Biodata of Vania de Gila-Kochanowski

Civil Status:

Born 6th August 1920 in Krakow, Poland from Balto-Slavic Romane Chave parents: Father: Commander in Allied Armies, Alexeev and Frundze clans (gostra). Smolensk defender where he died on the battlefield.

Mother: Gila and Stanga clans.

 Naturalisation (becoming French) by decree 17th April 1959 (O.J.19.04.59).

 Author writes indifferently under the name de Gila (maternal clan) or christian official name Kochanowski.

Military activities: 11 March 1943 deportation by Germans: refused to enter in SS unities: forced work near Leningrad (USSR); escaped, recaptured and sent in the disciplinary and extermination camps: Aluksne, Valmiera, Salaspils (Latvia) and 7th Fort, Kowno extermination camp (Lithuania).

27 July 1944 with 110 Latvians in Beauregard camp (France).

17 August 1944 escaped and joined French and American partisans (North of Paris).

24 August 1944 engaged voluntarily in Polish army for training in Bessières barracks, hoping to continue the fight against the Germans, decoration of British Army.

First speech in romani at Auschwitz

23 novembre 1996


Artistic formation and activities :

1946-1950 : Student at the dance courses of Mrs Preobrajenskaïa (Nijinski's ex-partner ) and Carlos (Wacker Studio) in Paris.

1946-1952 : Student and instructor at "l'Ecole de l'Elysée" (Mrs Hellès-Abilea).

5 July 1946 : First dance contract in the "Troupe Bohémienne" of Constantin Kougoulsky.

Universitary formation: July 1942: Baccalaureat (bachelorship) State Lyceum Riga (Latvia).

1942-1943: propaedeutics, Faculty of Arts, Riga.

July 1954: bachelor's degree in arts, University of Paris:

27/11/1947: Russian Philology;

28/06/1952: Practical Russian Studies (culture, literature);

23/10/1953: Indian Studies (mention: history);

01/07/1954: Comparative grammar of Indo-European languages.

10 June 1960 : P.H.D. at Paris University Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences Sorbonne in General linguistics and dialectology.

8 november 1984 : State P.H.D. ès Lettres et Sciences Humaines, in ethno-sociology at University of Toulouse-Le Mirail (distinction: very honourable).

In Chandigarh 1995

Scientific and social activities: 1954-1957: fellowship of C.N.R.S. (French University Grants Commission).

September 1961- January 1967: scientific and socio-politic activities in India within the framework of the french-indian cultural exchanges ( 4 years of which chargeable to yhe indian government).

26 January 1964: Participation to Declaration of Hindi as National language, Curzon Club (New Delhi).

1967-1969 : fight for the Romane Chave integration in France. Abolition of the discriminatory laws thanks to the plans he registered to the parliamentary and government authorities.

25 septembre 1969 : registration to the Sorbonne to get the State Doctorar "The Romani and its internationalisation".

1967-1984: Permanent fight for the integration of Romane Chave: Projects, conferences, creation of "Romano Yekhipe France", etc.

1983-1984: Nomination by the executive of Romani Union as plenipotentiary representative of the World Romani Organisation at UNESCO, Paris.

1988: President of Romano Yekhipe France. Member of National French Council of Regional Languages and Cultures (decree 25 April 1988, O.J. 26 April 1988).

New-Delhi 9and 10 December 1995.

With the Indian Justice Minister

International Conference on Art, Culture, Literature and Human Rights


Dynamic History:

1965 The origins of the Gypsies, in UNESCO Features n=°477.

1967 Critère linguistique dans l'histoire dynamique (Linguistic criterion in dynamical history) in Summing up of communications of Acts from the 10th International Linguist Congress p.189 and following, Bucharest.

1968 Tsiganes noirs, Tsiganes blancs (Black Gypsies, White Gypsies) in Diogène n=°63, Paris.

1974 Original caste of European Gypsies in Commemorative volume Eugienusz Sluszkiewicz, Warsaw.

1977 Occlusive + r et le mot Rom (Occlusive + r and the word Rom) in Bulletin de la Société de Linguistique de Paris, n=° LXXII, p. VII-IX.

1980 Indian origin of the Roma, in ROMA, Institute of Indo-Romani Studies, Chandigarth (India).

1984 La Romani et l'Indo-Aryen, mythes et réalités (The Romany and Indo-Aryan, myths and reality), in Contrastes n=°8, may,p.85-98 bibliography added, Paris.

1990 Migrations aryennes et indo-aryennes (Aryan and indo-aryan migrations), in Diogène n=° 149, Paris.

1995 Romané Chavé and the Problems of their Intercontinental Communication, in ROMA, n=° 42-43, January-July 1995, Institute of Indo-Romani Studies, Chandigarh (India).

Linguistic: 1959 Problèmes de la dérivation et de l'emprunt en tsigane d'Europe (Derivation and borrowing problems in European gypsy language), in Bulletin de la Société de Linguistique de Paris, LIV, n=°1.

1963 Phonologie du tsigane d'Europe (State Doctorate in Romani linguistic and dialectology) (Phonology of European gypsy language) , in Gypsy Studies, 2 vol. 400p in 4=°, New Delhi (India).

1989 Problems of the common romani = Problems of an International Language in Compilation of the Acts from the International Symposium about Romane Language and Culture, Sarajevo (1986).

Culture, Civilisation, Causes of Romane Chavé's persecutions: 1974 Human Rights and the Romané Chavé, in Indo-Asian Culture, New Delhi.

1983 Causes et conséquences du nomadisme des Tsiganes d'Europe (Causes and consequences of European Gypsy nomadism), in Experts meeting about studies of ethno-development and ethnocid in Europe, Karasjok (Norway), UNESCO, Human Rights and Peace Section (SS-83/CONF.616/4 (a).

1992 Romano Atmo, "L'Ame Tsigane" (The Gypsy Soul) Novel, in Collection "Waroutcho", Wallâda Publishings, Châteauneuf-lès-Martigues (France).

1994 Parlons Tsigane - Histoire, Culture et Langue du peuple tsigane (Let's speak romanes -History, Culture and language of the romane people ) One volume 264 p. in Collection "Parlons", L'Harmattan publishings, Paris.

1996 Contes Tsiganes "Le Roi des Serpents" (Gypsy tales "The Snakes' King". Bilingual edition. Original pictures of Claudine Suret-Canale. One volume 144 p. Wallâda Publishings, Châteauneuf-lès-Martigues, (France).

1997 Today's Ethnocide conduces fatally to the new Genocide, in Roma n=°46-47, January-July 1997, Institute of Indo-Romani Studies, Chandigarh (India).