The Chair, drugs Vice-chairs and Executive Board of IOV Poland announces, seek with profound grief, that on 22nd July 2016 professor Mieczyslaw Marczuk passed away. He was the principal founder of the Polish Section of IOV and its Chair for 22 years (1985-2007). Since 2015 he was the Honorary Chair.
Mieczyslaw Marczuk was Professor Emeritus of The School of Pedagogy and Psychology Maria Curie-Sklodowska University in Lublin. Between 1985-2000 he was a member of IOV World Executive Board. In 1986 he organized the International Commission on Science and Research IOV and was its Chair for 14 years until the end of 2000. He was the principal author of the program of IOV science and research activities for the years 1986-1988, a co-organizer of two IOV World Congresses of Folk Culture. In 1988 he presented in Gorizia, Italy a leading report on “The principal assumptions of world decade of cultural development and the objectives of IOV International Science and Research Commission”. And in 1995 in Mödling (Austria) he presented a similar report on “Contemporary threats to folklore and the future of folk culture”. He was also consulted on organization of nine European conferences of folk culture. In seven of them he presented opening plenary lectures: in Bursa (Turkey, 1989), Novgorod (Russia, 1990), Manterndorf (Austria, 1996), Mi?sk (Belarus, 1997), Nocisia (Cyprus, 1998), Deva (Romania, 1999), Colmar (France, 2000). In 1994 he co-organized an international IOV conference in Cairo (Egypt) where He presented an opening plenary lecture on behalf of IOV Science and Research Commission. On 9th December 2000 his poor health made him resign from the position of Chair of IOV Science and Research Commission. He was succeeded by Professor Anna Brzozowska-Krajka (from Maria Curie-Sklodowska University), upon the approval and in the presence of Maria Curie-Sklodowska University Rectors and the then IOV Secretary General Mr. Alexander Veigl and Vice-President and Founder Mr. Etienne Vankeirsbilck. During this ceremony these highest-ranking IOV officials awarded Him with the title of IOV Honorary Member for his long-time work for our organization. He was the second person (after the former President of Austria, dr. Rudolf Kirschläger) to be awarded with this distinction. In 2007 the then IOV Secretary General Mr. Hans Joachim Holz decorated professor Mieczyslaw Marczuk for “Cultural work for mutual understanding among peoples of the world”, which was another sign of appreciation of his work.
Late professor Mieczyslaw Marczuk’s publication achievements should be highlighted. They include books (in English) comprised of policy statements, popular in IOV worldwide, which form a foundation for organization and activities of IOV National Sections. And especially His edited bilingual (Polish-English) collection of articles, authored internationally, entitled Warto?ci uniwersalne i odr?bno?ci narodowe tradycyjnych kultur europejskich / The Universal Values and National Distinctness of Traditional European Cultures, Lublin: 2004. This publication has circulated world-wide and has got very favorable reviews in Polish and European journals. And professor Marczuk’s bilingual (Polish-German) edited book, Alexander Veigl – wspólpraca folklorystyczna z Lubelszczyzn? i Polsk? / Die folkloristische zusammenarbeit mit der Lubliner Region und Polen, published in 2003, was a homage to late Alexander Veigl, IOV former General Secretary and a great friend of Poland and the Lublin Region.
Till the last moments of His life late professor Mieczyslaw Marczuk helped Polish Section IOV with His advice and immense experience. His strong engagement into these recent activities was crucial for the creation of the website of this Section. He worked on it till the last day of his life. Unfortunately, His premature death prevented Him from preparing His IOV archival materials for this website. His invaluable advice given to Polish Section IOV over all those many years, will be a guideline for future activities of this Section, in both Poland and abroad.
Professor Anna Brzozowska-Krajka,
Chair of IOV Polish Section