As we all know, a tragedy of large proportions occurred this past Saturday, where Polish President Lech Kaczynski, First Lady Maria Kaczynska and other top officials and clergy were killed in a plane crash in Russia. They were on their way to a ceremony commemorating the massacre of Katyn 70 years ago. Their blood was spilled on the site where thousands upon thousands of people were slaughtered in the past.
This week has been extremely emotional for all Polish people, whether in Poland or living in other countries. We are all grieving and mourning for this great loss.
Today, I went to the Polish Consulate in New York to write in the Book of Condolences and I had the chance to photograph our way of dealing with this painful situation. While I was there, the Consul General of Albania came, along with other people representing various nations. I saw people crying, bowing to the photograph of President Kaczynski and his wife and lighting candles.
Due to this horrible tragedy, Speaker of the Sejm, Bronislaw Komorowski, has declared the national mourning in Poland to be from April 10th through April 16th, 2010.
Please come to the Polish Consulate, located at 233 Madison Avenue (at 37th Street), NY, NY 10016. Currently, the hours for the book signing are as follow:
– Monday-Tuesday (April 12-13th) from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
– Wednesday (April 14th) from 12:00-6:00 PM
– Thursday and Friday (15-16th) from 2:00 to 6:00 PM
– Saturday and Sunday (April 17-18th) from 10:00 AM to 4:00PM