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Polish American
Strategic Initiative

Building a Better America Through Inclusion and Honesty

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Edward Jesman

Edward W. Jeśman

PRESIDENT

President’s Message

Welcome, everyone!

I am Edward Jeśman. Friends call me Voytek. I am happy to welcome you to the Polish American Strategic Initiative, PASI for short. We formed in 2019 to promote the political and economic interests of Polish Americans.

We are here to serve the Polish American community and to foster fair and balanced Poland-US relations. We strive to be a valued and assertive voice in Washington. We pay close attention to the bills, resolutions, and policies originating in Washington. Unfortunately, many of them impede the U.S. Poland relations and carelessly weaken bonds between our peoples.

Our goal at PASI is not only to advance the interests of the community but also to inspire and raise a new generation of Polish American leaders so that we can increase our role in shaping our two great countries.  Today, our mission seems to be especially important when actual and monumental threats and challenges grow and intensify. We have a vision for the United States and Poland and we want to offer needed guidance and unifying leadership.

Join us! Together we can improve the political and economic standing of all Polish Americans and build a better America and a better Poland. Together we can make a difference!

Edward W. Jeśman, President
Polish American Strategic Initiative, Inc. (PASI)
310-291-2681 cell
edward@jesman.com

Current Concerns

Act S.447, Public Law 115-171,

“Justice for Uncompensated Survivors Today (JUST) Act of 2017”
(Introduced by Sen. Tammy Baldwin of WI on February 27, 2017)
(Signed by President Trump into law on May 9, 2018)­­

The law requires the US Department of State to assess the national laws and policies of countries participating in the 2009 Terezin Holocaust Era Assets Conference, concerning the identification and return of, or restitution of assets allegedly wrongfully seized from Jews during World War II, including the so-called “HEIRLESS PROPERTY”. PASI considers Act S.447 to be legally flawed, discriminatory, unjust, and its language deceiving.

There is no such thing as “heirless property.” In all countries, the United States included, heirless properties escheat to the state. The private Jewish American organizations make legally unfounded demands for billions of dollars without any evidence of title. The so-called “heirless properties” are legal property of the Polish state, the only legal successor of all Polish citizens regardless of their ethnic or religious background. The transfer of such property would only amount to a massive property giveaway.

Law 115-171 is morally offensive because it is based on an apparent double standard, which advocates an extralegal solution, which would not be acceptable in the United States. Furthermore, there are no uncompensated Jewish Holocaust survivors. Jewish organizations, state of Israel and individual Jews received untold billions of dollars from Germany for all human and property losses suffered by European Jews during World War II. The “JUST” law distorts the history of World War II and eliminates Millions of ethnic Polish victims from the definition of Genocide.

Poland must not be held responsible for the Genocide and property expropriations conducted by her German and Soviet occupiers, and for the political, social, and economic ramifications of the Yalta Agreement imposed on Poland by the United States, Great Britain, and the Soviet Union in 1944.

Act H.R.943

(Never Again Education Act)
(Introduced by Rep. Carolyn Maloney of NY. on January 31, 2019)
(Signed by President Trump into law on May 29, 2020)

The Never Again Education Act introduced in the US Senate as S.2085 by Senators Jacky Rosen (D-NV), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and in the House of Representatives as HR 943 by Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Elise Stefanik (R-NY) is designed to increase the allegedly diminishing awareness of the Holocaust in the United States. The Never Again Education Act calls to establish a public-private funding mechanism at the US Department of Education to allow the introduction of various new Holocaust education programs, which would target teachers in all 50 states. The law expands US Holocaust Memorial Museum education programming and tasks it with developing and disseminating fitting resources.

PASI continues to oppose the Never Again Education Act, because it fails to acknowledge and include in the envisioned new programs the Genocide committed by Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia against millions of Poles. This Act is now a law, yet it unacceptably restricts the meaning and teaching of the WW2 Genocide exclusively to the extermination of Jews.

