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On April 10, 2010, Poland’s President, Lech Kaczynski, First Lady Maria Kaczynska, and 94 other passengers, including representatives of the country's highest authorities, high-level military and civilian leaders, official delegation and all the crew, lost their lives in a deadly airplane crash near Smolensk, Russia. They were on their way to a ceremony commemorating the Katyn massacre.

In accordance with state protocol, the Polish Cultural Institute is suspending or cancelling all programs during this week-long period of mourning. In New York, a condolence book is available for signing at the Consulate of the Republic of Poland on Wednesday, April 14, from 12 to 6 PM, and on Thursday and Friday, April 15 and 16, from 2 to 6 PM. As the country comes to terms with this tragedy, we are grateful for the outpouring of private and public sympathy and support from the United States and many other countries around the globe.