Polish Movie Starts Friday the 13th of April 2012

Starts Friday, April 13, 2012

Terrace Theater                                                                                                           1956D Maybank Highway
Simply the best cinema in Charleston, SC

(R) Running Time 2:25

12:45p 3:30p 6:45p 9:20p


Director:  Agnieszka Holland

Writers:  Robert Marshall (book), David F. Shamoon

Stars:  Robert Wieckiewicz, Benno Fürmann and Agnieszka Grochowska



IN DARKNESS tells the true story of Leopold Soha who risks his own life to save a dozen people from certain death. Initially only interested in his own good, the thief and burglar hides Jewish refugees for 14 months in the sewers of the Nazi-occupied town of Lvov (former Poland). Written by Anonymous 


Robert Wieckiewicz Leopold Socha
Benno Fürmann Mundek Margulies
Agnieszka Grochowska Klara Keller
Maria Schrader Paulina Chiger
Herbert Knaup Ignacy Chiger
Marcin Bosak Yanek Grossmann
Krzysztof Skonieczny Stefek Wroblewski
Milla Bankowicz Krystyna Chiger
Oliwer Stanczak Pawel Chiger
Kinga Preis Wanda Socha
Weronika Rosati Woman with child
Alexandre Levit Kovalev
Frank-Michael Köbe Wilhaus
Joachim Paul Assböck Nowak
Maja Bohosiewicz Girl


Petition for Visa Waiver for Poles

 The Kosciuszko Foundation(www.thekf.org) .


Poland, Visas & What You Can Do

Tell Congress to Pass The Jolt Act!

After years of broken promises from Washington, Poland finally has a chance of being included in the Visa Waiver Program thanks to Sen. Chuck Schumer. When Schumer marched in New York’s Pulaski Day Parade in October, the Kosciuszko Foundation, the Nowy Dziennik and others brought the Visa Waiver issue to his attention and urged him to find a way to drop visas for Poland. Sen. Schumer promised to do something. He kept his word and sponsored a bill to do this.

Schumer, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Citizenship, took several immigration bills that were sponsored by various Senators and combined them together in one bill, the “Jolt Act.”

Senators Barbara Mikulski of Maryland and Mark Kirk of Illinois sponsored legislation to include Poland in the VWP.  And in the House of Representatives a bipartisan collection Congressmen such as Mike Quigley, Dan Lipinski, Marcy Kaptur, and others have done the same. These bills are now part of the “Jolt Act.”

The Jolt Act will boost tourism and add billions of dollars to our economy and create hundreds of thousands of jobs over the next decade.  It would also cut red tape for tourists and business travelers from India, Brazil, China, and increase tourism from Canada.

Polish Americans must speak up to ensure that this legislation passes in the Senate and the House of Representatives, and that President Obama signs it.

So please, call all your friends and ask them to write to your Senators and Representatives and ask them to pass the “Jolt Act.”  Otherwise, nothing will happen.

If you don’t know your Congressman, below is a link where you can find them using your zip code.  If you are not registered to vote, another link below shows you how to register.

We must convince a majority in both houses of Congress to pass this legislation before President Obama can sign it into law.  Here’s a link to help you find your Congressman:


 Here is a way that you can start when you write and your Senators and Members of Congress:

 Dear Congressman,

As a Polish-American, I ask that you support The “Jolt Act” which would boost tourism and add billions of dollars to our economy and create hundreds of thousands of jobs over the next decade. It would also help to include Poland in the Visa Waiver Program . . .

Here are some bullets that you can use in your letter, and please add some of your own:

  • ·Poland is one of America’s greatest allies and has fought for freedom in Iraq, Afghanistan and always supports the United States.

