POLISH CATHOLICS MARK GERMANY'S 1939 INVASION OF POLAND AND START OF WW II
9/4/2007 - NEWS from THE POLISH AMERICAN CONGRESS
HOLOCAUST DOCUMENTATION COMMITTEE
177 Kent St., Brooklyn, N.Y. 11222 - (718) 349-9689
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 3, 2007
POLISH CATHOLICS MARK GERMANY'S 1939
INVASION OF POLAND AND START OF WW II
Photo by Polish American Congress
Three Polish Catholics who survived the Holocaust
led this year's Polish American Congress commemoration of Hitler's
September 1, 1939 invasion of Poland which began World War II.
A solemn memorial mass was conducted at Holy Cross R.C. Church
in Maspeth, New York by Msgr. Peter Zendzian, pastor of the church
and chaplain of the Downstate New York Division of the Polish
Shown in the photo (from left to right) are: Paul Wos; Michael Preisler;
and Michael Madejski as they present a gift of the book,
"Forgotten Holocaust-The Poles Under German Occupation 1939-1944"
to Wanda Czajka for the library of the John Paul II Polish Supplementary
School which is affiliated with Holy Cross Church. Ms. Czajka is
assistant director of the school. At Ms. Czajka's right are Waldemar
Kulakowski, member of the school board and Msgr. Zendzian.
Paul Wos and his parents are recipients of the Yad Vashem Medal,
"Righteous Among the Nations" awarded by the State of Israel for
saving the lives of twelve Jews during the liquidation of the
Warsaw Ghetto in 1943.
Michael Preisler spent more than three years in Auschwitz as a
prisoner of Hitler's SS. He is co-chair of the Holocaust Documentation
Committee of the Polish American Congress.
Like Mr. Wos, Michael Madejski is also honored at Israel's Yad Vashem.
During the Warsaw Uprising of 1944, Mr. Madejski fought the Germans
along with his scouting troop "Zoska." During the battle, the boys and
girls of the scouting troop liberated a German concentration camp inside
Warsaw which held more than 350 Jews as prisoners there. The entire
troop is designated as "Righteous" by Israel for their special courage and
Like Mr. Preisler, Mr. Wos and Mr. Madejski are also members of the
Holocaust Documentation Committee of the Polish American Congress.
Contact: Frank Milewski - (718) 263-2700 (Ext. 105)
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