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Recommended Reading:
The Boy Who Wanted Wings

The wings wanted by the hero of James Conroyd Martin’s splendid historical novel The Boy Who Wanted Wings are those worn by the hussars, elite Polish winged horsemen who fought the invading Turks in 1683 and changed the course of European history. The boy is Aleksy, a dark-complexioned Tatar raised by a Polish peasant family, [...]

Tribute to Joan Gartland
Librarian, Poet, Feminist

Joan Gartland was a dear friend and colleague for many years. She was always something of an enigma to me. In the 1970s and ‘80 she was devoted to poetry and feminism and social responsibility but without the hippy accoutrements of the times. Religious but impatient with religion, she identified herself as Episcopalian. “You know, [...]

Recommended: The Jewish Cardinal,
French Film about a Polish Dilemma

The French title of this film is “Le Métis de Dieu,” meaning literally “God’s half-breed,” a much more powerful moniker than the English title “The Jewish Cardinal.” This astonishing drama is based on the life of Jean-Marie Lustiger, Archbishop of Orléans from 1981 to 2005, a Polish-born Jew who was convinced to convert to Catholicism [...]

Recommended: Wearing the Letter P
By Sophie Hodorowicz Knab

In her new book Wearing the Letter P: Polish Women as Forced Laborers in Nazi Germany, 1939-1945, Sophie Hodorowicz Knab brings out of the recesses of history an overlooked aspect of the Holocaust: the enslavement of Polish women during the Third Reich. Carefully documented and thoroughly researched, the book gathers evidence from more than a [...]

Veterans Day 2017, in Memory
of Uncles in World War II

They weren’t even uncles when they went to fight in Europe and the Pacific during World War II, three of my mother’s four brothers—Stan, and the twins Joe and John. When I was born, in 1947, the war had been over for a mere two years. In all that time, I cannot recall ever having [...]