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The Musée Curie:
A Polish Gem in the Heart of Paris

Madame Curie

The Musée Curie is a perfect little gem set in the heart of Paris. Located in the 5th Arrondissement, this elegantly renovated space on the rue Pierre et Marie Curie within the Curie Institute is equipped with bilingual explanations at each exhibit, where you can learn about the astonishing scientific achievements of Marie Curie. Born [...]

High School Reunion in a WASP Village

Reunion Group Shot

“The Polish-American last names staggered me,” said Ann Corson, my high school French teacher, at the 50th reunion of the Armada High School “Class of ’66,” August 20, 2016, at the AmVets Hall in Armada, Michigan. Armada was her first teaching job out of college, and it surprised me that she would remember that, of [...]

Waiting for Olivia de Havilland

March 22, 2011 It’s hard to believe that I am headed for the American Library in Paris to meet one of the greatest movie stars of all time, an actress whose performance in The Heiress captivated my imagination when I was a teenager, a half a century ago. But, it’s true, I am about to [...]

A Polish Son in Egypt

Leonard Kniffel, Carlon Walker.

It’s a Saturday in May, 1996, and we are on our way to Cairo. Two smiling young guys are driving us into the city from the airport, Abdul the driver and Sharif who will be our guide. They point out modern buildings, hotels, and military facilities along the way, noting the French influence on the [...]

Boleszyn, Where Busia Was Baptized

St. Martin’s in Boleszyn is the parish to which Sugajno belongs. It’s a long walk or a short buggy ride away. The wooden church there was built in 1721 and 1722, only a few years after the so-called Silent Sejm of 1717, in which Peter the Great of Russia imposed a protectorate over Poland, leading [...]