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Hollywood Catholicism Leaves an Impression

Sister Act not withstanding, Hollywood’s earlier Golden Age of film making left an indelible impression on me and many other other young Catholics in mid-20th-century America. One Sunday, my priest at St. Stanislaus Kostka parish in Chicago, who is also of Polish ancestry, mentioned during a homily that the classic film Going My Way had [...]

Recommended Reading: Krysia,
A Polish Girl’s Stolen Childhood

“That night I was happy to be sleeping in my bed again, but in the middle of the night strange noises woke me. I got up and looked out the window but didn’t see anybody outside. The noise turned into a roaring, which grew louder and louder. Soon I saw tanks rolling and soldiers marching. [...]

Recommended Reading:
Ron Balson’s Once We Were Brothers

Once We Were Brothers by Ronald H. Balson is an exceptionally readable novel about the enduring horrors of the Holocaust. Skeptical about yet another book about the Holocaust, I approached Once We Were Brothers with trepidation, as I do most fictionalized works about that period in Polish history. Making entertainment out of the most heinous [...]

Recommended: Scattering the Dark
An Anthology of Polish Women Poets

Celebrating Polish American Heritage month and the publication of Scattering the Dark: An Anthology of Polish Women Poets, some 50 members of the the Polish Women’s Alliance of America gathered at the Copernicus Center in Chicago October 9 for an afternoon of poetry and camaraderie. Two poets, Joanna Kurowska and Lidia Rozmus, read from their [...]

Shimon Peres and the Polish Connection

Right: Shimon Peres in his youth, from the Shimon Peres Archives at the Peres Peace House in Israel. The death of Shimon Peres on September 28 marks the end of an era, the era in which the nation of Israel was established. He was the last of its founders. Peres is revered, at least in [...]