Senate Resolution 566

(Introduced by Sen. Menendez of NJ. on May 7, 2020)

While PASI supports the idea of the resolution commemorating 22,000 victims of the Katyń Genocide, PASI strongly opposes specific fragments of the proposed resolution. As is, Senate Resolution 566 strips Polish citizens – most of them Prisoners-of-War murdered by Soviet Russia in 1940 – of their citizenship and falsely merges them with a vaguely defined mass of political crimes committed by the Communists worldwide.

The present version of the resolution resembles an attempt at Genocide Denial rather than an accurate characterization of the nature of the horrific mass murders confirmed by the 952 Report of the US Rep. Ray J. Madden Commission.

The proposed text of the resolution is not only historically erroneous, but it also creates specific political and legal consequences, which prejudice and disaffirm the rights of thousands of Polish families to the legal inquests and proper compensation.

Despite the 80 years which have passed, the world is still waiting for the official Genocide recognition by the US government of the brutal mass murders and deportations of millions of Polish citizens. The United States Congress owes the world a clear and straightforward declaration. The US government’s suppression of the Katyń Genocide needs to end today!

 

Act S.447, Public Law 115-171,

“Justice for Uncompensated Survivors Today (JUST) Act of 2017”
(Introduced by Sen. Tammy Baldwin of WI on February 27, 2017)
(Signed by President Trump into law on May 9, 2018)­­

The law requires the US Department of State to assess the national laws and policies of countries participating in the 2009 Terezin Holocaust Era Assets Conference, concerning the identification and return of, or restitution of assets allegedly wrongfully seized from Jews during World War II, including the so-called “HEIRLESS PROPERTY”. PASI considers Act S.447 to be legally flawed, discriminatory, unjust, and its language deceiving.

There is no such thing as “heirless property.” In all countries, the United States included, heirless properties escheat to the state. The private Jewish American organizations make legally unfounded demands for billions of dollars without any evidence of title. The so-called “heirless properties” are legal property of the Polish state, the only legal successor of all Polish citizens regardless of their ethnic or religious background. The transfer of such property would only amount to a massive property giveaway.

Law 115-171 is morally offensive because it is based on an apparent double standard, which advocates an extralegal solution, which would not be acceptable in the United States. Furthermore, there are no uncompensated Jewish Holocaust survivors. Jewish organizations, state of Israel and individual Jews received untold billions of dollars from Germany for all human and property losses suffered by European Jews during World War II. The “JUST” law distorts the history of World War II and eliminates Millions of ethnic Polish victims from the definition of Genocide.

Poland must not be held responsible for the Genocide and property expropriations conducted by her German and Soviet occupiers, and for the political, social, and economic ramifications of the Yalta Agreement imposed on Poland by the United States, Great Britain, and the Soviet Union in 1944.

Act H.R.943

(Never Again Education Act)
(Introduced by Rep. Carolyn Maloney of NY. on January 31, 2019)
(Signed by President Trump into law on May 29, 2020)

The Never Again Education Act introduced in the US Senate as S.2085 by Senators Jacky Rosen (D-NV), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and in the House of Representatives as HR 943 by Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Elise Stefanik (R-NY) is designed to increase the allegedly diminishing awareness of the Holocaust in the United States. The Never Again Education Act calls to establish a public-private funding mechanism at the US Department of Education to allow the introduction of various new Holocaust education programs, which would target teachers in all 50 states. The law expands US Holocaust Memorial Museum education programming and tasks it with developing and disseminating fitting resources.

PASI continues to oppose the Never Again Education Act, because it fails to acknowledge and include in the envisioned new programs the Genocide committed by Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia against millions of Poles. This Act is now a law, yet it unacceptably restricts the meaning and teaching of the WW2 Genocide exclusively to the extermination of Jews.

