’s book „Encounter with Katyn”.

The meeting will be held online on Zoom on December 4th, 2021, at 11.00 am (EST)

It will be moderated by the President of PASI Edward Wojciech Jesman.

The event will be held within the framework of the Kurtyka Foundation's „The Seeds of history” project.


PROGRAM:

    1. Introduction by Gene Sokolowski, PhD – PASI EDU President

    2. Presentation of the book "Encounter with Katyn" by Mr. Damian Bębnowski,
         Vice President of the Board of the Janusz Kurtyka Foundation
         (trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IXVHlGwm3j4

    3. Lecture by Professor Tadeusz Wolsza

    4. A questions and answers session.

         Zoom Link to the meeting( Polish & English):
https://tiny.pl/9czdt

         Link to live broadcast in Polish on YouTube on Blogpress channel:

We need your support.

CALL TO ACTION

regarding Tom R. Suozzi’s U.S. House of Representatives resolution H.Res. 664 titled: “Commemorating the Anniversary of the Invasion of Poland and recognizing the importance of the United States alliance with the Republic of Poland.”

How can you help?

Please call, email, or fax your U.S. Representative and convey the following message to him or her.

To Find YOUR U.S. REPRESENTATIVE CLICK HERE

Purpose of the call or subject line if you are communicating through electronic means:

Please co-sponsor Representative Tom R. Suozzi’s resolution H.Res. 664 “Commemorating the Anniversary of the Invasion of Poland and recognizing the importance of the United States alliance with the Republic of Poland.”

Why your U.S. Representative should co-sponsor the resolution?

This month, Polish Americans remember the 20th anniversary of 9/11 and the 72nd anniversary of the aggression against Poland by Germany and the Soviet Union. The attack against Poland ignited World War II. The war caused tens of millions of deaths worldwide, six million resulting from the genocides committed against the Polish citizens, Poles, and Jews.

As your constituent, I request that you co-sponsor Representative Thomas R. Suozzi’s resolution “Commemorating the Anniversary of the Invasion of Poland and recognizing the importance of the United States alliance with the Republic of Poland.”

Remembering and understanding history, including the past mistakes and their consequences, should guide foreign policies for the current unstable world.

The role and position of the United States are questioned and challenged. The United States needs steadfast and proven allies. Poland has always been such an ally

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The adoption of the resolution would show that the United States remains engaged and committed to play its traditional, stabilizing role in European politics.

To support and co-sponsor this resolution or have any questions answered, please email Steven Peterson ([email protected]). Would you please let me know about your decision?

Thank you,

RESOLUTION (see below)

Commemorating the anniversary of the Invasion of Poland and recognizing the importance of the United States alliance with the Republic of Poland

Whereas on September 1, 1939, German forces led by Adolf Hitler attacked the Republic of Poland;

Whereas on September 17, 1939, Soviet forces led by Joseph Stalin attacked the Republic of Poland;

Whereas subsequent to the completion of the invasion, the Republic of Poland was divided under the terms of the Secret Protocol of the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact, which was signed on August 23, 1939;

Whereas Adolf Hitler issued the command to invade with orders “to send to death mercilessly and without compassion, men, women, and children of Polish derivation and language”;

Whereas in Poland, a traditionally tolerant country that was home to Europe’s largest Jewish population, German occupying forces established death camps where millions were murdered;

Whereas Poland lost a higher percentage of its population than any other nation in World War II due to the genocide perpetrated by occupying forces;

Whereas an estimated 6 million Poles were killed, roughly half of whom were Jewish;

Whereas relations between the United States and Poland date back several centuries;

Whereas Polish settlers first arrived in Jamestown in 1608;

Whereas the current relationship between the United States and the Republic of Poland is deep and mutually beneficial to both countries;

Whereas since the collapse of communism in Europe, the Republic of Poland’s prosperity and integration into Western institutions has provided a model for other countries in the region;

Whereas the addition of the Republic of Poland to NATO in 1999 has strengthened the alliance and provided a crucial bulwark against aggression by Russia;

Whereas the Department of State describes the Republic of Poland as “a stalwart ally in Central Europe and one of the United States’ strongest partners in fostering security and prosperity regionally, throughout Europe, and the world’;

Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the House of Representatives—

(1) honors the millions of Poles who lost their lives during the invasion and occupation of Poland;

(2) encourages increased education about the atrocities committed by occupying forces against the Poles;

(3) recognizes the critical role that the Republic of Poland plays in maintaining stability and security in Europe;

(4) calls for the strengthening and broadening of diplomatic, economic, and security ties between the United States and the Republic of Poland.

PASI ACTION

Town Hall Meeting took place on August 22, 2021. Below You can see the Video Presentation shown during the meeting.

Please sign The Declaration of Support:    https://joinpasi.org/appeal

PASI works on your behalf to:

Promote the common good and welfare of Polish Americans

Lobby politicians
and candidates for office

Serve as an educational resource on the present status and history of Polish Americans

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MILLION PEOPLE

Self-identified Polish Americans (about 3% of the U.S. population)
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ORGANIZATIONS

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Vision and Mission

The Polish American Strategic Initiative seeks to became a well-recognized voice for Polish American interests at the federal, state, and local levels in order to elevate sensitivity towards and appreciation of Polish Americans’ needs, ambitions, aspirations and history. PASI strives to secure the fair representation of Polish American interests in our countries’ political system.

Edward W. Jesman

President

President’s Message

We are here to promote and advance the political and economic interests of Polish Americans.

We pay close attention to the bills, resolutions, and policies originating on Capitol Hill and strive to be a valued and assertive voice in Washington, D.C.

We provide needed guidance and unifying leadership while advancing ideas of peace and prosperity. We hope to inspire a new generation of Polish American leaders.

Join us! Together we can improve the political and economic standing of all Polish Americans and build a better America and a better Poland. The future is in our hands!

Edward W Jesman, President PASI
Polish American Strategic Initiative, Inc.
844-650-PASI (Toll-free)
310-291-2681 (Cell)
[email protected]

Combating Holocaust ignorance – with facts.

