Here Comes Halloween,
A Most Un-Polish Holiday

When I was around 7 years old, I kept asking my mother to buy me a “Lone Ranger suit.” I was enthralled by television’s masked cowboy and his loyal Indian companion and I wanted to look just like him inside those tight-fitting pants, living the life of a righteous crusader for all that is good [...]

Cold War Games:
Polish Cousins in Lwów

I call the city Lwów because that is what we want to see, the remains of the old city that once was a center of art and culture in Poland. After the Second World War, borders were adjusted to punish the German losers and reward the Soviet victors. This was the agreement made by the [...]

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 [...]

Remembering Zbigniew Brzezinski

In 2012, I had the honor of chatting briefly with Zbigniew Brzezinski at the Polish Embassy in Washington D.C., where he gave an inspiring speech about a childhood encounter in his native Poland with Jan Karski, who had just been awarded posthumously the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Brzezinski himself had received the Medal in 1981 [...]

Cardinal Cupich Celebrates
150 Years of Chicago’s Oldest Polish Parish

It is often difficult for non-Catholics to understand the traditions and rituals of the Roman Catholic Church. Sometimes it is difficult for me to understand them, even though I was raised in them. I watched spellbound on Sunday, April 23, the throngs gathered inside St. Stanislaus Kostka, the mother church of Polish Catholicism in Chicago, [...]

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