PAUL POLANSKY
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PAUL POLANSKY
Knez Selo bb, Nish, Serbia 18204


                               Education
                                                                 JOURNALISM MAJOR, HISTORY AND SPEECH MINORS    1960-63
                                                                 Marquette University    Milwaukee, Wisconsin (USA)



                               Experience      
                                                                1964- 1968:      Editor of two magazines (TAB & Castellana) in Madrid, Spain.
                                                                                         Authored and published three guidebooks on Spain. 
                                                               
                                                                1969-1989:       Developed own sporting estate in southern Spain. Conducted
                                                                                         historical research in central and eastern European archives on
                                                                                         immigration to the USA after the 1848 uprising. Published
                                                                                         historical and current-events articles in American and European
                                                                                         periodicals. 

                                                                1990-1993:       Sold sporting estate and founded Czech Historical Research Center
                                                                                         (USA).   Lectured at several American and European universities on
                                                                                         human rights in Eastern Europe. Edited and published a biography
                                                                                         on Czech composer: Antonin Dvorak, My Father (1963). Lectured
                                                                                         at Brown University and University of Iowa on Dvorak. Published
                                                                                         several papers on Dvorak's life in America. 

                                                                1993-1999:      Discovered 40,000 documents in Czech archives on Gypsy death
                                                                                        camp (Lety) run by Czechs during WWII. Established residence in
                                                                                        the Czech Republic in 1995 to live with Czech Roma survivors of
                                                                                        Lety to collect their oral histories. Lectured at UN Holocaust
                                                                                        Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. Forced Czech government
                                                                                        to recognize Lety as a holocaust site with Czech President Havel
                                                                                        inaugurating a memorial. Poetry readings every week for four
                                                                                        years throughout Czech Republic and Slovakia. Poetry tour of
                                                                                        USA reading at several Holocaust Associations, and universities.
                                                                                        Visit India to find castes having same traditions as European
                                                                                        Roma. Books published in Prague by G plus G: Living Through It
                                                                                        Twice (1997); Black Silence (1998); The Storm (1999); Stray Dog
                                                                                        (1999).  

                                                                 1999:              Invited by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to
                                                                                        serve as their advisor on Roma (Gypsy) refugee issues in Kosovo.
                                                                                        Lived in a displaced persons camp near Pristina from July until
                                                                                        September. Led 500 Roma on march to Macedonia to seek asylum.
                                                                                        Continued work with UNHCR compiling the first survey of all
                                                                                        Gypsy communities in Kosovo (almost 300). Project funded by    
                                                                                        UNHCR, Oxfam, and the Society for Threatened People. Survey
                                                                                        published by the Society of Threatened People in both English and
                                                                                        German in Gottingen (1999).        

                                                                 2000:              Monitored all minority communities in Kosovo for Society for
                                                                                        Threatened People and wrote 65 reports on these communities.
                                                                                        Poetry reading tour of California including major readings at the
                                                                                        Commonwealth Club and City Lights, both in San Francisco.
                                                                                        Books published: Not a Refugee, and The River Killed My
                                                                                        Brother.

                                                                 2001:              Monitored all RAE (Roma, Ashkali & Egyptian) communities in
                                                                                        Kosovo for Voice of Roma and also updated my 1999 survey.
                                                                                        Established two pilot projects for sustaining aid for Kosovo Roma
                                                                                        funded by Swiss Development Corporation. Another poetry
                                                                                        reading tour of California, mainly at universities. Books published:
                                                                                        Blackbirds of Kosovo.

                                                                 2002:              Head of Mission for Voice of Roma in Kosovo. Began English
                                                                                        classes for Roma teenagers funded by Swiss Development
                                                                                        Corporation (SDC). Also began several small businesses for Roma
                                                                                        funded by SDC. Lectured at Tel Aviv University (Israel) on the
                                                                                        Romani Holocaust. Books published: Bez domova v srdci Ameriky
                                                                                        (published in Prague and sold by the homeless for their benefit).

                                                                 2003:              Head of Mission for Society for Threatened Peoples and Kosovo
                                                                                        Roma Refugee Foundation (KRRF). Established English classes
                                                                                        for Roma in the municipalities of Pristina, Peja and Gjakova
                                                                                        funded by SDC. Monitored Kosovo Roma stranded on
                                                                                        Macedonia-Greek border for three months seeking asylum in
                                                                                        Greece. Books published: To UNHCR With Love, and Bus Ride in
                                                                                        Jerusalem.

                                                                 2004:              Head of Mission for Society for Threatened Peoples and Kosovo
                                                                                        Roma Refugee Foundation (KRRF). Directed project to restore
                                                                                        16th century Jewish cemetery in Nish (Serbia) funded by Jewish
                                                                                        Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), New York. Reported on
                                                                                        Albanian uprising in Kosovo for Prague TV (embedded with
                                                                                        Swedish army). Began monitoring Roma affected by lead
                                                                                        poisoning in the UN camps in Kosovo. Awarded Weimar Human
                                                                                        Rights award after being nominated by GŁnter Grass, recipient of
                                                                                        the 1999 Novel Prize for Literature. Books published: Where Is
                                                                                        My Life?, and Kosovo Blood.   

