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Jan Karski
2016 Vol. 8 No. 2—Spring / Features

Jan Karski, Humanity’s Hero, a Soldier of an Allied Army

A special event in San Francisco honoured Jan Karski, and veterans of two allied countries, Poland and the United States. A great thing to do, especially together.

Hurrah Revolutionaries: The Polish Canadian Communist Movement
2016 Vol. 8 No. 2—Spring / Books

Hurrah Revolutionaries: The Polish Canadian Communist Movement

Uncovering a Polish communist movement in Canada, historian Patryk Polec suggests the radical ideas came from Poland. Reviewer Gabriela Pawlus Kasprzak thinks the Poles were radicalized here. Either way, a surprising, interesting read.

Black Ribbon Day
2016 Vol. 8 No. 2—Spring / Books

Black Ribbon Day

Why are Stalin’s alliance with Hitler and his genocidal policies overlooked, even denied? Reviewing Black Ribbon Day, Michał Kasprzak suggests “the nightmarish partnership of tyrannies” needs more attention.

Window to Freedom: A Journey of Survival
2016 Vol. 8 No. 2—Spring / Books

Window to Freedom: A Journey of Survival

It took Poland fifty years to regain its freedom. For many Poles it took even longer to liberate their memories. Marian Wiacek recorded his for his grandchildren.

Young Karski at the start of his diplomatic career
2016 Vol. 8 No. 2—Spring / Films

Karski and the Lords of Humanity

“Tell your people that they have a friend in the White House.” But the genocide continued, and in the end the friend gave Karski’s country to Stalin.

Poland’s Democracy
2016 Vol. 8 No. 2—Spring / Commentary

Poland’s Democracy

Wanda Koscia’s documentary about the uprising, The Battle for Warsaw, was about a fight for freedom and democracy. The filmmaker now casts a worried eye at Poland’s democracy.

Childhood Denied
2016 Vol. 8 No. 2—Spring / Films

Childhood Denied

Myra Dziama’s gentle film is mostly about childhood restored, with love and understanding. And the “custody battle” launched in the UN by Moscow’s Poland for the children who chose Canada.

Bulletin Board Spring 2016
2016 Vol. 8 No. 2—Spring / Bulletin Board

Bulletin Board Spring 2016

CR recommends POLcast… for conversations with interesting people And we love the logo… by Michalina Paczynska           A metaphor for the EU? Here are a few. Joanna Bagniewska suggests a millipede and her argument for it is irresistible.     Wonderful photo story in Gazeta Wyborcza showing […]

PHOTO: Nevilley
2015 Vol. 7 No. 3 — Fall

Welcome to Fall 2015!

Welcome to autumn at Cosmopolitan Review! Our trumpets announce a long awaited film about Kościuszko; we review the highs and lows of a difficult era; and take a look at books old and new.

Potsdam and Poland
2015 Vol. 7 No. 3 — Fall / Commentary

Potsdam and Poland

Loss of territory, no reparations from Germany, a dictatorship imposed from abroad, and no safe return for Polish veterans and wartime exiles. In Washington, London and Moscow power and duplicity ruled; honor and integrity collapsed. M.B.B. Biskupski comments.

Poland As An Ally: WWII Photo Essay
2015 Vol. 7 No. 3 — Fall / Features

Poland As An Ally: WWII Photo Essay

From Norway to Africa, from Russia to the Atlantic, in the air and on the sea, the Polish forces were there for their allies. Justine Jablonska pays tribute to the bravest and most loyal men and women of WWII.

Kościuszko: A Man Ahead of His Time
2015 Vol. 7 No. 3 — Fall / Films

Kościuszko: A Man Ahead of His Time

There are more statues of Kościuszko in the United States than any other historical figure except George Washington. When Kościuszko talked about freedom, he meant it. So why don’t Americans know who he is? This documentary is a must for a national broadcast. PBS, take note.

The Ethnic and Religious Diversity of the Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth: Still Relevant Today?
2015 Vol. 7 No. 3 — Fall / Books

The Ethnic and Religious Diversity of the Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth: Still Relevant Today?

Ethnic and religious diversity are now hot topics, something never tried before. Really? The Commonwealth warrants new attention. Thaddeus Gromada provides an introduction.