U.S. Ambassador on Warner brothers: incredible story of the Polish-American-Jewish relationship
"In many ways this hall is full circle. Take the Warner brothers – they were from a little town in south-central Poland, they came to America with nothing, they build a global- stature movie house and film house. And now, their country of origin, here at POLIN Museum, is celebrating them," U.S. Ambassador to Poland Mark Brzezinski told "Fakty" TVN correspondent Marcin Wrona on Monday (April 17). A new section of the Legacy Gallery has been opened at POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews. It tells the story of the famous Warner brothers who, after emigrating from Poland to the United States, established the legendary film studios. Warner Bros. is celebrating the 100th anniversary of its founding.
Warsaw's POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews says at its website that the Legacy Gallery, an extension of the Core Exhibition, "explores the lives and achievements of such outstanding individuals as Julian Tuwim, David Ben-Gurion, Arthur Rubinstein, Rosa Luxemburg, Raphael Lemkin, Ludwik Zamenhof, and Helena Rubinstein, among many others".
"Visitors are invited to reflect on how the lives and achievements of these individuals illuminate the history of Polish Jews, and how the history of Polish Jews helps us better understand who they became, what they accomplished, and their impact on Polish, Jewish, and world civilization," POLIN explains.
To mark the 100th anniversary of the Warner Bros. inception, a new section of the gallery was opened on April 17, dedicated to the story of the company's founders - four Polish Jewish brothers: Albert, Sam, Harry, and Jack - first three of whom had emigrated to the United States in their childhood. Jack was born in London, Ontario, during the family's two-year residency in Canada. The brothers created a global movie powerhouse which is one of the "Big Five" of the American film studios. TVN has become part of the Warner Bros. family in May, 2022.
"This hall, this legacy hall, telling the incredible story of the Polish-American-Jewish relationship, in many ways this hall is full circle. Take the Warner brothers – they were from a little town in south-central Poland, they came to America with nothing, they build a global-stature movie house and film house. And now, their country of origin, here at Polin Museum, is celebrating them," said U.S. Ambassador to Poland Mark Brzezinski, who visited POLIN museum on Monday.
The ambassador told TVN correspondent Marcin Wrona that the Legacy Gallery "shows the meshing together, and the binding together of Poland and America". "Because it’s not an abstract thing that binds the countries together, it’s people like the Warner brothers, it’s people like many the Polish immigrants to America, and Americans who have come to Poland – each to start a new life, fight for each other’s freedom at times, and this relationship has never been closer," he added.
"I feel like I’m at home when I’m at the Legacy Hall, because in many ways my family came full circle. My father was born in Poland, didn’t speak English until he was 15 years old, came to America and lived the American dream, was able as foreign policy expert to stand toe to toe with the Soviets at the height of the Cold War. What a dream for a Polish-born person," the ambassador said.
"And now I’m able to be back in Poland, representing President Joe Biden. So, to me, gives me chills. I have a personal affection for this hall and this story, and I’m so glad to be here today," Mark Brzezinski added.
Wednesday, April 19, will mark the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.
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