Author: Sophie Hodorowicz Knab

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780781805155

Category: Social Science

Page: 335

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Polish Customs, Traditions, & Folklore is organized by months beginning with December and Advent, St. Nicholas Day, the Wigilia (Christmas Eve) nativity plays, caroling and then New Year celebrations. It proceeds from the Shrovetide period to Ash Wednesday, Lent, the celebration of spring, Holy Week customs then superstitions, beliefs and rituals associated with farming, Pentecost, Corpus Christi, midsummer celebrations, harvest festivities, wedding rites, nameday celebrations, birth and death rituals. Line illustrations enhance this rich and varied treasury of folklore. Many of the customs and traditions found herein are extinct even in today's Poland. World wars, massive immigration, the loss of the oral tradition, urbanization and politics have changed the face of a once agrarian people and their accompanying life style. In the U.S., the desire for membership within the "melting pot," marriages outside one's ethnic group, movement to the suburbs away from the "old" communities where customs and traditions were once strong, further weakened the link. Although the purpose and meaning may have been lost and forgotten, the oczepiny ceremony (the unveiling) is still the mainstay of almost every wedding where the bride declares Polish heritage. Many Polish American communities still reenact the harvest celebrations, reminding themselves of their ancestors' reverence for the grains and gifts of bread. Eight million Americans still claim their ancestry as Polish, many still diligently practicing that which they learned at their parents' and grandparents' knees. Much has also been neglected or completely forgotten.
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Author: Sophie Hodorowicz Knab

Publisher: New York : Hippocrene Books

ISBN: N.A

Category: Folklore

Page: 304

View: 3500

Many of the customs and traditions found herein are extinct even in today's Poland. World wars, massive immigration, the loss of the oral tradition, urbanization and politics have changed the face of a once agrarian people and their accompanying life style. In the U.S., the desire for membership within the "melting pot," marriages outside one's ethnic group, movement to the suburbs away from the "old" communities where customs and traditions were once strong, further weakened the link. Although the purpose and meaning may have been lost and forgotten, the oczepiny ceremony (the unveiling) is still the mainstay of almost every wedding where the bride declares Polish heritage
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Author: Sophie Hodorowicz Knab

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Reference

Page: 196

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From best-selling author, Sophie Hodorowicz Knab, comes this unique planning guide for people who want to organise and celebrate a Polish-style wedding. Sections titled Engagement, Bridal Flowers, Wedding Clothes, Ceremony, Reception and even Baby Names, will assist the bride and groom to be through every step of the wedding process. Special tips on 'How to Draw from the Past' at the end of each chapter provide helpful suggestions on how to incorporate Polish traditions into the modern wedding, to make it a truly distinctive and unforgettable event.
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Author: Sophie Hodorowicz Knab

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Social Science

Page: 221

View: 8978

This book captures the unique history of the plant life once essential to the Polish people. It leads the reader on a guided tour through monastery, castle, and cottage gardens, providing details on the history and healing powers of over one hundred herbs and flowers. Beautiful line drawings and woodcuts illustrate the garden patterns and various plants important to Polish tradition.
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Author: Sophie Hodorowicz Knab

Publisher: Hippocrene Books

ISBN: 9780781813594

Category: History

Page: N.A

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Author Sophie Knab's parents were Polish forced laborers in Germany during World War II. For years her mother was unable to discuss or answer questions about this period of her life. Compelled to learn more about her mothers experience and that of other Polish women, Knab began a personal and emotional quest. Over the course of 14 years, she conducted extensive research of postwar trial testimonies housed in archives in the U.S., London, and in Warsaw to piece together facts and individual stories from this singular and often-overlooked aspect of World War II history. As mothers, wives, daughters, and sisters, female Polish forced laborers faced a unique set of challenges and often unspeakable conditions because of their gender. Required to sew a large letter "P" onto their jackets, thousands of women, some as young as age 12, were taken from their homes in Poland and forced to work for the Reich for months and years on end. In this important contribution to World War II history, Knab explains how it all happened, from the beginning of occupation in Poland to liberation: the roundups; the horrors of transit camps; the living and working conditions of Polish women in agriculture and industry; and the anguish of sexual exploitation and forced abortions--all under the constant threat of concentration camps. Knab draws from documents, government and family records, rare photos, and most importantly, numerous victim accountsdiaries, letters and trial testimoniesto present an unflinching, detailed portrait of the lives of female Polish laborers, finally giving these women a voice and bringing to light to the atrocities that they endured.
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Author: Maria Lemnis,Henryk Vitry

