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Few would disagree that Western democracies are experiencing a crisis of representation. In the United States, gerrymandering and concentrated political geographies have placed the Congress and state legislatures in a stranglehold that is often at odds with public opinion. Campaign financing ensures that only the affluent have voice in legislation. Europeans, meanwhile, increasingly see the European Union as an anti-democratic body whose “diktats” have no basis in popular rule. The response, however, has not been an effective pursuit of better representation. In Good Government, Pierre Rosanvallon examines the long history of the alternative to which the public has gravitated: the empowered executive.


We strongly recommend you a famous and remarkable essay, originally delivered as a lecture at Sorbonne in 1882, published in Polish for the first time in January 2018 thanks to the Foundation, by Dialog Editions.


The Geremek Foundation was a co-organizer of the film's lecture and a debate entitled "Turkey on the edge" during the Watch Doc festival.


The Foundation co-organized the panel "Media in the face of the crisis - information noise"


Last week's inauguration of historical workshops for young people from Warsaw.


Since September 2016 our Foundation became a partner in multilateral Project led by National Democratic Institute in Washington D.C.


Geremek Foundtation took part in International Experts’ Meeting in Brussels.


Experts from 10 countries, within EU by CITIZENS project created a manual on basic information about united Europe, its history, values and institutions.


Due to the great interest in the program, we are starting another recruitment for global education workshops for students from all over Poland.


We publish lists of people admitted to the global, European and Polish groups. Congratulations!


We only accept applications for the nationwide educational project Nasz Wspólny Świat until October 10th.


October 19-21, 2017; Lodz, Poland


On October 19-20, 2017, the 4th Congress of Education and Development, organized every year by the publishing house Wolters Kluwer Polska, will take place at the Warsaw Olympic Center.


We invite youth teams together with teachers. Global education workshops will be implemented through the e-learning platform.


We are waiting for applications from middle school and high school students from Warsaw and the surrounding area until 30 September 2017.


Workshops presenting the training tool for those working with human rights, intercultural understanding and conflict resolution led by Marit Langmyr and Evgeniya Khoroltseva from the Human Rights Academy of Oslo.


We have completed this year's workshop series in "Through contemporaneity to history" and an anti-discrimination one


Young people participating in historical workshops went for a one-day trip to explore the history of this multicultural city.


Bronisław Geremek Fondation and University of Social Sciences and Humanities invites for a presentation of a report on the implications of the constitutional crisis in Poland and the accompanying conference on June 27, 2017.


We invite you to a workshop presenting a training tool to work with groups in the field of human rights, intercultural understanding and conflict resolution "Build bridges, not walls" Djuliman Enver, Hjorth Lillian developed in cooperation with the Norwegian Helsinki Committee.


Last Saturday at the Warsaw Book Fair we have a chance to meet the author of "The Sleepwokers". The discussion panel organized by the Geremek Foundation and the Academic Publishing House DIALOG was led by Patrycja Sasnal.


Behind us another fantastic meeting from the series "Ethics and politics."


May 20th (Saturday), at 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.


The foundation stand prepared by the young people participating in our workshops.


In August 8 - 9, another workshops took place. Young people and teachers from all over Poland met with Professor Adam Strzembosz.


On April 22nd, as part of educational program we held a meeting with Polis-Ukrainian journalist.


Lawyer, writer, publicist, academic lecturer, social activist. Human rights defender and our Foundation board member.


Center of Professor Bronisław Geremek took the patronage of the 11th All-Polish Conference of the European Center of the University of Warsaw


Prof. Zbigniew Mikołejko spoke about the Polish political Catholicism.


invitation to the fourth lecture in the series Ethics and Politics


On the topic of "dirty hands in politics", spoke prof. Magdalena Środa.


March for Europe on the 60th anniversary of the Treaties of Rome. Warsaw. Thank you for sharing this beautiful day. We were crowds.


Behind us the penultimate meeting of experts creating a common European textbook.


Last Thursday we had the opportunity to listen to another guest presenting in the Ethics and Politics cycle.


Last weekend, symbolically on the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaties of Rome, we have started the sixth edition of the nationwide project of the 20th century Poland's history workshops.




The European Union is the fulfillment of the dreams of generations of Poles about the community. After years of struggle for freedom and forced isolation we chose freedom and development, openness and the rule of law, equality and social justice. Namely Europe.




During the last historical workshops at the Foundation, the youth took part in a meeting with our guest, Ibrahim Kalwas.


March 12, 1999, Polish Foreign Minister Bronislaw Geremek, in the name of Polish Government sign the ratification to NATO.


"Big political projects must be accompanied by dreams that awaken the will to act." Politics must be built on realistic predictions, not on sentiments. "


Pictures from the first meeting of the series: "The initiators and implementers of Polish transformation" dedicated to Professor Bronislaw Geremek. Lecture on "in Polish political thought Bronislaw Geremek" was delivered by Professor Andrzej Friszke.


Congratulations to all those selected!


We invite you to the first lecture from the cycle INITIATORS AND REALIZERS OF POLISH TRANSFORMATION.


Yesterday we inaugurated "Ethics and Politics" debates. The guest was Prof. Zbigniew Mikołejko, who spoke about the Polish political Catholicism. The next guest will be Michał Łuczewski with the topic "Laïcité and a sacrum's place in democracy." The debate will take place on March 23.


The former president of the Czech Republic operates in Polish consciousness as a politician, but how many of us remember that he was mainly a great writer, essayist and playwrighter?


