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Recommended Reading:
Karolina’s Twins by Ron Balson

Although Poland was the epicenter of the World War II and the Holocaust, you would never know it by what the baby boomer generation learned about it for forty years after the war. In Poland, the truth was banned by the communists, just as it was hidden in the USA by our fear of communism. [...]

Booklist Review of Busia:
Seasons on the Farm with My Polish Grandmother

Booklist Online Exclusive: May 18, 2017 Busia: Seasons on the Farm with My Polish Grandmother. Kniffel, Leonard (Author) Feb 2017. 57 p. PolishSon, hardcover, $15. (9780692032947). “In this charming yet meaty memoir, Kniffel takes readers to a rural Michigan farm in the 1950s, where he spent his youngest days. As a little boy, he was [...]

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 [...]

Chicagoland Polish Parade
Celebrates Freedom, Fairness, Justice

The 126th Polish Constitution Day Parade in Downtown Chicago brought together thousands of Poles from all over the city and suburbs today to celebrate the Polish Constitution of 1791, the first democratic constitution in Europe and second in the world only to the United States Constitution. The parade gathered thousands of people, most of them [...]

“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 [...]