J.F.K exhibition in southern Poland
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A photographic exhibition in tribute to US President John F. Kennedy is on at the Centre for Scientific Information and Academic Library in Katowice, southern Poland.
John F. Kennedy. Photo: White House Press Office, public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
Entitled “American Visionary: John F. Kennedy’s Life and Times”, the exhibition covers all periods in the president’s life and political career, from his childhood, youthful travels, his marriage to Jacqueline Bouvier in 1953, his run for the White House in 1960, his presidency and his assassination in Dallas in November 1963.
Professor Barbara Kos, Vice-Rector of the Katowice School of Economics, described Kennedy during the exhibition opening ceremony as “an extraordinary man, a legend, icon and statesman”.
The US Consul General in Kraków, Walter Braunohler, said Americans are proud of Kennedy’s legacy – a supporter of civil rights, the Peace Corps, women’s rights as well as the US space programme.
Braunohler said that “Kennedy was an ally of Poland and the Polish people, and, after his visit to Warsaw and Częstochowa as senator after World War II, was looked upon in the US as an expert on Polish affairs”.
Prior to his visit to Poland in 1955, Kennedy had visited Warsaw in 1939, several weeks before the German attack on Poland, sent as a representative of his father, then the US ambassador in London.
The photos in the exhibition come from the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, Getty Images, private collections and the Kennedy family archives.
The exhibition, which is part of the commemoration of the centenary of Kennedy’s birth, is on view until 31 October.