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780781804882

Category: Cooking

Page: 303

View: 9130

A cookbook and a history of Polish culinary customs. Short essays cover subjects like Polish hospitality, holiday traditions, even the exalted status of the mushroom. Included are over 100 recipes for traditional family fare.
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Author: Deborah Anders Silverman

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 9780252025693

Category: Social Science

Page: 236

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Integrating vivid photographs, firsthand observations, and interviews against a rich backdrop of ethnic practices and traditions, Deborah Anders Silverman explores how Polish Americans are creatively adapting the rural peasant folklore of the old country to life in multicultural, urban America. Silverman surveys rituals of courtship, marriage, coming of age, and funerals, also noting those customs that have been rediscovered after falling into disuse. She follows the trail of folk stories and delves into folk music and dance, particularly the polka, providing a detailed discussion of texts, contexts, and performance practices. She also describes birthing practices, home remedies, superstitions, folk blessings, and miracle cures. In addition, she offers a wealth of information on foodways and on the origins and celebration of holy days, from Christmas Eve vigils to the Dyngus Day festivals of the Easter season.Polish-American Folklore reveals a community that preserves distinctive traditions even though geographically dispersed in a new homeland. Polish Americans retain ties to their ethnicity though ethnic media, social clubs, churches, group events, and the Internet. This "Polonia without walls" is united by a resilient, dynamic, family-oriented culture that attracts not only Polish immigrants and their descendants but also newcomers from other ethnic and racial groups. By including first-person commentary from a wide range of Polish American individuals and families, from first-generation immigrants to non-Polish in-laws who embrace Polish foods, music, and traditions, Silverman brings to life a thriving ethnic subculture that values equally its Polish roots and its American harvest.
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Author: Sophie Hodorowicz Knab,Elliott Hutten

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780781808828

Category: Cooking

Page: 307

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From top-selling author Sophie Hodorowicz Knab comes a new book that combines recipes for favourite Polish foods with the history and cultural traditions that created them. Arranged according to the cycle of seasons, this cookbook explores life in the Polish countryside through the year, with recipes for potato dishes in fall when they are freshest, cucumber specialties in summer when they are plentiful, and buckwheat groats in winter when other staples are not available. Included are over 100 easy-to-follow recipes such as Potato Pancakes with Chives, Apple Fritters, White Barszcz, and Cucumber Soup. Lovely woodcut illustrations and pearls of practical wisdom from the old Polish kitchen will delight readers.
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Slavonic Heritage - Polish Tradition - Contemporary Trends

Author: Anna Czekanowska

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521300902

Category: Music

Page: 226

View: 9073

Within her study, Anna Czekanowska analyses the vocal and instrumental traditions of Polish folk music, tracing the background history, the influences of geography and politics, and the practice, often within contemporary society, of such social events as the harvest, the solstice and weddings.
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50 Facts & Facets of Nationhood

