Przemyśl: Unveiling of a plaque dedicated to the Brzeziński family

The US Ambassador together with the head of the Chancellery of the Prime Minister, Marek Kuchciński, took part in the ceremony of unveiling a plaque commemorating the Brzeziński family - Kazimierz, Tadeusz and Zbigniew, i.e. the great-grandfather, grandfather and father of the US Ambassador, on the building of Primary School No. 1 in Przemyśl. “Each stay in Przemyśl is a fascinating history lesson for me about what shaped me. Today's ceremony commemorates the family tree of the Brzeziński family," said the US ambassador during the ceremony. He mentioned that his great-grandfather Kazimierz was a social and local government activist in Przemyśl, and his grandfather Tadeusz was a Polish diplomat. He added that his father Zbigniew Brzeziński gained the status of a statesman on the international arena. Speaking about the life of his ancestors, he noted that "this is a path guided by the principles of loyalty and love for the country, service and sacrifice for the greater good." "This is especially moving because my father also experienced historical upheavals, he was thrown to the shores of North America by World War II, his country was occupied, and he knew what it was like to be a citizen of an invaded country and he remembered it throughout his professional career." – emphasized Mark Brzezinski. As he added, although his father spent only "his formative" years in Przemyśl, this place has always remained in his heart. “In those early years, he developed a love for Poland that stayed with him throughout his life. He never stopped fighting for Poland, and one of his many achievements was his successful efforts to enlarge NATO and Poland's accession to this alliance,” emphasized Brzezinski. The ambassador's father, Zbigniew Brzeziński, was born on March 28, 1928 in Warsaw. From 1977 to 1981, he was National Security Advisor to US President Jimmy Carter. Zbigniew Brzezinski played an important role in the dismantling and collapse of communism in Eastern Europe and in stopping the Soviet intervention in Poland after the rise of Solidarity. The head of the Chancellery of the Prime Minister, Marek Kuchciński, who is also a graduate of Primary School No. 1, recalled that Kazimierz Brzeziński (great-grandfather of the current ambassador) settled in Przemyśl in 1906, near the school building. He added that he was working with the company that built the present school. "He was also a city councilman," he said. The former Marshal of the Sejm noted that Kazimierz Brzeziński was also active in, among others, in the Fredreum Drama Society, of which he was the president. Fredreum is, as Kuchciński said, the oldest active amateur theater in Poland. Kazimierz fought in the Polish-Bolshevik War and took part in the Battle of Warsaw. He was a Polish diplomat, at the outbreak of the war he was stationed in Canada, where he stayed permanently. In turn, Kazimierz's son, Tadeusz - the ambassador's grandfather, graduated from schools in Przemyśl, where, among others, graduated with honors. As Kuchciński said. His son Zbigniew, Marek's father, as the head of the Chancellery of the Prime Minister reminded, devoted his work to the politics of the United States of America. “He held various very high positions, he was an adviser to many US presidents. But most of all, he was famous for being one of the most important politicians who influenced the peace process in global terms,” said Kuchciński. The Podkarpackie Voivode, Ewa Leniart, who was present in Przemyśl, pointed out that Poland and the United States share a common understanding of values such as freedom and independence. She added that the role of Zbigniew Brzeziński, and now his son, influence the shaping of Polish-American relations. "Thank you for this, but it is possible precisely because together we understand these two concepts of freedom and independence," said Leniart. On the unveiled plaque dedicated to Kazimierz, Tadeusz and Zbigniew Brzeziński, it can be read that it was funded "for comprehensive social, cultural and political activities for the city, nation and Polish state on the 95th anniversary of the birth of prof. Zbigniew Zbig Brzeziński grateful compatriots”. The head of the Chancellery of the Prime Minister and the US ambassador also laid wreaths and lit candles at the tomb of the Brzeziński family. The last point of Marek Brzeziński's visit to Przemyśl was a lecture for PWSW students, where he emphasized, among others, the huge role that the city plays during the war in Ukraine, US support for Poland and the increasingly stronger ties between our countries.


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