Centenary of PL-US relations marked in Kielce

The 31st President of the US Herbert Hoover (R) and the Vice-President Charles Curtis (L). Photo: Imagno/Getty Images

A concert marking 100th years of Polish independence and the centenary of Polish-US diplomatic relations took place on Tuesday in Kielce, central Poland.

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The concert titled “100 years together” was organised in memory of Herbert Hoover, the 31st President of the US. The event was accompanied by an exhibition about the US humanitarian aid for Poland after WWI and a short film about President Hoover and the aid.

The audience at Świętokrzyska Philharmonic listened to the piano recital of Polish and American music, performed by the renowned American pianist Neal Larrabee.

The project “100 years together” was initiated by the US General Consulate in Kraków, southern Poland, as part of celebrations of the centenary of Polish-US diplomatic relations and the role played by President Hoover.

B. Bix Ali, the General Consul of the US, said that Mr Hoover was helping Poland and Poles since the beginning of the 20th century.

“The most spectacular activity, organised by him was an ‘Invisible Guest Dinner,’ which took place on December 29, 1920, at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York City. Mr Hoover, who was head of American Relief Administration at that time, invited 1,000 people, who paid USD 1,000 for a dinner worth USD 0,22,” Mr Ali said at the event.

He added that organisers raised USD three mln, including two million paid by John D. Rockefeller Jr., and spent it on medical aid and food for children in Central Europe.

In 1922, Herbert Hoover received the title of the Honorary Citizen of Poland.