Features

How the Cabaret Went to War
2014 Vol. 6 No. 3 / Features / Music

How the Cabaret Went to War

When Beth Holmgren writes about Poland’s interwar cabaret, you can almost hear the champagne corks flying. This time, the cabaret goes to war. Isn’t that when you need it most?

2014: The Year of Anniversaries
2014 Vol. 6 No. 3 / Features

2014: The Year of Anniversaries

It’s a big year for commemorations in Poland this year. We illuminate them with a photo essay, focusing mainly on the people behind the anniversary.

When Rhinos Roamed the Polish Prairie: The Exotic Homeland of Poles in Africa
2014 Vol. 6 No. 3 / Features

When Rhinos Roamed the Polish Prairie: The Exotic Homeland of Poles in Africa

The world’s largest crocodiles cooled off in nearby water, and hippos and baboons helped themselves to lunch. But it was entertaining. And Irene Tomaszewski was there.

Once Upon a Time in Africa…
2014 Vol. 6 No. 3 / Features / Travel

Once Upon a Time in Africa…

Former students from some of the worlds’ most exclusive schools, they came from all over the world to attend the 25th reunion in Wroclaw. And oh, they sure know how to have fun!

NEON
2014 Vol. 6 No. 3 / Features / Films

NEON

The Neon signs of the communist era were works of art, even though the product was never in stock. Eric Bednarski celebrates the art and the artists.

A Warsaw Star in Tel Aviv: Fryderyk Járosy at “Li-La-Lo,” 1947-1948
2014 Vol. 6 No. 2 / Features

A Warsaw Star in Tel Aviv: Fryderyk Járosy at “Li-La-Lo,” 1947-1948

Want an evening at a Polish cabaret? Go with Beth Holmgren. She knows everybody who is anybody – both in Warsaw and Tel Aviv – and will introduce you. Try the “Li-La-Lo” with that charming Hungarian Pole, Fryderyk Járosy, and beautiful Yemenite singer Shoshana Damari.

The Korwin Letters: Send Books!
2014 Vol. 6 No. 2 / Features

The Korwin Letters: Send Books!

That Falstaffian model for Sienkiewicz’s Zagłoba – patriot, soldier, miner, merchant, California’s Commissioner of Immigration and, according to Miłosz, a liar, braggart and drunkard (a remarkable CV) – left a colorful unpublished epistolary record at the Jagiellonian library. Discovered by Maureen Mroczek Morris with Lynn Ludlow and Roman Włodek, here they are.

(Don’t) CALL It Frisco
Features

(Don’t) CALL It Frisco

San Francisco prides itself on its counter-culture culture but few of its citizens know that they caved in to verbal gentrification when its bourgeoisie banned “Frisco.” Stuffed shirts be damned, say Lynn Ludlow and Maureen Mroczek Morris (aka LL & MMM). Bring back “the jolly synonym for the non-Victorian pleasures of the Barbary Coast.”

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.”