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Poland in Digital Photography of Georgene Bramlage

The Polish Center of Learning and Discovery at Elms College in Chicopee, MA presents "Polish Culture: Beyond Pierogi & Golabki," an exhibit of digital color photographs of Poland by Georgene Bramlage of Leverett, MA. The exhibit is free of charge and open to the public Monday through Friday, October 3 - 24, 2006, 1:30 - 5 pm; Sundays, 1:30-4:30 pm in the Borgia Gallery, second floor of the Mary Dooley Campus Center, 291 Springfield Street, Chicopee, MA 01013. All included photographs can be found on the exposition.

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Countess Urszula Dembinska - Lady of Szczekociny

One of the most interesting figures from the aristocratic family of Dembinsky (Dembinski) is Countess Urszula Dembinska (maiden name Morsztyn, coat of arms Leliwa). When she was just 16 years old, in 1762, she married subprefect Franciszek Dembinski, coat of arms Rawicz.

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The Story of Countess Potocka in Garden of Venus

Garden of Venus blends historical fact and fiction. The story of Sophie Glavani Celice, primo voto de Witt, secundo voto Countess Potocka is one of these fascinating stories from Eastern Europe for years cut off from the West by the Iron Curtain. In Poland, Sophie's biography became popular in 1970s, when a well-known Polish historian, Jerzy Łojek's, published his Dzieje pięknej Bitynki [The story of a beautiful Bythinienne] a historical account of the rise of la Belle Phanariote in the courts of Europe.

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A Man Who Became Pope - Film Review

The first part begins with the start of the war - when Poland is attacked by Nazi Germany (September 1, 1939). We see Karol with his father in a crowd of people running away from the war to the East - true episode from his life and a very dramatic. Escaping people greet first under-equipped Polish soldiers cavalry but later are "welcomed" by Nazi German bomb airplanes that kill many of them. Eventually the crowd see Polish soldiers withdrawing since the Soviets unexpectedly attack Poland from the East (September 17). Nowhere to go - the crowd among them Wojtylas -father and son come back to Krakow, but this is a different Krakow - decorated with Nazi flags - a capital of General Government and a newly appointed Governor-General, Hans Frank.

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Eva Stachniak's Necessary Lies - Collision of Cultures

I read Eva Stachniak's novel Necessary Lies with a great interest. This book attracts attention almost immediately, it is interestingly written and it also talk about important issues. I also could identify with the main character of the story since their life stories were similar to mine.

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