April 29, 2015 marks 70 years since the liberation of Dachau concentration camp, when American troops reached the camp. Henry Zguda was liberated at Dachau following a two week death march from Buchenwald. After nearly three years in German custody, he was so weak, malnourished and ill with typhus his friends carried him to a bunk after he laid down in the gutter for a sip of water. Below is the experience in his words:
During WWII Polish diplomat Jan Karski (1914 – 2000) worked hard to convey to the world the murdering of Warsaw Jews. He met privately with FDR in July 1943 with pleas for Allied intervention to help the millions of Jews being murdered. His words fell on deaf ears. He remained in the United States vowing not to return to Poland until it was free, and eventually became a professor at Georgetown University for 40 years. I would love to have taken one of his classes.
I had the good fortune to attend the 12th Annual Polish Festival at Our Lady of Częstochowa Parish in Phoenix this past weekend. Since the festival was only four days after my conference presentation, I recognized a few new faces I’d met earlier in the week.
I spoke recently to an afternoon audience gathered at Scottsdale Community College in Arizona. The topic? Poles as Victims and Heroes under Hitler and Stalin. It was well attended by an interested crowd. At least I didn’t see anyone visibly nodding off and there were good questions asked. Two of the biggest compliments came afterwards, from two attendees I met that day.