The first meeting will be held on February 7th at 6.00 p.m. Our guest will be Professor Zbigniew Mikolejko, who will talk about Polish political Catholicism.


The book is the result of ten years of experience in teaching about human rights, intercultural understanding and conflict resolution. Thanks to the cooperation with the Norwegian Helsinki Committee the authors developed training programs and trained young people, students, refugees, teachers, journalists and employees of the public sector in the Balkans, Belarus, Russia, including Chechnya and Ingushetia, USA and - of course - Norway, where they comes from.


Foundation Centre of prof. Bronislaw Geremek, the Czech Centre and Agora Publishing House are pleased to invite you to a debate with Andrzej Jagodziński, Lenka Jungmannova, Adam Michnik, Martin Šimečka and Tomas Vrba.


We are looking forward for the applications.


Multithreading biography of one of the most prominent Russian intellectual of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.


On Friday, November 25, at the headquarters of the Foundation for Polish-German Cooperation, a debate took place with the participation of the authors of two books co-financed by the Foundation


With the initiative of the Geremek Foundation by the end of this year the Dialogue publishing house will comes out with a Handbook of 97 Exercises in Human Rights, Intercultural Understanding and Conflict Management.


Foundation of prof. Bronislaw Geremek Center is pleased to invite you to a debate on 25th of November, 18:00, co-organized by the Foundation for Polish-German Cooperation, Romanian Cultural Institute in Warsaw and the Academic Publishing House DIALOG.


This year, scholarship holders of the historical program from global and European groups as part of an integration trip went to the headquarters of the Foundation for European Understanding in Krzyżowa in Lower Silesia. The theme was the history of Polish-German relations, as well as disputes over the concept of historical policy.


Polish-Lithuanian Forum for Dialogue and Cooperation of Jerzy Giedroyc and the Foundation of Professor Bronislaw Geremek Center had the pleasure to organize a debate on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the resumption of diplomatic relations between Lithuania and Poland. The debate has been honored by the concert of Lithuanian composer and singer Alina Orlova.


Geremek Foundation has organized a panel discussion at the conference GAMES OF FREEDOM 2016 PT. "CULTURAL CLASHES" organized in Lodz by Liberte! The conference was a response to the growing European (but also Polish) dilemma associated with the coexistence in the same space of different faiths and cultures, professing different value systems.


In the past week, we have had two inaugurations of workshops for young people: 'Throughout the present day towards history', and H'uman rights and anti-discrimination'.


Prof. Pierre Rosanvallon the College de France, which on Saturday in Lublin gave a lecture abiut "The idea of parliament of invisibles" warned us that "to understand democracy, we must to complicate it, rather than simplify. The result of simlification could be the despotism of the majority."


Center Foundation prof. Bronisław Geremek and the Faculty of Political Science UMCS invite you to a lecture and promotion of the essay by Professor Pierre Rosanvallon, which will take place on October 22nd, 2016 at 6:00 pm in Lublin at the Crown Tribunal (Rynek 1).


Thank you. For everything.


We invite you to take part in the Freedom Games forum to be held in Łódź, Poland and take part in the panel discussion: “European fears of Islam” during the event on October 22, 2016, 4 pm. The panel discussion is organized in cooperation with Foundation Prof. Bronisław Geremek Centre.


Polish-Lithuanian Dialogue and Cooperation Forum of Jerzy Giedroyc and the Center of Professor Bronisław Geremek is pleased to invite you to the debate on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the resumption of diplomatic relations between Lithuania and Poland.


On Saturday, September 24, on the anniversary of the establishment of KOR, we have opened an installation on the Square Free Speech in Warsaw. It will be available to visitors for a month. [PHOTOS]


The conference organized under the auspices of Deputy Speaker Bogdan Borusewicz by the Social Committee of the celebration is attended by participants of the democratic opposition of the 70s: Ludwik Dorn, Adam Michnik, Leszek Moczulski, Andrzej Wielowieyski and historians of this period: Andrzej Friszke, Jan Skórzyński and Kazimierz Wóycicki.


We invite you to the opening of the exhibition in the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Workers' Defense Committee (KOR). The ceremony will take place on September 24th, 2016 at 1.00 p.m. on the Skwer Wolnego Słowa, at Mysia Street (between Bracka Street and Nowy Świat Street), in Warsaw.


We invite eager secondary school students from Warsaw and the surrounding area for regular meetings with the philosopher Piotr Marciszek.


We invite willing high school students from Warsaw and the surrounding area to participate in anti-discrimination workshops.


We invite you to the next edition of the historical educational program, addressed to middle and high school students from Warsaw and the surrounding area.


Workers' Defense Committee (KOR) was the first organized opposition in the communist countries since the Stalinist era. Without the KOR there would not be Solidarnosc and with no Solidarnosc there would be no freedom in Eastern Europe.


In December 2007, on the occasion of the accession to the Schengen area of nine of the ten new members states of the 2004 EU-enlargement, Geremek was invited to deliver a speech in Luxembourg to celebrate this historical moment.


For more informations please switch to the Polish version of the site.


Prof. Bronislaw Geremek died on July 13, 2008. We remember and we will remember!


"I never really cry. It happened to me only twice, when I had a sense of - dare I say it - happiness. Once, in the Gdansk shipyard where a great social and national movement got birth. And the second time, when in the March 12, 1999 in Independence I was signing the Washington Treaty and Poland joined NATO. "~ Bronislaw Geremek


Workers' Defense Committee (KOR) was the first organized opposition in the communist countries since the Stalinist era. Without the KOR there would not be Solidarnosc and with no Solidarnosc there would be no freedom in Eastern Europe.