                                                                 2005:              Head of Mission for Society for Threatened Peoples and Kosovo
                                                                                        Roma Refugee Foundation (KRRF). Monitored Roma affected by
                                                                                        lead poisoning in the UN camps in Kosovo. Wrote op-ed article for
                                                                                        International Herald Tribune and a book about the lead poisoning.
                                                                                        Started several small businesses for Roma in Nish (Serbia) funded
                                                                                        by JDC. Produced a documentary film on the lead poisoning,
                                                                                        Gypsy Blood, which won best informative film at the 2005 Golden
                                                                                        Wheel International Film Festival. Books published: Sarah's
                                                                                        People.     

                                                                 2006:              Head of Mission for Society for Threatened Peoples and Kosovo
                                                                                        Roma Refugee Foundation (KRRF). Funded by Bild Zeitung took
                                                                                        eight Roma to Germany for medical treatment of lead poisoning
                                                                                        and obtained their asylum there. Assisted an American lawyer to
                                                                                        file a legal claim against the UN for compensation for 155 Roma
                                                                                        affected by lead poisoning in the UN camps. Began extensive
                                                                                        project to collect and film the oral histories of Gypsy survivors of
                                                                                        WWII in the former Yugoslavia, funded by JDC. Continued
                                                                                        funding small business projects for Roma in Nish. Several readings
                                                                                        and lectures in Germany. Books published: Safari Angola, and
                                                                                        Roma.  

                                                                 2007:              Head of Mission for Society for Threatened Peoples and Kosovo
                                                                                        Roma Refugee Foundation (KRRF). Lectured in India on the
                                                                                        Roma (Gypsy) Diaspora and continued investigations there of
                                                                                        castes in Kashmir, Punjab and Rajasthan that have same customs
                                                                                        and traditions as European Roma. Expanded oral history project
                                                                                        making trips to eight countries in the Balkans. Started sheep herd
                                                                                        project for ten Romani families funded by JDC. Continued small
                                                                                        business projects for Nish Roma. Continued monitoring and
                                                                                        publishing reports of Roma dying of lead poisoning in the UN
                                                                                        camps in Kosovo. Poetry readings in Sarajevo, Bosnia, Trieste,
                                                                                        Italy. And Bern, Switzerland. Books published: Gypsy Taxi (with
                                                                                        reading from book on BBC radio). First volume of oral histories
                                                                                        published: One Blood, One Flame: the oral histories of the
                                                                                        Yugoslav Gypsies before, during and after WWII.

                                                                  2008:             Head of Mission for Society for Threatened Peoples and Kosovo
                                                                                        Roma Refugee Foundation (KRRF). Completed WWII oral history
                                                                                        project with 156 filmed interviews in nine countries. Poetry
                                                                                        reading tour of eight cities in Italy and lectures at several Italian
                                                                                        universities on Roma immigration to Italy from the Balkans.
                                                                                        Lectures in Germany and Switzerland on human rights in the
                                                                                        Balkans. Books published: One Blood, One Flame, volumes 2 and 3.

                                                                  2009:             Head of Mission for Society for Threatened Peoples and Kosovo
                                                                                        Roma Refugee Foundation (KRRF). Traveled all over Turkey and
                                                                                        filmed oral histories of Turkish Gypsies (Roma and Dom). Filmed
                                                                                        interviews with Turkish Jews from France saved by the Turkish
                                                                                        ambassador during WWII. Also filmed oral histories of Roma
                                                                                        survivors of WW II in Bulgaria and Albania. Poetry readings in
                                                                                        fourteen Italian cities. Books published: Undefeated (bilingual
                                                                                        English/Italian).  

                                                                   2010:            Head of Mission for Society for Threatened Peoples and Kosovo
                                                                                        Roma Refugee Foundation (KRRF). In Istanbul to edit biography
                                                                                        of Behic Erkin (Turkish ambassador to France during WWII). 
                                                                                        Poetry readings: London, UK, and seventeen cities (including four
                                                                                        universities) in Italy (three separate tours). Lecture Helsinki
                                                                                        University on Roma Holocaust. Lecture in Vrsac, Serbia, on Roma
                                                                                        education. Poetry reading in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Sign contract
                                                                                        with Rome publisher for my memoir Living with Gypsies. Books
                                                                                        published: Deadly Neglect and Boxing Poems.  

