Małgorzata Głuchowska and Lech S. Borkowski, letter to Zbigniew Ziobro, Prosecutor General of Poland, 10 May 2016

Małgorzata Głuchowska
Dr. Lech S. Borkowski
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Zielona Góra

Zbigniew Ziobro
Minister of Justice and Prosecutor General
Al. Ujazdowskie 11
00-950 Warszawa

Zielona Góra, 10 May 2016

Dear Minister,

We continue describing organized criminal activities, which led to expelling us from our jobs in the State School of Music in Zielona Góra and Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań.

The person deserving closer scrutiny is Krystyna Karcz, inspector of the Center for Artistic Education (Centrum Edukacji Artystycznej) in the Ministry of Culture. I knew (MG) her already in my teenage years, when I participated in pianist competitions or provided accompaniment to my sister playing violin.

Years went by, whole decades, prime ministers came and went, as did presidents, Red Army troops left Poland, Poland became a member of NATO, Poland entered the European Union, while Karcz remained in the same post. This fact is both a symbol and an element of abundant evidence that things have not changed. There are plenty of these symbols in contemporary Poland. In the neighboring town of Krosno Odrzańskie there are streets named after the Red Army, Communist People’s Army, Defenders of Stalingrad, Communist generals Żymierski and Świerczewski, Communist Border Troops, Communist Association of Fighters for Freedom and Democracy, 40th Anniversary of the Polish People’s Republic.

The manner in which a person is treated in a Communist and post-Communist society depends on that person’s willingness to serve the dictatorship of falsism, i.e. the entirely falsified public narrative.

Regardless of precise words used to describe Poland in the periods before and after 1990, it is the same society with the same system of dependencies, subservience and discipline, with the same methodology of producing falsehoods and the same methodology of social violence against an individual. Most important is not the terminology but membership in a very specific criminal organization.

1991

When I got a job in the State School of Music in Zielona Góra, Państwowa Szkoła Muzyczna w Zielonej Górze, I was tested in various ways in my readiness to participate in lies and forgeries. This is a core feature of the psychological profile of each member of a social group. If the person happily accepts lies, manipulations, if he or she is ready to confirm in thought, speech and action each falsehood imposed or merely suggested by the criminal organization, that individual has a chance for promotion to higher levels of hierarchy and various rewards and privileges.

Inspector Karcz offered me the function of a ‘coordinator of pedagogical supervision’. She was observing my work, my diligence, attention to details, professionalism, as well as my social skills which brought respect and positive response of the artistic community in Zielona Góra and the region around it.

Soon it became clear that my personality does not fit the expectations of falsism. My role has been reduced, because I have not agreed to manipulations falsifying reality. Honest person, resisting pressure and manipulation could not advance in the professional hierarchy of the Communist Polish People’s Republic. The same person cannot advance today as well. What is more, typical Communist methods are used to expel this individual from the workplace and to murder him or her as a social being, i.e. to carry out a social murder. This is the same system as before. The system is formed by the people who support it. And these people are exactly the same as before. The cadres were and are the most important for the functioning of the system. Cadres decide everything. And these are exactly the same cadres, following the same modus operandi as before.

Thus functionaries reduced my social role to a professional minimum. I worked and developed my knowledge and professional skills with unusual dedication and passion. During the 23 years of my work for the benefit of the school and the wider artistic community I have never heard a “thank you” or “congratulations on your successes” from the regional inspector of the Ministry of Culture.

1995
Lech S. Borkowski obtained a PhD in Physics at the University of Florida in Gainesville. He returned to Poland after receiving a job offer at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. Before returning, he applied for participation in the US-Polish conference on superconductivity organized by the Institute of Low Temperature and Structure Research of the Polish Academy of Science in Wrocław, which took place in Duszniki in September 1995. The organization committee rejected his application without stating the reason.

University administration has not informed LSB about the legal requirement of validating his American PhD diploma in Poland. Employment with such validation meant that university functionaries violated the law. Also, LSB was not assigned any teaching duties typical of university employees in his position.

For many months after the start of the academic year 1995/96, LSB had no possibility of carrying out normal working activities.

1997

We married on 3 May 1997.

