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.

Isfahan, the City of Polish Children
2015 Vol. 7 No. 1 — Spring / Features

Isfahan, the City of Polish Children

They received gifts of dates, nuts, roasted peas with raisins, and juicy pomegranates; visited museums, mosques and bazaars; and were always greeted with kindness. All this in what has often been called the most beautiful city in the world.

A World Apart
2015 Vol. 7 No. 1 — Spring / Books

A World Apart

Gustav Herling-Grudziński, Inmate No. 1872, wrote his powerful indictment of the Soviet system of penal camps, the GULAG, not as a description of nations at war, but as a conflict between barbarism and civilization. First published in 1951, this book was quietly but intentionally suppressed for decades.

The Indomitable Spirit of Halina Babinska: A Very Special Coming of Age Story
2015 Vol. 7 No. 1 — Spring / Features

The Indomitable Spirit of Halina Babinska: A Very Special Coming of Age Story

Beautiful, wise, accomplished, serene and very strong, Halina Babinska is as admired as she is modest. She credits the sensitive care she got in the Polish orphanage after World War II for her recovery to a normal and useful life.

Greg Archer’s Grace Revealed
2015 Vol. 7 No. 1 — Spring / Books

Greg Archer’s Grace Revealed

Fast-paced, sometimes self-indulgent but at times furiously funny, Greg Archer looks at his family’s traumatic experience in the Soviet gulag after years of running away from it.

In Memoriam: Professor Anna Cienciala
2014 Vol. 6 No. 3 — Fall-Winter

In Memoriam: Professor Anna Cienciala

Professor Anna Cienciala, an internationally recognized authority on wartime relations in the 20th century, died on Christmas Eve, 2014. She was a gracious supporter of CR and also a speaker at the first Poland in the Rockies in 2004. We will miss her very much.

2014: The Year of Anniversaries
2014 Vol. 6 No. 3 — Fall-Winter / Features

2014: The Year of Anniversaries

It’s a big year for commemorations in Poland this year. We illuminate them with a photo essay, focusing mainly on the people behind the anniversary.

When Rhinos Roamed the Polish Prairie: The Exotic Homeland of Poles in Africa
2014 Vol. 6 No. 3 — Fall-Winter / Features

When Rhinos Roamed the Polish Prairie: The Exotic Homeland of Poles in Africa

The world’s largest crocodiles cooled off in nearby water, and hippos and baboons helped themselves to lunch. But it was entertaining. And Irene Tomaszewski was there.

In the Shade of the Baobab Tree
2014 Vol. 6 No. 3 — Fall-Winter / Interviews

In the Shade of the Baobab Tree

From captivity to an enchanting world of freedom – growing up in equatorial Africa.

Hollywood.PL: Beyond the Dream: Personal Roads to the Silver Screen
2014 Vol. 6 No. 2 — Summer / Features / 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 — Winter-Spring / 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 — Winter-Spring / 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 — Winter-Spring / Features

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 — Fall / 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 — Fall / 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 — Fall / Features

The Story of Two Photographs

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

A Polish child in the arms of an Indian woman.
2013 Vol. 5 No. 2 — Summer / 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 — Summer / 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.