Welcome to Spring 2016! Welcome to Spring 2016!
War and Peace in Vilnius War and Peace in Vilnius
The Africa Connection The Africa Connection
Karski and the Lords of Humanity Karski and the Lords of Humanity
Commentary
The Ulma family

Beyond the Ulmas: The Need for a Social History of Genocide in Occupied Poland

Commemorations hold a special place in national memory; historians have an obligation to protect the emerging social history from being eclipsed. Tom Frydel explains.

Films
Bridging Urban America

Bridging Urban America

A documentary about an engineer? Take a look at Ralph Modjeski’s bridges. They are breathtakingly beautiful and they were built to last. Basia and Leonard Myszynski’s film is a must.

Features
Introducing… POLcast

Introducing… POLcast

Tune in to the lively new podcast for a weekly series of great stories and interviews on topics ranging from serious to funny, quirky to obscure with Toronto’s Małgorzata Bonikowska and Tomek Kniat.

Books
Lilac Girls

Lilac Girls

Martha Hall Kelly’s novel is based on the true story of Caroline Ferriday, a New York socialite who brings Polish Ravensbruck survivors to America for treatment. And locates the criminal Dr. Herta Oberheuser.

Spring 2016

Welcome to Spring 2016!
2016 Vol. 8 No. 2 - Spring

Welcome to Spring 2016!

Welcome to Springtime in Africa. Yes, there are seasons there, not so pronounced perhaps, but the blossoms on their jacaranda trees are as welcome as are crocuses in northern climates. Commentary, books, films, and a new podcast.

Lilac Girls
2016 Vol. 8 No. 2 - Spring / Books

Lilac Girls

Martha Hall Kelly’s novel is based on the true story of Caroline Ferriday, a New York socialite who brings Polish Ravensbruck survivors to America for treatment. And locates the criminal Dr. Herta Oberheuser.

Bridging Urban America
2016 Vol. 8 No. 2 - Spring / Films

Bridging Urban America

A documentary about an engineer? Take a look at Ralph Modjeski’s bridges. They are breathtakingly beautiful and they were built to last. Basia and Leonard Myszynski’s film is a must.

Introducing… POLcast
2016 Vol. 8 No. 2 - Spring / Features

Introducing… POLcast

Tune in to the lively new podcast for a weekly series of great stories and interviews on topics ranging from serious to funny, quirky to obscure with Toronto’s Małgorzata Bonikowska and Tomek Kniat.

War and Peace in Vilnius
2016 Vol. 8 No. 2 - Spring / Films

War and Peace in Vilnius

In Lithuania to study the once culturally diverse now vanished communities of the region, Lynn Lubamersky found a BBC TV crew there too, filming “War and Peace.” That’s enough to set a historian thinking about imperial Russia then, imperial Putin now, the communities that don’t want to vanish… and the BBC’s Downton Abbey-style production.

The Africa Connection
2016 Vol. 8 No. 2 - Spring / Features

The Africa Connection

When two Polish Canadians visit their grandparents’ childhood homeland in Africa they meet others on the same quest. “We immediately celebrate!” writes Amanda Chalupa. We “get” each other.”

The Ulma family
2016 Vol. 8 No. 2 - Spring / Commentary

Beyond the Ulmas: The Need for a Social History of Genocide in Occupied Poland

Commemorations hold a special place in national memory; historians have an obligation to protect the emerging social history from being eclipsed. Tom Frydel explains.

Jan Karski, Humanity’s Hero, a Soldier of an Allied Army
2016 Vol. 8 No. 2 - Spring / Features

Jan Karski, Humanity’s Hero, a Soldier of an Allied Army

A special event in San Francisco honoured Jan Karski, and veterans of two allied countries, Poland and the United States. A great thing to do, especially together.

Hurrah Revolutionaries: The Polish Canadian Communist Movement
2016 Vol. 8 No. 2 - Spring / Books

Hurrah Revolutionaries: The Polish Canadian Communist Movement

Uncovering a Polish communist movement in Canada, historian Patryk Polec suggests the radical ideas came from Poland. Reviewer Gabriela Pawlus Kasprzak thinks the Poles were radicalized here. Either way, a surprising, interesting read.

Black Ribbon Day
2016 Vol. 8 No. 2 - Spring / Books

Black Ribbon Day

Why are Stalin’s alliance with Hitler and his genocidal policies overlooked, even denied? Reviewing Black Ribbon Day, Michał Kasprzak suggests “the nightmarish partnership of tyrannies” needs more attention.

Window to Freedom: A Journey of Survival
2016 Vol. 8 No. 2 - Spring / Books

Window to Freedom: A Journey of Survival

It took Poland fifty years to regain its freedom. For many Poles it took even longer to liberate their memories. Marian Wiacek recorded his for his grandchildren.

Karski and the Lords of Humanity
2016 Vol. 8 No. 2 - Spring / Films

Karski and the Lords of Humanity

“Tell your people that they have a friend in the White House.” But the genocide continued, and in the end the friend gave Karski’s country to Stalin.

Poland’s Democracy
2016 Vol. 8 No. 2 - Spring / Commentary

Poland’s Democracy

Wanda Koscia’s documentary about the uprising, The Battle for Warsaw, was about a fight for freedom and democracy. The filmmaker now casts a worried eye at Poland’s democracy.