35th Anniversary of Hippocrene Books; Meeting in Polish Embassy

The 35th anniversary of Hippocrene Books was celebrated here on September 8, 2004 at the Embassy of the Republic of Poland. Jacek Galazka and Jerzy Blagowidow, Hippocrene's Founding Fathers, and the great literary accomplishments of their publishing house, were honored by a letter of congratulations and commendation from Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski, as personally presented to Mr. Galazka by Ambassador Przemyslaw Grudzinski. Galazka then spoke to the large audience in the Grand Ballroom about his publishing company's history, it's many and diverse Polish interest offerings, and it's huge selection of international books featuring varied subject matter.

Jacek Galazka Displaying Books

Jacek Galazka, of Hippocrene Books, Inc., is shown above at the Polish Embassy with some of the Polish-titled books in the company's large catalog. He is holding 2 recent publications- Fighting Warsaw: The Story of the Polish Underground State, 1939-1945 by Stefan Korbonski and Enigma: How the Poles Broke the Nazi Code, by Jerzy Straszak.

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In relation to the two books being feted- Fighting Warsaw and Enigma (both mentioned above), guest speaker Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski spoke about the valiant efforts and significant sacrifices made by the Poles during World War II (1939-45) to bring about the final allied victory against Nazi Germany. Sadly, he also told the audience that Poland's critical military contributions, unrelenting organized resistance to the Nazi occupiers, abject suffering and horrendous losses during this war period are still widely unknown or ignored in today's world. But his very poignant remarks served to lend great emphasis to the crucial work of Hippocrene Books in educating the public about these most serious matters and thereby contributing greatly to rectifying and correcting the historical injustices unfairly suffered by Poland to this day.

Polish Embassy in Washington DC.

Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski, President Carter's National Security Advisor speaks
Jacek Galazka and Jerzy Straszak are seated

Jerzy Straszak (see at the picture above, to the right), co-author of "Enigma", traveled from his home in Ontario, Canada with his family to attend the Hippocrene anniversary. He recounted his many WWII personal experiences beginning with his service in Poland's naval intelligence bureau. His many vignettes about the war and military intelligence matters held the audience in his thrall, and they applauded with great appreciation at the presentation's conclusion.

To learn more about Hippocrene Books and it's numerous and varied publications please visit it's web site at: www.hippocrenebooks.com.

Washington, D.C. , September 8, 2004
text and photographs by Richard P. Poremski, contact the author by e-mail.
This article was published originally in the November, 2004 issue of the Polish American Journal, Buffalo, NY.

Jacek Galazka is a president of Pilsudski Institute. For his activities in Pilsudski Institute he was awarded with the site of the month award in February 05.

Below is a small selection of many books which Hippocrene offers but we did not mention in the article:

A wonderful book written by Sophie Hodorowicz Knab, Mary Anne Knab (Illustrator). It is entitled Polish Customs, Traditions and Folklore

Check another book devoted to Polish peasant tradition:

Song, Dance, and Customs of Peasant Poland, by Sula Benet

Below is a link to Polish Heritage Songbook, by Marek Sart, Szymon Kobylinski

Check the language books

Hippocrene Children's Illustrated Polish Dictionary: English-Polish/Polish-English

Hippocrene Standard Dictionary: Polish-English English-Polish : With Complete Phonetics Menu Terms Business Terms (Hippocrene Standard Dictionary)
by Iwo Cyprian Pogonowski

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