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  • 17 Apr 2014 10:24 PM | Anonymous

    Masterpieces of Polish Cinema


    Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA




    Review:  Camoflage


  • 14 Apr 2014 2:50 PM | Anonymous
  • 14 Apr 2014 12:05 PM | Anonymous

    Undoubtedly, our Sister Cities (San Francisco and Kraków)  have a lot in common.  Both can boast about their history, culture, architecture, and food.  An important central place in every major city is the Farmers' Market.



    San Francisco has five large Farmers' Markets.  Kraków has one.

    Let's take a brief look at Farmers' Markets in San Francisco.  The Budget Travel website has categorized San Francisco Farmers' Markets as follows:

          1.     Where the chefs shop:

    Here the winner is The Ferry Plaza Farmers' Market.  Open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, usually until 2 pm.

    2.     Open late:

    The Upper Haight Street Farmers' Market offers live music. Wednesdays.

    3.     Most scenic:

    Fort Mason Center Farmers' Market, definitely stunning views. Sundays only.

    4.     The newest:

    Mission Community Market, food and crafts. Thursdays.

    5.     One day only:

    The Underground Farmers' Market is considered a "private event" , so you must sign up to attend.

    Definitely, all of San Francisco’s farmers' markets are worth visiting and exploring. They give you a taste of the City’s ambience and an idea of seasonal foods.


    Jackie Jones and her dancing wooden cat at the Alemany Farmers' Market

    When it comes to Kraków, there is only one well-known farmers' market, beloved by the citizens of Kraków, and by tourists and gourmets alike:  Stary Kleparz.




    This market has a long history, dating back to the 12th century. During the time of Communism Stary Kleparz was the centre of Kraków's underground economy. Here you could find the food, household items and clothes that were not available in stores. Thanks to its great location - very close to the Main Market, between Plac Matejki, Basztowa, Filipa and Długa streets – it is accessible to people from all neighborhoods.


    The name Kleparz is derived from the word “klepać”, which in the local dialect means “to bargain”.  Yes, you can and should haggle here!


    Stary Kleparz is divided into many sections and you can literally get anything you can imagine here -- awesome diary products - famous oscypek and bunc cheeses as well as freshly baked bread and rolls, fish, flowers, sweets, etc.




    But most of the market's space is devoted to natural, organic fruits and vegetables. Buying there is like a ritual and customers usually have their favorite stands and vendors who know their customers' tastes.  If they don’t have what you like, they will not insist on a sale.






    If you're looking for top-quality meat there is only one place – Pigi -- that has unforgettable szynka (ham) and soy pâté.  Ask anyone to show you the way.


    Kleparz is always busy and it's open every day. The best day to experience the essence of its atmosphere and energy is Saturday. Prepare yourself for an intense shopping trip. Be ready for great bargains. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself fighting with some famous citizens of Kraków for the same delicious tomatoes.


    Finally, when you get everything you need you can take a rest and relax in an adjacent coffee house or simply take a walk through the Main Market.


    Even if you are not a big fan of shopping, visiting this vibrant, lively place is worth your time. 





  • 06 Apr 2014 11:41 AM | Anonymous

    New book about Jan Karski




  • 23 Mar 2014 11:50 AM | Anonymous
  • 05 Mar 2014 8:28 PM | Anonymous

    Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of Senate Foreign Relations Committee, introduced legislation today that will name April 24, 2014 "Jan Karski Day" in America, celebrating the legacy of the famous emissary from the Polish Underground during World War II who was among the first to provide eyewitness testimony to Allied leaders about the Holocaust in occupied Poland. Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-IL), Majority Whip and a Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) are the original co-sponsors of the resolution.



    "We are overjoyed that the United States Senate has chosen to honor Jan Karski by designating his one-hundredth birthday as Jan Karski Day," says Andrzej Rojek, chairman of the Jan Karski Educational Foundation, which was actively involved in this initiative. "We note that in the spirit of Jan Karski, this was a bi-partisan effort. Thank you, Senators Menendez, Durbin and Kirk for your leadership. It is the vision of our foundation that groups and communities -- Republicans and Democrats, Christians and Jews -- work together to build bridges of trust to make our world a better, and safer, place." 

    Jan Karski was born in Łodz, Poland on April 24, 1914, the youngest of eight children in a Roman Catholic family. He was a reserve officer in the Polish Armed Forces when the country was attacked in September 1939 first by the German Nazis and later by the Soviet Russians. His war memoir, Story of a Secret State, was published to great acclaim in 1944, and re-issued in 2013 by Georgetown University Press as a classic of war literature. After the war, Karski became a naturalized American. In 1994, he was made an honorary citizen of Israel. President Barack Obama decorated Karski with a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom in May 2012.

  • 26 Feb 2014 9:53 AM | Anonymous
  • 20 Feb 2014 11:29 AM | Anonymous

    2014:  Year of Jan Karski

    The year 2014 marks the centennial of the birth of Jan Karski, the Pole who gave the Western Allies the first eyewitness account of the Holocaust in 1942. On the occasion of the Year of Jan Karski, declared by the Sejm of the Republic of Poland, the accomplishments of the heroic Home Army emissary are recalled.    

    The 28-year-old Karski, an eye witness of the Holocaust as a courier for the Polish Underground State, personally delivered detailed reports of the German Nazi actions taken against the Jewish population to representatives of the British authorities and he appealed to the British Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden and the media to stop the Holocaust.


    In July 1943, following the destruction of the Warsaw Ghetto by the German Nazis, Jan Karski went to Washington where he met with President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Karski’s actions and his report presenting his findings from the Warsaw Ghetto, which he infiltrated twice, and from the German transit camp in Izbica, where he posed as a guard, did not lead to an Allied  intervention. After World War II Jan Karski came to live in the US.





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