Cold War Games:
Polish Cousins in Lwów

I call the city Lwów because that is what we want to see, the remains of the old city that once was a center of art and culture in Poland. After the Second World War, borders were adjusted to punish the German losers and reward the Soviet victors. This was the agreement made by the [...]

Busia, as Reviewers See the Book

“Books in Brief,” reviewed by Mary Lanham, Polish American Journal, August 2017, p. 6: Leonard Kniffel paints a compelling picture of this simpler time in his life with his short memoir…. Kniffel’s style in Busia is perfect for younger and older readers alike….” Read the full review online. Booklist Online Exclusive: May 18, 2017, reviewed [...]

Remembering Zbigniew Brzezinski

In 2012, I had the honor of chatting briefly with Zbigniew Brzezinski at the Polish Embassy in Washington D.C., where he gave an inspiring speech about a childhood encounter in his native Poland with Jan Karski, who had just been awarded posthumously the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Brzezinski himself had received the Medal in 1981 [...]

Cardinal Cupich Celebrates
150 Years of Chicago’s Oldest Polish Parish

It is often difficult for non-Catholics to understand the traditions and rituals of the Roman Catholic Church. Sometimes it is difficult for me to understand them, even though I was raised in them. I watched spellbound on Sunday, April 23, the throngs gathered inside St. Stanislaus Kostka, the mother church of Polish Catholicism in Chicago, [...]

“Busia: Seasons on the Farm with My Polish Grandmother,” New Memoir by Leonard Kniffel

PolishSon.com has published a new memoir titled Busia: Seasons on the Farm with My Polish Grandmother by Leonard Kniffel, Chicago writer and publisher of this blog. The book chronicles one year in the life of a young boy and his grandmother on a farm in Michigan in the 1950s. “This warm and wonderful story, reminiscent [...]

Previous Posts

Booklist Review of Busia:
Seasons on the Farm with My Polish Grandmother
05.31.2017
Remembering Zbigniew Brzezinski
05.30.2017
Recommended Reading:
Getting Religion by Kenneth L. Woodward
05.12.2017
Chicagoland Polish Parade
Celebrates Freedom, Fairness, Justice
05.06.2017