The letter below, written by G. Sokolowski, Ph.D., is in response to the article that appeared in the Los Angeles Times, June 24, 2021, entitled “In Germany, Blinken joins initiative to combat Holocaust denial and ignorance.” The Los Angeles Times article is a commentary on the statements made by Mr. Antony Blinken, the US Secretary of State, at the Berlin Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe.

The article suggests the need to recognize the wrongs suffered by European Jews, with a particular need to acknowledge the facts surrounding the role of such countries as Austria and Poland in the plight of European Jews during the Second World War. It states: “Scholars say Germany has led the way in accepting responsibility for the Holocaust while other countries, such as Austria and Poland, remain more evasive about their roles in the Nazi-ordered genocide.”

Indeed, there seems to be an urgent need to recognize the role of Poland and Austria in the history of the II World War. In the case of Poland, shut off from the rest of the world behind the Iron Curtain for over forty years and unable to present its history uncensored by its post-war Soviet oppressors, this need is especially acute. Dr. Sokolowski’s article fills this gap in historical knowledge. Given the sentiments expressed in the Los Angeles Times, it seems to be long overdue.

Dear Ms. Wilkinson,

I am writing in response to your June 24 article in the Los Angeles Times titled “In Germany, Blinken joins initiative to combat Holocaust denial and ignorance”. I realize your knowledge of what occurred in Poland during World War II is limited, as is the case with most Americans, and I’d like to assist by providing relevant facts.

The last sentence of your fourth paragraph states: “Scholars say Germany has led the way in accepting responsibility for the Holocaust while other countries, such as Austria and Poland, remain more evasive about their roles in the Nazi-ordered genocide.” Outlined below is why this sentence, which asserts that Poland is one of the countries responsible for the Holocaust, is both false and offensive.

First, consider the definition of “the Holocaust”. The US Holocaust Memorial Museum defines it as “the systematic, state-sponsored persecution and murder of six million Jews by the Nazi regime and its allies and collaborators.” This means that the Polish state, as it existed during World War II under German and Soviet occupation, was either an ally of Germany or established a collaborationist government controlled by Germany. This was never the case. The Polish state during the war consisted of the Polish government-in-exile in London and the Polish Underground State. The Polish Underground State, together with its military arm, the Home Army (Armia Krajowa), fought the occupying Germans at every turn. No historian has asserted that this Polish state, systematically and at the direction of the occupying Germans, sponsored and engaged in the persecution and murder of Poland’s Jews.

It is also important to understand which German-allied and German-occupied states persecuted, (i.e., rounded up and interned their Jews in ghettos and transit camps for transport to labor, concentration, and extermination camps), and in some cases, murdered their Jews. The Polish state never established a collaborationist government (as did France’s Petain, Norway’s Quisling, Slovakia’s Tiso, Croatia’s Pavelic, Hungary’s Horthy, and Romania’s Antonescu); never established a militia to round up and deport Jews to the camps or kill them outright (as did Belgium’s Degrelle, Holland’s Mussert, France’s Petain, Norway’s Quisling, Slovakia’s Hlinka Guard, Croatia’s Ustase, Hungary’s Arrow Cross, and Romania’s Iron Guard); and never established SS units to fight under German command (as did Denmark, Norway, Belgium, Latvia, Hungary, Estonia, Italy, France, Holland, Albania, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Croatia, and others), which prolonged the war and Hitler’s campaign of racist mass murder. In contrast to the actions of these German-allied and German-occupied states, neither Poles nor the Polish state were elements of Hitler’s mass-murder apparatus and the proposition that Poland “needs to accept responsibility for the Holocaust” is clearly absurd. Because Poles were also rounded up by the Germans and died in Hitler’s concentration and extermination camps, this proposition is equally offensive. Note that in February 2018, Chancellor Merkel publicly admitted on several occasions that the full responsibility for the Holocaust lies with Germany.

It is further important to understand why World War II in Europe occurred. Hitler and Stalin initiated the war to divide Europe between them and the secret protocol in their 1939 nonaggression pact prescribed the destruction of the Polish people and annihilation of the Polish state. In the first two years of the war, Poles were the primary target of a coordinated German and Soviet extermination process designed to annihilate them on both sides of the Ribbentrop-Molotov line. Hitler’s racial doctrine dictated that Poles and other Slavs were racially inferior Untermenschen deserving of enslavement and extermination. During the war’s first two years, virtually all of Poland’s Jews were imprisoned in German-operated ghettos. The Germans immediately established Jewish Councils (Judenräte), who ceased all contact with Polish authorities and negotiated the conditions of Jewish governance of the ghettos. Within months following Germany’s attack, nearly half of Poland’s Jews lived under Judenrat regimes. The Judenräte gathered up Jews from small towns and concentrated them in the ghettos of the larger cities. They further kept ghetto Jews convinced they were being deported to work in German-designated areas in the East. Beginning in early 1942, they directed the Jewish Ghetto Police to forcibly round up ghetto Jews and load them onto the trains destined for the death camps.

While nearly all of Poland’s Jews were imprisoned in the ghettos, Poles were in a day-to-day struggle for survival because of the brutalities and severe conditions exacted by the occupiers. The Germans imposed near-starvation rations, enforced onerous quotas on farmers, confiscated crops and livestock, conducted daily executions to terrorize the populace, randomly arrested and tortured Poles to extract intelligence on the Polish underground, and conducted recurrent round-ups for deportation to concentration and labor camps. Over two million Poles were sent to the camps while up to 200,000 Polish children were abducted for Germanization under Himmler’s Lebensborn program.

As evidenced by his Generalplan Ost and Lebensraum program, Hitler did not attack Poland to eradicate Polish Jews. His objective was to annihilate the Poles, take over their land, and settle it with Germans. He began by immediately arresting and murdering up to 100,000 Polish elite, expelling approximately 1.5 million Poles from occupied Polish territory, and resettling ethnic Germans into vacated Polish properties. Stalin’s policy was to annihilate Poland’s elites, destroy Polish societal structure, and Sovietize dispossessed Poles into compliant subjects of Stalin’s totalitarian Communist regime. As the Red Army occupied eastern Poland, up to 1.6 million Poles were deported to the Gulag camps, which resulted in an estimated death rate of 60 percent. Stalin’s barbarity was further evidenced by his Katyn Massacre, a series of executions encompassing 22,000 captured Polish officers. Poland’s population losses during World War II were proportionately the greatest of any nation in the war. Of its prewar 35 million people, Poland lost approximately 6.5 million. An estimated 664,000 were battlefield deaths and the remainder, about 3 million Polish Jews and 2.8 million Poles, were civilians of all ages. Note also that Hitler annexed western Poland to Germany while Stalin annexed eastern Poland to the Soviet Union, which is why Poland ceased to exist as a nation state.

