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  • 8 April 2016

    A launch of an exceptional book translated and edited by Prof. Richard Sokoloski entitled “The Latest Poles. Reflections of Polish Immigrants to Canada in the 1980s” took place on April 7, 2016 in Ottawa.

    The book is a translation of a memoir volume “Ale i słaby nie zginie” published previously by The Canadian Polish Research Institute and consists of 16 stories of Polish immigrants that left Poland in the 1980s.

     

    The event was organized by the Embassy of Poland in cooperation with the Slavic Research Group and the Support Committee for Polish Studies at the University of Ottawa.

     

    Deputy Ambassador while introducing professor Richard Sokoloski stressed his commitment for maintaining and developing Polish Studies Program at the University of Ottawa. He also highlighted that the last book by prof. Sokoloski tells a complex story of Solidarity wave of Polish immigration to Canada that formed new image of Poles in this country.

     

    Professor Sokoloski said that there are many different authors of many different backgrounds in the book, from a university professor to a sailor who escaped to Vancouver during the martial law and asked for an asylum in Canada. – They left Poland because of many different reasons: sometimes because of a feel of insecurity, sometimes because they were worried about their future, sometimes because of anger. But most of them where happy to choose Canada as their second homeland – added professor Sokoloski.

     

    Prof. Richard Sokoloski, Director of the Slavic Research Group, will deliver a short lecture relating to the book’s theme and also read selected excerpts. Signed copies of the book may be purchased following the lecture. All proceeds will be conveyed to The Support Committee for Polish Studies at the University of Ottawa and used to develop the program in Polish. 

     

    From the author’s Introduction:

    “The Latest Poles” comprises annotated English translations of memoirs by sixteen Polish-Canadians who, along with more than a hundred thousand of their compatriots, arrived in Canada in the 1980s and early 1990s. Emigrants from the complex and often turbulent People’s Republic of Poland (1952-1989), the authors were reared in an ideological, social and economic system that differed fundamentally from any that Poles had previously witnessed. Their motivations for emigrating, their subsequent encounter with the established Canadian Polonia, and in time their incorporation into the larger Canadian mosaic, make for fascinating reading. The Introduction provides a substantial overview of the long history of Polish immigration to Canada, with emphasis on the most recent wave. “The Latest Poles” is a joint publication of the Slavic Research Group of the University of Ottawa and the Learned Society [Towarzystwo Naukowe] of the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin.

    Deputy ambassador Łukasz Weremiuk
    Deputy ambassador Łukasz Weremiuk
    Deputy ambassador Łukasz Weremiuk introducing prof. Richard Sokoloski
    Deputy ambassador Łukasz Weremiuk introducing prof. Richard Sokoloski
    Professor Richard Sokoloski
    Professor Richard Sokoloski
    Professor Richard Sokoloski
    Professor Richard Sokoloski
    Józef Semrau holding "The Latest Poles"
    Józef Semrau holding "The Latest Poles"

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