Observations

Observations
The Holidays are approaching, and this week we have an item on the American Polish Assistance association (page 8) which is looking for help to fulfill its goals for Christmas deliveries to Poland. As the article notes, there is a substantial lead time to be considered when shipping donated items to Poland. Contact information is contained in the article, so if you want to help out, get in touch with Mike Ostrowski and the APAA, and don’t forget their gift shop for your Holiday shopping.
Instead of his usual provocative column, this issue we have not one, but two provocative interviews by Thomas Mikulski. On page 4-5 Thomas interviews former Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski during his recent visit to Ann Arbor. On page 7, Mikulski interviews Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author Alex Storozynski, who recently published his book, “The Peasant Prince – Thaddeus Kosciuszko and the Era of Revolution.”
The Kwasniewski interview makes for some thought provoking reading. I was struck by Kwasniewski’s comparison of the current situation in Afghanistan and Iraq to the Viet Nam war. Also, when questioned regarding the Obama administration’s change of plans for the controversial Missile defense system, Kwasniewski exhibited a very pragmatic approach. He notes that it remains to be seen what will develop from the Russian side, and he has his views of the prospects for developments in international politics. Mikulski’s interview was well designed to bring out some very interesting views, and I hope you will enjoy it.
The Storozynski interview was equally interesting for different reasons. I was pleased to note his remarks that it was time for Poles to tell their own stories and not leave the telling to others. Particularly, he mentioned that we need to produce our own films and art in addition to writing books and articles. Popular films are a media that we should put to a far greater use in order to educate mainstream society to the history and contributions of Poles and Polish Americans.

The Holidays are approaching, and this week we have an item on the American Polish Assistance Association (page 8 ) which is looking for help to fulfill its goals for Christmas deliveries to Poland. As the article notes, there is a substantial lead time to be considered when shipping donated items to Poland. Contact information is contained in the article, so if you want to help out, get in touch with Mike Ostrowski and the APAA, and don’t forget their gift shop for your Holiday shopping.

Instead of his usual provocative column, this issue we have not one, but two provocative interviews by Thomas Mikulski. On page 4-5 Thomas interviews former Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski during his recent visit to Ann Arbor. On page 7, Mikulski interviews Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author Alex Storozynski, who recently published his book, “The Peasant Prince – Thaddeus Kosciuszko and the Era of Revolution.”

The Kwasniewski interview makes for some thought provoking reading. I was struck by Kwasniewski’s comparison of the current situation in Afghanistan and Iraq to the Viet Nam war. Also, when questioned regarding the Obama administration’s change of plans for the controversial Missile defense system, Kwasniewski exhibited a very pragmatic approach. He notes that it remains to be seen what will develop from the Russian side, and he has his views of the prospects for developments in international politics. Mikulski’s interview was well designed to bring out some very interesting views, and I hope you will enjoy it.

The Storozynski interview was equally interesting for different reasons. I was pleased to note his remarks that it was time for Poles to tell their own stories and not leave the telling to others. Particularly, he mentioned that we need to produce our own films and art in addition to writing books and articles. Popular films are a media that we should put to a far greater use in order to educate mainstream society to the history and contributions of Poles and Polish Americans.

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