Author: Anna Spysz,Marta Turek

Publisher: New Europe Books

ISBN: 0985062312

Category: Travel

Page: 336

View: 3007

Being Polish is no joke. For ten million people of Polish ancestry in the United States, as well as many who have settled in the UK since the fall of communism, it is a heartfelt matter -- and amid all the travel guides and guides to Polish language, folklore, and customs, there is no single, comprehensive, reader-friendly and yet ever-informative reference on what it means to be Polish. Enter The Essential Guide to Being Polish -- the go-to concise resource for anyone looking to reconnect with their culture or, indeed, hoping that their friends, children, or colleagues learn something about their heritage. Divided into three sections to make for an easy-to-follow format -- Poland in Context, Poles in Poland, and Poles Abroad -- this guide covers just about everything and does so in a style that is at once entertaining and informative: the country's history and geography, wars, Jews in Poland, the communist past, the post-communist past and present, language, kings and queens, religion/Catholicism (with special focus on Pope John Paul II), holidays, food, and drink. What is a real Polish wedding all about? That, too, is addressed succinctly and with flair in this guide. Other chapters cover literature, music, art, famous scientists, Polish men and Polish women, Poles in America, Poles in the UK, Poles and the EU, and last but not least, Polish pride. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Author: Sergiej Nowikow

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781517196356

Category:

Page: 244

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Reading these fairy tales, you will enjoy the wisdom and life experience of many generations of Polish people that are behind them. If you want to feel the humor of this wonderful nation and get a glimpse of its people's kindness, just continue reading these wonderful tales. This book comprises the following 50 fairy tales: 1.Maria: What Is Destined to Come Shall Come 2.Anuszka the Golden Braid 3.About Two Girls - A Kind One and a Wicked One 4.The Girl and the Prince in the Cow's Skin 5.Lazy Girl 6.Sermon 7.Three Lamps 8.About a Simple Man Who Comforted His Master 9.People Getting Rich 10.Extraordinary Wife 11.Owl and the Hawk 12.The Reason Why the Hare Eats No Meat 13.Dog's Winter Thoughts and Summer Thoughts 14.Is there justice in this world? 15.Mazek's Debt 16.Very Worst Punishment 17.It Does not Stab, nor Does It Shoot, yet It Knocks One Senseless 18.About a Rich Gentleman 19.How a Smith Worked His Way to Heaven 20.About a Prince Who Did not Want to Die 21.A Present for the Kings' Godson 22.About the King's Son 23.How a Simple Man's Son Became the King and Married a Sea Girl 24.How the Dog Got the Wolf Wear Boots 25.Gustek's Misfortune 26.Two Brothers 27.Miracle at the Mill 28.Lark and the Wolf 29.Spellbound Pike 30.Ostruda Stone 31.The Dwarf and the Bear 32.Nobleman and Michal 33.Punished for Guile 34.Misfortune 35.Ram Brother and Duck Sister 36.Shepherd 37.Golden Fish 38.Gold Trot 39.Healing Water 40.Prince and His Helpers 41.About a Cockerel 42.Fisherman's Son and the Water Man's Daughter 43.Boy and His Dog and Cat, and the Lion Cub 44.One Who Went to Ask the Sun 45.Magic Gun, Fiddle, and Boots 46.Glass Hill 47.Fear 48.Titelitury 49.Tailor's Wife and the Countess 50.How the Slug Defeated the Fox. This book contains only basic Latin symbols.
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Author: A. J. Glinski

Publisher: Read Books Ltd

ISBN: 1473370841

Category: Fiction

Page: 122

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Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.
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Author: F. C. Anstruther,J. Sekalski

Publisher: Hippocrene Books

ISBN: 9780781805216

Category: Fables, Polish

Page: 66

View: 8356

In World War II when the long night of German occupation of Poland was at its darkest, a delightful collection of Polish fairy tales, illustrated with handsome engravings by J. Sekalski, was published in Scotland, home of the Polish Armed Forces in exile. This book brings back, in a new gift edition, this fine collection of eleven classic fairy tales. In the original introduction the famous Polish writer Zygmunt Nowakowski sets the mood for this gathering of eleven fairy tales which "recall the ancient beautiful times, to laugh and to weep...".
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Author: Filip Springer

Publisher: Restless Books

ISBN: 1632061163

Category:

Page: 352

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Lying at the crucible of Central Europe, the Silesian village of Kupferberg suffered the violence of the Thirty Years War, the Napoleonic Wars, and World War I. After Stalin’s post-World War II redrawing of Poland’s borders, Kupferberg became Miedzianka, a town settled by displaced persons from all over Poland and a new center of the Eastern Bloc’s uranium-mining industry. Decades of neglect and environmental degradation led to the town being declared uninhabitable, and the population was evacuated. Today, it exists only in ruins, with barely a hundred people living on the unstable ground above its collapsing mines. In this collection of unsparing and insightful reportage, the renowned journalist, photographer, and architecture critic Filip Springer rediscovers this tiny town’s history. Digging beyond the village’s mythic foundations and the great wars and world leaders that shaped it, Springer catalogs the lost human elements: the long-departed tailor and deceased shopkeeper; the parties, now silenced, that used to fill the streets with shouts and laughter; and the once-beautiful cemetery, with gravestones upended by tractors and human bones scattered by dogs. In Miedzianka, Springer sees a microcosm of European history, and a powerful narrative of how the ghosts of the past continue to haunt us in the present day.
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A History

Author: Adam Zamoyski

Publisher: Collins

ISBN: 9780007556212

Category:

Page: 448

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Adam Zamoyski first wrote his history of Poland two years before the collapse of the Soviet Union. This substantially revised and updated edition sets the Soviet era in the context of the rise, fall and remarkable rebirth of an indomitable nation. In 1797, Russia, Prussia and Austria divided Poland among themselves, rewriting Polish history to show that they had brought much-needed civilisation to a primitive backwater. But the country they wiped off the map had been one of Europe's largest and most richly varied, born of diverse cultural traditions and one of the boldest constitutional experiments ever attempted. Its destruction ultimately led to two world wars and the Cold War. Zamoyski's fully revised history of Poland looks back over a thousand years of turmoil and triumph, chronicling how Poland has been restored at last to its rightful place in Europe.
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Author: Anne Pellowski

Publisher: Libraries Unltd Incorporated

ISBN: 9781591587231

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 218

View: 4371

More than 50 traditional Polish tales range from the charming to the thought-provoking, and are accompanied by story notes, cultural and historical background, recipes, games and activities, photos and illustrations.
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Author: Polanie Club

Publisher: Allegro Editions

ISBN: 9781626549685

Category:

Page: 170

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For three generations, "Treasured Polish Recipes for Americans" has been a favorite of cooks and diners who savor and appreciate authentic Polish cuisine." Treasured Polish Recipes for Americans" preserves the integrity and unique qualities of delicious Polish cooking while making it accessible to anyone, even those with no experience preparing Eastern European food. Craving traditional Polish "Kie basa" or "Kapusta wie a na Kwa no" (sweet sour cabbage), or how about "Kapusta Czarwona" (red cabbage), " ledzie Marynowane" (pickled herring), "Czarnina" (duck soup) with "Kluski," or nearly a dozen varieties of "Pierogi" and" P czki" (fried donuts with filling)? "Treasured Polish Recipes for Americans" includes these recipes and many many more. With almost 500 recipes, every meal and practically every dish is covered, including a multi-course Christmas dinner. More than just a collection of recipes, "Treasured Polish Recipes for Americans" takes the reader on a tour of Polish culinary customs, dishes, and traditions. It also gives advice on foundational cooking techniques, ingredients, and sauces enabling you to master and improvise your own Polish-style dishes. Accented with Polish folk art, this timeless cookbook offers a charming and satisfying experience for both your stomach and spirit.
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Author: Ignacy Krasicki

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780781805483

Category: Fables, Polish

Page: 105

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Ignacy Krasicki (1735-1801) was hailed as 'The Prince of Poets' by his contemporaries. In 1779, sixty-five of his fables, which used contemporary events and human relations to show a course to guide human conduct, were published. These fables present a world where reason is valued over sentiment, true to the enlightenment ideal. But the rhymes also sugar coar a bitter message: depicting a world where the strong continually take advantage of the weak. Many of the fables, which were published after the first partition of Poland in which Russia, Prussia and Austria took their first bites of their weaker neighbour, should also be read for their political implications. This bilingual edition includes English translation by Gerard Kapolka and twenty-two illustrations by well-known Polish artist Barbara Swidinska.
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