Soon afterwards LSB was offered a one-year postdoctoral position at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. MG asked her employer for a leave of absence. She asked the school director to specify requirements she would have to meet to return to school after one year’s absence. Director suggested a consultation with a teachers union lawyer. The lawyer informed that obtaining promotion and becoming an appointed teacher would ensure a safe return to the job at the school. I took the exam in front of the commission, whose members were the regional inspector of the Ministry of Culture, the school director, and a professor from the Academy of Music in Poznan. I received the certificate of professional advance on 30 June 1997. However, the last sentence of the document states that the certificate will be revoked, if I do not return to work on 1 September 1997.
This is an illegal clause. According to article 10, 2.8, of the Teachers’ Charter of 1982, I should be employed again as an appointed teacher.

This is just one example of many law violations by the functionaries of the state apparatus. According to the Teachers’ Charter of 26 January 1982 I should have received the certificate of an appointed teacher three years from the beginning of my full-time employment in the school, regardless whether my performance as a teacher has been the subject of an obligatory review or not. My performance was evaluated for the first time in  June 1997. This and subsequent reviews of my performance have been marked as outstanding. I should have been receiving the salary of an appointed teacher since 1994. The clause in the letter of the regional inspector of the Ministry of Culture informing about revoking my certificate in the event of my not returning to work at the beginning of the next school year was illegal. It should be viewed as a provocation.

LSB’s employment at the University in Poznan expired on 30 September 1997. His employment has not been extended.

1998

After a one-year stay in the US, we returned to Poland at the end of August. LSB was employed at the Adam Mickiewicz University again, starting on 1 October 1998.

1999

Provocations against us were organized not only in our workplaces. Our private life was controlled as well.

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Before summer vacations 1999 the school director offered me the post of the head of the piano section. My response to the offer was positive. However, in September 1999 I was given a document signed by the regional inspector of the Ministry of Culture Krystyna Karcz dated 1 July 1999, in which she stated that I did not have the qualifications necessary to teach at the secondary level of the school of music. „Małgorzata Głuchowska – piano / head of the section – lack approval of the supervising institution as well as the lack of pedagogic-methodical foundation to teach in the school of music at the secondary level.” Copied to: Michał Lisiecki, deputy director of the Center for Artistic Education of the Ministry of Culture. This was again a provocation. Karcz has not informed why she suddenly questioned my professional qualifications. If she knew about it on July 1, 1999, why had I not been immediately informed about it by her or the school director? Has anything mysterious occurred between the end of the school year in the last days of of June and July 1, 1999? The letter signed by Karcz was probably issued later, August 1999 for example, when I was already pregnant. This would explain the delay in the delivery of the letter.

I sent a letter to the Ministry of Culture. I received a response signed by Michał Lisiecki stating that I of course do have qualifications required of teachers at the secondary stage of education in a state school of music.

The aim of this provocation was probably to block my professional advance and to cause my angry reaction. […] Communist provocations are usually based on violations of law or violations of the most basic social rules. The attacked person rightly feels to be deeply hurt. However, if the attacked person tries to use his or her theoretically available rights or tries to find justice in another way, he or she will be eliminated. Karcz knew perfectly well that my pedagogical qualifications are completely fine. The provocation was successful only in part. I was not promoted but also I have not been carried away with anger I have not taken any legal measures in reaction to the violation of law and normal social rules. Of course, the provocation required participation of the regional inspector, the school director, as well as the Ministry of Culture. As is usual in such situations, local functionaries were fully supported by the remaining part of the apparatus of the criminal state.

2008

I was again offered the post of the head of the piano section. In March 2008, inspector Karcz announced suddenly that Magorzata Małaczyńska (current last name Szumska), one of the school teachers, will suddenly become the new school director on 1 April 2008. I was the only one to object to such sudden and and unwarranted change of the school head. No one else dared to say a word, although this was an extremely pathological situation. This brazen move of the authorities must have been dictated by a sudden appearance of a something new. The authorities have not even tried to pretend that any rules of law and common sense were followed in such a sudden change and unexplained change of the school director. Something very important must have happened. The change of the school director in the middle of the school year, which was carried out without any justification whatsoever, must have served some important purpose. Essentially the only noticeable change after the new director assumed the post was making Małgorzata Głuchowska the new head of the piano section. It should be emphasized that also the selection of the previous director had nothing to do with a normal process of picking an appropriate leader for the school’s community. This is simply how things are in Poland. Careers are not based on knowledge, skills and ethical and moral qualifications.

2009

New teacher, Honorata Górna, heavily supported by inspector Karcz, was employed in the school’s piano section, although it would be more rational and desired to offer the job to a teacher with full qualifications for both the first and the second stage of the musical education. Górna played a leading role in provocations against me, while having full all-around protection from the authorities.

