Wawel’s musicians are ready for a party. Poland has much to celebrate.
Articles written by: CR
The Color of Courage: The war took away his childhood, and indelibly etched his memories on his mind. While in The Polish Experience through World War II: A Better Day Has Not Come, master weaver Aleksandra Żiołkowska-Boehm presents a tapestry of wartime experiences.
The arts, in all their variety, are mirrors that reflect a people. We owe so much to artists. They make us laugh, cry, think, and see ourselves in our infinite variety, so no wonder we admire those talented people who create images, words and music that enrich our lives.
The memorial Centre in the German city of Halle Saale will unveil a monument to Krystyna Wituska, a young Polish prisoner executed on June 26, 1944, and two German authors will launch their book, Zelle Nr. 18: Eine Geschichte von Mut und Freundschaft (Cell No. 18: a History of bravery and friendship) to mark the 70th anniversary of her death.
Eric Bednarski’s documentary, Neon, traces the history of neon illumination in Warsaw; a Polish documentary about the 1944 Warsaw Uprising has been made entirely from colourised archival film footage; Bill Johnston wins the Transatlantyk Prize for 2014; the Jagiellonian University celebrates its 650th jubilee with a year-long celebration – and more.
That Falstaffian model for Sienkiewicz’s Zagłoba – patriot, soldier, miner, merchant, California’s Commissioner of Immigration and, according to Miłosz, a liar, braggart and drunkard (a remarkable CV) – left a colorful unpublished epistolary record at the Jagiellonian library. Discovered by Maureen Mroczek Morris with Lynn Ludlow and Roman Włodek, here they are.
The storks – that quintessential symbol of spring in Poland – were photographed in Szczebrzeszyn in the springtime by CR’s favorite photographer, Sławomir Nowosad.
2014 is a year of anniversaries in Poland commemorating a hard-won success, a tragic historical event, and another paying homage to a man with a special significance in Polish history.
2014 is the 600th anniversary of Polish-Turkey relations; Guernica Editions is seeking stories for an anthology centered on Poland and Polish Diaspora; Oxford University’s St. Antony’s College Programme on Modern Poland; an English version of a novel about Jan Karski’s life and times has been released.
Meet the “Polanders” of California who celebrated their 150th anniversary.
New York Times columnist David Orr once noted that while it’s impossible to know which country has the best writers, let alone the best poets… if cash money were on the line, you’d find few critics willing to bet against Poland. Now, the world’s best celebrate Polish American poets.
Stefan Norblin’s life and art continue to fascinate; Ida dazzles, as does Life Feels Good. Wojtek the Soldier Bear gets his own Scottish tartan; Beth Holmgren’s book on Helena Modjeska is awarded; and Magda Romanska seems to be everywhere. Plus Katy Carr explores war and freedom through film and music workshops.