Archive for October, 2004

Heroes and Criminals – To Survive KZ Sachsenhausen

Friday, October 1st, 2004

In the late nineties during a yacht journey through the Canadian lakes, I met a tall and slim elderly sailor, Professor Jerzy Pindera.  His springy military walk revealed a man full of energy, a man always in search of action and challenge.  His personage was engulfed with the legend of horrific war experiences.  Seriously wounded in September of 1939, he struggled to the end of his days with permanent handicap of one hand.  His busy, tragic and exciting life came to an end in Waterloo, Canada, in 2003.

In the spring of 2004 Pindera’s war memoir was published. A tiny modest book entitled Liebe Mutti; One Man’s Struggle to Survive in KZ Sachsenhausen, 1939-1945, was edited and expanded with a commentary by Lynne Taylor, a history professor at the University of Waterloo.

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Murals on the walls of Polish – American Cultural Center and their creators

Friday, October 1st, 2004

Today I have an interview with creative people–artists. I really enjoy writing about art, therefore it is my great pleasure to focus on two local gentlemen and their creations. They are Mr. Hubert Wisniewski,  Interior designer and Arthur Berg graduate of the Virginia Marti College of Art.

Interior design, has its fashionable trends and styles as any other art form.  In general, the predominant  media  have been : oils , acrylics, watercolors, etc.  Gaining in popularity once again, is the very old technique of painting directly on walls of homes, offices, or elegant banquet halls, as for example, the one found in the Polish-American Cultural Center.  The architectural landscapes we see depicted within are the Cathedral of Gniezno ( a view from a current photo)  Palace Square in Warsaw (a view based on a painting by Canaletto) and the Krakow Marketplace or Main Square, ( a current view). These three murals represent the three historic capitals of Poland:  Gniezno, Krakow and Warsaw.   These murals are the works of the two artists I have mentioned.  Without much further ado, I would like to  introduce these gentlemen to my readers.

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