March 23, 1992 |
Members of the Mazowsze Polish touring folk dance troupe are allowed to moan about cramped quarters on the bus, grouse over hotel accommodations or bellyache even during rehearsals. But in accordance with an ironclad company mandate, once the curtain rises on a performance, "You just cannot complain anymore," says deputy director Brygida Linartas. "These songs and dances bring joy, and you have to express this joy, sheer joy."
May 9, 1991 |
For nearly half a century, the remains of Ignace Jan Paderewski, renowned pianist, composer and beloved Polish statesman, have rested in a zinc casket at the base of the mast of the USS Maine memorial at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. If all had gone according to plan, his remains would have been transferred to Poland for a state burial June 29, the 50th anniversary of his death. A celebratory concert in Warsaw with some of the biggest names in music was scheduled.
April 13, 1991 |
It is not easy to conceive of this city as "the Paris of the East," but if you come from Byelorussia, the Ukraine or the lumpen suburbs of Moscow, Riga or Vilnius, the old Polish capital beckons with a distinct glitter. True, the sparkle is more that of the Klondike in the Gold Rush than of the City of Light.
August 28, 1990 |
Lazienki Park is a civic treasure nestled amid the postwar Communist concrete of Warsaw. For the past 18 years, Urszula Maciejewska, a diminutive woman with short red hair and enormous energy, has worked as a conservationist in the park and now heads a staff of 40. They are largely devoted to caring for the park's magnificent trees, some of which, at least in age and size, are thought to be unique in Europe.
May 29, 1990 |
Eminent domain, strictly speaking, is a legal term--an elegant euphemism for the right of the state to appropriate all property within its frontiers. As applied in Communist countries before the dramatic events of recent months, eminent domain also included the lives, emotions and hopes of the people who lived there. Now, it is the title of a film being made by an international cast and crew looking at events in Poland that could not have possibly been looked at from inside that country . . .
April 14, 1990 |
It was raining on market day in Jadow when Zdzislaw Okninski, the local Communist naczelnik , or village leader, walked through the mud in his good brown suit, the one with the broken zipper, looking for someone to talk to. He had gotten a late start for his market tour, his weekly morning of "meeting the people." The usual crowd had thinned out, and he had to troll the length of the market and start over before he hooked someone. "So how are the prices?" he ventured.