January 29, 2009
Mr. Janusz Kurtyka, President
Institute of National Remembrance (IPN)
ul. Towarowa 28
Dear Mr. President Kurtyka:
For some time now, Polonian circles in the United States are being
informed of attempts undertaken in Poland and the U.S. – based on
documentation of the IPN – to reveal former agents, collaborators with
the secret services of the Polish People’s Republic (PRL), who operated,
and, possibly, continue to operate, within American Polonia.
Understandably, this information engenders much interest from Polonian
organizations and Americans of Polish descent. But information about
these matters is, at present, selective and incomplete. That creates the
possibility of varying interpretations, aggressive speculation, mutual
accusations and personal conflicts. This could have a negative impact
both on American Polonia and on its cooperation with Poland.
In that connection, I appeal to IPN to undertake systematic studies on
the activities of agents of PRL within Polonian circles in the United
States, and to inform the Polish American Congress of the results of
Comprehensive and credible information prepared by IPN specialists, in
accordance with scientific principles of thoroughness and openness,
would serve to reveal historical truth and to strengthen relations
between Polonia and democratic Poland. On our part, we guarantee full
cooperation in filling in the blank spots of our mutual history.
I thank you in advance, Mr. President, for your help and understanding.
Frank J. Spula, President
Translation: Ted Mirecki