Scottsdale Community College is hosting Genocide Awareness Week 2015 this April 13-18. The week’s theme is “Not on Our Watch.” Speakers will represent many different world areas including a topic I’m still learning: the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide of 1915, where Turks killed 1.5 million Armenians. I am honored to be speaking on Wednesday April 15 at 1:30 and would love to have you join me. The topic is “Poles as Victims and Heroes under Hitler and Stalin.”
I just spent three days at the Desert Stars, Rising Nights Writers Conference, sponsored by the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing (Arizona State University.) Then I got an email this afternoon that I made semifinalist in the Tucson Festival of Books Literary contest for nonfiction – with the first 4,000 words of my book. Now all I want to do is write! It’s been a great three days to hone craft and network.
Nicolaus Copernicus, born February 19, 1473, is best known for his theory that our planetary system revolves around the sun, and not the earth. He also determined that the Earth rotates daily on its axis and that the Earth’s motion affected what people saw in the heavens. Yet, astronomy was primarily a hobby for this talented man.
Jozef Stalin deported two million Poles from Eastern Poland in 1940 and sent them to forced labor camps in Siberia. Only a third survived. This significant piece of WWII history remains little known and seldom told in the scope and death count of the “Holocaust.” Both Adolf Hitler and Jozef Stalin wanted to eradicate Poles.