                                                                   2011:            Head of Mission for Kosovo Roma Refugee Foundation (KRRF).
                                                                                        Conducting weekly monitoring project for 12 months of resettled
                                                                                        lead-poisoned Roma refugees for JDC. Poetry readings in eight
                                                                                        Finnish cities (Turku, Tampere, Sysma, Kotka, Oulu, Lahti,
                                                                                        Hameenlinna, and Helsinki). Writer's residence for one month in
                                                                                        Sysma, Finland (wrote play on Antonin Dvorak in America
                                                                                        allowing Blacks and women to attend a conservatory for the first
                                                                                        time in history). Poetry readings in five Italian cities. and
                                                                                        lecture/reading at Salerno University. Poetry reading at Nish
                                                                                        University, Nish, Serbia. Publish op-ed article on Roma Begging in
                                                                                        Helsingin Sanomat. Books published: Mustalaistaksi.

 



                                           Books Published


                                                                  POETRY

                                                                  Living Through It Twice (bilingual English/Czech), G plus G, Prague, 1998

                                                                  Stray Dog (bilingual English/Czech), G plus G, Prague, 1999

                                                                  Not a Refugee, Voice of Roma, Sebastopol (USA), 2000

                                                                  The River Killed My Brother, Jejune, Prague 2000

                                                                  Blackbirds of Kosovo, Leftcurve, Oakland (USA) 2001

                                                                  Bez domova v srdci Ameriky (only in Czech), Novy Prostor, Prague 2002

                                                                  Bus Ride in Jerusalem, Roma Refugee Fund, Pristina 2003

                                                                  TO UNHCR, WITH LOVE, Divus, Prague 2003

                                                                  Where Is My Life? (bilingual English/Croatian), Feral Tribune, Split 2004

                                                                  Kosovo Blood, KRRF, Nish, 2004

                                                                  Sarah's People, KRRF, Nish 2005

                                                                  UN-Leaded Blood, KRRF, Nish 2005

                                                                  Safari Angola (bilingual English/Serbian), Grafis, Nish 2006

                                                                  Roma (only in German), Grafis, 2006
                                                                 
                                                                  Gypsy Taxi (bilingual English/Serbian), KRRF, Nish 2007

                                                                  Undefeated (bilingual English/Italian), Multimedia Edizioni, Baronissi 2009

                                                                  Boxing Poems (bilingual English/Italian), Volo Press, Lonato 2010

                                                                  Mustalaistaksi (only in Finnish), Savukeidas, Turku 2011



                                                                  FICTION

                                                                  The Storm (English and Czech editions), G plus G, Prague 1999



                                                                 NON-FICTION

                                                                  Antonin Dvorak, My Father (editor), Czech Historical Research center, USA 1993

                                                                  Black Silence, G plus G, Prague 1998

                                                                  The Gypsies of Kosovo: a survey of their communities, (English and German editions)
                                                                  GFBV, Gottingen 1999

                                                                  The Current Plight of the Kosovo Roma, Voice of Roma, Graton (USA) 2002

                                                                  Bajram Mehmeti (co-author), Nimbus, Wadenswil (Switzerland) 2004

                                                                  One Blood, One Flame: the oral histories of the Yugoslav Gypsies before, during and after
                                                                  WWII (vol. 1), KRRF, Nish 2007

                                                                  One Blood, One Flame: the oral histories of the Yugoslav Gypsies before, during and after
                                                                  WWII (vol. 2), KRRF, Nish 2007

                                                                  One Blood, One Flame: the oral histories of the Yugoslav Gypsies before, during and after
                                                                  WWII (vol. 3), KRRF, Nish 2008



                                        Lectures

                                                                 Major lectures on Antonin Dvorak:

                                                                 Luther College

                                                                 University of Iowa

                                                                 Brown University


                                                                 Major lectures on the Roma (Gypsies):

                                                                 U.S. Holocaust Museum (Washington, DC)

                                                                 University of Iowa (USA)
                                                                
                                                                 Charles University (Prague, Czech Republic)

                                                                 Brown University

                                                                 University of Minnesota (USA)
   
                                                                 University of Wisconsin (USA)

                                                                 King's College, Cambridge University (England)

                                                                 University of Wisconsin (USA)
   
                                                                 Society for Threatened People (Germany)
                                                               
                                                                 U.S. Committee for Refugees (USA)

                                                                 Mid-Lutheran College (USA)
   
                                                                 U. of California (Berkeley, CA, USA)

                                                                 Sonoma State University (CA, USA)

                                                                 Santa Cruz State University (CA, USA)

                                                                 U. of San Francisco (USA)

                                                                 Commonwealth Club (San Francisco, CA)

                                                                 Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (New Delhi, India)

                                                                 Salerno University (Italy)

                                                                 Catania University (Italy)

                                                                 Bari University (Italy)

                                                                 Helsinki University (Finland)


                         Awards

                                                                 2004: unanimous winner of the Weimar Human Rights Award after being nominated by
                                                                 Guenther Grass, recipient of the 1999 Nobel Prize for Literature.

                                                                 2005: nominated and finalist for the John Humphrey Freedom and Human Rights Award,
                                                                 Montreal, Canada