When two Polish Canadians visit their grandparents’ childhood homeland in Africa they meet others on the same quest. “We immediately celebrate!” writes Amanda Chalupa. We ‘get’ each other.”
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.
Only Beth Holmgren can distill a history of an archive, an ethnic neighborhood, Poland and its not-so-faithful allies, and the Polish diaspora including pro bono architects, a credit union, and great food with so much information, affection and élan. And “sto lat” to the Institute’s director, Dr. Iwona Korga.
In a 1988 newscast, Stephanie Kraft heard the hejnał played from the tower of the Mariacki Church and learned that Poles had been doing so all through the communist era. Intrigued by these determined and stubborn people, she chose Poland as her destination for a journalist junket. She has returned every year since.
Traveling back in time again to 19th Century California where those expert tour guides, Lynn Ludlow and Maureen Mroczek Morris, take us to San Francisco’s lively gathering spot, the New York Casino. Owned by General Kris, the handsomest general in the Union Army, the Casino is known for its convivial spirit along with a steady flow of spirits. A regular patron is Rudolf Korwin Piotrowski who likes nothing more than philosophical discussions about the true nature of “Polishness” between visits to the generous – and free – offerings at the General’s table.
Hard to trace the first encounter between Frederique Michel and Jan Kott, but their meeting and collaboration at City Garage eventually led to Polish Theatre Month in Los Angeles. Maria Pilatowicz tells the story.
Where would you meet Studs Terkel, Zadie Smith and Małgorzata Pospiech; see John Cusack’s adaptation of “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” as well as Theatre Banialuka’s “Opowieść o chłopcu i wietrze;” in fact a non-stop stream of eclectic, daring, stimulating events? Megan Geigner leads the way to Chicago’s fabulous Chopin Theatre.
They received gifts of dates, nuts, roasted peas with raisins, and juicy pomegranates; visited museums, mosques and bazaars; and were always greeted with kindness. All this in what has often been called the most beautiful city in the world.
It is important to understand the welcome practices of host countries and their treatment of child refugees, and the long-term well-being and adaptation of both the children and their host countries. Amanda Chalupa takes a look at what is possibly the gold standard, set by the people of New Zealand.
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.