Spring 2016

The Polish Underground and the Jews, 1939-1945
2016 Vol. 8 No. 1 - Winter / Books

The Polish Underground and the Jews, 1939-1945

Joshua Zimmerman’s groundbreaking book carries out “two fundamental tasks of the historian: restoring the buried sense of historical contingency and recognizing the human proportion of experiences still painfully fresh.” Tom Frydel reviews.

The Politics of Morality: The Church, the State, and Reproductive Rights in Postsocialist Poland
2016 Vol. 8 No. 1 - Winter / Books

The Politics of Morality: The Church, the State, and Reproductive Rights in Postsocialist Poland

For a fast forward to the 21st century, Joanna Mishtal’s aptly titled “The Politics of Morality” weighs in on contemporary issues seemingly just as contentious in Poland as in America. Jodi Greig reviews.

Three films at the EUFF
2016 Vol. 8 No. 1 - Winter / Films

Three films at the EUFF

Poland’s “Bogowie” is a very exciting cardiology story. Really! Finland/Estonia’s “The Fencer” is about the graceful – but oh, so bourgeois – art of fencing. And a quirky doc about Shakespeare.

Bulletin Board Winter 2016
2016 Vol. 8 No. 1 - Winter / Bulletin Board

Bulletin Board Winter 2016

Even if you don’t read Polish, check out this inspiring story in our new partner’s newspaper, GAZETA. The pictures and video will leave you in awe. More…

PHOTO: Nevilley
2015 Vol. 7 No. 3 — Fall

Welcome to Fall 2015!

Welcome to autumn at Cosmopolitan Review! Our trumpets announce a long awaited film about Kościuszko; we review the highs and lows of a difficult era; and take a look at books old and new.

Potsdam and Poland
2015 Vol. 7 No. 3 — Fall / Commentary

Potsdam and Poland

Loss of territory, no reparations from Germany, a dictatorship imposed from abroad, and no safe return for Polish veterans and wartime exiles. In Washington, London and Moscow power and duplicity ruled; honor and integrity collapsed. M.B.B. Biskupski comments.

Poland As An Ally: WWII Photo Essay
2015 Vol. 7 No. 3 — Fall / Features

Poland As An Ally: WWII Photo Essay

From Norway to Africa, from Russia to the Atlantic, in the air and on the sea, the Polish forces were there for their allies. Justine Jablonska pays tribute to the bravest and most loyal men and women of WWII.

Kościuszko: A Man Ahead of His Time
2015 Vol. 7 No. 3 — Fall / Films

Kościuszko: A Man Ahead of His Time

There are more statues of Kościuszko in the United States than any other historical figure except George Washington. When Kościuszko talked about freedom, he meant it. So why don’t Americans know who he is? This documentary is a must for a national broadcast. PBS, take note.

The Ethnic and Religious Diversity of the Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth: Still Relevant Today?
2015 Vol. 7 No. 3 — Fall / Books

The Ethnic and Religious Diversity of the Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth: Still Relevant Today?

Ethnic and religious diversity are now hot topics, something never tried before. Really? The Commonwealth warrants new attention. Thaddeus Gromada provides an introduction.

Poland and the United Nations
2015 Vol. 7 No. 3 — Fall / Features

Poland and the United Nations

Poland, a signatory of the Declaration of the United Nations in 1942, was excluded from the inaugural conference held in San Francisco in 1945. Piotr Długołęcki traces the diplomatic maneuvers that betrayed a faithful ally.

The Piłsudski Institute Crosses the East River
2015 Vol. 7 No. 3 — Fall / Features

The Piłsudski Institute Crosses the East River

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.

On the Eve of Freedom
2015 Vol. 7 No. 3 — Fall / Features

On the Eve of Freedom

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.

Chatting with B.E. Andre, “With Blood and Scars” Author
2015 Vol. 7 No. 3 — Fall / Books / Interviews

Chatting with B.E. Andre, “With Blood and Scars” Author

Justine Jablonska talks to British journalist Bożena Andre about Andre’s new novel, With Blood and Scars, in which Andre takes on that very difficult challenge: combining the personal and the historical in one story. Not easy, when for so long the world refused to acknowledge the historical.