Articles written by: Irene Tomaszewski

Irene Tomaszewski

Irene Tomaszewski is a writer, editor at CR, founding president of the Montreal-based Canadian Foundation for Polish Studies and program director of Poland in the Rockies. She is the author of "Inside a Gestapo Prison 1942-44: The Letters of Krystyna Wituska" and "Codename Żegota: The Most Dangerous Conspiracy in Occupied Europe," co-authored with Tecia Werbowski, published by Praeger in Spring 2010.

Hollywood.PL: Beyond the Dream: Personal Roads to the Silver Screen
2014 Vol. 6 No. 2 / Films

Hollywood.PL: Beyond the Dream: Personal Roads to the Silver Screen

Talented, gutsy and successful – and each one with a story that rates a movie of its own. This is a book you won’t be able to put down.

Poland’s Daughter: How I Met Basia, Hitchhiked to Italy and Learned About Love, War and Exile
2014 Vol. 6 No. 1 / Books

Poland’s Daughter: How I Met Basia, Hitchhiked to Italy and Learned About Love, War and Exile

A many layered story about the sentimental education of an American student in post-war Europe told with wit, sensitivity and elegance.

Warsaw 1944: Hitler, Himmler, and the Warsaw Uprising
2014 Vol. 6 No. 1 / Books

Warsaw 1944: Hitler, Himmler, and the Warsaw Uprising

With access to hitherto unused archives, historian Alexandra Richie brings little-known facts and a sobering description of the barbaric destruction of the people and the city of Warsaw.

Władysław Bartoszewski
2014 Vol. 6 No. 1

Władysław Bartoszewski

Władysław Bartoszewski, whose archive is a major source for Warsaw 1944, an impressive new book about the Warsaw Uprising, is an unapologetic patriot, a modest hero, and a man dedicated to peace.

The Spy Who Loved: The Secrets and Lives of One of Britain’s Bravest Heroines
2013 Vol. 5 No. 3 / Books

The Spy Who Loved: The Secrets and Lives of One of Britain’s Bravest Heroines

Britain’s most spectacular secret agent was brave, loyal, irresistibly beautiful, and “a law unto herself.” Author Clare Mulley pens an excellent study of the fascinating Krystyna Skarbek/Christine Granville.

Chopin and Joplin: Kindred Spirits
2013 Vol. 5 No. 3 / Music

Chopin and Joplin: Kindred Spirits

Roy Eaton is a man of many talents, much charm, a lot of courage, and irrepressible spirit who long ago decided to treat adversity as a gift.

Winner of the first Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin competition, his recordings include “The Meditative Chopin” and “The Joyful Joplin;” Roy Eaton is both.

The Story of Two Photographs
2013 Vol. 5 No. 3 / Features

The Story of Two Photographs

Stoicism, determination, and a sense of humour: that’s all a young immigrant needs.

Second Homeland: Polish Refugees in India
2013 Vol. 5 No. 2 / Books

Second Homeland: Polish Refugees in India

Anuradaha Bhattacharjee turned a rejected newspaper story into a PhD thesis and a book. And what a story: orphaned children, a loving maharaja, an inspiring Gandhi, and the kindness of strangers.

Wanda Dynowska / Umadevi: A Polish Guide to Indian Culture
2013 Vol. 5 No. 2 / Features

Wanda Dynowska / Umadevi: A Polish Guide to Indian Culture

Already surprised by a land of unimagined wonders, they now beheld a serene, sari-clad woman who spoke Polish and cared deeply about both her countries.

The Cabaret Star and the Orphans: From Warsaw to India
2013 Vol. 5 No. 2 / Features

The Cabaret Star and the Orphans: From Warsaw to India

Lithe, blonde, willowy and a free spirit, prewar cabaret star Hanka Ordonowna was to become a wartime rescuer of children and a sensitive chronicler of their harrowing story.

Zamość, citta ideale
2013 Vol. 5 No. 2 / Travel

Zamość, citta ideale

When was the last time you visited a citta ideale? No, not in Italy. Zamość, in Poland. Designed by Bernardo Morando, according to the vision of Jan Zamoyski, Chancellor of Poland, a nobleman and a magnate of great wealth.

Vera Gran: The Accused
2013 Vol. 5 No. 2 / Books

Vera Gran: The Accused

When Isaac Bashevis Singer said fate “is a trap we set for ourselves,” surely he wasn’t thinking of the Warsaw Ghetto. Two reviewers take issue with Agata Tuszynska’s biography of Vera Gran.

Jan Karski: The Story of a Secret State
2013 Vol. 5 No. 1 / Books / Features

Jan Karski: The Story of a Secret State

Jan Karski is a hero not just for our times but for all times, says Irene Tomaszewski as she recalls her first meeting with the modest hero. He represents the best in humanity and the collective will of a nation that would not submit.

Kaia, Heroine of the 1944 Warsaw Rising
2013 Vol. 5 No. 1 / Books

Kaia, Heroine of the 1944 Warsaw Rising

Meeting a heroine from the “generation of ‘44” is a privilege. Fortunately, Aleksandra Ziółkowska-Boehm kept a record of her friendship with one of the Warsaw Uprising’s great women.

The Death of Captain Pilecki and Dealing with the Communist Past
2012 vol. 4 no. 1 - Spring / Commentary / Features

The Death of Captain Pilecki and Dealing with the Communist Past

Poland’s magnificent non-violent revolution altered the course of history. Justice demands that this history be not forgotten.