The Polish Mission received a very special donation not too long ago. Following a phone call from Laurie Kaniarz, her family was on campus only a short time later, with two very special items that would enter The Polish Mission Collections, attributed to the late Mr. Frank Kaniarz. The two items were a copy of Frankly, The Works, by Frank A. Kaniarz, and a beautifully documented photo album from his stay in Warsaw from 1933-35.
In the 1930s, Frank Kaniarz received a scholarship from Kolo Opieki nad Akademikiem Zagranica of the Polish government to study at the University of Warsaw to learn Polish culture, and to return home to spread the word about The Republic of Poland, newly created by the Treaty of Versailles. However, due to a strike that lasted from the fall of 1933 to early 1934, Frank and his fellow students visited museums, traveled, and visited family. Later, Frank accepted the position of tutor for the sons of two wealthy families in Warsaw: the Klawes, and the Wolskis, and was eventually hired by President Ignace Moscicki’s daughter “Mme. Bobkowska.”
Items that reveal stories like these do very much to shed light on lesser-known narratives of the Polish experience, and we’re extremely grateful that the Kaniarz family has entrusted us to care for these special items, and to offer the story behind them to anyone who’d like to learn more. Thank you so much!
For more information on how we can better protect your own Polish treasures, or to learn more about Mr. Frank A. Kaniarz, contact us via email, or call (248) 738-6720.