Voices of Polonia

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By Ted Rajchel Itzhak Perlman -- Great Classical Violinist Background Itzhak Perlman enjoys superstar status rarely afforded a classical musician. He has a great charm and humanity, as well as a remarkable talent. He is loved by...

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...

Jane Krakowski—American Actress, Comedian, and Singer

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Background Jane Krakowski was born on October 11, 1968. She is an American actress, comedian, and singer, best known for her starring role as Jenna Maroney in the NBC comedy series “30 Rock” (2006-2013, 2020),...

Voices of Polonia By Ted Rajchel

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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...

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...

Charles Bronson,  An American Award Winning Actor

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  By Ted Rajchel Background According to the Polish-American Encyclopedia, Charles Bronson was born to a Lithuanian-Polish father, who worked in the coal mines of Pennsylvania. Charles Bronson was born on  November 3, 1921 in Ehrenfeld, Pennsylvania.  He...

Colonel Thaddeus Kosciuszko Hero at Battle of Saratoga

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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...

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 : December 2021

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By Ted Rajchel   Rena Spiegal: A Diary of World War II Renia Spiegel Wrote a Diary About Her Life During World War II Background   Renia Spiegel wrote a diary about her life during World War II.  This...

Leopold Stokowski —A Leading Orchestra Conductor of the 20th Century

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By Ted Rajchel Background Stokowski is best known for his long association with the Philadelphia Orchestra and his appearance in the Disney film, Fantasia.  He was especially noted for his free-hand conducting style that spurned the...