  •  Visa refusal rates for Poles have dropped dramatically and Poland is a productive member of NATO and the European Union, and its citizens do not need to come to the United States to find work.
  • Poland is part of the “Schengen Area” of 25 European nations that allows passport-free travel across borders.
  • Poles pose no terrorist threat to America, and allowing Poles to visit the United States as tourists would encourage international trade and pump tourism dollars into our economy.
  • While the United States requires Poles to have visas when traveling to America, Poland waived visas for Americans 20 years ago.
  • By refusing visa free travel for Poles, the United States is pushing Poland closer to other European nations that are not as friendly towards America.
  • Allowing Poles to travel without visas will add to our security and enhances law enforcement and crime-fighting efforts through data-sharing agreements between our respective countries.

Don’t forget to write to your Representative and Senators, because the bill must pass both houses. Please ask all your friends to write to Congress.

And if you are not registered to vote, what are you waiting for? Congress will ignore your voice unless you are a voter. To register, click here.

If all of the Polish-American organizations work on this, we will win.

 Alex Storozynski

President and Executive Director

The Kosciuszko Foundation

The American Center of Polish Culture


Blessing Of The Baskets

The Blessing of the Easter Baskets – Holy Saturday
Planning your basket is a wonderful spirit-filled family activity. This beautiful Easter tradition, known as Swieconka (sh-vee-en-soon-kah) in Poland, is now also celebrated in many Catholic churches in the United States.
At the Blessing of the Baskets, families bring decorated baskets with samples of specially chosen foods that are blessed by the priest to mark the end of the penances of Lent and the celebration of the Resurrection. The Blessing also recognizes that food itself has an important place in the Resurrection story. Proving that He was truly risen and not a ghost, in Luke’s Gospel Jesus asked for something to eat. He also ate with the disciples on other occasions; and in Acts St. Peter testified that they had eaten with the risen Lord.
Although there have been many adaptations over time of the food placed in the baskets, each food has a symbolic meaning. Meat, often ham, bacon or polish sausage, is a sign of God’s favor and generosity, the end of Lenten penance and the resurrected Christ. Decorated eggs symbolize new life and Christ rising from the tomb. Butter in the shape of a lamb reminds us that Jesus is the Lamb of God, crucified for humanity’s sins. Salt may be included because it is necessary to sustain life and also represents purification. Cheese is shaped into a ball and symbolizes the moderation Christians should have at all times. Horseradish with grated beets symbolizes the passion and sacrifice of Jesus and how we must accept the bitter with the sweet in life. Vinegar represents the sour wine given to Jesus on the cross. Easter bread, with a cross cut into the crust, symbolizes that Christ is the bread of life. Finally, sweets suggest the promise of eternal life or good things to come. Many other things can be included such as food staples, fruits and vegetables – every basket is different.
The basket is traditionally lined with a white linen or lace napkin which represents the shroud of Christ, and the basket is decorated with sprigs of boxwood, the typical Easter evergreen. Candles in the basket acknowledge that Christ is the light of the world. Ribbon may be woven around the handle of the basket, and colorful flowers and pussy willows, which are a symbol of Easter in Poland, may also be added. Observing the creativity of other parishioners is one of the special joys of the event.
The Blessing of the Easter Baskets is a festive occasion. Prayers are said for the food in the baskets which are then sprinkled with holy water. The food remains uneaten until Sunday morning. On Easter Sunday after Mass, everyone from the family east some of the blessed food from the basket, especially the eggs and bread that are cut into pieces. Before eating, everyone may offer wishes to each other that relate to the Resurrection. If everyone eats at least a small piece of each of the blessed foods, this will bring them good luck.

Remember to attend the “Blessing of the Easter Baskets” ceremony Saturday, April 7th at 11:00 am at St. Joseph’s Church, followed by an Easter Egg Hunt for the children.  St. Joseph Church is located at 1695 Raoul Wallenberg Boulevard in Charleston.

For those of you close to downtown, The Cathedral of the Incarnation will also hold  a “Blessing of the Easter Baskets” at 10 am  with an Easter Egg Hunt to follow. The Cathedral is located at 120 Broad Street in Charleston.