Złoty medal Gloria Artis

The Pilsudski Institute of America was awarded by Prime Minister Piotr Glinski the Gold Medal Gloria Artis for outstanding contribution to Polish culture. The ceremony took place on September 27, 2016 in the elegant salons of the Polish Consulate General in New York.

The Gold Medal Gloria Artis has also been awarded to the Polish Museum in Chicago and the Bronze Medal Gloria Artis was awarded to Janusz Sporek animator of Polish music in New York.

On behalf of the Institute Gloria Artis medal was accepted by its president Dr Iwona Korga and Dr Magda Kapuścińska, former president and volunteer of the Institute for the last 40 years. Iwona Korga thanking for the medal said:

"On behalf of the Pilsudski Institute of America, thank you very much for this great honor, I must admit, however, that the Institute deserved this medal. During our 73 years of activity, the Institute secured the Polish national heritage: one million documents, twenty thousand books, art gallery and historical memorabilia. [...] I accept this medal on behalf of employees and generations of volunteers who created our facility and gave their time, knowledge and supported financially. "

Nagrodzeni medalem Gloria Artis

dps 03Exhibit view published on the Zeche Hanower website

On June 16, 2016 an exhibition has been inaugurated in Bochum entitled Between uncertainty and confidence - art, culture and everyday life of Polish DP’s in Germany 1945-1955.

At the end of World War II, nearly one million Polish forced laborers, prisoners from German concentration camps, and prisoners of war, lived as a Displaced Persons in camps in the western areas in Germany. The bilingual (German and Polish) exhibition "Between uncertainty and confidence" organized by the Industrial Museum "Mine Hannover" association LWL (Landschaftsverband Westfalen-Lippe) in Bochum presents for the first time a comprehensive picture of daily life of the DP’s and their cultural activities. The center of digital documentation Porta Polonica took part in the preparation for the exhibition. Many documents (digital copies) come from the Pilsudski Institute of America archives which contain the documents on Polish refugees in post-war Germany (Fonds 24, Polish refugees in Germany).