Senate Resolution 566

(Introduced by Sen. Menendez of NJ. on May 7, 2020)

While PASI supports the idea of the resolution commemorating 22,000 victims of the Katyń Genocide, PASI strongly opposes specific fragments of the proposed resolution. As is, Senate Resolution 566 strips Polish citizens – most of them Prisoners-of-War murdered by Soviet Russia in 1940 – of their citizenship and falsely merges them with a vaguely defined mass of political crimes committed by the Communists worldwide.
The present version of the resolution resembles an attempt at Genocide Denial rather than an accurate characterization of the nature of the horrific mass murders confirmed by the 952 Report of the US Rep. Ray J. Madden Commission. The proposed text of the resolution is not only historically erroneous, but it also creates specific political and legal consequences, which prejudice and disaffirm the rights of thousands of Polish families to the legal inquests and proper compensation.
Despite the 80 years which have passed, the world is still waiting for the official Genocide recognition by the US government of the brutal mass murders and deportations of millions of Polish citizens. The United States Congress owes the world a clear and straightforward declaration. The US government’s suppression of the Katyń Genocide needs to end today!

OFFICERS

Edward Wojciech Jesman

PRESIDENT
(California)

Dr. Bogdan Kotnis

VP Institutional Development
(New York)

Wojciech Mazur

Vice President
(Connecticut)

Jacek B. Marczyński

Vice President

Mariusz Bielski

Treasurer

Irena Guillon

Secretary
(California)

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Dr. Malgorzata Stys

New York

Artur J. Lesyk

Connecticut

Mark Belcarz

Connecticut
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Malgorzata Ciuraszkiewicz

New York

Jerzy Fiedziukiewicz

Connecticut
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Edward Jesman

Edward Wojciech Jesman

Co-Founder and President of Polish American Strategic Initiative, Inc. Born and raised in Poland. Independent publisher, pro-democracy activist, member of anti-communist opposition in Poland (1976-1982). Political prisoner (1978 and 1981-1982). Political asylee in the United States (Nov. 1982). Real estate broker in California since 1985. Naturalized U.S. citizen since 1990. President of Polish National Congress of Southern California and National Director of the Polish American Congress national organization (2015-2020). Active Polish American lobbyist on Capitol Hill. Recipient of the Officer’s Cross of the Order Polonia Restituta (2009) and the Cross of Freedom and Solidarity (2019).
Dr. Bogdan Kotnis

Bogdan Kotnis, Ph.D.
Vice President for Institutional Development

Bogdan Kotnis, Ph.D., is a retired educational administrator in N.Y. State Public School System. He holds a Ph.D. degree in educational administration from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a Master’s degree in American literature from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. Dr. Kotnis is a windsurfing coach of two champions of Poland. He speaks Polish, English, Danish, Russian, Ukrainian, German, and some Spanish. Currently, Dr. Konis is the CEO of the Polonia Global Fund and the owner of Polonia Perspectives. His hobbies include windsurfing, sailing, skiing, tennis, scuba diving, climbing, chess, and bridge. He is married, has two children and two grandchildren.

Wojciech Mazur
Vice President

An engineer and entrepreneur working in the USA. Pioneer in the USA to install solar assisted air conditioning systems and establish energy-saving technology approved by the Department of Public Utility in Connecticut. A social and political activist. In 1985 in Poland, when Solidarity Union was unable to lead underground resistance in Gdansk Region, Wojciech decided to take the lead. He was able to coordinate underground activities and cooperate with others from opposing ideological standpoints to stand up together against the communist regime. On May 1, 1985, together, they shook the foundations of the system. The President of Poland awarded Wojciech the Freedom and Solidarity Cross as a result of political involvement.
Jacek B. Marczyński

Jacek Bernard Marczyński
Vice President

Born in Poland in 1957, moved to United States in 1988. I.T. specialist educated in Poland and the United States, currently working for several companies as a programmer. Long time member of Polish American Congress in Washington Metropolitan Area Division. Co-Founder of Polish American Strategic Initiative, Inc. (former Interim President of PASI). Lobbying for Polish Affairs in the U.S. Congress for 20 years.
Mariusz Bielski