All of Foundation's educational workshops have came to an end. The final ceremony took place in the Royal Łazienki. See you after the holidays![PHOTOS]


 Last Monday we had the last meeting with the with teachers participating in the program. Summarizing classes took place in the Office of the Ombudsman [PHOTOS].


Participants also took part in a city game on the multicultural history of Praga, and they ended the day with a ceremonial dinner [PHOTOS].


4th June we celebrated the anniversary of the Polish legislative election of 1989. Poland became the first country of the Eastern Bloc in which democratically elected representatives gained real power. The resounding victory of the Solidarity opposition in the freely contested races paved the way to the fall of Communism in Poland.


4th June we celebrated the anniversary of the Polish legislative election of 1989. Poland became the first country of the Eastern Bloc in which democratically elected representatives gained real power. The resounding victory of the Solidarity opposition in the freely contested races paved the way to the fall of Communism in Poland.


Issued in May on the initiative of our Foundation essays by three Romanian intellectuals: Andrei Pleşu, Gabriel Liiceanu and Horia-Roman Patapievici, Translation and Preface - Bogumił Luft. Publication co-financed by the College of Europe in Natolin from the Erasmus + program funds.


Issued in May on the initiative of our Foundation, co-financed by the College of Europe in Natolin from the Erasmus + program funds.


Interview with Piotr Sowinski, a history teacher from high school in Wschowa participating in workshops "Polish in the twentieth century" published in Panorama Leszczyńska (pl).



The second meeting of the project group EUbyCitizens prepared by Foundation of Professor Bronislaw Geremek Centre as a host have took place in Warsaw.


On May 28 - June 4, 2016 the Association of Prof. Zbigniew Hołda will organize the Constitutional Week.


Debate with the writers on the Warsaw Book Fair: Lyonel Trouillot, Tahar Ben Jelloun and Dominique Wolton - Saturday, May 21, 5 pm.-6 pm., National Stadium, Francophonic stand - 105 / D13


The overall objective of the project is to facilitate schools to take the challenge in changing the negative attitude of a large part of the youths towards refugees and to prepare young citizens to welcome them in Poland.


Prof. Bronisław Geremek Foundation with Maison de l’Europe de Paris developed the EUbyCITIZENS project, which aims to reach many citizens from various groups through partners established in 10 countries. The project takes place in Member States: France, Bulgaria, Spain, Hungary, Poland, Slovenia, Romania and candidate countries: Montenegro, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia.


Do we know how to teach about differences, so that – even inadvertently – we do not hurt anyone? Do we realize that discrimination and violence in  school not only mean a lack of respect for others but also violation of the law?  The Geremek Foundation  and the Open Republic Association  invite teachers to take part in the project “School of Equal Treatment”.


“Europe-Russia-Ukraine. Searching for a New European Order” – that is the theme of the sixth international conference organized to date by the Prof. Bronisław Geremek Centre Foundation. This year it is held on 17-18 September.


A new project - the Prof. Bronisław Geremek Laboratory of Ideas -  saw its inauguration on 2-5 July 2015. Its co-organizers and partners are the Prof. Bronisław Geremek Centre Foundation, the Centre for French Culture and Francophone Studies of Warsaw University, the Bronisław Geremek Institute of European Cultural History in Lunéville  and the Royal Łazienki Museum in Warsaw.


A group of nine Lithuanian journalists paid a study visit to Warsaw on 8-12 June 2015, during which they attended a number of meetings in the Polish capital.


On 11 June 2015 the Palace on the Island at the Royal Łazienki Park in Warsaw hosted the awards gala of the Polish-Lithuanian Forum for Dialogue and Cooperation. The Prof. Bronisław Geremk Centre Foundation was a partner and co-organizer of the event. This year the Forum conferred awards in two categories: „Ideas” and „Culture”.


- Twenty-five years ago there wasn’t a single immigrant in Mecklenburg, while today the situation is  completely different; you need to  appreciate the change that has taken place. I feel that the degree of heterogeneity of European societies will  gradually rise  and for this reason we should be addressing issues that relate to the coexistence of European cultures  in the context of building both individual and collective identities – said Klara Geywitz during a debate at  the Łazienki Park in Warsaw.


- Populism appears whenever the political elite is incapable of understanding the   problems and living  conditions of those it is supposed to represent. That is when a radical discrepancy in social awareness occurs. Hence, it is crucial to restore the rule of verifiable social representation, said Werner Patzelt during a debate at the Library of Warsaw University.


- The social and political transformations of 1989 have an exceptional place in Poland’s 20th century history. Christians took active part in their implementation. A good example were the Christian Culture Weeks, which facilitated the consolidation of many diverse intellectual communities. The joy of freedom regained was enormous. Soon, however, the first misgivings appeared. Christians had well-tested methods of operating in a communist country but after the fall of communism they could not find their bearings in a democratic environment and slipped into distressing triumphalism, said Rev. Tomasz Dostatni during a meeting at the Prof. Bronisław Geremek Centre Foundation.


Below, we publish a message from the President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, to the participants in the conference “ Ukraine as a Test for European Solidarity”:


- The lie that the hero of Jerzy Pilch’s novel “Spis cudzołożnic” (A List of Adultresses) uses to fascinate and seduce his interlocutors invokes a loftiness anchored in Polish national-liberation martyrdom. During the Eighties that lie was sanctified at the level of collective identity. No one was interested in the truth; what counted was the myth of imaginary struggle, sacrifice and just defeat, said Prof. Przemysław Czapliski during his lecture at the Prof. Bronisław Geremek Centre Foundation.


