The first Poles arrived October 1,1608, years before the Pilgrims reached Plymouth. Captain John Smith invited several Polish craftsmen on the journey to colonize Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in the Americas. They were specifically invited to establish a glass industry as a viable enterprise in the new country.
Thanksgiving is minimally commercial, crosses all religions and creeds and has a universal theme. That’s why it’s my favorite holiday of the year. No matter how rough life gets, there is always something to be thankful for. I’m not disciplined enough to keep a daily gratitude journal like so many people recommend. But, at least once a year, I can come up with a list. Can you quickly name ten things you are thankful for? Here’s my list.
World War II robbed Poland of her freedom, intelligentsia, culture and works of art. Today Poland continues to try to reclaim Polish works of art stolen during World War II. In the last few years, several dozen works of art have been returned to Poland, primarily from Germany and the United States. However a database of stolen and missing art from WWII lists 63,000 documented works that remain unrecovered. See links below for further info.
January 27, 2015 marks 70 years since the liberation of Auschwitz on January 27, 1945. Plans for a worldwide commemoration have been in the works for some time. Through the support of the USC Shoah Foundation and the World Jewish Congress, a group of 100 survivors from around the world will take part in ceremonies at Auschwitz-Birkenau.