Often overlooked are Polish efforts to rescue fugitive Jews who hid by not moving into or escaping from the ghettos. Only in Poland did the Germans have a standing order that anyone aiding a Jew in any way would be executed together with immediate family. Despite this death penalty, the largest number by far of any country honored as Righteous Among the Nations by Israel (over 7,000) are Poles, many of whom were killed for aiding Jews. While these are known to Israel’s Yad Vashem, thousands more are known only to God. Estimates of Poles who aided Jews range from 300,000 to 1 million and estimates of those killed for doing so approach 50,000. Note also that German death squads carried out mass executions of entire villages that aided Jews and some of the annihilated villages became extinct. Note further that in no other occupied country or in Germany itself were there such large-scale round-ups, searches with dogs, and blockades of whole districts in all of the larger cities that were conducted by the Germans to find fugitive Jews. Ask yourself, Ms. Wilkinson, if you would risk your life and the lives of your family to save one or more persons in similar circumstances. Many Poles did so because they believed it was the Christian thing to do. Also, two Polish institutions were critically instrumental in rescuing Jews. The first, Żegota, was the only government organization in the German-occupied countries established to rescue Jews. Estimates of Jews saved by Żegota range from 30,000 to 60, 000. The second was the Catholic Church, which rescued Jewish children on a massive scale by hiding them in convents, orphanages, and rectories. No German-occupied country had such an organizational infrastructure that aided tens of thousands of Jews.

Also overlooked are the significant Polish efforts that warned the West about the mass murder of Jews in occupied Poland. Witold Pilecki voluntarily walked into a German round-up for Auschwitz prisoners and then sent reports to the Polish Underground headquarters in Warsaw. These comprised the first record that convinced the Allies the Germans were engaged in murder on an unprecedented scale. Jan Karski was a secret courier who travelled between the Polish government-in-exile in London and the Polish Underground in occupied Poland. He was twice smuggled into the Warsaw Ghetto by Jewish underground leaders to observe the horrifying conditions and also entered the Izbica Lubelska transit camp, where Jews were confined in appalling conditions awaiting transport to the Bełżec and Sobibór death camps. Karski carried out of Poland a microfilm with this information and it became one of the earliest and most accurate accounts of the beginning of the Holocaust. He was also the first eyewitness to personally meet with FDR and British Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden and gave a detailed statement on what he had seen, which sadly fell on deaf ears. On December 10, 1942, the Polish government-in-exile published a document titled The Mass Extermination of Jews in German Occupied Poland, which was addressed to the Governments of the United Nations and was the first international publication of Hitler’s mass murders.

In the case of Austria, I offer the following facts. There had been strong support from Austrians and Germans to unify the two countries. On 12 March 1938, the German Wehrmacht crossed the border into Austria, unopposed by the Austrian military. The Germans were greeted with great enthusiasm and a plebiscite was held on 10 April, which officially ratified Austria’s annexation by Germany, called the “Anschluss”. With the Anschluss, Austria ceased to exist as an independent state. Austrians loyally supported Germany during the early years of the war. The initial German military victories and Austria’s geographic location beyond the reach of Allied bombers shielded the Austrian population from the full impact of the war. Only after the German defeat at the Battle of Stalingrad in early 1943, when the course of the war increasingly turned against Germany, did popular support for the war and for the Anschluss begin to erode. Some 800,000 Austrians were drafted into the German army (Wehrmacht) and another 150,000 served in the Waffen SS, an elite military unit that managed the concentration and extermination camps. Because the Austrians were integrated into German units, no Austrian military units were formed. The majority of the bureaucrats who implemented the Final Solution were Austrian. David Art of Tufts University states that 40 per cent of the staff and 75 per cent of commanders at death camps were Austrian. Austrians who played key roles in the Final Solution include Adolf Eichmann and his aide, Alois Brunner; SS General Ernst Kaltenbrunner, Chief of the Reich Security Main Office (RSHA); Arthur Seyss-Inquart, Reich Commissioner for Holland; and Odilo Globocnik, who had a leading role in Operation Reinhard. Operation Reinhard organized the murder of around one and a half million mostly Polish Jews at the Treblinka, Sobibór, and Bełżec extermination camps. Globocnik was also responsible for the deaths at the Majdanek extermination camp. Austrians also conducted mass murder in Hartheim Castle near Linz, where the killing program Action T4, i.e., involuntary euthanasia, took place, and in Am Spiegelgrund clinic in Vienna, where more than 700 handicapped children were murdered.

From the above, it should be evident why the sentence in question is not only false but also offensive to Poles and Polish Americans. I would ask that, if in the future you write about Poland, kindly conduct the necessary research as this should negate the likelihood of misstating the facts.

Cordially,
Gene Sokolowski, PhD
Polish Media Issues Group

Current Concerns

Legally flawed and morally offensive Act based on a double standard.

ACT S.447 (JUST ACT OF 2017),

“Justice for Uncompensated Survivors Today (JUST) Act of 2017”
Introduced by Sen. Tammy Baldwin of WI on February 27, 2017

Signed into law by President Donald Trump on May 9, 2018

The law requires the US Department of State to assess the national laws and policies of countries participating in the 2009 Terezin Holocaust Era Assets Conference, concerning the identification and return of, or restitution of assets allegedly wrongfully seized from Jews during World War II, including the so-called “HEIRLESS PROPERTY”. PASI considers Act S.447 to be legally flawed, discriminatory, unjust, and its language deceiving.

