Observations

Thanks go out this week to our regular contributor Frank Dmuchowski for his coverage of the address given by Andy Ladak on the theme of the Warsaw uprising. The presentation was all the more significant because the audience was a gathering of veterans of the 101st Airborne Division Association, a group with a special understanding of the challenges and misfortunes of war. As Frank points out, many non-Poles are unaware of this episode of WW II and the betrayal of the Soviets, who refused to give support or relief while the Nazi army slaughtered the Polish fighters.

Frank has also favored us with the next installment of his treatment of the story of the situation in eastern Poland after the Soviet invasion on September 17, 1939. As he says, most Americans don’t have a full sense of the brutality of the Soviets toward minorities, particularly the Poles, during this period. Some of us, including myself until now, didn’t know much about it at all. Thanks for the continuing education, Frank! It was surprising to see the references to the work of Jan T. Gross among the materials the article is based on, but Frank does include a caveat about the biases of that author, who also wrote the inflammatory and misleading “Neighbors,” accusing local poles of a massacre of Jews in the town of Jedwabne during WW II. That work was largely discredited by official and forensic investigations, but remains controversial.

Congratulations are in order for Stanley Grot. Attorney General Bill Schuette has appointed Stan as Constituent Relations Coordinator for the Michigan Department of Attorney General. Stan will be adding this to his long list of public service, and we are proud to have him serve and represent Polonia among the hierarchy of public officials.

We have further coverage of the administrative changes at the Orchard lake Schools in this week’s issue. As I have said before, the changes represent opportunities for all concerned, both outgoing and those who will ultimately or in the interim be replacements. We will be sad to see our good friends move on, but they will still be with us in the form of their legacy, and they will really not be very far away.

I was interested to see that Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk has decided that Poland will not participate in the military action in Libya. Tusk says, however, that he will support humanitarian aid. Would the response be different if Poland were to be included in the U.S. visa waiver program? I wonder…

M.SZ.

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