Summer 2015

Welcome to our Spring 2015 issue!
2015 Vol. 7 No. 1 — Spring

Welcome to our Spring 2015 issue!

Join the conversation about the quiet little film that took the noise capital of the world by storm, and about a startling opera that was long suppressed. Check out Silicon Valley and then gaze in awe at the sight of Poland’s little koniks, the descendants of the ancient Tarpans, as they are once again released into the wild. As always, cosmoPoles are everywhere (even the horses!), with great stories everywhere.

Mieczysław Weinberg’s Opera The Passenger: On Memory and Forgetting
2015 Vol. 7 No. 1 — Spring / Music

Mieczysław Weinberg’s Opera The Passenger: On Memory and Forgetting

Mieczysław Weinberg’s opera, The Passenger, is not only a complicated work of art, but a complicated work of historical trauma. Magda Romanska reviews the work with a brilliant survey that covers the opera, the history, the novel by Zofia Posmysz, the film by Andrzej Munk, and the responses to the production.

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
Features

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.

Hollywood Place Conversations: All About Ida
2015 Vol. 7 No. 1 — Spring / Films

Hollywood Place Conversations: All About Ida

It’s a black-and-white film about a Polish Catholic nun that America didn’t ridicule but fell in love with. Agnieszka Niezgoda asks three members of the Academy, “Why?”

Tarpan: Repainting an Ancient Picture
Films

Tarpan: Repainting an Ancient Picture

The ancient breed of horses, the Tarpans, were extinct but Polish scientists bred an almost perfect descendent, and called it konik. Today, the koniks have been reintroduced into the wild by an international team of scientists, documentary makers Jen Miller and Sophie Peregrum filmed them, and Justine Jablonska has the story.

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.

A World Apart
2015 Vol. 7 No. 1 — Spring / Books

A World Apart

Gustav Herling-Grudziński, Inmate No. 1872, wrote his powerful indictment of the Soviet system of penal camps, the GULAG, not as a description of nations at war, but as a conflict between barbarism and civilization. First published in 1951, this book was quietly but intentionally suppressed for decades.

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.

Poland: The First Thousand Years
2015 Vol. 7 No. 1 — Spring / Books

Poland: The First Thousand Years

Patrice Dabrowski’s new history, written with her usual elegant style, refers to Poland with the pronoun “she” – but the Soviet-imposed regime as “it,” notes Nathan Wood, perhaps with a touch of disapproval. Now there’s a great discussion starter.