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You are welcome to use this website. It has been set up to share with you views on various aspects of community related and cultural issues. Our voluntary activities have been carried out for almost thirty years, mainly in Sydney. The usefulness of this website has been acknowledged on numerous occasions at federal, state and local government levels. We are open for any fresh ideas which would match high standards of civic values and integrity.

Australian Australian International Research Institute Incorporated is a not-for-profit community organisation, registered  under the NSW Charitable Fundraising Act 1991.  Its existence since 1992 has been marked by a meaningful contribution to community harmony by facilitating inter-human relations and stimulating inter-religious dialogue.  Volunteers have participated in numerous educational projects, multilingual cultural events and humanitarian appeals.
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Our Executive Committee

Our Committee

From left: Dr Waldemar Niemotko (President), Krystyna Niemotko (Secretary),
 Jean-Pierre Alouan (Treasurer)

Research in progress 

During the Second World War Polish people were tormented by the genocidal regimes of Hitler and Stalin. Despised by the Nazis as subhuman and labelled as bourgeois by the Bolsheviks, Polish intellectuals, laypeople and religious people alike were dispatched indiscriminately to concentration camps or comparable Gulag facilities where millions perished. Many Polish national landmarks were destroyed during and after the Warsaw Uprising in 1944. From the abyss of brutal terror of the oppressors emerged shiny beacons of self-sacrifice and compassion in the victims. It was also a real challenge for ordinary people, including minors, to preserve their cultural and spiritual identity in a non-armed resistance for several decades after the war’s end. This culminated in the ethos of the ‘Solidarity’ free trade union.

WALDEMAR NIEMOTKO, a participant in this long-lasting struggle, is a victim and a survivor of both totalitarian systems. Committed researcher of the topic, he has called Sydney home since 1982. Waldemar points out that the abundant modern history of his native Poland not only has a small place in curricula of Australian high schools, but has often been misinterpreted using biased stereotyping. Public libraries hold impartial research materials by contemporary British and American authors: Norman Davies, Ron Jeffery, Richard C Lukas, James A Michener, Lynne Olson & Stanley Cloud, Anita Prazmowska, George Weigel, David Zabecki and Adam Zamoyski. A better understanding of the experiences of the Polish people might stimulate the ongoing debate about essentials of Australian civic values. It may also be easier to appreciate all democratic freedoms that, otherwise, are taken for granted.

Chopin and Lutoslawski are the favourite composers 

KRYSTYNA NIEMOTKO is a concert pianist and a piano teacher. Krystyna graduated from the Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw (Poland) and studied piano further in Hungary, Italy and the USA.  She was also a secretary to the editiorial board of the Chopin works publication in Warsaw. Krystyna has performed as a soloist and with orchestras in Europe, America and Australia, and also served as a juror in international music competitions in Italy. A Sydneysider since 1982, she teaches piano in a private school at all grades and to different nationalities. Krystyna authored many papers to professional journals about music competitions and Polish music.  She has made a meaningful contribution to numerous charitable appeals in a voluntary capacity.

Mr Janusz Reiter - Ambassador of Poland, Mrs Paz Domeyko, Mr Mariano Fernandez - Ambassador of Chile and Dr Kornelia Jurgaitiene - Chargé d'Affaires of Lithuania, during the presentation of Mrs Domeyko's book about Ignacy Domeyko, in the Embassy of the Republic of Poland, in Washington, DC on 16 October 2006

PAZ DOMEYKO (former Executive), the daughter of a Chilean diplomat,  spent her early youth in Argentina, Brazil, Chile and the United States, as well as Australia, where her father was the first Ambassador of Chile. Returning to Chile she married and had five daughters, and in 1971 migrated with her family to Australia.  In Sydney she worked for over 20 years in the travel industry.  Upon retirement she decided to write a biography of her Polish born great-grandfather, Ignacy Domeyko.  Research took her to Poland, Lithuania, Belarus, France and especially Chile, his adopted homeland.  The book, in Spanish, “Ignacio Domeyko: La vida de un emigrante” was published in Chile in 2002, during world-wide celebrations marking the 200th anniversary of Domeyko’s birth.  The English language version,“A Life in Exile.  Ignacy Domeyko 1802-1889,” appeared in Australia in 2005. Since then, Paz has travelled the world, lecturing about her ancestor in universities and other organisations in the US, Chile , Poland, Lithuania and Australia.

Singing in
the Bulgarian costume in the Lane Cove mall on the Harmony Day

VALIA GIANINSKA (former Executive) was born in Bulgaria and has an extensive experience in hospitality industry. She was responsible for a wide range of events as an MC in Greek language, on board of the American ship "Celebrity Cruises".  Valia sings Bulgarian songs in the choir "Martenitsa" in Sydney.

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