Polish Culture Week in Italy starts on Thursday

Ancient ruins in Bari, Italy. Photo: flickr/Mona Varga

Polish Culture Week will begin on Thursday in the southern Italian city of Bari.

Corresponding with the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of Poland regaining independence, there will be a history-themed conference held in the evening dedicated to the poetry of an acclaimed Polish poet Zbigniew Herbert.

The event is organised, for the second time, by the Italian-Polish Association in Apulia and the Institute of National Remembrance (IPN). IPN head Jarosław Szarek will attend the conference and the debate on the centenary of independence.

The event, which is dedicated to the works of Zbigniew Herbert, will be combined with the announcement of the results of a competition for the best literary translation of Mr Herbert’s poem “Book” into Italian.

On Friday, the IPN scientists and Mirosław Obstarczyk, the representative of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum, will talk about captain Witold Pilecki, a cavalry captain who compiled a report on Nazi German atrocities that took place in Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. The discussion will be followed by the screening of the film "Pilecki" directed by Mirosław Krzyszkowski.

Saturday will be dedicated to the history of the Ulm family, murdered by the Nazi Germans for hiding Jews during WWII and Irena Sendlerowa, who saved Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto.

Polish Culture Week in Bari will conclude on Sunday, with the Holy Mass of St. John Paul II to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Karol Wojtyła being elected Pope.