Archive for the ‘Libraries & Archives’ Category

“Faultless to a Fault”: A Prescient Look
at Zenophobia Today from 25 Years Ago

I was sorting through some old clippings the other day when I came across “Faultless to a Fault” by Karen Breslau, torn from the September 28, 1992, issue of Newsweek. The subtitle was “After the Jewish problem, the Polish problem, the asylum problem–what about the German problem?” Since 1992 I have been reading book after [...]

Recommended: Afterimage
Wajda’s Masterful Final Film

Afterimage screened for the fourth time anywhere October 23 at the Chicago International Film Festival. Directed by Andrzej Wajda, it is the great Polish director’s final film; he died suddenly October 9 at the age of 90. Set in post–World War II communist Poland, Afterimage recreates the atmosphere of his early acclaimed films such as [...]

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 [...]