2010

Simultaneously the hunt for Lech S. Borkowski continued at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. In the first semester of 2011/12, he led a course in English “Dynamics of neural systems”.  The head of the Physics department R. Naskręcki did not initially respond to LSB’s proposal, who submitted the course outline in Summer 2010. However, LSB was not discouraged and the course was eventually placed on the list of elective lectures. In October 2010, Naskręcki organized a provocation in October 2010, trying to engineer an artificial conflict, to block the process of LSB’s habilitation and to make LSB’s job in the Department of Physics maximally difficult. LSB and avoided being drawn into the provocation.

These provocations have been carried out during LSB’s habilitation process. R. Naskręcki had a legal duty to ensure its effective and efficient progress. However, neither he nor his deputy for scientific matters A. Lipowski, have met this obligation. Instead, they organized provocations against LSB.

2011

In September 2011, an all-out attack was launched against me (MG) in the State School of Music in Zielona Góra. The first aggressor was Górna. A very important role was given to Sławomir Mundry, secretary of the school’s Parents Council, an employee of PGNiG (Polskie Górnictwo Naftowe i Gazownictwo), Poland’s dominant gas state-run firm. Mundry entered the school’s community in September 2011 and immediately launched an attack on me both as the head of the Parents Council and and one of the managers of the school. Moreover, he instructed the school director, who obediently carried out his orders. Górna, Mundry and Małaczyńska (Szumska) have skillfully used methods typical of the functionaries of NKVD. The aim was to subject me to psychological torture, to defame, to degrade and to fire me from my job in the school. The bullet in the back of the head has been replaced by a social and mental murder carried out step-by-step, in installments.

It is worth pointing out, that the functionaries carrying this wet job on weekdays, go to church on Sundays and holy days, frequently participating in the Holy Communion. This provides an excellent cover for their criminal activity. However, the Church remains silent both in this case as well as in many other matters, in which it should speak up.

29 November 2011

The perpetrators removed me from the post of the head of the Parents Council.

19 December 2011

I handed in my letter of 12 December 2011 to Wacław Kłaput, the chief inspector of the Center for Artistic Education in the Ministry of Culture. The letter detailed, among other things, falsifications carried out by the school director. The sequence of events shows clearly that the outcome of this “inspection” was determined before his arrival in Zielona Góra.

2012

I decided to inform the state prosecutor office in Zielona Góra.

16 January and 23 January 2012
I sent two letters to Zdzisław Bujanowski, director of the Ministry of Culture’s Center for Artistic Education, in which I described criminal activities in Zielona Góra’s State School of Music, including extreme bullying.

23 January 2012

I testified in the prosecutor office in front of prosecutor Paweł Jankowski.

1 February 2012

In a letter to the Director of Center for Artistic Education in the Ministry of Culture Zdzisław Bujanowski I wrote:

„Following my complaint of December 7, 2011, concerning degrading treatment, harassment, and victimization primarily as a teacher and the head of the piano section, I request a written information when the inspection of these issues began who is leading it, and what are results of the investigation.

I would like to know as well, if showing the contents of files of my professional promotion to the level of certified teacher to a third person does not violate existing procedures and the law. When I entered to the teachers’ room at the end of June or beginning of July last year, which leads to the office of the Ministry of Culture regional inspector, I saw inspector Karcz showing information from my documentation of professional advance to Renata Lato, who is the director of the level 1 State School of Music in Krosno Odrzańskie. Lato was busy writing information shown to her. What was the purpose of this exercise? On whose initiative Ms Lato received access into my file of professional advance?”

8 February 2012

I deposited my testimony in front of prosecutor Paweł Sawicki.

8 February 2012

In February 2012, a provocation was carried out in the Elementary School at Truskawkowa Street in Zielona Góra. An attempt was made to arrange a situation in such way that it would be viewed as a conflict between us and other parents and to blame us for firing of the class teacher. LSB wrote a letter to the director of the School Witold Gołdyński. Here it is in its entirety.

During the school day on February 7, 2012,  my daughter learned that some children from her class have some very vague reservations. A suggestion has been made that these nebulous remarks would lead to removing her from the function of the class president. I have never heard of a change of class president in the middle of a school year. It is hard to believe that it is the children themselves who thought up the idea of removing the class president. I would rather guess it is a result of parents’ action.

