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The Landmark Center

Violin Concert and Exhibition Opening

Join us for the An Interrupted Childhood- Polish WWII survivors in Minnesota exhibition opening and the 75th anniversary of Adam Han- Gorski's first violin performance. Sunday, March 5th, 2023, 2-4 PM. Free. (Suggested donation $20). Free Meter Sunday Parking.

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Violin Concert and Exhibition Opening
Violin Concert and Exhibition Opening

Time & Location

Mar 05, 2023, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM CST

The Landmark Center, 75 W 5th St, St Paul, MN 55102, USA

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Metered spots are free of charge on Sunday in St. Paul. 

An incredible violin concert by Adam Han- Gorski and the exhibition opening on Sunday, March 5th, 2023, 2-4 PM. Two weeks from March 5th will mark the 75th Anniversary of Adam’s solo debut with the orchestra. 

We are honored to present An Interrupted Childhood: Polish WWII Survivors in Minnesota at the Landmark Center in St. Paul from March 5 - April 30, 2023. The stories of WWII survivors Adam, Anatol, Leonard, Magdalena, Maria, Walter, and Wiktor are part of the MPMS project An Interrupted Childhood: Polish WWII Survivors in Minnesota. During this phase of the Kalejdoskop Polski MN project, we collected the oral histories and photographs of Polish Minnesotans who have been through the horrors of the war: a forced laborer in the Third Reich, deportees to Siberia, a Polish Army Cadet, a Volhynia Massacre survivor, and a Holocaust survivor. These stories represent different fates of Poles during WWII and its aftermath. The collected narratives teach us lessons of suffering, survival, resilience, and gratitude are truly humbling and inspiring. 

One of the survivors is Adam Han- Gorski - a virtuoso violinist and concertmaster. Two weeks from March 5th will mark the 75th Anniversary of Adam’s solo debut with the orchestra. A survivor of two Nazi Ghettos (Yavoriv and Cracow) was forced with his parents, who survived the Holocaust in Russia, to leave their native Lviv, and he started his violin lessons at 6 in Poland. After graduating from HS, he followed his studies at the Israeli Academy of Music, followed by Master Classes with the greatest violinist of all times - Jascha Heifetz, at USC. In the following years, HG was concertmaster of several major orchestras in the US and around the world, including Vienna for 30 years, Mexico, and Italy, and also appeared as a soloist and conductor. Despite having a US and European passport enabling him to live anywhere in the civilized world, he chose to return to the Twin Cities for his well-deserved retirement.

Adam's first public performance in March of 1948 was recorded by Polish television.

This exhibition represents part two of the Kalejdoskop Polski MN project initiated in 2020 by the Minnesota Polish Medical Society that aims to document the stories of contemporary Polish immigrants and refugees who settled in Minnesota. The lead artist for Kalejdoskop Polski MN is Grzegorz Litynski, a professional documentary photographer (www.litynski.com). This body of work forms a traveling photographic exhibition. Katarzyna Litak curates the exhibition.

Kalejdoskop Polski, MN project has received grant support from the Minnesota Historical Society, Metro Regional Arts Council, and the Minnesota State Arts Board. We partnered with the Landmark Center, Ramsey Cty Historical Society, and the East Side Freedom Library for this exhibition. The Kowalski’s Market has sponsored our receptions.

We are honored to present An Interrupted Childhood: Polish WWII Survivors in Minnesota at the Landmark Center in St. Paul. The exhibition will be displayed from March 5 - April 30, 2023.

Grzegorz Litynski is the Lead Artist of the visual history part of the project.www.litynski.com Litynski is the Lead Artist of the project. Grzegorz focuses his research and works on visual history and has conducted numerous research and collection projects in Europe, North America, and Asia. He is the Head of the Department of Travel, Documentary Photography, and Photojournalism at the Technical University in Katowice, Poland.

Dr. Katarzyna Litak is the exhibitions curator, project manager, and graphic designer. She conducted oral history interviews for the project. She is also the MPMS founder and President.

Kalejdoskop Polski, MN project has received grant support from the Minnesota Historical Society, Metro Regional Arts Council, and the Minnesota State Arts Board. We also have partnered with the Landmark Center, Ramsey Cty Historical Society, and the East Side Freedom Library.  The Kowalski's Market has sponsored our receptions.

Schedule


  • 50 minutes

    Opening Remarks


  • 50 minutes

    Violin Concert by Adam Han-Gorski

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