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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 […]

Recommended: “The Innocents,”
An Extraordinary Film Achievement

During the winter of 1945, a young French intern working with a branch of the Red Cross is on a mission to care for and repatriate French survivors of the German concentration camps in Poland. A Polish nun arrives at the Red Cross hospital and begs for help. At the convent, the doctor discovers several […]

Recommended: Thomas Swick’s
The Joys of Travel

Ever since he gave us Unquiet Days: At Home in Poland seventeen years ago, seasoned travel writer Thomas Swick has made certain that Poland figures prominently in his work. Published in 2016 by Skyhorse Publishing, The Joys of Travel: And Stories That Illumiate Them contains some of the most perceptive writing about contemporary Poland since […]

Busia, as Reviewers See the Book

REVIEWS OF BUSIA: SEASONS ON THE FARM WITH MY POLISH GRANDMOTHER BY LEONARD KNIFFEL “Books in Brief,” Polish American Journal, August 2017, p. 6, reviewed by Mary Lanham: In the early 1950s, a six-year-old boy lived on a farm in rural Michigan with his Polish immigrant grandmother. There was no telephone or television to occupy […]

Recommended Reading:
Getting Religion by Kenneth L. Woodward

Glad I am that I have lived long enough to read Getting Religion: Faith Culture, and Politics from the Age of Eisenhower to the Era of Obama by Kenneth L. Woodward (Convergent Books, 2016), Newsweek‘s religion editor for nearly 40 years. Woodward’s writing is stunning in its clarity and insight, as might be expected from […]