'Ida' Is a New Masterpiece of Polish Cinema
May 02, 2014
Ida is one of the very best Polish films of all time.
NATO Is In No Position to Protect Eastern Europe From Russia
March 11, 2014
They have neither the troops, nor the money.
Despite the historic antagonism between Poland and Ukraine—or perhaps in part because of it—no one in Europe cares more about Ukraine now than the Poles.
From the Stacks: "Unsentimental Journey"
July 24, 2013
On the 44th anniversary of Witold Gombrowicz's death, Polish writer Jaroslaw Anders's review of Gombrowicz's Trans-Atlantyk.
When Evil Was a Social System
July 13, 2013
Anne Applebaum and Marci Shore have shown that there is much to know about communism in this century that was not obvious to everyone. Both regard Soviet communism as more intertwined with the history of Nazism than most historians did before the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Poland in the Darkness of World War II
December 20, 2012
The Eagle Unbowed: Poland and the Poles in the Second World War By Halik Kochanski (Harvard University Press, 734 pp., $35) The Auschwitz Volunteer: Beyond Bravery By Witold Pilecki translated by Jarek Garliński (Aquila Polonica, 460 pp., $34.95) ONCE, THE Allied history of the Second World War—the Anglo-American history of the Second World War, the Victors’ history of the Second World War—was the only one we thought mattered.
Lech Walesa, Republican Surrogate
October 29, 2012
Mitt Romney used a meeting with Lech Walesa as a foreign policy talking point, but the two don't quite agree.
Jews, Swedes, and the Shoah, and other films
October 19, 2012
Reviewing new French, Swedish, and Swiss films.
August 02, 2012
Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937–1948 By Madeleine Albright with Bill Woodward (Harper Collins, 467 pp., $29.99) MADELEINE ALBRIGHT, née Korbel, is the first woman and the second foreign-born person to have attained to the highest-ranking Cabinet position in the American government, that of secretary of state. She is also the first East European to have served in any Cabinet position.
The Real Reason Romney Wants To Talk About Israel and ‘Culture’
August 01, 2012
All it had to be was one more slip-up; one more gaffe with which Mitt Romney could have further flooded the gaffe market, further devaluing all the others. That would be the logical plan, and it seemed to be the one his campaign was following after it was reported that Romney had attributed the massive difference between Israelis’ and Palestinians’ per capita GDP to “culture” (and “the hand of providence”) while speaking to Jewish donors in Jerusalem Monday morning.