On 28th   November  2014 the Polish Embassy in Moscow  hosted a meeting devoted to the book Profesor to nie obelga. Alfabet Bronisława Geremka ( ‘Professor’ is not an insult. Bronisław Geremek’s Alphabet) -  an anthology of excerpts from the Professor’s articles, interviews, speeches and papers, presented in the form of a glossary of alphabetically-ordered entries.


Bernard Guetta is a French journalist who specializes in international affairs. For almost twenty years he worked for Le Monde, serving as a correspondent in Warsaw, Washington and Moscow. At present, Guetta is a commentator for France Inter Radio. In the Eighties he reported on the events at the Gdansk Shipyard, which led to the emergence of Solidarity.


The Professor Bronisław Geremek Centre Foundation is one of the signatories of a letter addressed to the Minister of Justice and the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation in support of the Memorial Society. The text of the document, published on 4th  November 2014, follows below:


- Could we have followed a different path than shock therapy of transformations? No. We had to push as fast as possible for a market economy. We failed to do many things but we did do what was most important: we put in place a market economy. It is the axis that is guiding us on the path of economic development,  in conditions of unchallengeable democratic order. Poles are not afraid of the market, they know how to cope. After the collapse of the (communist) regime, it was essential to create conditions for precisely this – Prof. Jerzy Hausner said during his lecture.

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Do we know how to teach about differences, so that – even inadvertently – we do not hurt anyone? Do we realize that discrimination and violence in  school not only mean a lack of respect for others but also violation of the law?  The Geremek Foundation  and the Open Republic Association  invite teachers to take part in the project “School of Equal Treatment”.


- We live in a fluid, fragmented reality of the post-modern world. Revival of the community dimension in politics is the only remedy for ensuring durable and positive effects of political endeavors, remarked Jean-Marie Guéhenno during his opening lecture at the conference “Price of Freedom. Security in the Globalized World”.

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On 21st  August 2014 Vilnius hosted a conference devoted to the 25th anniversary of events known as the Baltic Way (or Chain) – an initiative which  is little-known in Poland and deserves to be remembered. 


Another edition of the Geremek Foundation educational programmes ended on 14th  June 2014. The Royal Łazienki Park hosted teachers and pupils, who over the past year had  taken part in workshops on Poland’s recent history and discussions on current global and European problems.


On 7th  June 2014 the Royal Łazienki Park in Warsaw hosted another gala event. This year – along with the 5th anniversary of the Prof. Bronisław Geremek Centre Foundation – we celebrated the 10th anniversary of Poland’s accession to the European Union , the 15th anniversary of NATO membership and, most importantly, the 25th anniversary of the elections in June 1989. The audience heard a message from the President of the RP, Bronisław Komorowski. Part of the evening was devoted to the memory of the recently-deceased Premier Tadeusz Mazowiecki.  Actor Wojciech Pszoniak read excerpts from Alfabet Bronisława Geremka. A concert of music was performed by the Zespół Reprezentacyjny ensemble. Elisabeth Duda was the MC.   


The Prof. Bronisław Geremek Centre Foundation has received a message of felicitations from the President of the RP, Bronisław Komorowski, on the Foundation’s 5th  anniversary.


The Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw hosted the 2nd   Lemkin debate in the new cycle “Rising Popularity of the Extreme Right in Europe”. The meeting was accompanied by a show of Tomas Rafa’s documentary films.

Video recording in multimedia library


- In the communist system there was one power centre, which in times of crisis was the target of all public anger. In the capitalist system, responsibility for decision-making gets diluted. For that reason the general feeling of satisfaction over social changes in Poland may be relatively high, while it’s possible that there is greater differentiation concerning separate, specific issues – said David Ost during a debate devoted to the socio-economic transformations in Poland after 1989.


On 21st -24th  May 2014 a group of Polish and Lithuanian  journalists took part in a study visit to both countries. The goal of the project, implemented jointly with the Jerzy Giedroyć Polish-Lithuanian Forum for  Dialogue and Cooperation, was to counteract stereotypes in  relations between the two countries,  by acquainting media representatives with the interaction of the two national communities and states,  also  at the local level. The project was implemented with the support of the PZU Foundation.


On 16th  May 2014 President Bronisław Komorowski  hosted an international conference at the Presidential Palace in Warsaw, titled “Community Across the Cordon. Democratic Opposition in Central-Eastern Europe during the Cold War”. The Foundation was a co-organizer of the event.


The next meeting on 29th  April will be titled “Return of the Private Entrepreneurs and the Price of Transformations : Enterprise Polish-style”. “Decade of (Un)limited Possibilities” is a cycle of 6 bi-weekly meetings, held on Tuesdays at 6.00 p.m.


- Maidan and Anti-Maidan consisted of people who often levelled the same charges against the Ukrainian authorities over the high levels of corruption or the economic and social situation of their compatriots. However, they opted for completely different solutions.  The Maidan activists endorsed closer ties to Europe and broader freedoms. Their opponents preferred a sense of greater security under Russia’s watchful eye – said Anton Shekhovtsov during a debate at the Warsaw University Library.


