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  • 22 October 2018

    Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences in Canada, supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Ottawa and the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Montreal, organized a conference entitled "From the Birth of Independence to the Dawning of the Solidarność Movement: Diplomatic and Civic Activity of Tadeusz Romer."

    The conference speakers – from Polish and Canadian universities, from the Institute of National Remembrance, and the Polish Institute of International Affairs – talked about Tadeusz Romer's life and professional career. Especially valuable were the accounts of those who personally knew Tadeusz Romer (his daughter Teresa, McGill University philosophy professor Charles Taylor, and attorney Julius Grey).

     

    The conference was organized within the context of the 100th anniversary of Poland regaining its independence. More information, including the conference program and speakers' bios, on the conference website.

     

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    Among the public functions held by Tadeusz Romer were: Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland (1943-44), Ambassador of the Republic of Poland to Japan (1937-41), Minister of the Republic of Poland in Portugal (1935-37), professor at McGill University, and, for many years, President of the Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences in Canada.

     

    The lesser-known period of Romer's life accounts for his activity in Japan, where he helped Polish refugees (largely Polish Jews who escaped persecution through Lithuania and the USSR thanks to the transit visas issued to them by a Japanese consul in Kovno, Chiune Sugihara) – for which he was awarded the title "Righteous Among the Nations."

     

    More information about Tadeusz Romer's life and professional career on the website of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews POLIN dedicated to the Righteous Among the Nations.

     

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