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 Her views on gender relations outdated and her national prejudices problematic, she says inappropriate things at the dinner table.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.
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.Read more...
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.Read more...
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.”Read more...
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.
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.
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.
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.
Commemorations hold a special place in national memory; historians have an obligation to protect the emerging social history from being eclipsed. Tom Frydel explains.
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.
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.