Sunday, March 12, 2023

Mariusz Brymora, and Ambassador's Confession at the Bolton Hall Museum, 25 March 2023 at 6:30 pm

Helena Modjeska Art & Culture Club invites members and friends interested in the history of Poland, its heroes and secrets to an interesting meeting with the former Consul of the Republic of Poland in Los Angeles, writer and editor Mariusz M. Brymora. The topic of the meeting will be the newly published book by Romuald Spasowski, entitled Ambassador's Confession, which was edited from over 3,000  pages down to 750 pages by Mr. Brymore.

The meeting will be held on Saturday, March 25, 2023 at 6:30 pm at the Bolton Hall Museum in Tujunga; 10110 Commerce Ave, Tujunga, CA 91042. Admission free, RSVP to During the meeting the audience will be able to buy books and get an autograph with the editor's dedication. After talking with P. Brymora, we invite you for kabanosy, hors d'oeuvres and beverages.


(Brief Biography From Wikipedia, alas full of errors, to be corrected during the event and as described in the book).

 F. Romuald Spasowski (August 20, 1920 – August 9, 1995), was a Polish politician, ambassador and the best known defector from PRL in 1981.  The Spasowski family was active in the Polish resistance during World War II. Spasowski and his father were arrested several times by the Gestapo. His father committed suicide in 1941 after being tortured by the Nazis. Spasowski hid in his mother's home in Milanówek for a time, where the family harbored several Jewish families. Spasowski served on the Central Auditing Commission, which maintained and audited the party's finances. He later served as a member of the Polish War Crimes Mission at the Nuremberg trials. Fluent in both English and Spanish, Spasowski served at the embassy in London from 1951 to 1953 and then two years as ambassador to Argentina. 

Spasowski's first tour as Polish ambassador to the United States lasted from 1955 to 1961. In 1964, Spasowski represented Poland as a member of the International Commission for Supervision and Control in Vietnam, which was established to mediate peace between Hanoi and Saigon during the Vietnam War. From 1967 till 1971 Spasowski served as Poland's ambassador to India. In the mid-1970s, Spasowski was named Deputy Foreign Minister in the Polish Foreign Ministry. In the mid-1970s he also served as the Chief of the Polish Military Mission in West Berlin. 

Spasowski returned to the United States for a second tour as ambassador in 1978. His wife had been a practicing Catholic for many years. The former Wanda Alina Sikorska was a cousin of Poland's former prime minister, General Władysław Sikorski. Wanda Spasowska's influence and religious views helped undermine her husband's belief in Communism. For years, Spasowski's faith in the Polish Communist regime had been wavering, but the ascension of a Pole to the papacy in 1978 provided the impetus for a clear break. The day Karol Cardinal Wojtyła became Pope John Paul II, Spasowski attended a special Mass at St. Matthew's Cathedral in Washington, D.C., taking a place of honor in the first pew. It marked the beginning of an increasingly contentious relationship with the Polish Foreign Ministry.

The formation of Solidarity in September 1980 deeply moved Spasowski. He is said to have privately voiced support for Solidarity's leader, Lech Wałęsa, and the labor movement's goals. Spasowski's daughter and son-in-law, supporters of Solidarity, fled to the United States early in 1981 and received asylum. In October 1981, the Polish government ordered Spasowski home. He protested, and the recall order was rescinded. On December 13, 1981, Polish government leader General Wojciech Jaruzelski started a crack-down on Solidarity, declaring martial law. On the afternoon of December 19, 1981, Spasowski telephoned the U.S. State Department to announce that he was defecting and requesting asylum. The next day he told a worldwide radio audience that he had defected to show support for Solidarity and Lech Wałęsa. "The cruel night of darkness and silence was spread over my country," he said. The Polish government confiscated his family's property, branded him a traitor and condemned him to death in absentia.

Spasowski US Residence, National Park Service

Spasowski toured the United States throughout the 1980s, denouncing the Communist regime in Poland and playing a leading role in the U.S. Information Agency's anti-Communist television program, 'Let Poland Be Poland'. In 1985, Spasowski, who was of a Calvinist family, was baptized a Catholic by Philadelphia's Archbishop John Krol.  In 1986, Spasowski published his autobiography, The Liberation of One, and eventually became an American citizen. After the overthrow of Communist rule in Poland in 1989, Spasowski's death sentence was revoked. In 1993, Polish President Lech Wałęsa restored Spasowski's Polish citizenship. [biographic information cited from Wikipedia]


Mariusz M. Brymora – philologist. He holds an MA diploma from the Department of English Language of Maria Curie Skłodowska University in Lublin and a postgraduate diploma in British Culture and History from the University of Warsaw and Ruskin College in Oxford. 

Prior to joining the Foreign Service, he worked as an academic teacher and translator. His literary translations include short stories by Bernard Malamud published by Wydawnictwo Literackie in Kraków in 1989. From 1994 until 1998, he served as a Councilman and then the Deputy Mayor of his native city of Radom, Poland. Career diplomat – in the Polish Foreign Service since 1999. 

Mr. Brymora served as the Deputy Consul General in Chicago (1999 – 2003), Public Affairs Counselor at the Embassy of Poland in Washington D.C. (2005 – 2009), and Consul General in Los Angeles (2013 - 2017). While in Warsaw, he was the Deputy Director of the Department of Public and Cultural Diplomacy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs where he supervised the promotional activity of Polish diplomatic missions and the screenplay and production of Polska? Tak! - a short documentary on Poland’s image as seen through the eyes of the world’s greatest cultural celebrities. 

