„The purest son of freedom”


Expert seminar & concert dedicated to the memory of Tadeusz Kościuszko (1746-1817). The event is meant to mark the Tadeusz Kościuszko Memorial Year 2017.

Wednesday 27 September 2017, 3:00 pm

HM Hadtörténeti Intézet és Múzeum

1014 Budapest, Budapest, Kapisztrán tér 2-4.




with participation of researchers from Hungary, Poland and the USA

(with Hungarian, Polish and English simultaneous interpreting)


Part I (60 minutes)

Opening address

Chair: Prof. RÓBERT HERMANN DSc, Deputy Head Academic

JERZY SNOPEK welcome address by the Ambassador of Poland to Budapest

DAVID J. KOSTELANCIK welcome address by the Chargé d’Affaires of the Embassy of the United States to Budapest

Prof. JAROSŁAW CZUBATY (Institute of History, University of Warsaw)

“Republicanism of Kościuszko and what it really meant in the beginning of the 19th century”

ÁRON PETNEKI, PhD (Hungarian Academy of Sciences) “The cult of Kościuszko in Hungary”

CONARD HAMILTON (U. S. Department of State)

“Kościuszko in context: Contributions of Europeans to the American Revolution”


FILM SCREENING (16 minutes, English voice-over)

“Wojciech Kossak. Kościuszko's Oath at the Market Square in Kraków…”


Part II (60 minutes)

Prof. TIMOTHY C. DOWLING, colonel (Virginia Military Institute)

“Kościuszko at West Point”

KÁLMÁN MÉSZÁROS, PhD (Museum of Military History)

“Kościuszko’s Hungarian brother-in-arms: colonel Mihály Kováts”

BALÁZS LÁZÁR, PhD (Museum of Military History)

“Hungarian soldiers in the 18th century Europe and the New World”

Prof. ANNA GRZEŚKOWIAK-KRWAWICZ (Polish Academy of Sciences)

“Polish freedom, American freedom – simply freedom!”






„Kościuszko plays Kościuszko”: performed by Jakub Kościuszko (guitar) and Jakub Bokun (clarinet)


Organisers: Polish Institute, MoD Military History Institute and Museum, Embassy of the Republic of Poland, US Embassy in Hungary