Polish Countrysides

Polish Countrysides

Polish Countrysides

Polish Countrysides

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The partitioning of Poland in the eighteenth century and the resurrection of that nation at the close of the World War were two of the most dramatic episodes in European history. Without political independence, not even named on the maps, Poland was long a nebulous abstraction in the minds of most Americans: a region somewhere on the confines of Russia and Germany -- precisely where few of us knew or cared. Yet in many an American factory town or farming village there were colonies of Poles, and every music lover knew the names of Paderewski and Chopin. Today Poland means more to us. Its critical position as a buffer between Nazi Germany and Communist. Russia has placed it in the limelight, though I venture to believe that few Americans today have any definite conception of the internal problems facing the Polish people or even of the outward appearance of the land they live in. The purpose of the present volume is to convey some notion of that land by means of selected photographs taken by me in 1934.

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