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Welcome to our Winter-Spring 2014 Issue!
2014 Vol. 6 No. 1

Welcome to our Winter-Spring 2014 Issue!

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.

Poland and Hungary: Sto lat!
2014 Vol. 6 No. 1 / Features

Poland and Hungary: Sto lat!

On March 23, Poles celebrate Polish-Hungarian Friendship Day, while Hungarians celebrate Hungarian-Polish Friendship Day. Stephen Drapaka writes about this unique six century bond.

Ursula von Rydingsvard’s Sculpted Metaphors
2014 Vol. 6 No. 1 / Features

Ursula von Rydingsvard’s Sculpted Metaphors

Her monumental sculptures sometimes resemble fractured bedrock on the surface of the earth, but she can also craft cedar to resemble handmade lace. Agnieszka Tworek profiles the artist, and her work.

Ida
2014 Vol. 6 No. 1 / Films

Ida

Paweł Pawlikowski’s starkly beautiful black and white film, Ida, is one of the best of 2013. But reviewer Jodi Greig asks: can aesthetics blind one to the deeper meaning?

When compromise is a good thing
2014 Vol. 6 No. 1 / Commentary

When compromise is a good thing

Solidarity brought around a change of power through compromise and a gradual – non-violent – transition. Anna Mazurkiewicz discusses the greatest compromise of modern time and a great model for our troubled times.

Camouflage
2014 Vol. 6 No. 1 / Films

Camouflage

“Masterpieces of Polish Cinema,” organized and restored by Martin Scorsese’s Film Foundation and curated by the great filmmaker himself, is the largest collection of classical Polish cinema to date.

Don Fredericksen reviews Krzysztof Zanussi’s brilliant film, Camouflage.

Lublin: a city of inspiration and serendipity
2014 Vol. 6 No. 1 / Travel

Lublin: a city of inspiration and serendipity

In this “City of Festivals,” artists, bands, dancers and mimes fill the streets while the small clubs fill with young people who have no intention of going home before sunrise.

Beautiful Twentysomethings
2014 Vol. 6 No. 1 / Books

Beautiful Twentysomethings

Described by Roman Polanski as a troublemaker of immense charm, author Marek Hłasko looked like James Dean… but he was not a rebel without a cause.

Sex and Gender, Tolerance and Fear: A Conversation
2014 Vol. 6 No. 1 / Interviews

Sex and Gender, Tolerance and Fear: A Conversation

Justine Jablonska talks to University of Warsaw sexologist Dr. Zbigniew Izdebski about changing attitudes to sex and gender igniting a bizarre reaction in some circles to a foreign word they don’t understand.

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.

Witold Szabłowski in Turkey
2014 Vol. 6 No. 1 / Books

The Assassin from Apricot City: Reportage from Turkey

(…) Every Turk hovers between tradition and modernity a thousand times a day – the hat or the charshaf [veil]; the mosque or the disco; the European Union or dislike the European Union. Until you can explore this country, writes Katarzyna Zwolak, read Witold Szablowski’s wonderful book.

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.

Heroes of War
2014 Vol. 6 No. 1 / Films

Heroes of War

A new documentary series from Sky Vision and the History Channel casts a long overdue spotlight on Poland’s impressive contribution to WWII. It’s entertaining, writes reviewer Daniel Ford, and enough to send a viewer looking for more.

Winter-Spring 2014 Bulletin Board
2014 Vol. 6 No. 1 / Bulletin Board

Winter-Spring 2014 Bulletin Board

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.

Poland in the Rockies is Back and in Banff
2014 Vol. 6 No. 1 / Bulletin Board

Poland in the Rockies is Back and in Banff

On the 10th anniversary of the Polish symposium’s debut, Poland in the Rockies has been revived and will return to Western Canada’s most beautiful classroom.