Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Biography of

Iwo Cyprian Pogonowski

Born September 3, 1921 in Lwów, Poland.
Died July 21, 2016, USA.

in Dec 1939 left Warsaw. Dec 30, 1939 arrested by Ukrainians serving the Gestapo in Dukla, then transferred to Barwinek, Krosno, Jaslo, Tarnów, Oswiecim, arrived in Oranienburg-Sachsenhausen on Aug. 10, 1940.

April 19, 1945 started on the Death March of Brandenburg from Sachsenhausen; escaped gunfire of SS-guards and arrived to Schwerin and freedom on May 2, 1945.

September 1945 arrived in Brussels, Belgium; obtained admission as a regular student at the Catholic University: Institute Superieur de Commerce, St. Ignace in Antwerp.

in 1954 graduated in Civil Engineering at the top of his class. Was invited to join honorary societies: Tau Beta Pi (general engineering honorary society), Phi Kappa Phi (academic honorary society equivalent to Phi Beta Kappa), Pi Mu (mechanical engineering honorary society), and Chi Epsilon (civil engineering honorary society). Taught descriptive geometry at the University of Tennessee;

in 1955 graduated with M.S. degree in Industrial Engineering.

in 1955 started working for Shell Oil Company in New Orleans. After one year of managerial training was assigned to design of marine structures for drilling and production of petroleum.

in 1960 started working for Texaco Research and Development in Houston, Texas as a Project Engineer. Authored total of 50 American and foreign patents on marine structures for the petroleum industry; wrote an article: The Rise and Fall of the Polish Commonwealth – A Quest for a Representative Government in Central and Eastern Europe in the 14th to 18th Centuries. Started to work on a Tabular History of Poland.

in 1972 moved to Blacksburg, Virginia. During the following years worked as Consulting Engineer for Texaco, also taught in Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University as Adjunct Professor in the College of Civil Engineering teaching courses on marine structures of the petroleum industry. Designed and supervised the construction of a hill top home for his family, also bought 500 acre ranch (near Thomas Jefferson National Forest) where he restored 200 years old mill house on a mountain stream.

in 1978 prepared Polish-English, English-Polish Dictionary with complete phonetics, published by Hippocrene Books Inc. The dictionary included a Tabular History of Poland, Polish Language, People, and Culture as well as Pogonowski’s phonetic symbols for phonetic transcriptions in English and Polish at each dictionary entry; the phonetic explanations were illustrated with cross-sections of speech (organs used to pronounce the sounds unfamiliar to the users). It was the first dictionary with phonetic transcription at each Polish entry for use by English speakers

in 1981 prepared Practical Polish-English Dictionary with complete phonetics, published by Hippocrene Books Inc.

in 1983 prepared Concise Polish-English Dictionary with complete phonetics, published by Hippocrene Books Inc. Wrote an analysis of Michael Ch ci ski’s Poland, Communism, Nationalism, Anti-Semitism. Also selected crucial quotations from Norman Davies’ God’s Playground – A History of Poland on the subject of the Polish indigenous democratic process.

in 1985 prepared Polish-English Standard Dictionary with complete phonetics, published by Hippocrene Books Inc. Also prepared a revised and expanded edition of the Concise Polish-English Dictionary with complete phonetics, also published by Hippocrene Books Inc.

in 1987 prepared Poland: A Historical Atlas on Polish History and Prehistory including 200 maps and graphs as well as Chronology of Poland’s Constitutional and Political Development, and the Evolution of Polish Identity – The Milestones. An introductory chapter was entitled Poland the Middle Ground. Aloysius A. Mazewski President of Polish-American Congress wrote an introduction. The Atlas was published by Hippocrene Books Inc. and later by Dorset Press of the Barnes and Noble Co. Inc. which sends some 30 million catalogues to American homes including color reproduction of book covers. Thus, many Americans were exposed to the cover of Pogonowski’s Atlas showing the range of borders of Poland during the history – many found out for the firsttime that Poland was an important power in the past. Total of about 30,000 atlases were printed so far.

