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August 26, 2013


New Book Announcement

Tatra Eagle Press

September 2013


OSKAR HALECKI (1891-1973): Eulogies and Reflections

Edited by Thaddeus V. Gromada

with Preface by Jerzy Wyrozumski

ISBN 978-0-9849187-1-3 – Price $7.99 – 80 pages


The 40th anniversary of the death of Oskar Halecki, one of Poland’s most distinguished historians and the 100th anniversary of his Jagiellonian University doctorate received “sub auspiciis imperatoris” in 1913 prompted his former Fordham University student to publish this book. It contains moving inspirational eulogies delivered at a Memorial Service held on October 20, 1973 in New York City that gave vivid testimony to the greatness and humanity of Oskar Halecki. These tributes paid by prominent American, Polish, Lithuanian, and Ukrainian scholars and notables were never published nor made public. The book also includes recent reflections written by two of Halecki’s former Fordham University students, Dr. Taras Hunczak and Dr. Thaddeus V. Gromada. An addendum enriches the book with pertinent documents, letters, photos and signatures  in the Memorial Guest Book.


Advance Praise for Oskar Halecki 1891-1973: Eulogies and Reflections


Oskar Halecki had been forgotten or ignored by official Polish historiography in an era dominated by the Soviets. It is only in recent years that he became present in Poland’s scholarly discussions. Thaddeus Gromada, the editor of the book, has managed to collect eulogies delivered on the occasion of Halecki’s Memorial Service held in New York in 1973. His text as well as the text contributed by eminent scholars and notables are a vivid reconstruction of the late Professor’s CV and an invaluable source for a historian. Professor Gromada enriched the book with warm recollections of Oskar Halecki as a mentor. As Editor he added unique documents and photos from his private files. Thus, he deserves our gratitude for sharing his memories and giving witness to one of Poland’s greatest historians who during and after World War II found haven in the United States. Tragically, he found it impossible to return to a Poland transformed into the “Polish Peoples Republic”.


Małgorzata Dąbrowska, Professor of Medieval and Byzantine Studies, University of Łódź


About the Editor:


Thaddeus V. Gromada received his M.A. and Ph.D. in East Central European History at Fordham University under the mentorship of Professor Oskar Halecki. He is Professor Emeritus of European History at New Jersey City University. He served as Executive Director of the Polish Institute of Arts & Sciences of America from 1991 to 2011 and its President from 2008 to 2011. In 1991 he edited Oskar Halecki’s posthumous monograph Jadwiga of Anjou and the Rise of East Central Europe which in 1993 he presented to Pope John Paul II before the canonization of Queen Jadwiga.     

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