Articles written by: Irene Tomaszewski

Irene Tomaszewski

Irene Tomaszewski is a writer and editor of CR. She is the co-author, with Tecia Werbowski, of "Codename Żegota: The Most Dangerous Conspiracy in Occupied Europe," published by Praeger in 2010, and translator /editor of "Inside a Gestapo Prison: The Letters of Krystyna Wituska" published by Wayne State University Press in 2005.

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.

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

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 — Summer / 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 — Summer / 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 — Spring / 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 — Spring / 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.

Iskra
2011 Vol. 3 No. 4 — Winter / Features

Iskra

College graduates look back on their freshman year and know this: Wouldn’t it have been great to have a network right from the start? A spark. An idea, A conversation. Action. A new initiative in Canada’s Hamilton-Toronto area – and it’s spreading.

The Winter Palace
2011 Vol. 3 No. 4 — Winter / Books

The Winter Palace

Award-winning author Eva Stachniak’s dazzles with a tale of intrigue, ambition, spying, treachery, flattery, conflict and fear in St. Peterburg’s Winter Palace.

Be Not Afraid: The Polish (R)evolution, “Solidarity”
2011 Vol. 3 No. 4 — Winter / Books

Be Not Afraid: The Polish (R)evolution, “Solidarity”

Powerful, peaceful and quintessentially Polish: Solidarity. Canadian author Heather Kirk spotlights the many facets of a world-changing revolution that killed “precisely no one.”

Stefan Norblin: An Artist Comes Home
2011 Vol. 3 No. 3 — Fall / Features

Stefan Norblin: An Artist Comes Home

The largest single collection of Polish art is not in Poland, but in India. A special exhibit brings it home, at least for a visit, attracting thousands of visitors to a visual feast.