Mariusz Bielski
Treasurer

Mariusz grew up in Poland and relocated to the United States in 2000. He holds a Food Science degree from Warsaw University of Life Sciences. Mariusz is a senior laboratory technician at a food processing company. He is a lifelong advocate for Polish American affairs; he is involved in several civic and service organizations. Mariusz actively participated in defending the Katyń Monument in Jersey City. He is married with three children.
Irena Guillon

Irena Guillon
Secretary

I have always been interested in and working with various Polish American organizations. When I became acquainted with PASI, I was impressed with the people, vision, and goals of building a significant and robust Polish American organization. I emigrated from Poland when I was 14 and moved to New York, and later to California. I am retired, and I enjoy cooking, gardening and traveling. My professional background is a software engineer and manager at IBM. My husband and I have two daughters and a wonderful grandson. Using my expert skills acquired at IBM, I want to work with my colleagues at PASI to build a strong Polish American organization. I hope that eventually, you will join us as well.

Małgorzata Styś
New York

CEO and co-founder of DREYEV, leading the transformation in the Mobility industry with a mission to save lives on the road and create a smooth transition to self-driving vehicles. Malgorzata has been fascinated by conversational interfaces, Speech Machines and Linguistics for most of her professional life. She spent formative years at IBM, starting her career at Watson Research. IBM was the place where she met some of the most brilliant minds and kindest hearts in the world, including many Polish Americans! Malgorzata had a distinct opportunity to live and learn in 6 countries before settling in the U.S. Although the U.S. is her home today, a big piece of her heart belongs to Poland. She also lived and left a piece of her heart in Nigeria, England, Botswana, Swaziland and Sweden. Favorite Book: Little Prince. Favorite saying: “Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought.” John Paul II.

Artur J. Lesyk
Connecticut

Artur came to the United States in 1989 and settled in Branford, CT. He works as a Mechanical Engineer in the aerospace industry. Married, a happy father of two teenage kids and enjoying the middle-class, suburban lifestyle. Artur loves skiing, sailing and outdoor activities. Artur decided to Join PASI after learning about the passage of the S447, which made him feel that the United States, the country he owes so much, is doing a horrible and unjustified disservice in the name of racial identity to harm Poland, the land of his birth. Polish-Americans have been quite successful in forming cultural, religious and educational organizations in the United States; sadly, we lack any real political power that American politicians would have to respect and take into account in their calculations. It’s time to build a well-organized and professionally managed lobbying power in Washington, DC. He believes that PASI will become this organization!

Mark Belcarz
Connecticut

After having the opportunity to live a few years in Italy, I settled in the beautiful State of Connecticut. I live in the USA for over 30 years, happily married, proud father of one son. I Graduated in Computer science, and i am professionally fulfilled in the medical care field for 25 years. I love mountains, hiking, wild nature, biking, reading, politics and cooking, but I also like to travel around the world. I am trying to do something for the country in which I live as well as my homeland Poland. After all, the homeland is not only the country you live in but the country you need and needs you. Some say that patriotism is becoming an outdated idea. Despite this notion, it is an inspiration and a significant force that shapes the behaviors and attitudes of generations. Polish community and Poles living in America are unheard and neglected in the U.S. parliament. Unfortunately, those absent on Capitol Hill have no vote. The time has come for the Polish American community to play a significant role in creating the new political world. Join PASI today

Jerzy Fiedziukiewicz
Connecticut

I was born in Bialystok, Poland, in 1965, and moved to the United States in 1994. Since then, I live in Connecticut with my wife and two children. I work in the aircraft industry as a CNC machinist with technical education from Poland. I always thought that history is what it is – but if we do not remember and cherish it, someone will rewrite history for us! That is why I stopped being passive and began to participate and support various patriotic initiatives. The voice of Polish Americans needs be heard. Join us and Join PASI today!