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Polish folk art society defends its 'Oskar' award

11:38 AM, Feb 20, 2012   |    comments
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Waldemar Majcher of the Association of Folk Artists says the "People's Oskar," honors Oskar Kolberg, a 19th century Polish ethnographer who wrote down some 10,000 Polish folk songs.

In its 10-year history, the "People's Oskar" - a plaque with an engraved image of Jesus - has been given to museums, folk festivals and even a bread fair.

Majcher said Monday that he has received a letter from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences protesting the use of the name "Oskar," which is the Polish spelling.

He says his group's lawyers are writing a response to defend its use.

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