The Roots Are Polish

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This is a collection of conversations with people who are fascinating and whose accomplishments are very impressive.

These are people of various professions: politicians, writers, scientists, and people of great passions and dedication. Three of the presented interviewees received the Nobel Prize in their fields (literature and medicine). All of them live in the USA or Canada, and all of them have the same thing in common: Polish roots.

Among the interwiees are: Isaak B.Singer, Czeslaw Milosz, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Andrew V.Schally. W.S.Kuniczak, Senator Stanley Haidasz, Janusz Zurakowski and Stanislaw Brzezinski. The very interesting chapter is dedicated to life of sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski (the authors' great uncle) whose project the sculpture of Crazy Horse in the Black Hills of South Dakota is continued by his family.

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About the Author:

Author of books published in Poland and in Canada Ph.D. in Humanities from Warsaw University, Poland

Books of short stories, essays, novels, reportage, biographies, interviews.

Stories based on real events and real lives - American Indians - Polish immigrants - History - Travel - Canada - USA - Poland - Melchior Wankowicz - Personal Experiences

ALEKSANDRA ZIOLKOWSKA-BOEHM was born in Lodz, Poland, on April 15, 1949. =

In 1973, she received her Masters Degree in Literature from the University of Lodz. In 1978, she was granted her Ph.D. in Humanities from the University of Warsaw.

During the years 1972-1974, she worked as a private assistant to the wel=

l known Polish writer Melchior Wankowicz. For her help and research with his latest book, he dedicated that book to her, and in his last will officially gave her all his archives.

Dr.Ziolkowska-Boehm worked as a member of the Repertoire Research Staff for Warsaw TV Theatre (1977-1981). She received scholarships from Oxford Language Centre (Oxford, England 1975), Ontario Ministry of Culture, Toronto (1982), Canadian Polish Research Institute (1982), A.Mickiewicz Foundation (Toronto 1983), Institute of International Education (Washington, D.C.,1985), and The Kosciuszko Foundation (New York 1990).

She writes for numerous magazines, among them 0dra (Wroclaw, Poland, Arkusz(Poznan, Poland), Kaldeidoscope (Polish Airlines LOT, Warsaw, Poland), Twoj Styl(Warsaw, Poland), Nowy Dziennik(New York), Kultura (Paris), Zeszyty Historyczne(Paris), The Sarmatian Review=94 (Houston), New Horizon(New York).

Her published books are: BLISKO WANKOWICZA (Krakow 1975, 1978, 1988), Z MIEJSCA NA MIEJSCE (Krakow,1983, Warsaw 1986, 1997), SENATOR HAIDASZ (Toronto 1983), DREAMS AND REALITY (Toronto 1984), KANADA, KANADA... (Warsaw 1986), DIECEZJA LODZKA I JEJ BISKUPI (Lodz 1987), MOJE I ZASLYSZANE (Warsaw 1988), KANADYJSKI SENATOR (Warsaw 1989), NA TROPACH WANKOWICZA (Warsaw 1989, 1999), PROCES M.WANKOWICZA 1964 ROKU (Warsaw 1990), NIE TYLKO AMERYKA (Warsaw 1992), KORZENIE SA POLSKIE (Warsaw 1992), ULICA ZOLWIEGO STRUMIENIA (Warsaw 1995), AMERYKANIE Z WYBORU(Warsaw 1998), THE ROOTS ARE POLISH (Toronto 2000).

She has written introductions to several books and the scenario for the musical play that appeared on Warsaw TV 1991, produced by Barbara Borys-Damiecka). She appeared in three documentary movies dedicated to Zbigniew Brzezinski, senator Stanley Haidasz, Melchior Wankowicz (Warsaw TV), sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski (TV Philadelphia).

Her memberships included: ZAIKS (Warsaw 1976-), Society of Polish Writers (SPP, 1990-), Polish Writers Union Abroad (London,1994-), Kosciuszko Foundation (New York,1990-), Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences (New York, 1991-), American PEN Club (New York 1998-).

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- What I find striking in your book "Power and Principle.Four Years at the White House" is the loyalty you demonstrate towards President Jimmy Carter. Is loyalty your guiding principle or do you think President Carter does not deserve to be criticized?

Zbigniew Brzezinski: I think loyalty is essential especially among close friends. I believe I owe President Carter such loyalty and I demonstrated it in the book. It is a pleasure to know you had such impression. But I do not think President Carter is above criticism, and in my book I do criticize his administration.

- What do you most apprecciate in people? What quality do you appreciate in yourself?

Zbigniew Brzezinski: Involvement and dedication, besides personal courage. I hope I do have some of these qualities.

- You have reached the pinnacle of top positions, becoming not only widely know but also achieving a real place in political history. What would you atribute you success to: consistency, hard work and determionation or favourable circumstances and luck, talent or Providence?

Zbigniew Brzezinski: I would say that, at least partially, my career is the fruit of my clearly defined sense of purpose. My wish was to be able to influence the course of events, combine thought with action. I understood this as my highest vocation - to do something positive for America, for Poland, for the free world, the whole world, humanity. Naturally, it is impossible to succed without good luck and Providence presenting us with a favourable moment, an opportunity or a chance. I was very lucky in that respect. I tried my best to act upon my vocational call, my desire to pair ideas with action in the hope of being able to serve a good cause. Whether an opportunity will crop up is imppossible to predict unless one puts some effort ino making it happen. That is how one trains one's will power.

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