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22 Britannia Road [Amanda Hodgkinson]


303 Squadron: The Legendary Battle of Britain Fighter Squadron

[Arkady Fiedler]  [Commentary:  The Unknown Knowns]


A History of the Polish-Americans; &

Polish Americans and Their History: Community, Culture, and Politics

[John Bukowczyk]


A Long Long Time Ago and Essentially True

[Brigid Pasulka]


A Question of Honor: The Kosciuszko Squadron: Forgotten Heroes of WWII

[Lynne Olsen and Stanley Cloud]


WWII Behind Closed Doors:Stalin, the Nazis and the West

[Laurence Rees]



Bloodlands: Between Hitler and Stalin

CBC Interview with Timothy Snyder, February 1, 2011

[Timothy Snyder]


Code Name: Żegota.  Rescuing Jews in Occupied Poland, 1942-1945: The Most Dangerous Conspiracy in Wartime Europe

[Irene Tomaszewski & Tecia Werbowski] | LA Consulate Recommendation


Footsteps in the Snow

[Roma King]


God’s Playground:  A History of Poland; & Rising '44: The Battle for Warsaw;

& Heart of Europe: The Past in Poland’s Present

[Norman Davies]


Hollywood’s War With Poland, 1939-1945. 

[M.B.B. Biskupski]


I Am First a Human Being:  The Prison Letters of Krystyna Wituska Reissued as:  Inside a Gestapo Prison: The Letters of Krystyna Wituska, 1942-44

[Irene Tomaszewski]


Irena Sendler: Mother of the Children of the Holocaust

[Anna Mieszkowska]  YouTube Video


Katyń: Stalin's Massacre and the Triumph of Truth.

[Allen Paul]


Katyń: Stalin's Massacre and the Seeds of Polish Resurrection

Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1996.

[Allen Paul]


Katyń: The Untold Story of Stalin's Polish Massacre. New York: Scribner Book Company, 1991.

[Allen Paul]


Maps and Shadows

[Krysia Jopek]


Matka Dzieci Holocaustu: Historia Ireny Sendlerowej

Irena Sendler: Mother of the Children of the Holocaust

[Anna Mieszkowska]  YouTube Video


My Two Polish Grandfathers

[Witold Rybczynski]


Necessary Lies

[Eva Stachniak]


No Greater Ally: The Untold Story of Poland’s Forces in WWII

[Kenneth Koskodan]


Push Not the River & Against a Crimson Sky & The Warsaw Conspiracy

[James Conroyd Martin]  |  An interview with James Conroyd Martin


Quiet Hero: Secrets of My Father’s Past

[Rita Cosby]


Rome’s Most Faithful Daughter:The Catholic Church and Independent Poland, 1914-1939

[Neal Pease]


The Black Madonna of Derby

[Joanna Czechowska]


The Horror Trains: A Polish Woman Veteran’s Memoir of WWII

[Wanda E. Pomykalski] [Minerva Center for the Study of Women in War]


The Ice Road: An Epic Journey from the Stalinist Labor Camps to Freedom

[Stefan Waydenfeld] Aquila Polonica Publishing


The Long Walk

[Slavomir Rawicz]


The Mermaid and the Messerschmitt

 War Through a Woman’s Eyes, 1939-1940

[Rulka Langer]  Aquila Polonica Publishing


The Officer’s Daughter

[Zina Rohan]


The Peasant Prince: Thaddeus Kosciuszko and the Age of Revolution

[Alex Storozynski]




The Polish Officer

[Alan Furst]


The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story

[Diane Ackerman]


Waiting to Be Heard: The Polish Christian Experience Under Nazi and Stalinist Oppression, 1939-1955

[Bogusia J. Wojciechowska]

--  Poles who experienced Nazi and Stalinist brutality (video link)


Żegota: The Council for Aid to Jews in Occupied Poland 1942-45
[Irene Tomaszewski & Tecia Werbowski]

Reissued as Code Name: Żegota.  Rescuing Jews in Occupied Poland, 1942-1945: The Most Dangerous Conspiracy in Wartime Europe  IRENA SENDLER’S NETWORK







CosmoPOLitan Review | Recommended by the Kresy Siberia Group:

     Kresy: First the Forest; Journey from Siberia




 Polish Cultural Institute -- Film List


 Polish Film FestivalChicago


 Polish Film Festival – Los Angeles




Recommended Film VIEWING


A Forgotten Odyssey


A Poet on the Frontline: The Reportage of Ryszard Kapuściński


A Trip to Nowhere: Personal Experiences of WWII Polish Deportees to Soviet Gulags


A Web of War


Battle for Warsaw


Behind Closed Doors


Children in Exile


Citizens: An American Film Portrait of Polish Solidarity in '80-'81




Hiding and Seeking


Irena Sendler: In the Name of Their Mothers

(Feature-length documentary film)


It all Began In Poland: Reconstructed Documentaries 1938-1946


Katyń (Andrzej Wajda Film)




Modjeska: Woman Triumphant


Nine Days That Changed the World [Note:  Supports “Citizens United”/Newt Gingrich]


Path to Glory: The Rise and Rise of the Polish Arabian Horse




Postcard from Auschwitz


Rabbit à la Berlin


Rape of Europa


Romance in Light: Fryderyk Chopin and the Cinema


Siege (Click here to order)


The Beats of Freedom


The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler


The Labyrinth


The Officer’s Wife [Film Trailer]


The Strangest Dream


The Way Back [Film Trailer]


Winter Train


Wojtek The Soldier Bear, Film (Info)









Inside a Gestapo Prison: The Letters of Krystyna Wituska, 1942-44 [Debbie Greenlee]


My Two Polish Grandfathers [Wanda Urbańska]


The Mermaid and the Messerschmitt    [Wanda Urbańska]

[Fontayne Holmes]


The Zookeeper’s Wife [New York Times]  |  [The Los Angeles Times]