On 17th  February 1964 Witold Kula, an eminent Polish historian,  wrote  to his wife  from Paris: “ I spent the whole day reading the manuscript of Kubuś’ La civilization médiévale. It’s going to be a very beautiful book! Obviously, it was absurd to expect that he’d meet the deadline. And he, like a child, had believed that! If he finishes it around May  - that  already would be a great success, attainable only by someone  who has accumulated knowledge and reflections over many years,  but has published very little”. [1]


6th  March 2014 marked Professor Bronisław Geremek’s 82nd  birth anniversary. On this occasion the Geremek Foundation and the Centre of French Culture and Francophone Studies of Warsaw University jointly  organized a debate titled Who needs historical policy?  


A meeting devoted to the recent publication in Polish of Rafał Lemkin’s book “Axis Rule in Occupied Europe” was held on 24th March 2014. 


- I often wonder why certain people find it so hard to win a  place in our collective memory. Perhaps the reason is that during their lifetime they attach little importance to fame. However, they often demonstrate – as Raphael Lemkin did – that with sufficient commitment and motivation a single person  can play a fundamental role in shaping the fate of the whole civilized world, said Adam Daniel Rotfeld during a promotional event devoted to Rafał Lemkin’s monograph.  


On 11th  February 2014 the Ambassador of France to Poland, Pierre Buhler, gave dinner in honor of the Patron of the Bronisław Geremek Centre Foundation and in recognition of its Partners.


Universitas Publishers has issued another book prepared for print by the Foundation. “Profesor to nie obelga”. Alfabet Bronisława Geremka” (“ ‘Professor’ is not an insult”. Bronisław Geremek’s Alphabet”) is an anthology of excerpts from the Professor’s articles, interviews, speeches and papers, presented in the form of a glossary of alphabetically-ordered entries. They reflect the breadth of the intellectual ruminations of the outstanding Polish politician and statesman, corresponding to the particular areas of his interests.


The pilot segment of the programme Our World – involving pupils and teachers from across Poland – ended with a meeting in Warsaw.   


“Europe: Common Values and Historical Memory” – that is the title of Prof. Adam Daniel Rotfeld’s  lecture delivered on 25th  November 2013  in the framework of the 4th  edition of the annual Prof. Bronisław Geremek Memorial Lecture.


On 24th  November 2013 in Vilnius the Prof. Bronisław Geremek Foundation and the Jerzy Giedroyć Polish-Lithuanian Forum for  Dialogue and Cooperation  are organizing a conference titled “We in Europe, or Europe Without Us?”. The conference is taking place four days prior to the Eastern Partnership summit, during a period of heated debates on the European prospects of Ukraine.

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- Dialogue is a kind of conversation and exchange of ideas, wherein learning the views of the other side is not the only objective. Dialogue does not signify compromise  but the building of an axis of rapprochement. The point is to become attuned to the arguments of your opponent  and discover in them elements that constitute an area of common values, said Prof. Andrzej Friszke  during a meeting at the Prof. Bronisław Geremek Centre Foundation.



- Democracy is not  doomed to defeat. It might lose -  but doesn’t  have to. It might become a distorted democracy  - but that doesn’t have to happen, either. Today, this depends on  a courageous reconstruction of the institutions of civil society, on the protection of independent institutions from party influences and on the imposition by public opinion of a renewal of public life standards[1].


- I have to disappoint you. The history of Poland and – more  broadly -  of this part of Europe is becoming increasingly popular in the West, mainly thanks to scholars who are discovering new archives, new sources.  After all, could you write anything new about Napoleon, for example? So what will you do now with your constant belief that nobody likes you? I don’t know how to answer that question, Anne Applebaum quipped at a meeting with readers at the “Gazeta Wyborcza” building. 



- Central-Eastern Europe – unlike the Middle East – has managed to implement democratic reforms. Yet we need to see the Arab countries in a long-term perspective  because some political transformations have taken  years to materialize. And the long-term future is revolution, opined Angus Blair during the 4th international conference dedicated to Professor Bronisław Geremek.  



On 7th of June 2013 Bronisław Geremek Foundation celebrated its fourth anniversary. Foundation’s guest were invited to a concert of Young Polish Philharmonic and a gala dinner in Łazienki Królewskie in Warsaw.



- Man is dialogic creature. Though we exist as separate subjects, we always remain in relations with others. It is precisely the trait of being dialogic that is our means of cohabitation in the world - said Professor Tadeusz Gadacz during his lecture at the Professor Bronisław Geremek Centre Foundation. 



- It was a great dream of the late Professor Geremek, my mentor and minister, to bring together democratic nations for the purpose of promoting something that we value the most - freedom, said Deputy Foreign Minister of the RP Jerzy Pomianowski  as he presented the Award. 



On 25 April 2013 Vilnius hosted an international conference titled Polish-Lithuanian Relations. Truths, Conjectures and Interpretations. The event was co-organized by the Geremek Foundation. 



- We need to realize that many generations of Europeans could only  dream of the Europe we live in today. A dream has come true before our very eyes: European order is based on human rights, the principle of solidarity and respect in mutual relations between states. The paradox of the situation consists in the fact that despite the obvious achievements we still feel an almost permanent dissatisfaction - commented Professor Roman Kuźniar during a debate held at the Gazeta Wyborcza. 



The report has  been compiled at the Foundation's initiative by the Institute of Public Affairs, in collaboration with Institute of International Relations and Political Science of Vilnius University. The full version of the report (PDF) is available here. On 25 April 2013 the report will be presented in Vilnius.



President Valdas Adamkus emphasized that the "war of words" must not be allowed to impact the political-economic cooperation between the two countries. The present tensions do not seem a result of political prejudices and resentments but rather of an irresponsible pursuit of domestic interests. 