In 1988 the publication of Poland: A Historical Atlas resulted in a number of invitations extended by several Polonian organizations to Iwo Pogonowski to present Television Programs on Polish History. Pogonowski responded and produced over two year period 220 half-hour video programs in his studio at home (and at his own expense.) These programs formed a serial entitled: Poland, A History of One Thousand Years. Total of over 1000 broadcasts of these programs were transmitted by cable television in Chicago, Detroit-Hamtramck, Cleveland, and Blacksburg.

in 1990-1991 translated from the Russian the Catechism of a Revolutionary of 1869 in which crime has been treated as a normal part of the revolutionary program. Started preparation of the Killing the Best and the Brightest: A Chronology of the USSR-German Attempt to Behead the Polish Nation showing how the USSR became a prototype of modern totalitarian state, how this prototype was adapted in Germany by the Nazis.

in 1991 prepared Polish Phrasebook, Polish Conversations for Americans including picture code for gender and familiarity, published by Hippocrene Books Inc.

in 1991 prepared English Conversations for Poles with Concise Dictionary published by Hippocrene Books Inc. By then a total of over 100,000 Polish-English, English-Polish Dictionaries written by Pogonowski were sold in the United States and abroad.

in 1992 prepared a Dictionary of Polish, Latin, Hebrew, and Yiddish Terms used in Contacts between Poles and Jews. It was prepared for the history of Jews in Poland as well as 115 maps and graphs and 172 illustrations, paintings, drawings, and documents, etc. of Jewish life in Poland. This material was accompanied by proper annotations.

in 1993 prepared Jews in Poland, Rise of the Jews as a Nation from Congressus Judaicus in Poland to the Knesset in Israel, published by Hippocrene Books Inc. in 3000 copies. Foreword was written by Richard Pipes, professor of history at Harvard University, and Pogonowski’s school mate in the Keczmar school in Warsaw. Part I included: a Synopsis of 1000 Year History of Jews in Poland; the 1264 Statute of Jewish Liberties in Poland in Latin and English translation; Jewish Autonomy in Poland 1264-1795; German Annihilation of the Jews. In appendixes are documents and illustrations. An Atlas is in the Part III. It is divided as follows: Early Jewish Settlements 966-1264; The Crucial 500 Years, 1264-1795; Competition (between Poles and Jews) Under Foreign Rule, 1795-1918; The Last Blossoming of Jewish Culture in Poland, 1918-1939; German Genocide of the Jews, 1940-1944; Jewish Escape from Europe 1945-1947 – The End of European (Polish) Phase of Jewish History (when most of world’s Jewry lived in Europe). Pogonowski began to write a new book starting with the Chronology of the Martyrdom of Polish Intelligentsia during World War II and the Stalinist Terror; the book in preparation was entitled Killing the Best and the Brightest.

in 1995 prepared Dictionary of Polish Business, Legal and Associated Terms for use with the new edition of the Practical Polish-English, English-Polish Dictionary and later to be published as a separate book.

in 1996 Pogonowski’s Poland: A Historical Atlas; was translated into Polish; some 130 of the original 200 maps printed in color; the Chronology of Poland was also translated into Polish. The Atlas was published by Wydawnictwo Suszczy ski I Baran in Kraków in 3000 copies; additional publications are expected. Prepared Polish-English, Eglish-Polish Compact Dictionary with complete phonetics, published by Hippocrene Books Inc.

in 1997 finished preparation of the Unabridged Polish-English Dictionary with complete phonetics including over 200,000 entries, in three volumes on total of 4000 pages; it is published by Hippocrene Books Inc; the Polish title is: Uniwersalny Słownik Polsko-Angielski. Besides years of work Pogonowski spent over $50,000 on computers, computer services, typing, and proof reading in order to make the 4000-page dictionary camera ready; assisted in the preparation of second edition of Jews in Poland, Rise of the Jews from Congressus Judaicus in Poland to the Knesset in Israel published in fall of 1997. Prepared computer programs for English-Polish Dictionary to serve as a companion to the Unabridged Polish-English Dictionary printed by the end of May 1997.

