2010 Vol. 2 No. 2 – Summer

Kresy: First the Forest
2010 Vol. 2 No. 2 - Summer / Features

Kresy: First the Forest

For centuries, the biodiversity of the great forest of Poland’s eastern borderlands was the natural habitat for a diversity of cultures.

Poland, Russia, and Katyń – Is Reconciliation Possible?
2010 Vol. 2 No. 2 - Summer / Features

Poland, Russia, and Katyń – Is Reconciliation Possible?

Thoughts on reconciliation by no less a Katyń authority than Professor Anna Cienciala.

The Officer’s Wife: A conversation with Director Piotr Uzarowicz
2010 Vol. 2 No. 2 - Summer / Films / Interviews

The Officer’s Wife: A conversation with Director Piotr Uzarowicz

Piotr Uzarowicz’s grandfather was one the officers murdered at Katyń. His moving film examines how a political conspiracy of silence left bare his family’s wounds of war.

Day-Tripping in… Białystok
2010 Vol. 2 No. 2 - Summer / Travel

Day-Tripping in… Białystok

Christian Davies and Eric Bednarski take a day trip to Białystok, and find that it’s a fitting analogy to Poland as a whole.

A Son’s Pilgrimage to Monte Cassino
2010 Vol. 2 No. 2 - Summer / Features / Travel

A Son’s Pilgrimage to Monte Cassino

A pilgrimage is a journey to a shrine, holy place or any place of historical interest. Monte Cassino turns out to be all three.

Not Your Grandma’s Pierogi: A Guide to Polish Food in Chicago
2010 Vol. 2 No. 2 - Summer / Travel

Not Your Grandma’s Pierogi: A Guide to Polish Food in Chicago

Justine Jablonska’s top picks for Polish food in that quintessentially Polish-American city: Chicago.

Ruthenia, Galicia, Bieszczady: The Land of My Grandmothers
2010 Vol. 2 No. 2 - Summer / Travel

Ruthenia, Galicia, Bieszczady: The Land of My Grandmothers

A 4-month long round-the-world adventure brings the author to the lands of her ancestors. Anna Tomascovic-Devey explores the mountain ranges, valleys, forests, and cities of Poland and Slovakia.

Uprooting Halina – A Journey From Siberia to Iran and Canada
2010 Vol. 2 No. 2 - Summer / Features

Uprooting Halina – A Journey From Siberia to Iran and Canada

Kinia Adamczyk’s short film captures the indomitable spirit of Halina Babinska, remarkably courageous at the age of 10, still an inspiration 60 years later.

CR Recommends Four Grand Documentaries
2010 Vol. 2 No. 2 - Summer / Films

CR Recommends Four Grand Documentaries

• Children in Exile
• Modjeska, Woman Triumphant
• Nine Days That Changed the World
• The Soviet Story

Polish Orphans of Tengeru: The Dramatic Story of Their Long Journey to Canada 1941-49
2010 Vol. 2 No. 2 - Summer / Books

Polish Orphans of Tengeru: The Dramatic Story of Their Long Journey to Canada 1941-49

Author Lynne Taylor documents the dramatic story of a group of Polish orphans who were exiled to Siberia, escaped via the Middle East, and grew up in Africa. They finally came to Canada – in defiance of claims by the communist regime that the children belong to them.

Katyń: Stalin’s Massacre and the Triumph of Truth
2010 Vol. 2 No. 2 - Summer / Books

Katyń: Stalin’s Massacre and the Triumph of Truth

Allen’s Paul newest book, marking the 70th anniversary of the 1940 Katyń massacre, reviewed by Jane Urbanski Robbins.

A Long, Long Time Ago & Essentially True
2010 Vol. 2 No. 2 - Summer / Books

A Long, Long Time Ago & Essentially True

Nina Jankowicz reviews Brigid Pasulka’s quirky, highly original novel about the resilience and the strength of the Polish spirit.

Books In Brief – Summer 2010
2010 Vol. 2 No. 2 - Summer / Books

Books In Brief – Summer 2010

• Code Name: Żegota: Rescuing Jews in Occupied Poland, 1942-1945: The Most Dangerous Conspiracy in Wartime Europe
• Warsaw Spring
• A Hint of Rain
• Quiet Hero

Chivalry Remembered in the UK: The Old Poles and the New
2010 Vol. 2 No. 2 - Summer / Commentary

Chivalry Remembered in the UK: The Old Poles and the New

The “Old Poles” vs. the “New Poles” in the U.K., and where the twain shall meet.

The Political and Social Roots of the Łódź Biennale
2010 Vol. 2 No. 2 - Summer / Features

The Political and Social Roots of the Łódź Biennale

Joanna Szupinska recounts the wonderful moment in history in 1981 that united workers, students and artists to create a multi-layered exhibition and proposed an altogether new social and political reality. The values of that group continue to influence the mission of the Lodz Biennale.