There is no such thing as “heirless property.” In all countries, the United States included, heirless properties escheat to the state. The private Jewish American organizations make legally unfounded demands for billions of dollars without any evidence of title. The so-called “heirless properties” are legal property of the Polish state, the only legal successor of all Polish citizens regardless of their ethnic or religious background. The transfer of such property would only amount to a massive property giveaway.

Law 115-171 is morally offensive because it is based on an apparent double standard, which advocates an extralegal solution, which would not be acceptable in the United States. Furthermore, there are no uncompensated Jewish Holocaust survivors. Jewish organizations, state of Israel and individual Jews received untold billions of dollars from Germany for all human and property losses suffered by European Jews during World War II. The “JUST” law distorts the history of World War II and eliminates Millions of ethnic Polish victims from the definition of Genocide.

Poland must not be held responsible for the Genocide and property expropriations conducted by her German and Soviet occupiers, and for the political, social, and economic ramifications of the Yalta Agreement imposed on Poland by the United States, Great Britain, and the Soviet Union in 1944.

Act restricts the teaching of the WW2 exclusively to the extermination of Jews

Act H.R.943

(Never Again Education Act) Introduced by Rep. Carolyn Maloney of NY. on January 31, 2019 Signed into law by President Donald Trump on May 29, 2020 The Never Again Education Act introduced in the US Senate as S.2085 by Senators Jacky Rosen (D-NV), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and in the House of Representatives as HR 943 by Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Elise Stefanik (R-NY) is designed to increase the allegedly diminishing awareness of the Holocaust in the United States. The Never Again Education Act calls to establish a public-private funding mechanism at the US Department of Education to allow the introduction of various new Holocaust education programs, which would target teachers in all 50 states. The law expands US Holocaust Memorial Museum education programming and tasks it with developing and disseminating fitting resources. PASI continues to oppose the Never Again Education Act, because it fails to acknowledge and include in the envisioned new programs the Genocide committed by Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia against millions of Poles. This Act is now a law, yet it unacceptably restricts the meaning and teaching of the WW2 Genocide exclusively to the extermination of Jews.

Historically erroneous and politically careless Resolution with legal consequences.

Senate Resolution 566

(Introduced by Sen. Menendez of NJ. on May 7, 2020) While PASI supports the idea of the resolution commemorating 22,000 victims of the Katyń Genocide, PASI strongly opposes specific fragments of the proposed resolution. As is, Senate Resolution 566 strips Polish citizens – most of them Prisoners-of-War murdered by Soviet Russia in 1940 – of their citizenship and falsely merges them with a vaguely defined mass of political crimes committed by the Communists worldwide. The present version of the resolution resembles an attempt at Genocide Denial rather than an accurate characterization of the nature of the horrific mass murders confirmed by the 952 Report of the US Rep. Ray J. Madden Commission. The proposed text of the resolution is not only historically erroneous, but it also creates specific political and legal consequences, which prejudice and disaffirm the rights of thousands of Polish families to the legal inquests and proper compensation. Despite the 80 years which have passed, the world is still waiting for the official Genocide recognition by the US government of the brutal mass murders and deportations of millions of Polish citizens. The United States Congress owes the world a clear and straightforward declaration. The US government’s suppression of the Katyń Genocide needs to end today! link to PASI letter to Senators Menendez Durbin and Risch

OFFICERS

Edward W. Jesman

President (California)

Wojciech Mazur

Vice President (Connecticut)

Jacek Bernard Marczynski

Vice President (Virginia)

Mariusz Bielski

Treasurer (Connecticut)

Irena Guillon

Secretary (California)

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Dr. Malgorzata Stys

New York

Artur J.Lesyk

Connecticut

Mark Belcarz

Connecticut

Daniel M Zamoyski

Great Britain
 

Susan Gorga

New York
 

Suzanne Mazurczyk

New Jersey
 

Jerzy Fiedziukiewicz

Connecticut

Dr. Margaret Niznikiewicz

Massachusetts

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Why PASI?

We are here to promote and advance the political and economic interests of Polish Americans.

We pay close attention to the bills, resolutions, and policies originating on Capitol Hill and strive to be a valued and assertive voice in Washington, D.C.

We provide needed guidance and unifying leadership while advancing ideas of peace and prosperity. We hope to inspire a new generation of Polish American leaders.

Join us! Together we can improve the political and economic standing of all Polish Americans and build a better America and a better Poland. The future is in our hands!

Edward W Jesman, President PASI
Polish American Strategic Initiative, Inc.
844-650-PASI (Toll-free)
310-291-2681 (Cell)
[email protected]

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Edward Reid, Stop Act S. 447

Hollywood’s War with Poland, 1939-1945 (Speech / The International Historical Conference “Poland First to Fight,” )

MIECZYSLAW B. BISKUPSKI (USA) - Keynote speaker. A Professor of History Stanislaus A. Blejwas Endowed Chair in Polish and Polish American Studies, Coordinator of Polish Studies Program at the Central Connecticut State University (CCSU), United States

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Events

November 11, 2021

On the occasion of Poland's Independence Day celebration, we, as Poles living in the United States and Americans of Polish descent, aware of, and appreciating our ties with the Motherland, proud of her achievements, of our own ancestry, and knowing Poland's turbulent history, would like to extend our best wishes to the Honorable President of Poland, to the entire Polish Nation, and to all Poles scattered all over the world.

Polish American Strategic Initiative

June 17, 2020

A letter of protest sent to Senators Menendez, Risch, and Durbin, opposing a misleading language of the proposed Senate Resolution 566. The letter recommends the elimination of the erroneous statements, which distort historical events as documented by the 1952 Rep. Ray J. Madden Report prepared for the U.S. Congress. The United States government owes the world a clear and unequivocal declaration that the mass murder of 22,000 Polish POWs committed by the Soviet NKVD in April and May 1940 was an act of Genocide. The letter was signed by Edward W. Jeśman (PASI), Janusz Sporek (Committee for the Conservation of the Katyń Monument & Historical Objects), Richard Boggiano​, Councilman (City of Jersey City), and Rev. Nathaniel Legay (Jersey City Branch of the National Association of the Colored People).

