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Recommended Reading: Isadore’s Secret

Not since Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, has a true-crime story been a page-turner like Isadore’s Secret: Sin, Murder, and Confession in a Northern Michigan Town by Mardi Link. Newly published by the University of Michigan Press, this is the carefully researched and compellingly written tale of a scandal that shattered the [...]

Chicago Salvation Army Store to Celebrate Polish Heritage Day with Appearance by Wanda Urbanska

Wanda Urbanska & Leonard Kniffel

The Salvation Army in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood will celebrate the third anniversary of the transformation of its family store at 2270 North Clybourn on July 23 with a host of special programs, food, sales, a fashion show and celebrity guests including my friend and colleague, author and sustainability advocate Wanda Urbanska, and Chicago street [...]

Eroica, the Postwar Classic Is a Tough Watch

I thought I knew a little something about twentieth-century Polish history, but while watching a June 21 screening of the 1957 classic film Eroica at Chicago’s Facets film center, I could barely keep up with the complicated ideas swirling around the role of Poland in World War II and its relationship to its neighboring countries, [...]

My Sister’s Mother: Book Launches at Polish Museum

You could hear a pin drop at the Polish Museum of America as Donna Solecka Urbikas introduced her new book to a crowd of friends and colleagues Sunday, May 22. My Sister’s Mother has been a long labor of love for the first-time author, the carefully recorded and documented story of her mother and sister [...]

Recommended: My Sister’s Mother, a Stunning Memoir of the Siberian Deportation

This stunning, heartfelt memoir looks unflinchingly at the scars borne by one Polish immigrant family as their younger daughter tries to become a normal American girl in Chicago while her mother and sister suffer unimaginable pain from their experiences during the Holocaust years. A gripping study of family dynamics, this is also a must-read for [...]