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Zbigniew Kazimierz Brzezinski March 28, 1928 – May 26, 2017

Remembrance and Reconciliation has lost a friend and supporter with the passing of Zbigniew Brzezinski.

He was among the first people I asked to serve as an Honorary Board member when we began R&R. After a meeting in his office in Washington, which was part interview and part briefing, he said he would be glad to serve and that we could use his name. And his name meant and still means a lot in Poland and in the Polish-American community and helped with our initial fundraising.

His grandparents were from Przemysl and he knew the town well. He told me about buying toy soldiers from Jewish merchants on Mickiewicza Street before the war. His father had saved German Jews escaping in 1938.

Brzezinski had a hand - with Pope John Paul II and Foreign Minister Geremek of Poland - in the removal of the crosses at Auschwitz. He told me in a meeting that the crosses were coming down and two weeks later they came down, peacefully. During our Shabbat in Przemysl in 2006, Ambassador Peleg of Israel asked me if I could arrange a meeting with Dr. Brzezinski as Israel was interested in a certain unnamed project with Poland. I was happy to do so even though I have no idea about the outcome. Later, I sent Brzezinski a copy of David's Przemysl novel and he said he enjoyed it.

His support, counsel, and encouragement will be sorely missed.

Dr. John Hartman
for Remembrance and Reconciliation