[PDF: PASI letter to Senators Menendez Durbin and Risch]

June 14, 2020

Representatives of PASI joined a celebration around the Katyń Genocide Monument at Sacred Heart Cemetery in New Britain, CT, to commemorate the Anniversary of the First Transport of 748 Polish prisoners to Auschwitz on June 14, 1940.

June 14, 2020

PASI lays a wreath at the Wall of Executions in a German Concentration Camp in Auschwitz to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the first transport of prisoners to Auschwitz. All 748 prisoners sent to the camp on that day were Polish. Auschwitz Concentration Camp functioned from 1940 to 1942 as a concentration camp mainly for Poles. Mass extermination of Jews at the camp happened from 1942 to 1944. The first transport of Jews arrived at the camp in March 1942.

April 29, 2020

PASI adopts Bylaws and installs the Board of Directors. Edward W. Jesman is elected to serve as PASI President for a five-year term.

April 2020

PASI cancels its 2020 Congressional Outreach due to COVID19 restrictions. As soon as it is possible, PASI is planning to visit Capitol Hill and renew its lobbying activities in the U.S. Congress.

November 2019

The International Historical Conference “Poland First to Fight”, a 3-day event takes place at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. PASI under the leadership of Edward W. Jesman is one of the organizers.

[Click here to see the conference]

September 2019

PASI Congressional Capitol Hill Outreach – Participants visit over 400 congressional offices, including 100 offices of the U.S. Senate, to discuss ramifications of the Act S. 447 “JUST Act” as well as the H.R. 943 “Never Again Education Act.” PASI opposes the H.R. 943 (S.2085) because it restricts the meaning of the World War II-era Genocide only to the extermination of Jews. The Act fails to acknowledge the Genocide committed against millions of Poles. H.R. 943 encroaches onto the rights of the states by authorizing the creation of one-sided and partial curricular materials to be used in all 50 states. Federal intervention into curricular matters is against the Constitution.

August 21, 2019

PASI is joining the response of Polish American organizations to the letter of 88 U.S. Senators of August 5th 2019 to the Secretary of State Michael Pompeo regarding Act S. 447.

May 11, 2019

PASI organized a protest against Act S.447 in front of the White House in Washington DC.

April 2019

Jacek Marczynski of Virginia is elected as interim President of PASI.

April 10, 2019

Polish American Strategic Initiative, Inc. (PASI) is registered in the State of Delaware as 501(c)4 not for profit political lobbying organization.

March 31, 2019

Protests were held in New York, Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles, New Britain, Denver, and San Diego against the Act S.447 (Public Law 115-171).

May 09, 2018

The U.S. President Donald Trump signs Act S.447 into law (Public Law 115-171).

April 24, 2018

Speaker of the House, Rep. Paul Ryan, sends the Act S.447, without prior approval of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, to the House for a vote. Act S.447 is passed by the House “Under Suspension of the Rules,” without a roll call, based on the voice vote. The number and names of the congressmen participating in the passing of the Act have not been disclosed.

March 2018

Edward W. Jesman organizes Polish American Outreach on Capitol Hill. Polish Americans from several states visit over 300 congressional offices voicing opposition to the Act S.447 (H.R.1226).

January 2018

Edward W. Jesman visits Capitol Hill offices of 46 members of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Representatives explaining the potential consequences of Act S. 447 (H.R. 1226). The Foreign Affairs Committee has not proceeded with the Act!

December 2017

Edward W. Jesman meets with Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, Chair of Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats of the U.S. House of Representatives to brief him on the meaning and ramifications of the Act S.447 (H.R.1226).

December 13, 2017

Edward W. Jesman sends an email notification about the passing of Act S.447 by the U.S. Senate to his contacts in the USA, Europe, including Poland.

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Edward Wojciech Jesman
President

Co-Founder and President of Polish American Strategic Initiative, Inc. Born and raised in Poland. Independent publisher, pro-democracy activist, member of anti-communist opposition in Poland (1976-1982). Political prisoner (1978 and 1981-1982). Political asylee in the United States (Nov. 1982). Real estate broker in California since 1985. Naturalized U.S. citizen since 1990. President of Polish National Congress of Southern California and National Director of the Polish American Congress national organization (2015-2020). Active Polish American lobbyist on Capitol Hill. Recipient of the Officer’s Cross of the Order Polonia Restituta (2009) and the Cross of Freedom and Solidarity (2019).

Edward Wojciech Jeśman
Prezes

Współzałożyciel i prezes Polsko Amerykańskiej Inicjatywy Strategicznej. Urodzony i wychowany w Polsce. Niezależny wydawca, aktywista ruchu pro-demokratycznego, członek opozycji anty-komunistycznej w Polsce (1976-1982). Wiezień polityczny (1978 i 1981-1982). Azylant polityczny (listopad 1982). Agent handlu nieruchomościami w Kalifornii od 1985. Naturalizowany obywatel Stanow Zjednoczonych od 1990. Prezes Polskiego Kongresu Narodowego na stan Kalifornii i dyrektor krajowej organizacji Kongresu Polsko Amerykańskiego (2015-2020). Aktywny lobbysta społeczności Amerykanów polskiego pochodzenia. Udekorowany Krzyżem Oficerskim Orderu Polonia Restituta (2009) i Krzyżem Orderu Wolności i Solidarności.

Wojciech Mazur
Vice President

An engineer and entrepreneur working in the USA. Pioneer in the USA to install solar assisted air conditioning systems and establish energy-saving technology approved by the Department of Public Utility in Connecticut. A social and political activist. In 1985 in Poland, when Solidarity Union was unable to lead underground resistance in Gdansk Region, Wojciech decided to take the lead. He was able to coordinate underground activities and cooperate with others from opposing ideological standpoints to stand up together against the communist regime. On May 1, 1985, together, they shook the foundations of the system. The President of Poland awarded Wojciech the Freedom and Solidarity Cross as a result of political involvement.

