The Black Madonna of Poland

HOLY MOTHER of Częstochowa, Thou art full of grace, goodness and mercy. I consecrate to Thee all my thoughts, words and actions—-my soul and body. I beseech Thy blessings and especially prayers for my salvation. Today, I consecrate myself to Thee, Good Mother, totally with body and soul amid joy and sufferings to obtain for myself and others Thy blessings on this earth and eternal life in Heaven. Amen.  Prayer to our Lady of Częstochowa

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Books on Poland by American authors

When I think of books on Poland in English that describe the nature of Poland to outsiders (we  non-Polish Americans) only two ‘literature’ books come to mind.  I am intentionally omitting the broad category of research materials on the WWII time period as well as memoirs and non-fiction accounts entitled “I survived Auschwitz/Dachau/Bergen-Belsen/pick your concentration camp. “ 

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