Archive for December, 2004

A Conversation with Joanna Wiszniewicz

Wednesday, December 1st, 2004

We live in the best country in the world. A free country where the rights of the individual are respected. When there is some question or doubt about these rights, there’s always an explanation, right?

Poles saved Jews during World War II. Today Poles can sleep peacefully, with a clean conscience. But then why does somebody always want to speak about Polish antisemitism? It’s always the same. Somebody always wants me to listen to the story of how someone, somewhere, sometime, said to him „You Jew”. Later this person says to me that he grew up in Poland as a Pole and that he had the same hopes and dreams as his Polish peers. He wanted to build Poland, to defend Poland, and he wanted to be a Pole. And his home was deeply patriotic.

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The Maestro

Wednesday, December 1st, 2004

The Polish-American Center can add another notable occasion to its record of events. Extraordinary in the literal and figurative sense of the word – because how many times in life can you exchange a few words with a maestro, indisputably one of the best in the world? I’m referring, of course, to our meeting with Krzysztof Penderecki on Wednesday, November 10th.

Even those who have no interest in classical music will, upon hearing his name, recall „Ah, yes, the composer!” Yes, actually the composer, whose recordings are known worldwide and whose fame spread beyond the borders of Poland already in the 1960s.

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