Archive for the ‘Libraries & Archives’ Category

Banning and Burning

By Leonard Kniffel | October 1, 2010FacebookTwitterEmailPrint I have never been prouder to be a part of this profession than I was on September 11, 2010, standing shoulder-to-shoulder with Barbara Jones, director of ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, at the entrance to ALA headquarters here in Chicago, making a simple statement of opposition to book burning. At our […]

We’ll Always Have the American Library in Paris

In the 7th arrondissement on rue du Général Camou, less than a 10-minute walk from the Eiffel Tower, sits the American Library in Paris, which is celebrating its centennial this year. Before COVID‑19, more than 320 visitors would arrive daily, approaching the distinctly Parisian façade from the elegant residential Avenue Rapp. Inside, the bright, modern […]

Polish American Journal Review of 2nd Busia Story

reviewed by Mary Lanham September 2020 Busia: School Days on the Farm with my Polish Grandmother By Leonard Kniffel PolishSon.com, 2019, 49 pgs. A few years ago, I had the pleasure of reading and reviewing Busia: Seasons on the Farm with my Polish Grandmother by Leonard Kniffel. In the slim memoir Kniffel recounts a life growing up […]

Remembering Michigan Governor William Milliken

On August 26, 1966, the day after my 19th birthday, I attended in Lansing the Fall State Convention of the Republican Party of Michigan. I can barely remember the details, but I saved a copy of the agenda. The keynote speaker was Senator Robert P. Griffin. Governor George Romney (Mitt’s father) also addressed the delegates. […]

Recommended: The Volunteer by Jack Fairweather

Polish Jews and Polish Catholics have engaged in a “who suffered more” war of blame since the end of World War II. It is an unwinnable argument that diminishes the true horror of the Holocaust as it fades into history and the last of its survivors grow old and pass away. It also feeds the […]