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Isfahan, the City of Polish Children
2015 Vol. 7 No. 1 — Spring / Features

Isfahan, the City of Polish Children

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.

Silicon Valley
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Silicon Valley

Eavesdropping at a Palo Alto Café, you overhear common terms like “start-up” and “prototype” and “later-stage accelerator,” but all this is just plain shoptalk. There are, however, no specific terms to define the magic of Silicon Valley itself.

New Zealand: The Warmest of Welcomes
2015 Vol. 7 No. 1 — Spring / Features

New Zealand: The Warmest of Welcomes

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.

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.

Helena Modjeska Art and Culture Club of Los Angeles: 43 Years of Business as Usual
2015 Vol. 7 No. 1 — Spring / Features

Helena Modjeska Art and Culture Club of Los Angeles: 43 Years of Business as Usual

“There are too many of us for a round of bridge, but not enough to start an insurrection,” complained Leonidas Dudarew Ossetynski. The year was 1971 and from his initiative, a group of about 25 recent Polish émigrés were meeting every few weeks in private homes and apartments. They were […]

The Indomitable Spirit of Halina Babinska: A Very Special Coming of Age Story
2015 Vol. 7 No. 1 — Spring / Features

The Indomitable Spirit of Halina Babinska: A Very Special Coming of Age Story

Beautiful, wise, accomplished, serene and very strong, Halina Babinska is as admired as she is modest. She credits the sensitive care she got in the Polish orphanage after World War II for her recovery to a normal and useful life.

How the Cabaret Went to War
2014 Vol. 6 No. 3 — Fall-Winter / 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 — Fall-Winter / 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 — Fall-Winter / 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 — Fall-Winter / 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 — Fall-Winter / 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.

Hollywood.PL: Beyond the Dream: Personal Roads to the Silver Screen
2014 Vol. 6 No. 2 — Summer / Features / Films

Hollywood.PL: Beyond the Dream: Personal Roads to the Silver Screen

Talented, gutsy and successful – and each one with a story that rates a movie of its own. This is a book you won’t be able to put down.

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

PHOTO: Lara Szypszak
Features / Travel

One Summer as a Gallery Girl in Warsaw

Lara Szypszak, who got to know Lublin by studying there, got to know Warsaw by working there, at the Zachęta National Gallery of Art where the staff adopted her and introduced her to their extended family of galleries, performers and offbeat places to eat, party, or just sit around and talk.

The Korwin Letters: Send Books!
2014 Vol. 6 No. 2 — Summer / 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
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(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 — Winter-Spring / 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.