Wojciech Mazur
Wiceprezes

Inżynier i biznesmen pracujący w USA. Jako pierwszy w USA zainstalował system chłodniczy wspomagany gorącą wodą uzyskaną z systemu słonecznego oraz opracował to jako technologię wspieraną finansowo przez Departament Infrastruktury w Stanie Connecticut. W roku 1982, kiedy Związek Zawodowy Solidarność nie był w stanie prowadzić konspiracji w regionie gdańskim, Wojciech postanowił się zaangażować. Koordynował działalność podziemia antykomunistycznego wśród młodzieży diametralnie różniącej się politycznie. 1 maja 1985 grupa, którą współtworzył wstrząsnęła fundamentami systemu. Prezydent Rzeczypospolitej udekorował Wojciecha Krzyżem Wolności i Solidarności za zasługi w walce z komunistycznym reżimem.

Jacek Bernard Marczynski
Vice President

Born in Poland in 1957, moved to United States in 1988. I.T. specialist educated in Poland and the United States, currently working for several companies as a programmer. Long time member of Polish American Congress in Washington Metropolitan Area Division. Co-Founder of Polish American Strategic Initiative, Inc. (former Interim President of PASI). Lobbying for Polish Affairs in the U.S. Congress for 20 years.

Jacek Bernard Marczyński
Wiceprezes

Urodzony w Polsce w 1957 roku, przyjechał do USA w 1988 roku. Informatyk, studiował w Polsce i w USA. Pracował i pracuje jako programista dla wielu firm. Wieloletni członek Waszyngtońsko-Metropolitalnego Wydziału Kongresu Polonii Amerykańskiej. Współzałożyciel Polsko Amerykańskiej Inicjatywy Strategicznej, Inc (były Prezes PASI). Lobbuje w polskich sprawach w Kongresie Amerykańskim od ponad 20 lat.

Mariusz Bielski

Mariusz Bielski
Treasurer

Mariusz grew up in Poland and relocated to the United States in 2000. He holds a Food Science degree from Warsaw University of Life Sciences. Mariusz is a senior laboratory technician at a food processing company. He is a lifelong advocate for Polish American affairs; he is involved in several civic and service organizations. Mariusz actively participated in defending the Katyń Monument in Jersey City. He is married with three children.
Mariusz Bielski

Mariusz Bielski
Skarbnik

Mariusz dorastał w Polsce, ukończył studia na Wydziale Technologii Żywności na SGGW w Warszawie. W 2000 roku przeniósł się do Stanów Zjednoczonych. Mariusz jest starszym technikiem laboratoryjnym w firmie przetwórstwa spożywczego. Jest orędownikiem spraw polsko-amerykańskich; jest zaangażowany w kilku polsko-amerykańskich organizacjach. Mariusz aktywnie uczestniczył w obronie Pomnika Katyńskiego w Jersey City. Jest żonaty i ma troje dzieci.

Irena Guillon

Irena Guillon
Secretary

Emigrated to the US from Poland at the age of 14. After receiving a master’s degree in mathematics, she spent her entire career at IBM as a programmer and manager. She and her family live in California. For years, she has been active in American and Polish American organizations. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking and gardening. She is also interested in the history of Poland.
Irena Guillon

Irena Guillon
Sekretarz

Przyjechała do USA w wieku 14 lat. Otrzymawszy w USA tytuł magistra z matematyki całą swoją karierę spędziła w IBM jako programista i menadżer. Od lat udziela się społecznie w amerykańskich i polonijnych organizacjach. Wraz z rodziną mieszka w Kalifornii. W wolnych chwilach zajmuje się gotowaniem i ogrodnictwem. Interesuje sie rownież historią Polski.

Dr. Malgorzata Stys
New York

Passionate entrepreneur and technologist, fascinated by Human Computer Interfaces and Linguistics. Małgorzata spent her formative years at IBM, starting her career at Watson Research. IBM was the place where she met some of the most brilliant minds and kindest hearts in the world, including many Polish Americans! Małgorzata had a distinct opportunity to live and learn in 6 countries before settling in the U.S. Although the U.S. is her home today, a big piece of her heart belongs to Poland. She also lived and left a piece of her heart in Nigeria, England, Botswana, Swaziland and Sweden. Favorite Book: Little Prince. Favorite saying: “Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought.” John Paul II.

Dr. Małgorzata Styś
Nowy Jork

Jest z zamiłowania przedsiębiorcą i technologiem, fascynuje się interfejsem człowiek-maszyna oraz lingwistyką. Małgorzata spędziła swoje wczesne lata kariery w ośrodku badawczym IBM Watson. Podczas swojej pracy w IBMie miała okazję poznać wspaniałych ludzi o błyskotliwych umysłach, w tym wielu Polaków. Zanim osiedliła się w Stanach, Małgorzata miała okazję uczyć się i pracować w 6 krajach. Chociaż dzisiaj mieszka w Stanach, jej serce jest w dużej części w Polsce. Poza Polską i Stanami mieszkała w Nigerii, Anglii, Botswanie i Swaziland i w Szwecji. Jej ulubiona książka to Mały Książę. Ulubione powiedzenie: “Wolność nie polega na tym że możemy robić to na co mamy ochotę, lecz na tym iż posiadamy prawo aby czynić to co jest naszą powinnością.” Jan Paweł II.

Artur J. Lesyk
Connecticut

Artur came to the United States in 1989 and settled in Branford, CT. He works as a Mechanical Engineer in the aerospace industry. Married, a happy father of two teenage kids and enjoying the middle-class, suburban lifestyle. Artur loves skiing, sailing and outdoor activities. Artur decided to Join PASI after learning about the passage of the S447, which made him feel that the United States, the country he owes so much, is doing a horrible and unjustified disservice in the name of racial identity to harm Poland, the land of his birth. Polish-Americans have been quite successful in forming cultural, religious and educational organizations in the United States; sadly, we lack any real political power that American politicians would have to respect and take into account in their calculations. It’s time to build a well-organized and professionally managed lobbying power in Washington, DC. He believes that PASI will become this organization!

