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  • Faithful to my Homeland, the Republic of Poland

     

  • INFORMATION ON EMBASSY’S BUILDING – THE HISTORY

  • The building belongs to the State Treasure of the Republic of Poland. It was bought on 24th of October 1929 by count Jan Szembek, who, on behalf of the Republic of Poland signed a purchase deed. The dwelling itself was built in 1912 by its former owner, who was a cereal trader, whereas an annex - at the back of the edifice - was added in the thirties of the last century. The building was seriously damaged during the earthquake in 1977. Between 1978-1980 the dwelling itself was completely rebuilt (practically, from its foundation) based on technology of reinforced concrete, thanks to which, the building complex is resistant to earth tremor of a great scale. Between 1993-1995 and 2005-2006 the Embassy was under extensive renovation.

     

    Historical events:

     

    From the point of view of the tradition of our diplomatic service, the building of the Polish embassy in Bucharest undoubtedly takes an important place in history, some events presented beneath, which took place between 2001 and 2006, are worth to be notice and states as a proof to this theory:


    - April 2002 - Romanian authorities invited to Bucharest former national security advisor to the president J. Carter, professor Zbigniew Brzeziński, who paid a visit in the embassy, asking for permission of visiting the whole building, about which he found out a lot, studying papers about history of Poland after September 1939
    - on 4th of June 2006, on the embassy grounds took place negotiations, under the auspices of OSCE, between R. Kocharian, the President of Armenia and the I. Aliyev, the President of Azerbaijan to settle the conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh

    Moreover, between 1990-2007, the embassy entertained - during their official visit to Romania: President Aleksander Kwaśniewski /three times/ - in 1996, 1999, 2003, President Lech Kaczyński with spouse (02.02.2007) and prime ministers: Waldemar Pawlak (1994) and Leszek Miller (2004).

     

    Curiosity:
     

    The most beautiful and incredibly original room is embassy's library, with all the walls oak panelled.
    Besides the library, the picture of Józef Piłsudski deserves the very special attention. It is placed in the ambassador's office, and was found during renovation of the building in 1993, in a chest bricked up in a wall.

     

    Persons in charge of the diplomatic post

     

    Beginning from October 1918, The Polish Regency Council established a diplomatic post in Romania with Ph.D. Marian Linde /who lived at that time in Bucharest/ at the head of it. The Ministry of Foreign Affaires, leaded by Prime Minister Ignacy Paderewski, in January 1919, confirmed this nomination.


    At the same time, The National Polish Committee nominated Ph.D. Stanisław Koźmiński (a delegate of NPC to Romania) as a diplomatic representative of Poland to Romanian government. All of this caused that Romanian authorities, not recognising the mission of Linde, were also not eager to accord an accreditation for Koźmiński. A dispute on division of competence between NPC and MFA extended, even in spite of an attempt of mediation of general Robert Lamezan-Salins, representative of Polish Army General Headquarters in Romania. Finally, diplomatic relations between Poland and Romania were established on 24th of May 1919, as a result of signing the letter of credence for Aleksander Skrzyński by Józef Piłsudski, Chief of State of the Republic of Poland. In this letter, A. Skrzyński was nominated for the rank of an extraordinary envoy and plenipotentiary minister, being at the same time in charge of the very first Polish Legation in Romania.

    Aleksander SKRZYŃSKI - extraordinary envoy and plenipotentiary minister in Polish Legation in Romania (17.06.1919 - 16.12.1922),
    Paweł JURIEWICZ - at first - charge d'affaires, and next - extraordinary envoy and plenipotentiary minister (16.12.1922 - 13.11.1923),
    Józef WIELOWYEJSKI - extraordinary envoy and plenipotentiary minister (13.11.1923 - 18.12.1926),
    Jan SZEMBEK - extraordinary envoy and plenipotentiary minister (16.02.1927 - 4.11.1932),
    Mirosław ARCISZEWSKI - extraordinary envoy and plenipotentiary minister (15.12.1932 - 30.04.1938),
    Roger Adam RACZYŃSKI - ambassador of the Republic of Poland (from 15.05.1938 till the liquidation of the post on 5.12.1940),
    (brother of Edward Bernard Raczyński - diplomat, minister of foreign affaires and president of RP on exile, between 1979- 1986).

    The People's Republic of Poland and the Socialist Republic of Romania established diplomatic relations, at the embassies level, on 13th of September 1945. In April 1946, diplomatic post of both countries commenced their activities.

    Diplomatic representatives of The People's Republic of Poland to Romania:
    Stefan WENGIEROW - charge d'affaires a.i. (8.04.1946),
    Piotr SZYMAŃSKI - ambassador (14.08.1947),
    Wojciech WRZOSEK - ambassador (13.02.1951),
    Jan IZYDORCZYK - ambassador (10.06.1955),  
    Janusz ZAMBROWICZ - ambassador (5.11.1957),
    Wiesław SOBIERAJSKI - ambassador (26.04.1963),
    Jaromir OCHĘDUSZKO - ambassador (13.02.1968),
    Władysław WOJTASIK - ambassador (15.11.1973).

    ...
    Zygmunt KOMOROWSKI - ambassador of RP, between 1991-1992, (father of Bronisław Komorowski - politician, Vice-Speaker of the Lower Chamber of Parliament)
    Bogumił LUFT - ambassador of RP, between 1993-1999,
    Michał KLINGER - ambassador of RP, between 1999-2003,
    Jacek PALISZEWSKI - ambassador of RP, beginning from 2003- until now.

    Elaborated by AK, based on: Naczelna Dyrekcja Archiwów Państwowych, Inwentarz akt Ambasady RP  w Bukareszcie, Warszawa, 2002; MSZ, Stosunki dyplomatyczne Polski 1944-1977, t.I, Warszawa, 1979; Daniel Hrenciuc, Mareşalul Józef Piłsudski şi..., Rădăuţi, 2003; http://www.consul-romania.pl/; Muzeum Historii Polskiego Ruchu Ludowego- http://www.mhprl.pl/wystawy/objazdowe/23_rumunia.htm

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