SOAR - Warsaw Chapter
Warsaw joined the SOAR family in April 2018. Armenians in Poland have an important presence going back to the 14th century. At the beginning of the 20th century, there were about 6,000 Armenians in Poland, living mostly in what is today Western Ukraine, with centers in Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk, Berezhany, Lysets, Tlumach, and Snityn. Polish-Armenians were an integral part of the movement to restore Poland’s independence after the First World War. After suffering heavy losses in the Second World War, the Polish Armenian community suffered a second loss. The regions of Poland where Armenians were concentrated, like Eastern Galicia, were annexed into the Soviet Union at the Yalta Conference. As a result, the Polish Armenian community became dispersed across Poland. Many resettled in Krakow, Gliwice, Opole, Wroclaw, Poznan, Gdansk, and Warsaw. To combat this dispersion, Armenians began to form cultural associations. Additionally, the Armenian Catholic Church opened two parishes, in Gdansk and Gliwice. There are approximately 5,000 Armenians living in Poland today.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
Elen Minasyan is a data analyst at Accenture. She is an alumni of the University of Warsaw and IESEG School of Management in Lille. Elen specializes in organization management and Russian language and literature is the author of the prominent thesis regarding the concept of Armenian people in Russian culture. She was born in Yerevan and moved to Russia at the age of 4. A year later she moved with her family to Poland, where she still lives today. Elen has worked as a synchronic translator at cultural events. At school she was interested in the history of Poland and oratory. For many years Elen has been taking part in oratory contests winning three years in a row reciting poems of M. Lermontov. She is also a climbing and dance passionate.