Artur J. Łesyk
Connecticut

Artur przyjechał do Stanów Zjednoczonych w 1989 roku i osiadł w Branford, CT. Pracuje jako inżynier-mechanik w przemyśle lotniczym. Żonaty, szczęśliwy ojciec dwójki nastoletnich dzieci, prowadzący, podmiejski styl życia. Artur jest pasjonatem narciarstwa, żeglarstwa i obcowania z naturą na świeżym powietrzu. Artur zdecydował się dołączyć do PASI po tym, jak dowiedział się o przegłosowaniu ustawy S447, co spowodowało poczucie, że Stany Zjednoczone, kraj, któremu zawdzięcza tak wiele, wyrządzają straszliwą i nieuzasadnioną krzywdę Polsce, jego dawnej Ojczyźnie. Amerykanie polskiego pochodzenia odnieśli spore sukcesy w tworzeniu organizacji kulturalnych, religijnych i edukacyjnych w Stanach Zjednoczonych; niestety brakuje nam realnej siły politycznej, którą amerykańscy politycy musieliby szanować i uwzględniać w swoich kalkulacjach. Czas zbudować dobrze zorganizowaną i profesjonalnie zarządzaną pro-polską siłę lobbingową w Waszyngtonie. Wierzę, że PASI stanie się tą silą!

Mark Belcarz
Connecticut

After having the opportunity to live a few years in Italy, I settled in the beautiful State of Connecticut. I live in the USA for over 30 years, happily married, proud father of one son. I graduated in Computer Science, and I am professionally fulfilled in the medical care field for 25 years. I love mountains, hiking, wild nature, biking, reading, politics and cooking, but I also like to travel around the world.
I am trying to do something for the country in which I live as well as my homeland Poland. After all, the homeland is not only the country you live in but the country you need and needs you. Some say that patriotism is becoming an outdated idea. Despite this notion, it is an inspiration and a significant force that shapes the behaviors and attitudes of generations. Polish community and Poles living in America are unheard and neglected in the U.S. Congress. Unfortunately, those absent on Capitol Hill have no vote. The time has come for the Polish American community to play a significant role in creating the new political world. Join PASI today!

Marek Belcarz
Connecticut

Moja emigracyjna przygoda zaczęła się w latach 80-tych zupełnie przypadkowo. Po kilkuletnim pobycie w pięknej Italii osiedliłem, się w również pięknym stanie Connecticut. Mieszkam w USA od ponad 30-tu lat, szczęśliwie żonaty, dumny ojciec jednego syna. Ukończyłem informatykę, od 25 lat spełniam się zawodowo w zarządzaniu służbą zdrowia.

Moja druga miłość po rodzinie to wędrówki górskie, dzika przyroda, jazda na rowerze, czytanie, polityka i gotowanie, lubię też podróże w odległy świat, szczególnie fascynują mnie wielkie miasta.

Staram się zrobić coś dla kraju, w którym mieszkam, a także dla mojej pierwszej ojczyzny – Polski. W końcu ojczyzna to nie tylko kraj, w którym mieszkasz, ale kraj, którego potrzebujesz i który potrzebuje ciebie. Niektórzy twierdzą, że patriotyzm staje się przestarzałym pomysłem na życie. Ja uważam wręcz przeciwnie, że jest inspiracją i znaczącą siłą kształtującą zachowania i postawy pokoleń.

Polonia i Polacy mieszkający w Ameryce są niesłyszalni co jest skutkiem lekceważenia społeczności polonijnej w Kongresie USA. Niestety, nieobecni na Kapitolu nie mają głosu. Nadszedł czas, aby społeczność polonijna odegrała znaczącą rolę w tworzeniu nowego świata politycznego. Dołącz do PASI już dziś!

Dan Zamoyski
Great Britain

Born in Chicago, growing up in Illinois, Dan completed his Chemistry degree, and later an MBA, at Northern Illinois University at DeKalb (NIU). His paternal grandparents emigrated in 1911 from central Poland to western New Jersey, then to the vibrant Polish community of northwest Indiana, and finally to Chicago in 1930, due to the 1929 Crash. His USA diversified career spanned organic synthesis, to a brief spell in NIU academia post-MBA, before joining a large oil company in California. Emigrating to England in 1981 (English wife), Dan worked with a range of UK & intl businesses (chemicals, software, non-profits) before starting his management consultancy practice in 1990.

Assisting Dan’s work within PASI are: his USA & UK experience & many trips to Poland since 1994; his varied consultancy work over 30 years; and his passion for Only Truths about Poland & Poles to appear in the media. These give him an informed perspective on the geo-political, economic, cultural & historical aspects of Poland & USA-UK Polonia. Ambitions for PASI: that it grows in number & range of members, for members to grow – together in shared aspirations while jointly growing PASI’s influence on US policies that affect Polish Americans. Dan is also Head of the Polish Media Issues Group with over 2,600 members on Facebook.

Dan Zamoyski
Wielka Brytania

Urodzony w Chicago i wychowany w Illinois, Dan ukończył wydział chemii, a później zrobił magisterium z zarządzania na Universytecie Northern Illinois w DeKalb. Jego dziadkowie ze strony ojca wyemigrowali z centralnej Polski do New Jersey, potem dołączyli do dynamicznej polskiej społeczności w północnej Indianie, aby wreszcie osiąść w Chicago aż do 1930 r. (powód wielki kryzys gospodarczy w 1929r.). Jego bogata kariera w USA obejmowała pracę w zakładzie zajmującym sie syntezą organiczną, krótki okres pracy na uniwersytecie NIU po uzyskaniu magisterium, nstępnie w dużej firmie naftowej w Kalifornii. Po przeniesieniu się do Anglii (żona Angielka), Dan pracował dla dużych biznesów brytyjskich i międzynarodowych (materiały chemiczne, programowanie i non-profits) zanim założył swoją firmę konsultingową w 1990 r. Dan wnosi do PASI swoje bogate doświadczenie zdobyte w USA jak i w Wielkiej Brytanii, oraz to, które nabył podczas wielokrotnych podróży do Polski. Doświadczenie konsultingowe zdobywał przez ponad 30 lat. Jego wielką pasją jest walka o prawdę historyczną na temat Polski i Polaków w mediach. Jego doświadczenia pozwoliły mu wyrobić sobie dobrze ugruntowaną w faktach perspektywę na geopolityczne, ekonomiczne, kulturowe i historyczne aspekty Polski i jej związków z Polonią w USA i Wielkiej Brytanii. Jego ambicją w stosunku do PASI jest: zjednoczenie się jako społeczność polonijna i zbudowanie wspólnie organizacji która wpłynie na polityczne decyzje w USA dotyczące Amerykanów polskiego pochodzenia. Dan kieruje również grupą facebookową pod nazwą “Polish Media Issues”, która liczy 2600 członków.

