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  • 31 October 2014

    All Saints' Day is a special day for Poles during which many people visit the graves of their deceased relatives. This old-world custom remains a part of Polish culture to this day, and our diplomatic post maintains this tradition even here in Washington, D.C.

    Memorial wreaths on behalf of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland were placed at the graves of Jan Karski, his wife Pola Nerienska, his brother Marian Kozielewski, as well as before the graves of the last Ambassadors of the Second Polish Republic in Berlin, Jozef Lipski, and in Paris, Juliusz Lukasiewicz. The Embassy was represented by Deputy Chief of Mission Maciej Pisarski and Consul Piotr Konowrocki. Flowers at the grave of Jan Karski were also presented by the Malgorzata Izdebska, Executive Director of the Jan Karski Institute for Tolerance and Dialogue.

     

    Józef Lipski (5 June 1894 – 1 November 1958) was a Polish diplomat who was Ambassador to Nazi Germany from 1934 to 1939. Lipski trained as a lawyer, and joined the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1925.  One of his first assignments in 1934 was work on the German–Polish Non-Aggression Pact. Lipski met with German Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop at Berchtesgaden, Hitler's mountain retreat, on 24 October 1938. Ribbentrop demanded that Poland agree to the German annexation of the Free City of Danzig; Lipski refused. Under British pressure to negotiate a solution to the Danzig crisis, Lipski eventually phoned to ask for an interview with Ribbentrop on 31 August 1939, but upon learning that Lipski would be present only as an ambassador, rather than as a plenipotentiary, the meeting was refused. Poland was invaded the next day. During the Second World War, Lipski fought as a volunteer (Polish 1st Grenadiers Division in France) and later joined the General Staff of the Polish Armed Forces in the West. In 1951 Lipski moved to the USA and represented the Polish Government in Exile.

     

    Juliusz Łukasiewicz (May 6, 1892 - April 6, 1951) was a Polish diplomat, an ambassador of Poland to the Soviet Union and France.

    Łukasiewicz joined the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs on January 1, 1919. As a specialist in Polish-Soviet relations, he joined the Eastern Department of the aforementioned Ministry in 1921. In 1922 he assumed the leadership of the Eastern Department and served there for four years until 1926. From 1926 to 1934, he served as Polish envoy in several European countries: in Riga, Latvia in the years 1926-1929; in Vienna, Austria in 1931-1932, and in Moscow, Soviet Union in 1933-1934. In 1934, he was appointed Polish ambassador to the Soviet Union, and remained in Moscow until June 1936. From July 1936, he served as the Polish ambassador to France until November 7, 1939.

    Upon the Invasion of Poland in September 1939, Łukasiewicz energetically lobbied the French government and French military officials to fulfill their obligations towards the Franco-Polish Alliance and the Kasprzycki-Gamelin Convention.

    After World War II, Łukasiewicz remained abroad. From 1947 to 1950, he served as vice-chairman at the Institute of International Research in London. In September 1950, he emigrated to the United States. In April 1951, Łukasiewicz committed suicide.

     

    Jan Karski – born Jan Romuald Kozielewski on 24 April 1914 in Lodz. Died July 13 2000 in Washington. A citizen of the United States and Poland, honorary citizen of Israel, lawyer and diplomat, historian, professor at Georgetown University. From 1939 part of the underground, courrier and messenger of the Polish Underground State, a witness to the Holocaust. For his actions he was awarded the highest state honors, Order of the White Eagle from Poland and the Medal of Freedom from the United States.

     

    Marian Kozielewski – Jan Karski’s brother. Born 1897 in Lodz, died July 8 1964 in Washington, D.C. In 1934 became commander of the Warsaw Police Force. After the fall of Warsaw, he became involved in the underground. Arrested in 1940 and sent to Auschwitz. Released in May 1941. In January 1946 he left Poland. Three time recipient of the Cross of Valor, Silver Cross of Merit and Independence Cross.

     

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