Piotr Krzysztof Kadlčik (born on 11 January 1962 in Warsaw) – activist in the Jewish community and the democratic opposition in the communist Poland; translator of Czech and English; initiator of many events relating to Jewish culture and history.
Founder of Youth Club of the Warsaw branch of the Social and Cultural Association of Jews in Poland (1988).
He was the first scholarship-holder in Poland to have completed the Buncher Family Leadership Program (1989).It was there that he developed the program of a youth camp, which he later organised in 1996.
Co-founder of one of Poland’s first private travel agencies. The Jewish Travel and Information Agency “Our Roots” (still operating) provided services for the Jewish tourists coming to Poland. The Agency published a series of guidebooks to the Jewish monuments in Warsaw, Krakow, Łódź, and Lublin – the first such publication on Poland.
Co-founder of the first Jewish portal Jewish.org.pl (1997), the most comprehensive source of information about Jewish life in Poland today.
Representative of the Ronald S. Lauder Foundation in Poland until Rabbi Michael Schudrich took over the position.
For many years, he has organised youth camps in cooperation with the Joint and the Lauder Foundation.
He was one of the coordinators of the Survivors of the Shoah – Visual History Foundation. He interviewed more than one hundred Survivors, Righteous Among the Nations, and members of the Roma community.
He was a member of the Council for the Protection of the Remembrance of Combat and Martyrdom.
He currently serves on the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation Board. Till 2015 he was a member of the Board of the Foundation for Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland.
From 2001 until 2014, he served as the chairman of the Jewish Community of Warsaw, and from 2003 until 2014 – the chairman of the Union of Jewish Religious Communities in Poland. In June 2007, he was joined the Board of the European Jewish Congress. He is also a founding member of B’nai B’rith Poland, reactivated in 2007.
Member of Solidarity since 1981, during the martial law he was mainly in charge of printing (underground KOS bulletin) and distribution. Persecuted as one of the witnesses in the murder of Grzegorz Przemyk.
On 15 December 2009, he was awarded the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta for outstanding contribution to the democratic transformation in Poland, and for his contribution to the rebirth of the Polish Jewish community in the independent Poland.
Photographs: personal archive