LADY BLANKA A. ROSENSTIEL
Hon. Consul to the Republic of Poland
Mrs. Rosenstiel was born in Warsaw, Poland. In 1956 she moved to the United States and in 1967 she married the late Lewis S. Rosentiel, Chairman of Schenley Industries, a great humanitarian and philanthropist.
Her avid interest in the arts, dedication to helping young artists, and desire to promote Poland’s heritage while fostering culture in her American homeland, prompted Mrs. Rosentiel to establish, in 1972, The American Institute of Polish Culture, Inc. (AIPC) in Miami. The Institute shares with American society the rich heritage of Poland. In 1977, Mrs. Rosenstiel established the Chopin Foundation of the United States, a national organization dedicated to helping young American musicians, and promoting Chopin's music in the United States.
In 1998 she helped to establish a permanent Kosciuszko Chair of Polish Studies at the University of Virginia. Each year the Institute awards scholarships in the field journalism, communication or public relations to talented students of Polish origin. In 1998 Mrs. Rosentiel was appointed an Honorary Consul of the Republic of Poland. She became the first Polish Consul in the history of Florida.