in 1998 Pogonowski organized preparation of CD ROM for the Unabridged Polish-English Dictionary, Practical English-Polish Dictionary, Polish Phrasebook for Tourists and Travelers to Poland, all published earlier by Iwo C. Pogonowski. The Phrasebook includes 280 minutes of bilingual audio read by actors. Started preparation for a new edition of Poland: A Historical Atlas. New Appendices are being prepared on such subjects as: Polish contribution to Allied’s wartime intelligence: the breaking of the Enigma Codes, Pune Munde rocket production; Poland’s contribution to the international law since 1415; Poland’s early development of rocket technology such as Polish Rocketry Handbook published in 1650 in which Poles introduced for the first time into the world’s literature concepts of multiple warheads, multistage rockets, new controls in rocket flight, etc. Poland’s Chronology is being enlarged to reflect the mechanisms of subjugation of Polish people by the Soviet terror apparatus. Continued preparation of the Killing the Best and the Brightest: A Chronology of the USSR-German Attempt to Behead the Polish Nation, including the 1992 revelations from Soviet archives as well as the current research in Poland. Continued preparation of two-volume English Polish Dictionary, a companion to the Unabridged Polish-English Dictionary published in 1997. Reviewed Upiorna Dekada by J. T. Gross.

in 1999 Pogonowski continued writing Poland – An Illustrated History and preparing for it 21 maps and diagrams and 89 illustrations.

in 2000 Pogonowski prepared, in a camera ready form, Poland – An Illustrated History; it was published by Hippocrene Books Inc. NY 2000 and recommended by Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski, National Security Advisor under President Carter, as “An important contribution to the better understanding of Polish history, which demonstrates in a vivid fashion the historical vicissitudes of that major European nation.”


Iwo Cyprian Pogonowski in Wikipedia

Iwo Cyprian Pogonowski (born Sept. 3, 1921, in Lwów, Poland, now Lviv, Ukraine) is a Polish–, Belgian– and American–educated inventor and professor of engineering with 50 patents to his credit. His family bears the hereditary Polish Ogończyk coat of arms.

Apart from his engineering activities, Pogonowski has also published several books and numerous articles on Poland–related subjects.

Since the early 1980s, his work has included lexicography. Dictionaries that he has compiled and published include the 1990 Polish-English, English-Polish Standard Dictionary,[1] reprinted in 1993, 1994 and 1997.


Early life

Pogonowski left Warsaw, Poland, in December 1939 at the age of eighteen with the intention of joining the Polish Armed Forces in the West.[2] He was arrested at Dukla by Ukrainians in the service of the German Gestapo, and sent successively to German concentration camps at Barwinek, Krosno, Jasło, Tarnów, Auschwitz (Oświęcim) and, in 1940, Oranienburg-Sachsenhausen. In 1945 he was sent on the Brandenburg Death March from Sachsenhausen, but escaped.


After the war, Pogonowski studied engineering and in 1954 graduated in civil engineering from the Catholic University[disambiguation needed] – Institute Superieur de Commerce, St. Ignace, in Antwerp, Belgium. In 1955 he graduated with an M.S. in industrial engineering. His career has included academic research and practical work in the industry. He taught descriptive geometry at the University of Tennessee. Upon graduation, he worked for the Shell Oil Company and for Texaco Research and Development as a project engineer, starting in 1960.

Pogonowski has authored 50 American and foreign patents on marine structures for the petroleum industry. In later years he also taught courses on marine structures at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University as Adjunct Professor in the College of Civil Engineering.


Pogonowski has published an illustrated history of Poland (2000), historical atlases of Poland, and a Polish heraldry (2002).

