The Polish Response to the Holocaust: A Discussion Jozef Jarosz, who saved 14 Jews during the Holocaust, meeting Jonny Daniels, left, in Warsaw in November 2016. (Photo courtesy of From the Depths)
OJCU – To My Father OJCU – To My Father
Hela: A Novel of Science, Faith, Love and Poland Hela: A Novel of Science, Faith, Love and Poland
War and Peace in Vilnius War and Peace in Vilnius
Books
The Chosen Maiden

The Chosen Maiden

Eva Stachniak’s book offers a rare glimpse into the turbulent life and times of Bronia Nijinska and the waning days of the Russian empire. Nijinska’s talent was overshadowed by her brother but as he said, “Art is all that matters… Everything else is distraction.”

Travel
Once Upon a Time in Africa…

Once Upon a Time in Africa…

Former students from some of the worlds’ most exclusive schools, they came from all over the world to attend the 25th reunion in Wroclaw. And oh, they sure know how to have fun!

Features
The Africa Connection

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.”

Interviews
Chatting with B.E. Andre, “With Blood and Scars” Author

Chatting with B.E. Andre, “With Blood and Scars” Author

Justine Jablonska talks to British journalist Bożena Andre about Andre’s new novel, With Blood and Scars, in which Andre takes on that very difficult challenge: combining the personal and the historical in one story. Not easy, when for so long the world refused to acknowledge the historical.

Featured Posts

The Chosen Maiden
2016 Vol. 8 No. 1—Winter / Books

The Chosen Maiden

Eva Stachniak’s book offers a rare glimpse into the turbulent life and times of Bronia Nijinska and the waning days of the Russian empire. Nijinska’s talent was overshadowed by her brother but as he said, “Art is all that matters… Everything else is distraction.”

Jozef Jarosz, who saved 14 Jews during the Holocaust, meeting Jonny Daniels, left, in Warsaw in November 2016. (Photo courtesy of From the Depths)
2016 Vol. 8 No. 1—Winter / Commentary

The Polish Response to the Holocaust: A Discussion

CR takes this opportunity to publish a letter written by Eli Rubenstein, the Canadian Director of the March of the Living and an award-winning educator, to the JTA (Jewish Telegraph Agency) concerning its Dec. 11th article about Polish rescue efforts of Jews during WWII, followed by our own comments.

OJCU – To My Father
2016 Vol. 8 No. 1—Winter / Films

OJCU – To My Father

In 1938, a little girl, Alina Bandrowska, saw her father arrested by the NKVD, the Soviet secret police. He never returned.

Hela: A Novel of Science, Faith, Love and Poland
2016 Vol. 8 No. 1—Winter / Books

Hela: A Novel of Science, Faith, Love and Poland

Hela can be exasperating. Her views on gender relations outdated and her national prejudices problematic, she says inappropriate things at the dinner table. But she is the aging relative you love anyway, for her frankness and spirit.

England Dotty
2016 Vol. 8 No. 1—Winter / Commentary

England Dotty

The unflappable, ever courteous Jonathan Lipman was living a life filled with friendship and laughter. Suddenly his daughter asked her mother not to speak Polish in public. You never know where a populist’s hatred will strike next.

Polska Dotty  2
2016 Vol. 8 No. 1—Winter / Books

Polska Dotty 2

Back in 1999, Lipman sailed his little ship in the (mostly) smooth Polish sea. Back in London, they happily welcomed the EU-Polish immigrants. But the once smooth English Sea is getting increasingly turbulent. Not that the Polish sea has remained calm.

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

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.