Rising from the Ashes — Warsaw, Poland

Date – Sunday, November 19, 2017 (2pm to 4pm)

Guest Speaker – Margaret Guzek

Location – Copernicus Center- King’s Hall, 5216 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago, IL 60630
This presentation is open to the public and will also be offered as a Webinar to members and

This meeting will be held in King’s Hall located in the Copernicus Center.

Topic – Rising from the Ashes – Warsaw, Poland

Topic Summary – By the start of World War II, Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party were intent on
razing Warsaw as part of the Pabst Plan to create a future “German” town. By the time of
Warsaw’s liberation in January of 1945 from German occupation, the Wehrmacht had destroyed
85% of the city.

This presentation discusses the events leading up to the destruction of Warsaw and the Polish
community’s meticulous post-war reconstruction, which includes the recognition of Warsaw’s
restoration of its historic quarters as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Bio – Margaret S. Guzek is a writer and preservationist. She has written landmark nominations
on architecturally and historically-significant properties for local preservation commissions and
the National Register in addition to writing architectural surveys. Ms. Guzek’s paternal
grandmother was a member of the Polish resistance and fought in the Warsaw Uprising, and her
maternal grandfather was a member of the Second Polish Corps under the leadership of General
Wladyslaw Anders and fought in the Battle of Monte Cassino. Ms. Guzek holds a master’s
degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. An
article written by Ms. Guzek based on this presentation in the Fall 2016 issue of Rodziny.