BOOKS and Periodicals Received
Volume XXIX, No. 3
A history of Catholic churches, missions, and
Porwanie Europy, by Krzysztof Koehler. Sopot: Tow. Przyjaciół Sopotu (www.topos.iq.pl), 2008. 47 pages. ISBN 978-83-61002-36-9. Paper. In Polish.
Koehler’s verbal skills grow with each volume of
Glaukopis. Pismo społeczno-historyczne, nos. 13-14 (2009). Edited by Wojciech Jerzy Muszyński et al. <www.glaukopis.pl>. Mailing address: 02-518 Warsaw, ul. Kazimierzowska 79 m. 10, Poland. ISBN 1730-3419. 420 pages. In Polish.
The phenomenon of Glaukopis deserves a pause. It
The present issue is dedicated to the Polish Right between the two world wars, with some attention paid to the other rightist movements in Europe. There are reviews, e.g., Jonathan Littell’s The Kindly Ones (2009) in Polish translation, and an appendix of significant yet forgotten comments by well-known Poles, Germans, Britons, and Americans. It is particularly instructive to read 1939 comments by well-known Germans. They generally agree that Poles were to blame for Hitler’s attack on Poland; it was therefore fair that Poles in Gdańsk were arrested or killed, and their homes and apartments subjected to looting by their German neighbors. One wonders whether this episode of history will make it to the all-European World War II Museum.
Glaukopis’s problem is that it lacks copyediting and serious editorial supervision. It is not that it lacks annotations-basic documentation is generally adequate, although there are gaps here as well. But there is more to scholarly credibility than that. The realities of intellectual life are such that all names, dates, and commas have to be in place to make a proper impression in the scholarly world. Furthermore, references to various contemporary intellectual trends cannot be casually thrown in; they have to fit in in a precise way. To eliminate both problems would take a million-dollar endowment for copyediting and scholarly supervision alone. Most worthwhile Polish periodicals have a beggar’s budget. Let us be optimistic and expect that to change in the future. (SRS)
Pe Ell’s Polish Pioneers, by Leo E. Kowalski. San Pedro, CA: Gorham Printing (1700 Miracosta Street, San Pedro, CA 90732), 2007. 128 pages. Hardcover. $20.00 postpaid.
Pe Ell’s Polish heritage, by Leo E. Kowalski. San Pedro, CA: Gorham Printing (email@example.com), 2008. 255 pages. Hardcover. $30.00 postpaid.
Pe Ell is a town in the state of Washington, pop.
Kowalski’s books are a valuable addition to the emerging corpus of Polish diaspora writings (Professor John Guzlowski has dedicated a website to the subject). The author, a retired steamship company executive and former resident of Pe Ell, tells the stories of many Polish families. They were the salt of the earth, the kind of pioneers America used to attract generations ago. But if Poles were so numerous in Pe Ell, why do they now compose only 8.5 percent of the population? Polish identity seems difficult to shed, as illustrations in these books indicate; why then are the numbers are so low here and in other localities?
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