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!
Poland’s magnificent non-violent revolution altered the course of history. Justice demands that this history be not forgotten.
Stories are like literary genetics, essential to one’s identity. But how does a storyteller rise above competing voices, break through non-stop background noise, and seduce an audience? Justine Jablonska looks at the issues and offers some possibilities.
…there’s a symmetry between the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and the French-English multicultural country I’ve grown up in… and it seems fitting that Polish and Canadian troops often fought side by side in WWII. That’s a good place to start rebuilding a sense of who I am, says Andrew Borkowski.
It’s easy to say which nation has the fastest trains (France) or the largest number of prime ministers who’ve probably been eaten by sharks (Australia), but it’s impossible to know which country has the best writers, let alone the best poets. Even so, if cash money were on the line, you’d find few critics willing to bet against Poland.
– David Orr,
The New York Times,
July 29, 2007
Isabelle Sokolnicka concurs, and thinks the language may have something to do with it.
In 1918, the noted Polish mathematician, Zygmunt Janiszewski argued that Poland’s existence would continue through the ideas of talented Polish mathematicians. Joseph Pomianowski agrees, noting that Janiszewski’s Fundamenta Mathematicae contributed both to mathematics and to the revival of Polish national culture.
Yes, those WWII death camps really were Germany’s camps, whether in Germany itself or in countries Nazi Germany occupied. If there were a “Teacher of the Year” award, it would certainly go to KF’s president, Alex Storozynski.
Poland, which lies on the Eastern front of NATO and the EU, sometimes finds itself in the middle of East-West political posturing.