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Voices of Polonia: August 2021

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By Ted Rajchel The History of Poland The History of Poland Background—Poland in the Middle Ages The written history of Poland began in the 10th century.  At that time Poland was ruled by a dynasty called the Piasts. ...

Voices of Polonia By Ted Rajchel July 2021

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General Casmir Pulaski, George Washington’s Cavalry Background   Many brave men have come to the aid of America's independence.  Many had to leave their homelands in search of new freedoms.  One of these men became a...

Voices of Polonia By Ted Rajchel

Jerry Lewis Actor, Singer, Filmmaker & Humanitarian Background Jerry Lewis was born Joseph Levitch, March 16, 1926 in Newark, New Jersey, to a Jewish family. His parents are Daniel “Danny” Levitch (1902-1980), a master of ceremonies...

Colonel Thaddeus Kosciuszko Hero at Battle of Saratoga

by Ted Rajchal   Background Colonel Kosciuszko (Kos—choos—KO) set out for America after hearing about fighting in Lexington and Concord in the year 1775. He was already on his way across the Atlantic when the Continental Congress...

Colonel Thaddeus Kosciuszko, Hero at the Battle of Saratoga: by Ted Rajchal

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Background Colonel Kosciuszko (Kos—choos—KO) set out for America after hearing about fighting in Lexington and Concord in the year 1775. He was already on his way across the Atlantic when the Continental Congress adopted the...

Voices of Polonia: Jadwiga of Poland, Queen and Saint

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Jadwiga of Poland, Queen, and Saint Queen Jadwiga of Poland was the first female monarch of the Kingdom of Poland, reigning from the 16th of October 1384 until her death on the 17th of July...

Voices of Polonia by Ted Rajchel

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Polish-American Jan Krawiec, a Nazi/Auschwitz Survivor Background John (Jan} F. Krawiec was born on June 15, 1919, in Bachorzee, Poland. He received his elementary and high school education in Przemysl, Poland. In July 1939 he...

Voices of Polonia: Polish Female Pilots Serving During World War II

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  By Ted Rajchel     Background   Polish female pilots played a major role in the resistant movement in occupied Poland.  They often put themselves in the front lines of war.  Here are short biographies of four determined women...

Voices of Polonia: Witold Pilecki

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Witold Pilecki—Auschwitz Volunteer Who  Told the World About the Nazi Death Camp By Ted Rajchel Background Witold Pilecki was a Polish cavalry officer, intelligent agent, and resistance leader during World War II.  He volunteered to be captured...

Voices of Polonia: Kazimierz Czarnecki and Mary Jackson

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Kazimierz Czarnecki and Mary Jackson—Worked Together on the Space Program at NASA By Ted Rajchel Background Kazimierz Czarnecki (engineer) was born in Poland in 1916.  He was a Polish aeronautics engineer, who worked for NACA, later NASA....