Category Archives: Poland

West’s Rebellions May Spark Instability and Endanger Democracies

The rise of Donald Trump in the US, the Brexit vote in the UK,  and increasing anti-EU sentiment in Europe might be explained by the following: The political base of the world’s most reactionary forces appear to be blue-collar workers, … Continue reading

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‘Boy in the Striped Pajamas’

This movie, available on Netflix, is very moving. During World War II, 8-year-old Bruno (Asa Butterfield) and his family leave Berlin to take up residence near the concentration camp where his father (David Thewlis) has just become commandant. Unhappy and … Continue reading

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Eastern Europeans Nervous About Putin and Trump

One of the great success stories of the late 20th and early 21st century was the destruction of the Iron Curtain, liberation of the former Eastern Bloc or Warsaw Pact countries from Soviet tyranny, their embrace of free markets, and, with … Continue reading

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After Visiting Auschwitz, Can Life Be The Same?

“Work Will Set You Free” is the greeting in German (“Arbeit macht frei“) as you enter the Auschwitz concentration camp, about an hour’s drive from Krakow, Poland.  The most shocking thing I learned from a tour of Auschwitz was how … Continue reading

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Charming Krakow

Forgot my manners in Krakow, Poland tonight. “Waiter, behind the Pol, can I have the Czech?” I said. 27 Jan Stovall, Ann Buie Loomis and 25 others Comments Dan Fesperman Must have been quite Hungary before that meal. Unlike · Reply … Continue reading

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Poland Is Known for…?

Off the top of my head, what comes to mind when I think of Poland is…the piano music of Frederick Chopin, Pope John Paul, devoutly Catholic, Auschwitz, Jewish Ghetto of Warsaw, multiple invasions and occupations, most recently by the Nazis … Continue reading

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