Features

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.

How I Got Here: A boy’s journey from Poland to the land of the Rockies, the Mounties, Nelson Eddy and Jeannette MacDonald*
2013 Vol. 5 No. 3 / Features

How I Got Here: A boy’s journey from Poland to the land of the Rockies, the Mounties, Nelson Eddy and Jeannette MacDonald*

When Andrzej Derkowski arrived in Halifax in 1949 he had hoped to exchange his pith helmet for a cowboy hat. Canada had other plans for him. A marvelous tale, well told.

Polish California: From Pioneers to Silicon Valley
2013 Vol. 5 No. 3 / Features

Polish California: From Pioneers to Silicon Valley

Meet the “Polanders” of California who celebrated their 150th anniversary.

Salvaged Ruins, History, and Monika Zofia Pauli’s Environmentally Conscious Architecture
2013 Vol. 5 No. 3 / Features

Salvaged Ruins, History, and Monika Zofia Pauli’s Environmentally Conscious Architecture

Not only wars, argues Monika Zofia Pauli, but reckless human actions can destroy our historical environment.

She favors preservation rather than demolition: “…because the greenest building is one that is already built.”

The flavours of Paul Kunigis
2013 Vol. 5 No. 3 / Features

Blending in, tasting harmony: a journey into Paul Kunigis’s kitchen and soul

Musician, poet, writer and chef, all of it in Polish, Hebrew, Arabic, German, French and English.

The Story of Two Photographs
2013 Vol. 5 No. 3 / Features

The Story of Two Photographs

Stoicism, determination, and a sense of humour: that’s all a young immigrant needs.

The Tosspot and the Diva
2013 Vol. 5 No. 3 / Features

The Tosspot and the Diva

Henryk Sienkiewicz gave us Zagłoba, the hard drinking patriot noted for his girth – and mirth, but who knew that Sienkiewicz had found him in America?

Aladdin, Drohiczyn and Me
2013 Vol. 5 No. 3 / Features

Aladdin, Drohiczyn and Me

As she walks in the pathways of preceding generations and breathes in the fresh air of Drohiczyn, Susanne Wladysiuk celebrates family and recalls what Jasmine said to Aladdin: “People like you don’t come out of thin air.”

Wanda Dynowska / Umadevi: A Polish Guide to Indian Culture
2013 Vol. 5 No. 2 / Features

Wanda Dynowska / Umadevi: A Polish Guide to Indian Culture

Already surprised by a land of unimagined wonders, they now beheld a serene, sari-clad woman who spoke Polish and cared deeply about both her countries.

The Cabaret Star and the Orphans: From Warsaw to India
2013 Vol. 5 No. 2 / Features

The Cabaret Star and the Orphans: From Warsaw to India

Lithe, blonde, willowy and a free spirit, prewar cabaret star Hanka Ordonowna was to become a wartime rescuer of children and a sensitive chronicler of their harrowing story.

Elegant Prewar Poland, Evoked by New Fonts from Graphic Artist Brendan Ciecko
2013 Vol. 5 No. 1 / Features

Elegant Prewar Poland, Evoked by New Fonts from Graphic Artist Brendan Ciecko

During his brief stays in Warsaw and Kraków, American artist Brendan Ciecko came across interwar Polish typography – and that led him to discover the elegance and beauty of pre-WWII Poland. We can hardly wait for him to make these typefaces available to us.

Bill Johnston: Translator Extraordinaire
2013 Vol. 5 No. 1 / Features

Bill Johnston: Translator Extraordinaire

“Bill Johnston… was from another world. When many of us were dreaming about leaving Poland, here he was, settling right in!” – So recalls Tamara Trojanowska of her early encounter with an English teacher who mastered the Polish language.

Reculturing Designs
2013 Vol. 5 No. 1 / Features

Reculturing Designs

Designer Oleńka Lisiecka blends old time folk and city chic to great effect. Original and fun. Justine Jablonska casts a fashion eye on Lisiecka’s enterprise.

Cabaret Liberation
2013 Vol. 5 No. 1 / Features / Music

Cabaret Liberation

Getting the vote is all well and good. But what if women want more than that? Beth Holmgren looks at Poland’s interwar cabaret culture.

Created by Stalin, Embraced by Emigrants? Mazowsze, Śląsk and the Polish Folk Dance Movement in America
2013 Vol. 5 No. 1 / Features

Created by Stalin, Embraced by Emigrants? Mazowsze, Śląsk and the Polish Folk Dance Movement in America

Mazowsze is arguably the most beautiful folk dance troupe in the world. Maja Trochimczyk poses the question: Does authenticity matter?