Shimon Peres and the Polish Connection

Right: Shimon Peres in his youth, from the Shimon Peres Archives at the Peres Peace House in Israel. The death of Shimon Peres on September 28 marks the end of an era, the era in which the nation of Israel was established. He was the last of its founders. Peres is revered, at least in [...]

Chicago’s Historic St. Stan’s
Added to Architectural Open House

St. Stanislaus Kostka as it looked before much of the complex was torn down to make way for the 90/94 freeway. St. Stanislaus Kostka has long felt like home to me in Chicago, and I have been a parishioner there for many years. The church is well on its way to a total renovation, the [...]

New Consul General in Chicago
Wants to Showcase the New Poland

Piotr Janicki interviewed by Leonard Kniffel, August 1, 2016 Encouraging trade and tourism is high on the priority list of Piotr Janicki, new Consul General at the Consulate of the Republic of Poland in Chicago. Before his appointment in July, Janicki worked for commercial banks in New York and New Jersey. He also served as [...]

Disaster Relief…with Books:
Libraries without Borders

By Leonard Kniffel | July 16, 2013 When a disaster occurs, aid workers, organizations, and governments naturally focus on emergency assistance to victims. They set up medical outposts in conflict zones, drop food supplies from helicopters, and hand out shoes and clothing in disaster areas. The activists behind Libraries Without Borders (Bibliothèques Sans Frontières) understand [...]

What Do You Get When Polish and English Mix? Poglish, Like Spanglish on Vodka

“Na kornerze w storu kupił gallon milku.” This is a sentence that could bewilder a Pole in Poland. To a Polish-American, however, it is a logical adaptation to English, using Polishized versions of the English words corner (kornerze), store (storu), gallon (galon), and milk (milku). “He bought a gallon of milk at the corner store.” [...]

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