Commentary

The Ulma family
2016 Vol. 8 No. 2 - Spring / Commentary

Beyond the Ulmas: The Need for a Social History of Genocide in Occupied Poland

Commemorations hold a special place in national memory; historians have an obligation to protect the emerging social history from being eclipsed. Tom Frydel explains.

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.

1905, A Very Good Year
2016 Vol. 8 No. 1 - Winter / Commentary

1905, A Very Good Year

For anyone who missed the grand party at the Metropolitan Opera on May 2, 1905, here is a report from Lynn Ludlow and Maureen Mroczek Morris, who know everybody who is anybody in Polish California.

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.

February 1940: Exile, Odyssey, Redemption
2015 Vol. 7 No. 1 — Spring / Commentary / Features

February 1940: Exile, Odyssey, Redemption

When the Soviets deported Polish citizens from their zone of occupied Poland, the Poles began a journey that would cover several continents and oceans. Among the most amazing is the saga of the children’s odyssey.

Looking Back, Fondly and Proudly
2014 Vol. 6 No. 3 — Fall-Winter / Commentary

Looking Back, Fondly and Proudly

It’s a year of anniversaries, all of them commemorated not only by the Republic, but Poles everywhere. Andrew Nagorski has had a front row seat observing Poland’s successes, and shares his personal reflections.

The Passion of Krzysztof Kamil Baczyński
2014 Vol. 6 No. 3 — Fall-Winter / Books / Commentary

The Passion of Krzysztof Kamil Baczyński

Compared to Keats, Marcel Proust, and even to “Bob Dylan, William Shakespeare, Pablo Neruda and James Dean rolled into one,” Krzysztof Kamil Baczyński was passionate, erotic, heroic, idealistic and incomparably prolific. His life and his art were one, his death made him legend.

Canada’s First State Visit to Poland: Promoting Business; Remembering a Shared History
2014 Vol. 6 No. 3 — Fall-Winter / Commentary

Canada’s First State Visit to Poland: Promoting Business; Remembering a Shared History

Martin Grzadka is a pragmatic, successful businessman who loves to promote Canada-Poland business. But when he writes about his feelings when the national anthems of his native land and his adopted country were played in the presence of the two countries’ heads of state, well you can almost hear the heartbeats.

When Compromise is a Good Thing
2014 Vol. 6 No. 1 — Winter-Spring / 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.

Green Polish Capital Hosting What Could Still Be a Successful UN Climate Conference
2013 Vol. 5 No. 3 — Fall / Commentary

Green Polish Capital Hosting What Could Still Be a Successful UN Climate Conference

Warsaw, a “green capital”? Indeed, says, Adam Sulkowski, reporting in from the 2013 COP19 Climate Summit in Poland’s vibrant, thriving and – yes, ever greener – capital.

Welcome to CR’s Summer 2013 issue!
2013 Vol. 5 No. 2 — Summer / Commentary

Welcome to CR’s Summer 2013 issue!

Poland is wherever Polish people are… India, the Canadian Rockies, or the Wianki festival in Washington DC.

A Farewell to Poland in the Rockies
2013 Vol. 5 No. 2 — Summer / Commentary

A Farewell to Poland in the Rockies

PitR, as it is affectionately called, leaves many great memories and a far flung network. A toast to Tony Muszynski, who created it: Sto lat!

Cosmopolitan Review is Back!
Commentary

Cosmopolitan Review is Back!

With a fresh and lively look, new writers, lots of reviews and book news, plus great features, CR blends topics light and serious, old and new, all of them focusing – or merely touching upon – something Polish, but not necessarily from a Polish perspective.