His books include: 400 Years of Polish Immigrants in America – published in 2008 to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the first Poles’ arrival at Jamestown, Virginia. He also wrote a short history of the Embassy of Poland in Washington DC (2009). In 2019 M. Brymora published One Hundred years of Polish Diplomatic Presence in The United States: 1919-2019 which was followed a year later by its Polish version titled: Historia polskiej dyplomacji w Stanach Zjednoczonych 1919-2019.

In 2022 he published the Polish version of the memoires of ambassador Romuald Spasowski under the title Ambassador’s confession.


Mariusz Brymora with wife, President Maja Trochimczyk, Andrew and Lila Dowen who hosted the guests, and Secretary Beata Czajkowska

Mariusz Brymora with certificate of Honorary Membership in the Modjeska Club, Maja Trochimczyk and Beata Czajkowska.

Saturday, March 11, 2023

Hybrydy in Santa Monica "Life is a Theater" Performance, April 2, 2023 at 7 pm


Helena Modjeska Art & Culture Club presents the Hybrydy Theater of Warsaw University in the performance entitled Life is a Theater and given in Polish, without English subtitles. The performance will take place on Sunday, April 2, 2023 at  pm at the Illusion Magic Theater (formerly known as Magicopolis), 1418 4th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401. Free admission, limited seating, RSVP to with RSVP and date of event in the subject line, send replies to March 25, 2023.

The event is part of the Spring of Polish Culture in the Western United States, supported by the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Los Angeles. The Consulate supports three projects of the Club with grants: 1) a lecture by Katarzyna Winnicka, 2) the Hybrydy Theatre, 3) the Wojciech Wysocki Theater with the play Zyciorys/ Biography and music by Piotr Matczuk. The grants pay for the venue rental and AV technician costs. Since these events are supported by the Consulate, they are free to the general public. 

Zycie to jest teatr / Life is a Theater is a concert of hits by the masters of Polish song, Agnieszka Osiecka and Wojciech Młynarski, graduates of the University of Warsaw and co-founders of the Hybrydy Theatre, whose lyrics are hummed and listened to by subsequent generations of Poles. The most beautiful hits in new, energetic arrangements will be interspersed with funny literary cabaret sketches from pre-war and post-war Poland. The program will also feature retro hits by excellent Polish composers in a cheerful, lively mood, as well as more lyrical and nostalgic pieces. Starring: Magdalena Rossowska, Dominika Świątek, Maciej Dzięciołowski

The Hybrydy Theater of the University of Warsaw is one of the oldest student theaters in Poland, existing since the late 1950s, reactivated in 2005 at the University of Warsaw. It is a cultural and ideological continuator of the legendary Hybryd founded in 1957, from which such artists as Wojciech Młynarski, Jonasz Kofta, Urszula Dudziak, Krzysztof Komeda and many others come from. The team consists of students, doctoral students and graduates of our University under the supervision of experienced and thoroughly educated teachers. The theater's repertoire includes several dozen performances, concerts and other artistic projects, from ambitious texts by the greatest Polish and world poets and playwrights to lighter comedy forms, farces, choreographic shows and popular science projects in the field of theater and music.

Over the 16 years of its activity, the Hybrydy Theater has performed several hundred performances in the country and abroad in professional theaters, cultural centers, museums, and has taken part in many festivals and reviews, where the performances of the Hybrydy Theater have won awards and distinctions, including the most valuable ones - audience awards. The Theater's projects are constantly or occasionally patronized by many eminent personalities and public institutions, including His Magnificence Rector of the University of Warsaw. The co-founders of the Theater are director and director Maciej Dzięciołowski and Dominika Świątek, music director, vocalist and composer. The last LA performance of this theater was organized by Dr. Maja Trochimczyk and sponsored by Moonrise Press in June 2013.

Dominika Swiatek in Santa Monica, Feb. 2020

Dominika Świątek – pianist, composer, vocalist, actress, songwriter. A graduate of the music school and Polish philology of the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń. Co-creator and long-term music director of the Hybrydy Theater of the University of Warsaw, reactivated in 2005. She has released three albums with her own compositions to poems by Zbigniew Herbert ("The Seventh Angel" under the patronage of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage), Juliusz Słowacki ("Proroctwo" under the patronage of the Senate of the Republic of Poland) and a contemporary poet - Jerzy Hajduga ("Early Quieter"). Awarded by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage with the honorary badge "Meritorious for Polish Culture". Juror of many competitions and festivals.

Swiatek  and Andrzej Perkman in Concert "Sweet peas and Roses" in Santa Monica, Feb. 2020

Magdalena Rossowska – singer, actress, coordinator of the artistic work of the Hybrydy Theater at the University of Warsaw. A graduate of Computer Science and Econometrics at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences. Awarded many times at music festivals. She collaborated with the Roma Theater, and now also with the Buffo Theater in Warsaw.

Maciej Dzieciolowski JPL/NASA, June 2013

Maciej Dzięciołowski – director, actor, screenwriter, culture manager. A graduate of directing at the State Higher School of Theatre. Ludwik Solski in Krakow, Branch in Wrocław, culture management at the University of Warsaw and law at the Cardinal S. Wyszyński University in Warsaw. Academic lecturer at the University of Warsaw, co-founder and director of the legendary Hybrid Theater of the University of Warsaw, reactivated in 2005. Winner of many awards for directing plays at theater festivals and individual awards of the Rector of the University of Warsaw, multiple scholarship holder of the Minister of Science and Higher Education and the Minister of National Education. Member of the Directors' Section of the Polish Actors Association (Polish Actors Association, Member of FIA).

Hybrydy in Los Angeles, June 2013

Hybrydy in Los Angeles, June 2013


Hearst Castle San Simeon

Hearst Castle San Simeon

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Stage at Illusion Magic Theater

Performers and the Board after the concert