On April 6  Teatr Polski in Warsaw staged a production of William Shakespeare's  "A Midsummer Night's Dream" . In this unique spectacle professional actors were joined on stage by  inmates from the Penal Facility at Opole Lubelskie. 



On 26 March 2013 (6.00 p.m.) the Professor Bronisław Geremek Centre Foundation hosted another meeting in the "Man of the Borderland" cycle. Basil Kerski was the guest this time and he talked with Piotr Buras about experiences stemming from his multicultural background.

Video recording in multimedia library



- The world's impotence and indifference in the face of the Holocaust prompts us to ask the painful question about the narrow boundary between  indifference to evil and active participation in crime (…).  The uniqueness of the Holocaust lies in its propaganda of evil, in the technocratic structure to annihilate an ethnic, racial or religious group. And also in the fact that it was the product of a modern society  and a highly developed civilization.   Yet no one can claim that it was an unrepeatable phenomenon. Both religion and politics are capable of employing hatred,  hostility and fanaticism. This can be  countered by the will of the community  and remembrance of what happened and could happen again - said Bronisław Geremek in a speech at the Bundestag on the Day of Remembrance of the Victims of National Socialism, on January 28 2002. 



The Bronisław Geremek Centre Foundation is the initiator of the publication of a book by István Bibó (1911-1979) - the Hungarian historian, philosopher  and thinker. Titled Eseje polityczne (Political Essays) , the book was  edited by Jerzy Snopek. It   is the most extensive collection to date in Polish of writings by that eminent intellectual. 



The Profesor Bronisław Geremek Centre Foundation was a partner in the publication of Vaclav Havel's book To Change the World. Political Essays (Agora, Warsaw 2012), which appeared  almost exactly on the first anniversary of Havel's death. It is yet another volume, after The Power of the Powerless and Other Essays, issued in the Gazeta Wyborcza Library series. Other edition patrons  include the European Solidarity Centre,  the bi-monthly "Nowa Europa Wschodnia", the Czech Centre and the literary portal Czeskie Klimaty. 



- Over the  last 150 years we have been used  to the idea that the social  and economic spheres are interconnected. Meanwhile, capital has  discarded its investment role in favor of speculation and stopped being connected to the economy. The present crisis  stems from the fissure between the two spheres, Alain Touraine remarked during a debate in Warsaw. 

Full video record in multimedia library.


- In Beijing it's the middle of the night. I don't think Liu Xia realizes that an exhibition of her photographic works is opening at this moment in Warsaw, though maybe she'll  find out one day. She's probably standing at her window, smoking a cigarette  and looking out into the darkness that engulfs the city -  Guy Sorman remarked at the opening of the show Silent Force. Photographs.  



- Persons, who simultaneously  feel Polish and Jewish  very often consider their situation  sensitive and even extreme. Many of them do not consider themselves  "people of the cultural borderland". Also, many do not see the possibility of some cultural syncretism that could soothe their conflicted identities, Piotr Matywiecki remarked during a lecture in the "Man of the Borderland" series. 

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Universitas Publishers has issued Bronisław Geremek's  Nasza Europa (Our Europe).  After Głos w Europie (A Voice in Europe), this is the second book prepared and published under the auspices of the Professor Bronisław Geremek Centre Foundation. The volume was co-financed by the College of Europe, using EU funds. 



20-21st September 2012, Bronisław Geremek Centre organizes the Third Memorial Bronisław Geremek Conference at Łazienki Royal Museum in Warsaw.

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- This book is an overdue debt to Vaclav Havel, who was known and respected in Poland after 1989 as a prominent opposition leader and politician, but his essays were not really in a broader social consciousness - Andrzej S. Jagodzinski said during the debate about the book Power of the Powerless and Other Essays. 



–"Humanitarian industry" has known for decades, what needs to be done to make life better. With each project, tons of studies and assessments are created that will eventually become useless because humanitarian organizations opt for self-interest and the interests of donors rather than the victims. We should compel those institutions to do better, we need to control them. This is our task - Linda Polman said at the Fourth Lemkin Debate.

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– Wherever cultures enter into dialogue, a durable cultural paradigm is founded on the borderland between the different worlds. It's essence is expressed as "an event of merging". In consequence, the host - Man of the Borderland - is no longer able to be himself without the Other and becomes a co-host, while the  community expresses itself through intercommunication, Krzysztof Czyżewski noted during a lecture at the headquarters of the Professor Bronisław Geremek Centre Foundation. 


- Our allied relations with the United States constitute an exceptionally awkward argument in this debate. What is the reason for drawing Poland into the problem of secret CIA prisons? We have to remember - and this is due to the experience of World War II and the Stalinist period - that torture does not reveal the truth, but only co-creates  it in a dramatic, destructive and aggressive way. Personally, I find no excuse for  conscious political participation in such practices.  It is unacceptable to me,  said Wiesław Chrzanowski during a debate at the Warsaw University Library.

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On April 4  2012  the Professor Bronisław Geremek Centre Foundation hosted another meeting in the "Man of Exclusion" series. This time the guest was Andrzej Titkow - screenwriter, documentary  filmmaker,  producer, university lecturer and poet.


- It is truly difficult to identify the direction of development in our times. Will we move towards deeper diversification, or the  universalization of phenomena  through the blurring of boundaries between popular and higher culture, through changes in the functioning of the democratic state and the influence of great corporations, through the revival of religious wars, e.g. in Africa (Uganda, Nigeria)? In effect, no one can predict whether these contradictions can be resolved  and what new areas of friction emerge in consequence of these tendencies,  Prof. Jerzy Jedlicki underlined in his lecture, delivered on  the 80th birth anniversary of Prof. Bronisław Geremek.

