A Zionist Multiculturalist for Compromise

Many a scholar strives to expound his thoughts in harmony with modern concerns. Thus,Dariusz Stola depicts an important Jewish nationalist leader and Polish politician as a precursor of the modern-day multiculturalist. Although this approach is perhaps quite valid, the author has fortunately limited such theorizing largely to the conclusion of Hope and Holocaust: Ignacy Schwarzbart…

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The Warsaw Uprising 1944

The story of the Warsaw Uprising of 1944 is grim. Over 200,000 Poles died, most of them civilians. The Polish independentist elite (which was anti-Nazi and anti-Communist) was decimated, in particular its youth who fought and sacrificed in the hopeless endeavor to regain the nation’s independence. The capital was in ruins, methodically blown up block…

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Finding Home, Again . . .

"I returned to the town where I was a childand a teenager and an old man of thirty.The town greeted me indifferentlybut the streets' loudspeakers whispered:don't you see the fire is still burning,don't you hear the flame's roar?Get out.Find another place.Search for it.Search for your true homeland."  So goes the amazing poem by Adam Zagajewski,…

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Poland: An Illustrated History

Did you know that the Magna Carta predated the Act of Cienia (safeguarding laws at the expense of the monarch's power) by thirteen years only? However, Poland's Neminem Captivabimus preceded England's Habeas corpus by over 150 years. Easily accessible nuggets of the Polish past come in handy if one teaches, as I do, Western Civilization…

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Brilliant Minds

When I resolved to write about Polish contributions to the intellectual heritage of humanity, I imagined the skeptics rolling their eyes expecting yet another futile exercise of “The Elephant and the Polish Question” genre. What does one’s origin have to do with one’s creativity? The answer is, well, quite a bit but on many unexpected…

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