Since the mid-1980s he has made historical studies of Polish Jewry uniquely from a Polish perspective, a rarity in American scholarship which — as noted by University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee history Professor M.K. Dziewanowski — “has never been attempted” before.[3]

Nevertheless, in time Pogonowski became critical of Jews who follow the Talmudic teaching that the Ten Commandments do not apply to Gentiles, as explained by the late Professor Israel Shahak of Jerusalem. Pogonowski has also taken issue with such statements as Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s that “Jews rule America, and Americans know it.” Pogonowski has criticized the treatment of Palestinians by the Israelis, as well as those Jews who hold the Talmud-inspired belief that they are destined to rule the world, with the assistance of U.S. foreign policy.


Pogonowski’s work in journalism includes broadcasts for the Polish Radio Maryja[4] and columns for its sister publication, Nasz Dziennik (Our Daily).[5] In addition, he publishes columns in the Polish-American biweekly, Gwiazda Polarna.


Pogonowski has compiled and published several Polish-English, English-Polish dictionaries which have appeared since 1981. In this field, his crowning achievement has been the Unabridged Polish-English Dictionary, 3 volumes, New York, Hippocrene Books, 1997 (about 100,000 entries). His Polish-English, English-Polish Standard Dictionary[citation needed] was published in 1985 and has since been reprinted in 1993, 1994 and 1997. Over 100,000 copies of Pogonowski’s dictionaries have been sold.


  • Practical Polish-English Dictionary, Hippocrene Books, 1981.
  • Polish-English, English-Polish Standard Dictionary, Hippocrene Books, 1985 [6].
  • Compact Polish-English Dictionary, Hippocrene Books, 1985.
  • Polish Phrasebook and Dictionary: Complete Phonetics for English Speakers, 103 pp., 1991.
  • Unabridged Polish-English Dictionary, 3 volumes, New York, Hippocrene Books, 1997 [7].


  • Poland: A Historical Atlas, revised edition, New York, Hippocrene Books, 1989.
  • The Jews in Poland: A Documentary History; the Rise of [the] Jews as a Nation from Congressus Judaicus in Poland to the Knesset in Israel, New York, Hippocrene Books, 1993.
  • Świat po amerykańsku, Fundacja ‘Nasza Przyszłość’, 2004.
  • Heraldyka – Heraldry, CD-ROM, published by Juliusz Ostrowski, 2002.
  • Poland: An Illustrated History, Hippocrene Books, 2000 (personal recommendation by Norman Davies and Zbigniew Brzeziński) [8]
  • Jews in Poland: A Documentary History, New York, Hippocrene Books, 1998 (reviews below)
  • Historyczny Atlas Polski (A Historical Atlas of Poland), Wydawnictwo Baran i Suszczyński, 1995
  • Poland: A Historical Atlas, New York, Hippocrene Books, 1987
  • Hegemonia – On US Foreign Policy, WERS Poznań 2008
  • The First Democracy in Modern Europe: Million Free Citizens in Poland during the Renaissance, 2010, E-Book by author

See also


  1. ^ Polish-English, English-Polish Dictionary with Complete Phonetics, by Iwo Cyprian Pogonowski, New York, Hippocrene Books, 1990, ISBN 0870528823, 363 pages.
  2. ^ Pogonowski’s bio at Out of the Inferno by Richard C. Lukas, University Press of Kentucky, ISBN 0813116929.
  3. ^ M.K. Dziewanowski, professor emeritus of history at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, on Jews in Poland: a Documentary History by Iwo Cyprian Pogonowski, Hippocrene Books, 1997.
  4. ^ (Polish) Iwo Cyprian Pogonowski. “Tło historyczne pogromu kieleckiego”. Radio Maryja. Retrieved 2009-06-02.
  5. ^ (Polish) Iwo Cyprian Pogonowski. “Dymisja neokonserwatysty”. Nasz Dziennik. Retrieved 2009-06-02.
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  8. ^ Hippocrene Books

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