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A gala concert marking the 80th birth anniversary of Prof. Bronisław Geremk   was held at the National Philharmonic in Warsaw on March 20.  Johann Sebastian Bach's St. John Passion  was performed by Le Concert Lorrain and the Nederlands Kamerkoor, with soloists Ruth Ziesak, Andreas Scholl, Eric Stoklossa, James Gilchrist, Dietrich Henschel and  York Felix Speer. The performance  was conducted by Christoph Prégardien.



Almost twenty years ago, during the inaugural lecture in the International Chair Collège de France, Professor Bronislaw Geremek said: "The historian dealing with the past, feels a bit anachronistic in relations with actuality, ranging from the affirmation of utility of their knowledge for understanding the present. He tells the truth about what has happened and raises some questions about human being. He may have the right to think that looking at the people of former times he can help contemporary people to understand the entanglements of fate and history”.


– Freedom of speech in Poland is due to Bronislaw Geremek. But when I think of his character, not only the question of freedom of speech arises, but of the responsibility of the speech. The professor taught us the word responsibility. He taught us that language should be used so that it can be converted into an advantage for the recipient: the listener, reader. - said Konstanty Gebert, who led the debate on "Freedom of speech versus language of hate."

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In recent years a radical shift in emphasis from the issues of poverty into general phenomenon of social exclusion has occurred in the European Union, both in the intellectual dimension and political and practical ones - said prof. Janusz Czapiński, opening his lecture at the Professor Bronislaw Geremek’s Centre Foundation.

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 You have certainly left the world different to the one You met. The heritage of Yours shall be protected by many people in many parts of the world. I can solemnly promise You this one thing, dear Vasek – wrote Adam Michnik in his memoir of his late friend.


- As the old proverb says: “A friend in need is a friend indeed” – 30 years ago, when my husband was interned and I was left with two children, I received help from my friends from France. To the most well known French revolution phrases  - „liberté, égalité, fraternité” – there should be added a fourth one: „solidarité” said Anna Komorowska, Wife of the President of Poland to the participants of the meeting in the assembly hall of the Library of the Warsaw University.

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- The fate of common European currency is uncertain. Euro shall disappear when the political wish of its survival vanishes. If the management of crisis in the “Europe’s soft underbelly” shall fail, currency catastrophe is imminent – said Lajos Bokros, member of Budget Committee and Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee of European Countries during the public debate which took place in the office of “Polityka”.

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I find political correctness as a positive occurrence, though it is true that sometimes it is reduced to an absurd and then it becomes ridiculous. This phenomenon is not new since it is the equivalent of an old principle of decorum – said professor Michał Głowiński during the meeting on the languages of public debate which took place on 8th November 2011 in the University Library in Warsaw.

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On 8th of October 2011, members of professor’s family unveiled the portrait of Bronisław Geremek in the Foundation’s premises.


From 19th to 23rd September a group of representatives of opinion-making Lithuanian media came to Warsaw at invitation of Geremek’s Foundation, to take part in the meetings related to Polish -Lithuanian relations.


The main topic of the second day of the conference EU – Russia was the question if the participation in the Tashkent treaty can comply with the EU membership?

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‘Are UE and Russia competitors or partners? Not everyone in Russia regards Europe their partner assuming that Russia should prioritise relations with the global leaders. In Europe not everyone supports closer relationships with Russia either. The tendencies may start to dominate, which seems adverse’ said Igor Ivanov on the first day of the conference.

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The Award went to the entire democratic Belarusian opposition (collectively to the group). The ceremony took place 1 July 2011 in Vilnius, Lithuania.

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Alain Finkielkraut, Monika Płatek and Bassam Tibi discussed problem of identity and diverse cultures in Europe at Warsaw University Library, 27th June 2011.

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On Friday, 17th June, closing of the next edition of the programme Through the present day into the history – Bronisław Geremek’s historical workshop took place. Learners presented the effects of their yearlong work.

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Friends of Bronisław Geremek and partners of the Foundation gathered together at Łazienki Royal Park to celebrated an evening dedicated to the great Pole.


Ethics and responsibility of the superpowers practices. Cases of the CIA secret detention centres and human rights abuses in the Russian Federation. Open to all. 16 May, 5.30 p.m. Warsaw University Library.

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After May holiday we invite to the second lecture on notion of exclusion. 11 th of May, 6 pm at Geremek Foundation.

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Youth participating in the historical workshops met with expert on foreign relations Aleksander Smolar.

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Adam Michnik, Editor-in-chief of Gazeta Wyborcza and close colleague of Bronisław Geremek from anti-communist oposition talked about democratic transition in 89 and current political situation in Poland. He also recalled his friendship with “Bronek”.


Member of the European Parliament, Róża Thun met with group of young people - participants of the Geremek Foundation scholarship project.

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14 th of March we inaugurated series of European Debates. First meeting was dedicated to common European memory.

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4 th of March Geremek Foundation held a meeting for school teachers.


Prof. Samsonowicz gave first lecture in a series of 3 seminars on nature of exclusion.

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On February 24th Professor Geremek Centre organized a debate Is there a right for a humanitarian intervention?

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First debate entitled Usage of term genocide in the contemporary international politics.Cases of Turkey and Rwanda took place on 27th of January in The Warsaw University Library.

