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Passage  Cpt. Witold "Alex" Herbst Died on May 25, 2017
In memoriam  Mrs. Janina Grabowska-Benett has died
Support Exchange  Music Bridge - Ukuleles to Poland by Local Artist
Support Arts  Project Space 1320B by Bartosz Beda in Moscow, ID
Volunteers  Library volunteers needed for the Polish Home Library
Con Artists  Beware of Con Artists Speaking Polish in the Seattle area
Tours To Poland  Tours to Poland in Summer by the Lira Ensemble (Chicago)

Language courses

 Take a Summer Language Course in Poland
Learn Polish  Learn Real Polish On the Internet  Reader recommended!
Trip To Nowhere  Support the Polish WWII Siberian Exile Story for Schools & Libraries
Passport info  Polish passport applications processed in Seattle
Polskie książki  New Polish Books Each Month at the UW Slavic Library
Radio Wisla  Local Polish language Radio Wisla - on the internet

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 Cpt. Witold "Alex" Herbst Died on May 25, 2017


Cpt. Witold

"Alex" Herbst

has died


Mr. Witold "Alex" Herbst, a WWII hero and a long time member of the Polish community in Seattle died in Everett on May 25, 2017. He was 97.


Witold Aleksander Herbst was born in Warsaw in 1919 in a polonized family of a German origin. He entered the Polish Air Force Academy in Dęblin in 1938. After the WWII started in September 1939, he managed to evade capture and with several fellow cadets joined the Polish forces in France. After training in France and England he flew 141 missions over Great Britain and Europe with the Polish RAF fighter squadrons 303 & 308 from 1942 to 1944. Shot over France in 1943 he again escaped through Spain to rejoin his squadron. He ended the war as a captain and was decorated with the Polish Cross of Valor three times and a number of British medals.


Mr. Herbst published two war memoirs in Polish, Pod angielskim niebem in 1997 and Podniebna kawaleria in 2013, and is featured in the book The Question of Honor by Lynn Olson and Stanley Cloud. He was also the subject of the documentary movie The Spitfire Liberator: the Alex Herbst Story directed by Sławomir Ciok and produced by Krzysztof Poraj-Kuczewski. The movie had its premiere at the Museum of Flight in Seattle in October 2015.


After the war, Mr. Herbst stayed in England where he met his wife Doreen. He graduated from the London School of Economics. After over twenty years in England he moved to the United States and settled in Seattle.


Mr. Herbst is survived by his wife Doreen, his son Michael and two granddaughters.


Funeral Mass:

      On Saturday, June 3rd, 2017 at 1 pm at St. Margaret Church in Seattle


posted May 25, 2017

 Mrs. Janina Grabowska-Benett has died

Mrs. Janina



Janina M. Grabowska-Benett

2.24.1922 – 4.21.2017


Born in Kobryń, Poland to Colonel Zygmunt Grabowski and Anna Edemska, passed away in Seattle, WA at age 95. Janina, along with a group of Polish ladies, helped establish the Polish bazaars at the Polish Home and for many years made items and baked goods for different events.


Preceded in death by her husband, Lt. Commander Michael Bialowski-Benett who helped establish the sister city relationship between Seattle and Gdynia and the Gdynia maritime museum and was active member of the Seattle-Gdynia Sister City Assn, and her brother Stanislaw Grabowski. Survived by her son Robert and daughter Renata.

posted May 15, 2017

 Beware of Con Artists Speaking Polish in the Seattle area

Con Artist


in the

Seattle area


Con Artists Speaking Polish Try to Sell and Steal


We have received an urgent warning from Polish News readers about con artists prowling parking lots of big retailers like Costco, and approaching people speaking Polish. They also defrauded several people at the Polish Church in Seattle. Two ladies passing themselves as Serbians who came from Poland for a short visit offer Zepter cooking pots at bargain prices. However, in fact they are thieves. They travel in a white Hyundai.


Here is a testimonial:


Pisze ten e-mail, zeby ostrzec wszystkich Polakow w Seattle I okolicach przed oszustami, ktorzy kraza na parkingach przed Cosco I innymi sklepami oferujac garnki o rzekomo wysokiej jakosci za niska cene. Dwie kobiety o urodzie cyganskiej podaja sie za Serbki, ktore przyjechaly z Polski na kilka dni, aby sprzedawac garnki firmy Zepter, zaczepiaja Polakow, mowiac po polsku. Oferuja zestaw garnkow po "okazyjnej cenie".

