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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.

The Kingdom of Insignificance: Miron Białoszewski and the Quotidian, the Queer, and the Traumatic
2015 Vol. 7 No. 3 — Fall / Books

The Kingdom of Insignificance: Miron Białoszewski and the Quotidian, the Queer, and the Traumatic

Białoszewski’s works subtly point to the alternative, marginalized, oftentimes unvoiced micro-narratives … showing readers different modes of knowledge and new ways of seeing history and identity. Diana Sacilowski reviews Joanna Niżyńska’s new book.

Taking Liberties: Gender, Transgressive Patriotism, and Polish Drama, 1786-1989
2015 Vol. 7 No. 3 — Fall / Books

Taking Liberties: Gender, Transgressive Patriotism, and Polish Drama, 1786-1989

In Taking Liberties, Halina Filipowicz examines the portrayals of patriotism and identity of iconic heroes, from Kosciuszko to Plater and Wałęsa, in Polish drama from the 1600s to the present. Highly original, acutely observed study of loyalty and honor manipulated by triumphalism and xenophobia. Reviewed by Diana Sacilowski.

Emancipated Women
2015 Vol. 7 No. 3 — Fall / Books

Emancipated Women

Poland’s 19th century novelist, Bolesław Prus, not only championed the emancipation of women but – thoroughly modern man that he was – identified the problem beyond manners and mores. It’s the economy, ladies! He was a pretty good storyteller too. Stephanie Kraft translates, Irene Tomaszewski reviews.

Bulletin Board Fall 2015
2015 Vol. 7 No. 3 — Fall / Bulletin Board

Bulletin Board Fall 2015

The Africa-EU Partnership; “The Zookeeper’s Wife” home now a museum; two events on Miron Białoszewski in New York; and a concert at the Assembly Hall of Palais des Nations in Geneva in tribute to Polish pianist Artur Rubinstein.

Chicago's bridges in the summertime
PHOTO: Tripp via Flickr  + Wikimedia Commons
2015 Vol. 7 No. 2 — Summer

Welcome to Summer 2015!

Welcome to summer at CR. This issue we visit some great cities, just long enough to catch some theatre – that urban art form – and talk to an award-winning filmmaker; see an exhibit. Then wrap it up at the New York Casino, the pub that has no gambling tables but a lot of food and drink… in the heart of 19th-century San Francisco.

Marek Hłasko: Killing The Second Dog
2015 Vol. 7 No. 2 — Summer / Books

Marek Hłasko: Killing The Second Dog

All the elements of seasonal hedonism are here – Sea, Sun and Sex – but so are cruelty, indifference and memory, all playing havoc with people’s dreams and hearts. It’s love and death in Tel Aviv.

Monique Stalens: A Life Steeped in Polish Theater
2015 Vol. 7 No. 2 — Summer

Monique Stalens: A Life Steeped in Polish Theater

In 2010, the International Theatre Institute gave Monique Stalens the Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz Award. How fitting, because it was Witkacy (Witkiewicz) who spoke of theatre as a strange dream, unfathomable, unlike anything else in the world. Such was Stalens’ life.

Jill Godmilow: “Wow, We Did That?!”
2015 Vol. 7 No. 2 — Summer / Films

Jill Godmilow: “Wow, We Did That?!”

“Wow, we did that?!” Yes, dear children, listen to Jill Godmilow and learn what your brave and smart elders once did, nothing less than “the greatest revolution in the world.”

Exhibit: From War to Victory, 1939-1989
2015 Vol. 7 No. 2 — Summer / Interviews

Exhibit: From War to Victory, 1939-1989

“When enemies agree to sit at the table, push away anger and desire for revenge, they find a way to compromise,” IPN historian Przemysław Gasztold-Seń tells Bobbie Traut. Democracy is always a work in progress, and Gasztold-Seń remains optimistic.

Bulletin Board Summer 2015
2015 Vol. 7 No. 2 — Summer / Bulletin Board

Bulletin Board Summer 2015

A 3D map of the Tatra mountains wows; Krzysztof Kieslowski’s “Decalogue” to get an American remake; Aquila Polonica’s “Color of Courage” wins awards; and variant spellings are suddenly everywhere – including here.