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The World Research Council on Poles Abroad

The mission of patriotic Polish emigration was accomplished, when the People's Republic of Poland fell in 1989. At that time conditions were created conducive to strengthening the mutual contacts amongst Poles living in various countries of the world and our scientists living in Poland. The idea of establishing the Scientific Society charged with studying the challenges of independence minded Polish Immigration was first put forth by professor Edward Szczepanik from London, the last prime minister of Government of the II Republic of Poland Abroad.

The emigration of Poles began in the 17th century (after the war with Sweden) and intensified in the following centuries, particularly after the polish uprisings in the 19th century. Today, about 20 million people of polish origin live all parts of the world. The Poles belong to the nations with the highest percentage of emigrants as compared to their compatriots living in the country of origin.

The professional contributions of the Poles in new countries are great. Many Poles who could not fulfill their professional ambitions in captivated Poland (1795-1918, 1939-1989), left Poland and achieved professional successes, sometimes even great successes abroad. But a success in a profession is not only a measure of somebody's achievement. Being an emigrant requires many other qualities, such as how to learn a new language, how to survive in a very competitive society, how to struggle with a lack of money and poor health care, and so forth.

The Polish accomplishments abroad are the common heritage of all Poles, whether living in Poland or other countries. All Poles love Poland, for whose freedom they have fought, died, and wished her the best. Even at the beginning of the 21st century, Poland needs the material and intellectual help from all of us. Hence the recording of our heritage should be one of the most important and optimistic sources of motivation and knowledge for young Poles living in Poland or abroad.

Based upon this new mission, the former London Government of Poland in the person of its last prime-Minister, Prof. Edward Szczepanik, who was also president of the polish Society of Arts and Sciences Abroad (London), appealed in February 1996 to the Polish scientific communities in Poland and abroad to strengthen their relationships particularly in the area of researching the Polish patriotic heritage since 1939. The first organizational meeting and scientific conference took place in June 1996 in the History Institute of the University of Mary Curie-Sklodowska in Lublin. During this meeting the Council for Research Coordination on Poles Living Abroad was Formed. Prof. Edward Szczepanik, ks.prof Edward Walewander and Prof. TadeuszRadzik were elected to the Council's Secretariat. The Board of the Council, composed of Prof. Edward Szczepanik as president of the Council.

The Council changed its name to the World Research Council on Poles Abroad during a meeting in Gorzow Wielkopolski in May 2001. During the same meeting, due to his health problems, Prof. Edward Szczepanik was elected as Honorary Chairman of the Council and Prof. AndrzejTargowski (USA) was elected as president. He resigned in July 2007 and Walter Golebiewski MBA (USA) was elected as a president. The Council has about 100 members / mainly scientists of various universities, institutes, Scientific bodies, writers, journalists and publicists as well as Pole's abroad enthusiasts / in all parts of the world, which voluntarily fulfill its mission. The Council's mission is to provide research, recording, and dissemination of the world heritage of Pole's abroad. Our mission is also organization of scientific conferences, tutorials, lectures about historical truth of our polish independence minded immigration, especially post World War II. We publish books, publications as well as create an environment of schooling and education.

Membership in the World Research Council on Poles Abroad is open to anyone with an interest in the Polish heritage abroad. Members are eligible to vote or run for office, serve on committees, and participate in the Council conferences and the annual meetings. Members receive our newsletter.

If you would like to join Council or renew your membership, please download and print our membership form /go to our web page: http://rpbnp.republika.pl Czlonkowstwo - deklaracja/ fill it out, pay membership fee directly to the Bank /50zl or hard currency equivalent/ , and mail declaration to our address above or e-mail to: Ten adres pocztowy jest chroniony przed spamowaniem. Aby go zobaczyć, konieczne jest włączenie w przeglądarce obsługi JavaScript.

Board of Directors of the Council

April 9, 2011

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