Jezdza bialym Hunday. Rysiu, ostrzez wszystkich Polakow przed nimi, bo to zlodziejki!!!. Prosze uzyj wszyskich sposobow, zeby przestrzec Polakow przed nimi. Najlepiej, zeby zainteresowala sie nimi policja, bo okradaja ludzi I  strasznie szkodza imieniu polskiej Polonii.

 posted Apr 4, 2017

  Librarian Volunteers Needed at the Polish Home


Volunteers Needed to Run the Polish Home Library


The Polish Home Association is looking for volunteers willing to serve as the librarian at the Polish Home / Polish Cultural Center. The library is located upstairs in the Polish Home building. If you would like to help please contact the new librarian Monika Johnson at MonikaJohnson@yahoo.com


Ochotnicy Potrzebni do Prowadzenia Biblioteki w Domu Polskim


Towarzystwo Domu Polskiego szuka ochotnikow chetnych do prowadzenia biblioteki w Domu Polskim. Osoby zainteresowane proszone sa o skontaktowanie sie z Moniką Johnson, ktora została nową bibliotekarką. Kontakt: MonikaJohnson@yahoo.com.

 reposted Apr 5, 2017

 Tours To Poland by The Lira Ensemble (Chicago)

Lira Tours to


in 2017


Visit Poland on a Tour organized by the Lira Ensemble



The Lira Ensemble (Chicago) invites everybody to three tours to Poland in 2017:

The overview info page from Tour Director Lucyna Migala


Tour of Southern Poland | June 22 - July 5

Tour of Northern Poland | July 13 - July 27

Special Family Tour | July 27 - August 7 call for 773-508-7040 for family tour details



For more info please contact Ms. Migala at lira@liraensemble.org  

Or call 773-508-7040

 posted Mar 9, 2017

 Summer Language Courses in Poland

More Language Courses




 Intensive 2 week courses in Cracow by VARIA


Intensive summer courses from early June till September


posted Apr 5, 2017

Polish Language School Glossa, based in Cracow


Polish language school and 2-, 3- and 4-week courses


posted Apr 5, 2017


Centre for Polish Studies several cities

2- & 4-week Intensive Summer Courses

Detailed info for in July August, Septemer

posted Mar 16, 2016

 Local Polish language Radio Wisła on the internet




Tune to Seattle-based Polish language internet radio www.radiowisla.com for updates and interview reporting from local community events.

posted Feb 17, 2010

 Learning Polish on the internet

Learning Polish on the internet


Please read info about Libratus schools and Polish government proposals posted on the FAQ page.


Below there is some info about learning Polish with help of internet as recommended by Readers or  submitted to the Editor by different educational outfits.




Reader recommended free podcasts and paid subscriptions with Piotr.

Seems great for Polish-Americans, that is people who know the language somewhat,

understand more, speak less and would like to take it to the next level.

In small daily chunks, regular readings etc.


posted in Jan 2016


Learn Polish Feel Good


This is a great website for anyone looking to practice Polish grammar and vocabulary through online interactive exercises. Includes over 150 exercises arranged by topic (verbs/verb tenses, nouns and pronouns, prepositions, adjectives/adverbs).

The site also has a “Polish for travelers” section.



Declination: http://www.learnpolishfeelgood.com/polish-nouns-pronouns.html,

Conjugation: http://www.learnpolishfeelgood.com/v-grac-past-imperfective1.html

Adjective agreement w/ gender: http://www.learnpolishfeelgood.com/adjectives-which-gender1.html

first posted in 2010, still looks great in Jan 2016



Grammar rules, comments on the place of Polish among other languages etc.

A Grammar of the Polish Language


This seems to be very thorough but feels somewhat dry.



Edu & More - Learn Polish Online


Immersive e-learning of Polish language for foreigners

Online courses and lessons consist on different topics

and different levels of language competence (from A1 to B2)

Each course means:

·         practical subjects & selected vocabulary

·         useful structures

·         dialogues and texts

·         essential grammar

exercises and much more …

You can check it at: www.polishonlinenow.com

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us dorota.gruza@eduandmore.com

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