The 3rd Oskar Halecki Symposium

The Oskar Halecki Institute of Canada has the honour of presenting the 3rd Oskar Halecki Symposium on the subject of The Polish Defensive War of 1939 – The Outbreak of World War II and Beyond on Saturday, November 23, 2019 at Saint Paul University (Amphitheatre G1124, 223 Main Street, Ottawa, ON K1S 1C4). The Symposium begins at 9 a.m. and closes at 2 p.m.

Key guests include known expert Professor Marek Kornat, Ph.D., Institute of History, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland, who will be speaking on the Crisis of 1938-1939. Poland’s Rejection of German Territorial Demands;

Dr. Alexander M. Jablonski, Oskar Halecki Institute in Canada, Ottawa, on the subject of The Polish Defensive War in September 1939 – Reflections on the 80th Anniversary;

Dr. Andrzej Kurnicki, Ambassador of the Republic of Poland to Canada whose talk will focus on The Polish Cavalry – Elite of the Polish Army During the 1939 War;
Brig.-Gen. (ret.) Robert Williams, Ph.D., Royal Military College, Kingston, who will be speaking on General Maczek and Canadians;

Mr. Edward Poznanski, B.A. (Hon.), M.P.A., Ottawa, who will address the topic of On All Fronts: Poland’s Contributions to Allied Victory, 1939 – 1945.
A panel discussion will close the Symposium.

The Symposium registration fee is $40 with students and seniors paying $20 (for high school students, admission is free). Coffee and lunch are included in the fee. For further information and to register contact:

Hanna Kepka Tel. (613) 415-0586, E-mail:

Alex Jablonski Tel. (613) 277-0086, E-mail:

  1. Formularz rejestracyjny – Registration Form
  2. Komunikat prasowy – Press Release
  3. Plakat – Poster
  4. Program – Final Programme