At the beginning of the English lesson the student Wiktora Krawiec announced that the pupils of the class V-a should express an opinion in writing, whether they like the behaviour of my daughter […] or not. According to the announcement the opinion should be brought to the weekly discussion class tomorrow, February 8, 2012, led by teacher serving as the class tutor. According to my daughter, the announcement’s appeared to have been made as a result of instruction issued by the class tutor Ms Grzesiak. I would like therefore to ask the question, whether Wiktoria Krawiec’s announcement was indeed made following instruction of Ms Grzesiak? I would like to receive an answer to this question.

The English lesson was the second lesson of the day. At what time did Ms Grzesiak learn about those vague reservations regarding my daughter? Did it occur during the first hour of the school day, which was the extracurricular math club led by Ms Grzesiak?

My daughter does not participate in the math club, but had an impression that the idea of directing to her those strange and vague allegations appeared probably during the first hour of the school day. This conclusion is supported by the timing of Wiktoria Krawiec’s announcement at the beginning of the second school hour. If this indeed was the case, it is natural to ask, what is the real program of the math club, if it generates such ideas?

I request a detailed written response about this issue. I request also

  • Names of students who expressed those vague allegations towards my daughter
  • Copy of allegations towards my daughter
  • Immediate meeting with children who expressed allegations and their parents. We would like the matter to be cleared immediately.
  • Written explanation from the School Director, if arbitrary, vague and rather nonsensical, as I infer from the context, remarks towards an outstanding student, exemplary also by her social attitude, can form a basis for writing denunciations of ‘why I do not like [name]’?
  • Does School Director accept Ms Grzesiak’s decision, who ordered to provide those unclear allegations in writing?
  • I request an immediate consultation by a school or outside psychologist for those children, who cause these problems.

I would like to remind, that my daughter was already earlier the target of bullying from some of her classmates. This occurred in classes 1-3. The lead role in degrading my daughter was then played by […]. [Daughter] was photographed with a mobile phone by […] during a change of clothes before the physical education lesson. When my daughter protested, […] blamed her for unwillingness to play. […] also announced in class a vote of the kind „who does not like [my daughter], raise your hand”. It is important to remember that and to ask, whether photographing an undressed child at school, carried out by an adult or child, qualifies for an investigation by a prosecuting authority?

My wife and I chose to wait patiently for the results of school action in this matter. We did not insist on immediate action to prevent this form of violence, although it was clear that the school made mistakes: it acted too slowly and arranged at some point a strange confrontation, when my daughter was placed against four perpetrators. The aim of the confrontation was allegedly to proof who is telling the truth. What a wicked idea! To add to the victim’s suffering by confronting her with four of the bullies! A psychologist would probably point out elementary mistakes committed by the school pedagogue, who arranged this confrontation. The truth could have been easily reached by other methods, e.g. through individual conversations and with a help of a psychologist. I was surprised that the school committed such elementary psychological errors. However, we decided to be patient and calm.

Today the problem returns in another form. A written statement on the theme of „Why I do not like [name]” seems to be new, somewhat more sophisticated form of bullying. An absurd allegation was already given a serious form of written homework, perhaps carried out with the help of parents, on the theme of ‘Why I do not like [name]’. This is a scandal.

My daughter told me that among those ‘unhappy ones’ is an aggressive boy calling another one ‘you idiot’, ‘gay’, using a feminine gender, which is very well known to Ms Grzesiak. Does Ms Grzesiak not see a problem here? Does Ms Grzesiak not see a connection between the behaviour of the agressor and the behaviour of his father during parents’ meetings? I can easily see this relation. I would like to remind that Ms Grzesiak has not reacted to the words of the aforementioned man, who contentedly and self-assuredly claimed that nothing can be done with the aggressive behaviour among boys. He also expressed the view that this is a private problem exclusively between two battling boys. Ms Grzesiak was then surprisingly helpless against this disturbing opinion. This behaviour is not worthy of a pedagogue. It is the pedagoue’s duty to guard a safe environment, free of violence. I protested firmly at the time, expressing a view, that verbal of physical abuse affects the entire class, spoils the learning environment and there should be no place for this kind behaviour at school.

I request the school’s authorities’ honest engagement in creating an environment free from abuse. Truly free, instead of empty declarations displayed in the school’s hallways.

If the school does not react to physical and verbal violence, it creates environment supporting bullying, not learning. I have not heard about children having to write homework essays on the theme ‘Why should there be no violence at school’ or ‘Why verbal abuse is as hurting as the physical one’. I am not aware of the School ever assigning this kind of homework.”

9 February 2012

LSB submitted another letter to the Director of the elementary school regarding provocations against our daughter.

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