It’s a Monday afternoon in a French brasserie in Knightsbridge. I am meeting Princess Marina Sturdza on the last day of her three week visit to London, before she flies back to New York. Continue reading Princess Marina Sturdza: Things Are Bound to Improve for Romania
Over the last quarter of a century, the region of Central and Eastern Europe has undergone a huge transformation in all possible fields with a special emphasis on the economy, politics and social affairs. The transformation is not yet complete, so the shape of the CEE countries is still changing rapidly.
Lech Wałęsa, the first freely-elected president of Poland, the co-founder of the Solidarity Movement and a Nobel Peace Prize winner in 1983, talked to Nikodem Chinowski about economic and social transformations in the CEE, the future of the Visegrad Group and NATO and about his concept of introducing the globo-dollar as a worldwide currency.
In 1983, Chris Lowney left the Jesuit seminary he had been studying with from the age of 18 to work as an investment banker and then managing director for J.P. Morgan. Since leaving the bank in 2001 he has written four books and has been involved in a number of philanthropic efforts, including chairing the board of Catholic Health Initiatives, America’s second largest not-for-profit hospital and healthcare system. Continue reading Chris Lowney — What Jesuit Spirituality Can Teach Us About Global Leadership
Son of Saul, the winner of the Grand Prix at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, features Saul Auslander, a Hungarian-Jewish prisoner, played by Géza Röhrig, as a member of the Sonderkommando at Auschwitz-Birkenau, forced to cremate the bodies of fellow prisoners gassed by the Nazis at the concentration camp.
When he wants to start realising his task he thinks he recognizes his son among the dead. Meanwhile other members of the Sonderkommando learn about their impending extermination, rise up and destroy the crematorium. Despite that, Saul keeps focused on his own plan to save his son’s corpse from the flames and find a rabbi to say Kaddish at a proper funeral. Continue reading Hungarian ‘Son Of Saul’ Wins Golden Globe For Best Foreign Language Film
It only takes place every five years and, for young pianists looking to start their international careers, it is one of the most prestigious and awaited piano competitions in the world.
“The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2015 is awarded to the Belarusian author Svetlana Alexievich for her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time,” said Professor Sara Danius, Permanent Secretary of the Swedish Academy announcing the Award on October 8. Later she added that for the last three or four decades Alexievich had been busy mapping the Soviet and post-Soviet individual. Even though she talks about events, her books are full of emotions and all events are just a pretext to explore the individual and the human soul.
You never know where to go for dinner if you don’t know the city you’re in that well. You’re hungry, time’s running and you’d like to make the most out of your stay. We had the same problem in Bucharest. We’d had a tiring Monday full of meetings followed by an eight kilometre late-afternoon run down the streets of Romania’s capital late November. We knew we could definitely use some Romanian wine and enjoy a nice place. Continue reading An Unexpected Culinary Feast In Romania’s Capital
Roman Vishnic is the best known photograher who captured on film the Jewish culture on the eve of the Holocaust. His photographs have made an enormous impact on today’s image of what the Jews’ life in Eastern Europe was like before World War II than anybody else’s. Continue reading CEE Jews In the 1930s Pictured By a Russian Photographer
Latvia — a green country with sandy seashore beaches, vast forests and unspoilt nature, with a serene rhythm of life in the countryside, with modern cities, unassertive but hospitable people, a safe environment… Latvia has many reasons to be proud of. Continue reading Latvia — best enjoyed slowly
Ida is the first foreign language Oscar win for Poland even though the country’s films have been nominated ten times within the last five decades. The film defeated the much-fancied Russian anti-Putin satire Leviathan.
“Who will feel like watching an old grandma on the screen for one and a half hours?” said Danuta Szaflarska when she was offered the leading role in Dorota Kędzierzawska’s Time To Die. She was 92 at the time. Last February, the actress celebrated her 100th birthday!
The Ukrainian popstar is much more than the most well-known character from the record-breaking Fox TV series Meet The Russians. She is also an accomplished singer, a patriot and a social activist. Now, six months after the broadcast of the series’ last episode in the UK, it is time to get to know Kamaliya’s other side.