To President Barack Obama


By Prof. Pogonowski.

(Born Sept. 3, 1921

Lwów, Poland


in Dec 1939 left Warsaw. Dec 30, 1939 arrested by Ukrainians serving the Gestapo in Dukla, then transferred to Barwinek, Krosno, Jaslo, Tarnów, Oswiecim, arrived in Oranienburg-Sachsenhausen on Aug. 10, 1940.


April 19, 1945 started on the Death March of Brandenburg from Sachsenhausen; escaped gunfire of SS-guards and arrived to Schwerin and freedom on May 2, 1945.)


To President Barack Obama

The White House


Dear Mr President:


Thank you for decorating a personal friend of mine, Jan Kozielewski-Karski with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. I am 90 years old Polish-Catholic veteran of five-years imprisonment in the German Concentration Camp in Oranienburg-Sachsenhausen near Berlin.

After the war I met professor Jan Karski in Caracas Venezuela and later I was several times his guest in Washington. I wrote about Dr.

Karski in my book “Jews in Poland” (Hippocrene Books. Inc. New York 1993).


I am writing this letter in Florida where, a large and growing Polish community is slowly catching up with Pennsylvania, Illinois and Wisconsin. Polish Americans believe that the medal is well deserved by Dr. Karski.


Your unfortunate description of German-Nazi death camp in Poland as a “Polish death camp” is offending to Polish Americans aware that Poles did not collaborate with the Nazis in running the country, much less in the Holocaust. The use of the phrase “Polish Death Camp” is insulting and shameful.


Dear President Obama, I have also noticed that you are the first post-war president of the United States, who during the observation of the D-Day in France, failed to mention the very important contribution of the Polish Armored Division at Falaise, France, during the battle for Normandy in 1944.


Polish Americans are also surprised by the fact that your Secretary of State Mrs. Hillary Clinton, officially and repeatedly insists that Polish victims of war pay Jewish victims of war for damages inflicted on the Jews by the Nazi-Germans and the Soviets.


I want to bring to your attention that recently the names of Polish-American generals, heroes of the War for American Independence, Casimir Pulaski and Thaddeus Kościuszko were recently removed from Amercan history high school text books. I hope you will consider to intervene and correct this situation.


Respectfully yours,


Iwo Cyprian Pogonowski

Anti-Defamation Committee of

Polish-Amercan Association of Sarasota Florida

988 Bv. of the Arts,

Sarasota, FL 34236…

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One Response to To President Barack Obama

  1. KSC 07/06/2012 at 18:57 #

    Szanowny Panie Profesorze,

    Serdecznie gratuluje bardzo trafnie sformulowanego listu do Prezydenta Obamy, ktory dzis przeczytalem w Washington Post (Tekst ponizej).

    Cieszy mnie ze Pan zaangazowal sie w te sprawe.

    Lacze wiele serdecznosci i zycze duzo dobrego zdrowia dla Pana i Zony, Karol Pelc Marco Island FL

    PS Mielismy, wraz z moja zona Ryszarda, okazje odwiedzic Panstwa w Sarasocie dwa lata temu a nastepnie spotkac sie rok temu przy okazji koncertu chopinowskiego, ktory Panska Zona organizowala.


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