Julian E. Kulski, a member of DMGS’s Board of Trustees, recently attended the unveiling of a plaque dedicated to his father, Julian S. Kulski, in Warsaw, Poland. Julian S. Kulski served his country as a soldier in the Polish Legions during World War I, as the deputy of President Stefan Starzynski during the interwar period, and as the commander of the Civil Defense of Warsaw during World War II.
Julian E. Kulski affirmed that he was moved and honored that the Polish state and the capital city of Warsaw had decided to honor his father in this way, “We, together with our sister, hope that – thanks to this plaque and the biography that was recently published – young Poles will learn about Julian Spitoslaw Kulski’s life story and his unwavering spirit.”
National Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz, declared, “It is a great honor, but also greatly moving to be able to unveil today a plaque for one of the greatest but least known heroes of occupied Warsaw. This steadfast, invincible city, has its spirit so beautifully represented by the wonderful life of Julian Spitoslav Kulski. This man had to conceal his heroic struggle for five dramatic years of Nazi occupation, so that the AK (the Polish resistance movement) could exist, so that they could inflict heavy blows upon the occupiers. It was his service, which we must never forget.”
State Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Jan Dziedziczak, emphasized that Kulski is a hero who took responsibility for Poland at the most difficult of times, “He is a great model for us Poles living in the country to follow, but also a wonderful character of whom we can be proud beyond our borders.”
In recognition of his contribution to the fight for the independence of the Polish state, National Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz presented Julian E. Kulski with an appointment to the rank of major. The ceremony ended with wreaths being laid before the commemoration plaque.
Julian E. Kulski, born in 1929 in Warsaw, Poland, is descended from a 19th century Chief Rabbi of Warsaw, Dov Beer Meisels and an 18th century King of Poland, Stanisław Leszczyński.
After the war, Kulski studied architecture in England and the U.S., receiving his B.Arch. in 1953 and M.Arch. in 1955 from Yale University and a Ph.D. in Urban Planning in 1966 from the Warsaw Institute of Technology. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA) (an honor bestowed upon less than 2 percent of American architects) and a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).
Now semi-retired from a distinguished architectural career, Kulski led the urban and regional planning programs at Notre Dame University and at George Washington University and later established the first city planning program at Howard University. For twenty years he served as a consultant to the World Bank, traveling around the world designing buildings in twenty-nine developing countries.
Kulski has authored several books, published more than a hundred articles in professional journals, and produced an award-winning documentary about World War II, titled “Legacy of the White Eagle.” Kulski is a frequent speaker to audiences ranging in age from junior high school to adult.
A member of the Board of Trustees of the Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security and the Kościuszko Foundation, Kulski is the recipient of numerous decorations awarded by the Polish government, including the highly prestigious Cross of Valor, the Commander’s Cross with Star of the Order of Merit, Silver Cross of Merit with Swords, the Home Army Cross, the Polish Army Medal (four times), and the Cross of the Warsaw Uprising.