- Danville, Virginia, USA
- June 22
- I was born in a refugee camp in Germany after World War II, and came with my Polish Catholic parents Jan and Tekla and my sister Donna to the United States as Displaced Persons in 1951. My parents had been slave laborers in Nazi Germany.
Growing up in the immigrant and DP neighborhoods around Humboldt Park in Chicago, I met Jewish hardware store clerks with Auschwitz tattoos on their wrists, Polish cavalry officers who still mourned for their dead horses, and women who walked from Siberia to Iran to escape the Russians. I write about these people.
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For three birthdays in a row (59th, 60th, 61st), I posted a birthday blog. I enjoyed it--sharing a photo or a poem and telling what I was up to. The 59th was all about moving to Danville and Linda and me starting our retired life here near Lillian. The 60th was/…
Today, June 6, is the anniversary of the Allied invasion of Europe. It's a day that means a lot to me. My parents were two of the millions of people who were swept up by the Nazis and taken to Germany to be slave laborers. My mom spent more than/…
How much have we put into the war in Afghanistan?
I mean I can't even read that number.
Is that 500 billion?
50 billion? 500 million?
Give me a number I can understand!… Read full post »
Poet/Translator Leonard Kress is putting together an anthology of Polish poetry in translation. Here's the call he put out for translators and translations:
Translators! I would like to put together an anthology of Polish poetry (from the Middle Ages through contemporary poetry) with an emphasi/…
Anthony Bukoski's Time Between Trains: Stories, a collection of stories about working-class life in Superior, Wisconsin, was recently republished by Holy Cow Press. The following is a review of this fine book by Pamela Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
I can remember the Holocaust, but I can't do much more. I can't imagi/…
April 11 was the 67th anniversary of the liberation of Buchenwald Concentration Camp.
One of my favorite periodicals focusing on Polish and Polish Disapora issues is The Sarmatian Review edited by Professor Ewa Thompson of Rice University. Each issue contains information about Poland, its culture and history, and its traditions. There are other journals that promise the sa/…
I got a question a while ago about a photo I used in an Open Salon blog I wrote a while ago, and I thought I would just tell a little about the photo.
I'm 23 in the picture here, and it was taken in Chicago’s Grant Park. We're… Read full post »
the spirit abi/… Read full post »
Thad Rutkowski's short story "The Mountain Man" is featured today in the New York Times.
Here's the opening of the story. The entire piece is available by clicking here:
THE MOUNTAIN MAN
She recently gave an interview to the online journal MASSLIVE. Here's the piece:
Award-winning local author Suzanne Strempek Shea can easily/… Read full post »
Chicago Readings: I'm doing two free public poetry readings in Chicago this week.
On Thursday, March 1, between 1 and 3pm, I'm reading at Loyola University with 3 other Polish American poets (Ewa Chrusciel, Karen Kovacik, and John Minczeski). This session will take place at th… Read full post »
My parents met in a concentration camp in Germany toward the end of World War II.
My mom had been brought to Germany by the Nazis to work in a slave labor camp. The day she was captured she saw her mom and her sister and her sister's baby… Read full post »
Someone should write a history of it.
Think about it. Probably for the first million plus years we were here on earth, we were up to our ears in solitude. We'd watched the sky and the horizon for a bit of smoke, listen for the turning of a clumsy wheel or a… Read full post »
My mother died six years ago, January 27, 2006. She died in a hospice in Sun City, Arizona. It was a beautiful place, out in the desert, cactus and sage and rocks and reddish sand all around. She would have liked it. Before she got too sick, she used to like/…
Recently, I came across a site that features thousands of photographs taken by German Soldiers as they invaded Poland and spread across the country. The site is called Bagnowka. You can click here to enter it.
The photos are mundane and touching, directed and random, unexpected and/…