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Public debate EU budget in the time of crisis took place on the 24th of January 2011. It was third meeting of a series of debates entitled New Decade, New Europe, which focuses on the forthcoming Polish presidency in the Council of European Union.

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The foundation released first publication enirely dedicated to Professor Geremek. On the 3rd of December 2010 there was a promotional meeting with some of the authors who contributed to the publication.


On the 1st of December 2010 prof. Andrzej Mencwel gave a fourth and last lecture of series of dscussion on Polish provincialism.

The debates take place in the foundation's seat and take an academic approach to the topic.

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- A morbid inferiority complex is perhaps subjectively the most painful stigma of province    - said Ewa Woydyłło during the 3rd lecture of the cycle: Poland – meaning province?

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President of the European Parliament, Jerzy Buzek and Weimar Triangle representatives discussed problems and challenges of the energy security architectrure in Europe in Warsaw.

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On October 9-10, 2010  the scholarship holders of the project  Through Modernity to History took part in the trip to the Beskid Myślenicki organised by the Geremek Foundation.   


On October 7, 2010 the new edition of scholarship programme was inaugurated at premises of Foundation.  The qualified participants of this year’s edition were invited with their parents.  Besides the information on the programme, the guests also had the possibility to listen to a short lecture on Professor Geremek, delivered by Dr Piotr Podemski, course instructor, and to get details of integration journey to the Beskid Myślenicki, planned for the  weekend 9-10 October 2010.


Between September 12 and 18 this year, a group of young leaders  from Belarus visited Poland at the invitation of the Bronisław Geremek Centre Foundation. The visit was possible thanks to support granted to the Foundation by the  project Study Tours to Poland of the Polish-American Freedom Foundation.

Audio recording about visit in Belarussian Radio.


- If the European Union is a „retired power”, why are there so many wishing to join its structures?  Let’s go to Kharkiv or Kaliningrad to talk with students there – the European Union is for them an aspiration and a dream  - said Volker Ruehe during the panel devoted to the new Euro-Atlantic strategy. Video recordings from conference in media library.


President Bronisław Komorowski opened the conference: Europe and the United States in a Changing World. The first session: "Europe and the United States: Values and interests in the emerging polycentric world” included the following participants: Stephen Flanagan, Pierre Hassner and Ivan Krastev; Aleksander Smolar made an introduction to and moderated the discussion.  Video recordings from conference in media library.


- To me, Bronisław Geremek is the patron of the way of thinking which has led us to the UE and NATO and which should be the determinant of Polish politics at all times – said President Komorowski in his opening speech at the first international conference devoted to international politics.

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July 13 marks the second anniversary of the death of Bronisław Geremek - prominent historian, statesman, one of the leading figure of the Solidarity movement and foreign affairs minister in free Poland.


A Cuban pro-democratic opposition activist José Conrado Rodriguez received the second Geremek Award for outstanding achievements in promoting democracy. The award was granted on Saturday July 3rd during the meeting celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Community of Democracies. The ceremony was attended, among others, by Hilary Clinton, Madeleine Albright, Radosław Sikorski and Marcin Geremek.


On Friday June 18, at the Foundation, the Pilot Programme Through Modernity To History - Prof. Bronisław Geremek Historical Workshops” was formally closed.


“Europe cannot stay aside, just watching the unstable global situation. We have drawn the world into two wars – how can we now believe that we shall not be drawn into a war started by others?”, asked Thérèse Delpech during the debate on defence organised by the Geremek Foundation and the French Culture Centre of the University of Warsaw.

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Prof. Marek Ziółkowski delivered a lecture entitled ”On the nature of the Polish community spirit. A contribution to the issue of Polish provincialism”. The meeting took place at the Foundation on May 31.


Students of the Warsaw junior high schools participating in the pilot programme Through Modernity To History - Prof. Bronisław Geremek Historical Workshops”  took part in a weekend trip to Gdańsk to learn about the democratic changes in the post-war Poland.


The Foundation “Prof. Bronisław Geremek Centre” announces the opening of the scientific library containing books from the private collection of Professor Geremek. From Monday, May 17  2010, the archives will be open to everyone who shares his/her areas of interest with those of prof. Geremek. The library contain numerous publications on history, political and social sciences as well as audio and video materials.


The first lecture entitled Backcountry Complexes & Aspirations was delivered by prof. Jerzy Jedlicki. The meeting was held on April 28 in the Foundation and it initiated the series of lectures on Polish provincialism by outstanding intellectuals and thinkers.


The Foundation “Prof. Bronisław Geremek Centre” has started a pilot scholarship programme  for middle school students (send grade) interested in widely understood historical topics.


The debate on co-operation within the Weimar Triangle attended by ministers for European affairs from Poland, France and Germany: Mikołaj Dowgielewicz, Pierr Lellouch and Werner Hoyer.


On Monday July 13, on the first anniversary of the tragic death of professor Bronisław Geremek the Polish Embassy in Paris organised a formal in memoriam meeting.


On June 5, 2009 the Foundation was formally inaugurated in its new location at Wilcza 9a in Warsaw, in the presence of numerous personalities from the circles of prof. Bronisław Geremek friends and associates, among them Tadeusz Mazowiecki, Lech Wałęsa, Aleksander Kwaśniewski, Radosław Sikorski.


An official awarding ceremony was held on May 13, 2009 at the European Parliament, in the presence of  among others - Louis Michel, European Commissioner, president of the "Cercle Jean Rey"Scientific Association.


The main courtyard of the European Parliament was named after professor Bronisław Geremek.