Spring 2016

Jan Karski, Humanity’s Hero, a Soldier of an Allied Army
2016 Vol. 8 No. 2 - Spring / Features

Jan Karski, Humanity’s Hero, a Soldier of an Allied Army

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.

Hurrah Revolutionaries: The Polish Canadian Communist Movement
2016 Vol. 8 No. 2 - Spring / Books

Hurrah Revolutionaries: The Polish Canadian Communist Movement

Uncovering a Polish communist movement in Canada, historian Patryk Polec suggests the radical ideas came from Poland. Reviewer Gabriela Pawlus Kasprzak thinks the Poles were radicalized here. Either way, a surprising, interesting read.

Black Ribbon Day
2016 Vol. 8 No. 2 - Spring / Books

Black Ribbon Day

Why are Stalin’s alliance with Hitler and his genocidal policies overlooked, even denied? Reviewing Black Ribbon Day, Michał Kasprzak suggests “the nightmarish partnership of tyrannies” needs more attention.

Window to Freedom: A Journey of Survival
2016 Vol. 8 No. 2 - Spring / Books

Window to Freedom: A Journey of Survival

It took Poland fifty years to regain its freedom. For many Poles it took even longer to liberate their memories. Marian Wiacek recorded his for his grandchildren.

Karski and the Lords of Humanity
2016 Vol. 8 No. 2 - Spring / Films

Karski and the Lords of Humanity

“Tell your people that they have a friend in the White House.” But the genocide continued, and in the end the friend gave Karski’s country to Stalin.

Poland’s Democracy
2016 Vol. 8 No. 2 - Spring / Commentary

Poland’s Democracy

Wanda Koscia’s documentary about the uprising, The Battle for Warsaw, was about a fight for freedom and democracy. The filmmaker now casts a worried eye at Poland’s democracy.

Childhood Denied
2016 Vol. 8 No. 2 - Spring / Films

Childhood Denied

Myra Dziama’s gentle film is mostly about childhood restored, with love and understanding. And the “custody battle” launched in the UN by Moscow’s Poland for the children who chose Canada.

Bulletin Board Spring 2016
2016 Vol. 8 No. 2 - Spring / Bulletin Board

Bulletin Board Spring 2016

CR recommends POLcast… for conversations with interesting people And we love the logo… by Michalina Paczynska           A metaphor for the EU? Here are a few. Joanna Bagniewska suggests a millipede and her argument for it is irresistible.     Wonderful photo story in Gazeta Wyborcza showing […]

Welcome to Winter 2016!
2016 Vol. 8 No. 1 - Winter

Welcome to Winter 2016!

Welcome to Winter at CR, wherever you are. Chicago, Warsaw, California or on a dramatic journey across several continents. And maybe a bit of time travel — the 17th, the 20th and the 21st centuries.

Generals Sikorski & Anders in Iran, 31 km to Tehran, 4371 to Warsaw
2016 Vol. 8 No. 1 - Winter / Books

Trail of Hope: The Anders Army, an Odyssey Across Three Continents

This is a war story that unites the fate of soldiers and civilians. Thank you, Norman Davies, for gathering the memoirs, the photographs, and the historian’s details, and telling the story with such élan. Now where’s the young historian who will break new ground and write a scholarly work on this neglected subject?

The Warsaw Uprising: A Noncombatant Survivor’s Memoir
2016 Vol. 8 No. 1 - Winter / Books

The Warsaw Uprising: A Noncombatant Survivor’s Memoir

Miron Białoszewski’s memoir of the 63 days of terror endured by civilians during the Warsaw Uprising is a difficult but essential book. Kudos to NYRB for this new edition, translated by Madeline G. Levine.

Buchenwald
2016 Vol. 8 No. 1 - Winter / Poetry

Echoes of Tattered Tongues

John Guzlowski’s memoir in prose and poetry is a son’s beautiful, sometimes heartbreaking, always moving tribute to parents for whom the war never ended.

Remembrance, Commemoration, Education, and Celebrating Life
2016 Vol. 8 No. 1 - Winter / Books

Remembrance, Commemoration, Education, and Celebrating Life

The Canadian segment of the March of the Living and the March of Remembrance and Hope, under the direction of Eli Rubenstein, commemorates, educates and celebrates life with love and respect for all people in our troubled world.