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Support hikers

 Help Two Hikers from Poland on the Appalachian Trail

To let

 Old Town Apartment For Rent in Warsaw
Passage  Cpt. Witold "Alex" Herbst Died on May 25, 2017
Volunteers  Library volunteers needed for the Polish Home Library

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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  Support Two Hikers from Poland on the Appalachian Trail



Two hikers from Poland welcome your help to blaze the Appalachian Trail

Two hikers from Poland, Grzegorz Oziminski and Maciej Stromczynski, are looking for support during their hike along the Appalachian Trail. They will make the first step on July 1, 2017. That is a couple of weeks away. Both hikers live in Czestochowa, Poland. Last year they crossed the entire Pacific Crest Trail in one season going in the south/north direction. They decided to change directions on the AT starting at Mount Katahdin, Maine to close the hike at Springer Mountain, Georgia.


Grzegorz and Maciej managed to complete the PCT on their own, not knowing anybody in the United States. I found out about their PCT adventure by chance from a Polish newspaper and congratulated them. They are the first Polish hikers to complete the entire PCT in one season. This year it is the AT.   Next year they are planning to complete the Continental Divide (CD).  Completing the three major trails in the United States, PCT, AT, and CD, will put them on the list of hikers completing the Triple Crown.

The link below talks about their fund raiser in Poland.  You can also find details about their AT hike this year and the PCT last year. https://polakpotrafi.pl/projekt/appalachian-trail-polnoc-poludnie-3500-km-marszu.


I would like to help them along the Appalachian Trail by providing basic food supplies.  This can be accomplished by sending food packages to previously identified post offices along the trail.  Maciej and Grzegorz have already sent me the list of their post office stops. If you would like to contribute to the AT hike by Maciej and Grzegorz you can either send a check to me or send packages directly to the post offices along the trail.  If you choose to send the checks to me, I will handle purchasing the food items and shipping them to the hikers.  All receipts will be available to you.


My goal is to collect as many non-perishable (“hiking/trail type”) food items as possible.  Cash donations would allow me to cover shipping costs.  A $20.00 bill in a package would also be welcome by the hikers.  If you prefer to personally send food packages to Grzegorz and Maciej, I can send you the list of post office stops and estimated dates of arrival. The Post Office has certain rules about sending packages to hikers; I will be happy to provide those rules.


Thank you for all your support!


Aldona Brice, Milton, WA. Please contact me at ToAldona@outlook.com

posted June15, 2017

  Old Town Apartment For Rent in Warsaw





Beginning 21 July, my sweet apartment in Warsaw's Old Town will be available for short-term guests. It is a one-room apartment (one room, plus kitchen and bathroom), with sleeping capacity of two to three. It is on Piekarska street, just near the Kiliński monument.


This is my building, which is next to the pink convent and one block or so from the Old Town Square. My apartment is on the first (second, US) floor. It is in the cobbled pedestrian zone, within the UNESCO World Heritage site of Warsaw's Old Town. For the most part, only people and horses and buggies go by the kitchen window, and the main room looks out onto the courtyard (one of the nicest in Warsaw!) and convent. You can see St. Martin's and St. John's Cathedral from the window. Other photos and information available upon request. 



We'd like to have people stay there for multiple nights, ideally, and semester or academic-year stays are also possible. My dear friend and his fiancee will be taking care of the apartment for me and will be available to guests.


There are grocery shops and other amenities just downstairs and around the corner, as well of course all the restaurants, cafes and cultural life - including the castle - of Old Town. To visit Warsaw's downtown while staying here, you need no car. It is for example about a 10-15 minute walk, or a couple of bus stops, from the University of Warsaw.


It is a wonderful place to stay in Warsaw, with a special atmosphere that I miss very much.


Please contact Christina at manetti [at] gazeta.pl.

posted June 14, 2017

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


Cpt. Witold

"Alex" Herbst

has died


Mr. Witold "Alex" Herbst, a WWII hero and a longtime 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, including on D-Day. 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.


After the war, Mr. Herbst stayed in England where he met his wife Doreen and graduated from the London School of Economics in 1947. From 1949 to 1961 he worked as an Assistant to the Air Attaché in the Pakistani High Commissioner Office in London helping with the creation of a professional Pakistani Air Force. From 1961 to 1968 he worked for international aviation trade companies in London. After over twenty years in England he moved to the United States continuing his career in New York in aviation industry and later as a trade manager for business machines. He retired in 1991 and settled in Seattle to be close to his son Michael and his family.


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.


Mr. Herbst is survived by his wife Doreen, his son Michael with wife Tracy, granddaughter Stephanie Cooper with husband Ian Cooper and granddaughter Sophia.


Funeral Mass:

      1 pm on Sat, June 3, at St. Margaret Church in Seattle, in the presence of

               Consul General Mariusz Brymora, the Consulate General of Poland in LA

               Brig. Gen. Cezary Wiśniewski, Defense, Military, Naval and Air Attaché,

                      the Embassy of Poland in Washington, DC

               Lt. Col. Karol Sobczyk, Defense and Military Assistant Attaché, the Embassy of Poland

               Honorary Consul in Seattle Teresa Indelak Davis



       After the Mass, on Sat, June 3

               In a private ceremony for the family and close friends only, directly following the Mass.



       4 pm on Sat, June 3, at the Polish Cultural Center Dom Polski in Seattle

               In the presence of Mr. Herbst's family              

               Eulogies by the esteemed guests and members of the Polish community

               Piano performance by Ms. Marzena Szlaga who will play Chopin's Funeral March

                     and a composition by Mr. Herbst's favorite composer, Jean Sibelius

               Performance by the Polish Choir Vivat Musica

               Remembrances by members of the Polish-American community

               Short movie clips from the documentary movie about Mr. Herbst

               Refreshments prepared by Polish Women's Club and Seattle Polish Foundation

updated June 1, 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

 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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