Susan Gorga
New York

Receiving graduate degrees in both Political Science and Applied Linguistics from Indiana University, Susan has taught English as a Second Language at the University at Albany (State University of New York) for over 25 years. Prior to that, she was in the
first group of Peace Corps volunteers to serve in Poland and studied for a year at both the Instytut Badań Polonijnych in Krakow and the University of Warsaw. When her children were young, the family went to Chełm for a year where she taught at the Państwowa
Wyższa Szkoła Zawodowa while her children attended Polish schools. She likes traveling and adventure, particularly climbing volcanoes and sleeping in yurts.

Susan Gorga
Nowy Jork

Otrzymawszy tytuł magistra z Indiana University zarówno z nauk politycznych jak i z językoznawstwa stosowanego, Susan uczy języka angielskiego obcokrajowców od 25 lat na Uniwersytecie w Albany (Stanowy  Uniwersytet Nowego Jorku). Przed podjęciem tej pracy, Susan należała do pierwszej grupy wolontariuszy Peace Corps, która przyjechała do Polski, aby tam pracować. Studiowała przez rok zarówno w Instytucie Badań Polonijnych w Krakowie, jak i na Uniwersytecie Warszawskim. Kiedy jej dzieci były małe, jej rodzina przeniosła się na rok do Polski, gdzie mieszkali w Chełmie gdzie Susan uczyła w Państwowej Wyższej Szkole Zawodowej, a jej dzieci uczęszczały do lokalnych szkół. Susan lubi podróże i przygody, zwłaszcza wspinanie się na wulkany i spanie w jurtach.

Suzanne Mazurczyk
New Jersey

With a Masters degree in Business Administration and professional experience including real estate, financial information services, hospitality and entertainment, Suzanne brings a variety of skills and experience to PASI.  Suzanne was inspired by what she heard about PASI Outreach efforts to legislators and also attended the 2019 Poland First to Fight historical conference in Washington, DC.  She appreciates the team spirit working on PASI projects like the PASI Glos/Voice Newsletter and planning future initiatives.  Suzanne enjoys learning about many topics but especially Polish related issues, politics and investing.  Her other interests include yardwork, music, singing, dance (especially ballroom); travel, nature hikes, cooking, sailing, art & design and of course, family and friends.
 

Suzanne Mazurczyk
New Jersey

Z magisterium z biznesu i administracji, doświadczeniem profesjonalnym do którego zalicza się handel nieruchomościami, udzielanie porad finansowych, oraz usługi w branży hotelarskiej i rozrywkowej, Suzanne wnosi do PASI szeroki wachlarz umiejetności i doświadczeń. Suzanne została zainspirowana tym, co słyszała na temat wysiłków PASI w celu nawiązania współpracy z prawodawcami i przedstawicielami Kongresu, jak również uczestnictwem w historycznej konferencji na temat “Polska pierwsza przystąpiła do walki” zorganizowanej w Waszyngtonie w 2019 roku. Suzanne docenia ducha współpracy w takich projektach jak biuletyn “Głos PASI” i planowanie działań na przyszłość. Suzanne lubi uczyć się nowych rzeczy z róznych dziedzin, zwłaszcza tych związanych z Polską, polityką i inwestowaniem. Jej zainteresowania obejmują pracę w ogrodzie, muzykę, śpiew, taniec (zwłaszcza klasyczny), podróże, piesze wycieczki, gotowanie, żeglowanie, sztukę i wzornictwo, oraz oczywiście rodzinę i przyjaciół.

 

Jerzy Fiedziukiewicz
Connecticut

I was born in Bialystok, Poland, in 1965, and moved to the United States in 1994. Since then, I live in Connecticut with my wife and two children. I work in the aircraft industry as a CNC machinist with technical education from Poland. I always thought that history is what it is – but if we do not remember and cherish it, someone will rewrite history for us! That is why I stopped being passive and began to participate and support various patriotic initiatives. The voice of Polish Americans needs be heard. Join us and Join PASI today!

Jerzy Fiedziukiewicz
Connecticut

Urodziłem się w 1965 roku w Białymstoku na Podlasiu . Do Stanów Zjednoczonych przeprowadziłem się w 1994 roku. Od początku mieszkam w stanie Connecticut z żoną i dwójką dzieci. Mam wykształcenie techniczne z Polski i pracuję w przemyśle lotniczym przy obsłudze obrabiarek CNC . Zawsze myślałem, że historia jest niezmienna ? Ale jeśli o niej nie pamiętamy i jej nie pielęgnujemy to ktoś ją nam napisze na nowo ! Dlatego przestałem być bierny i zacząłem uczestniczyć i wspierać różne inicjatywy patriotyczne. Głos Amerykanów polskiego pochodzenia powinien być słyszalny. Dołącz do PASI już dziś!

Dr. Margaret Niznikiewicz
Massachusetts

A linguist and a cognitive neuroscientist, Malgorzata was educated both in Poland and in the United States. She lives in the Boston suburbs with her family. She loves uncovering the mysteries of the human brain in the hopes of creating effective therapies for those who need them most. Malgorzata loves hiking, kayaking and skiing. She is an avid cook and a novice gardener. She loves history and the history of both Poland and United States are her two favorite topics.

Dr. Małgorzata Niźnikiewicz
Massachusetts

Językoznawca i naukowiec studiujący pracę mózgu, Małgorzata odebrała wykształcenie zarówno w Polsce jak i w Stanach Zjednoczonych. Mieszka z rodziną na przedmieściach Bostonu. Małgorzata uwielbia odkrywać tajniki ludzkiego mózgu w nadziei na znalezienie efektywnych terapii dla tych którzy ich najbardziej potrzebują. Małgorzata bardzo lubi piesze wycieczki, kajakowanie i jazdę na nartach. Jest zapaloną kucharką i początkujacym ogrodnikiem. Interesuje sie historią, a historia Polski i Stanów Zjednoczonych są jej ulubionymi tematami.