Events

2019

My Friend the Polish Girl

March 30, 2019

Co-sponsoring the film My Friend the Polish Girl by Ewa Banaszkiewicz and Mateusz Dymek, Polish film directors from London. The film was screened during the 57th Ann Arbor Film Festival at the Michigan Theater. The Festival is internationally recognized as a premier forum showcasing the most creative and unique films of today’s preeminent moving image artists who cross boundaries, defy expectations, and experiment with concepts and techniques.
From Cannes and Telluride nominee Ewa Banaszkiewicz and Mateusz Dymek comes a fiction film that takes the form of a first time filmmaker’s documentary. My Friend the Polish Girl borrows from cinema verite and video bloggers to create a rare naturalism in style and performance. The fiction film watches as an experimental documentary told through the eyes and lens of amateur filmmaker Katie, an American rich kid following Alicja, an erratic unemployed Polish actress. Set in a post-Brexit London, Katie’s colonising, disruptive presence in Alicja’s life mirrors the treatment of migrants in the UK: welcomed, used, then discarded. A raw, sexual, and visually brash film exploring the abusive power and control over someone’s intimacy.

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"My Friend the Polish Girl" film still
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Meeting with Ewa Banaszkiewicz and Mateusz Dymek

2018

The Polish Spirit of Independence

December 7, 2018 – January 2, 2019

This year Poland is celebrating the centenary of regaining independence. To share our joy we present “The Spirit of Polish Independence”. We encourage Americans to see our exhibition to learn about Poland’s history and its connections with The United States. Learn about Kosciuszko and Pulaski, two Poles who were prominent figures in the fight for American independence. Discover the fascinating story of American pilots who defended Poland against the Bolsheviks in 1920, and later joined the Polish Army, together with its American and British allies, in the fight against Nazi Germany. Exhibition sponsors and organizers: Polish Cultural Fund – Ann Arbor, The University of Michigan Polish Student Association and Ann Arbor Polonia Association.

25th Ann Arbor Polish Film Festival

November 7 – 11, 2019

FESTIVAL GUESTS:
Filip Bajon (film director), Olga Bieniek (film producer), Sławomir Grünberg (film director), Kasia Dąbkowska-Kułacz (film director), Marlena Kreńska (film producer), Krzysztof Zanussi (film director)

FILM COMPETITION WINNERS:
Kasia Dąbkowska-Kułacz, Mateusz Gołębiewski, Pat Howl Kostyszyn

FEATURE FILMS:
Rok spokojnego słońca / A Year of the Quiet Sun, dir. Krzysztof Zanussi
Cicha noc Silent Nightdir. Piotr Domalewski
Kler Clergy, dir. Wojciech Smarzowski
Kamerdyner / The Butler, dir. Filip Bajon
7 uczuć / 7 Feelings, dir. Marek Koterski
Tarapaty / Double Trouble, dir. Marta Karwowska
Miasto 44  / Warsaw ’44, dir. Jan Komasa

DOCUMENTARIES & SHORT FILMS:
Ciche godziny / Quiet Hours, dir. Paul Szynol
Ostatni misjonarze / The Last Missionaries, dir. Simon Target
Tamtej nocy / Off the Hook, dir. Pat Howl Kostyszyn
Świtezianka / The Nixie, dir. Julia Bui Ngoc & Mai Bui Ngoc
Praca / Labour, dir. Mateusz Gołębiewski
Modus Operandi Modus Operandi, dir. Remigiusz Biernacki
Podróż Bogdana / Bogdan’s Journey, dir. Michał Jaskulski & Lawrence Loewinger
Universam Grochów / Universam Grochów, dir. Tomasz Knittel
Niebo bez gwiazd / A Sky without Stars, dir. Katarzyna Dąbkowska-Kułacz

CARTOONS:
Żubr Pompik / Bison Pompik, dir. Wiesław Zięba
Basia / Basia, dir. Łukasz Kacprowicz & Marcin Wasilewski 

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Krzysztof Zanussi & Ann Arbor Polonia at Gala Reception
25th Ann Arbor Polish Film Festival 2018

Photo by Marcin Szczepanski
Katarzyna Dąbkowska-Kułacz

Polish History in Film Masterpieces

October – November, 2018

To celebrate the 100th years of Poland’s regained independence, the Polish Filmmakers Association presented a series of films with a historical theme. The films showed various historical periods, and offer insight into Polish history from the viewpoint of several generations, ranging from Andrzej Wajda to Jan Komasa. Polish Cultulat Fund – Ann Arbor is proud to host and co-sponsor the series Polish History in Film Masterpieces.

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Polish Bilingual Day

October 28, 2018

Co-sponsoring the Polish Bilingual Day organized by the Polish Mission of the Orchard Lake Schools and Polish – American Congress at the American Polish Cultural Center of Troy. The event was addressed to all children of Polish descent and their families. The program included a theater workshop, folk art workshop, Polish – American Numismatic Society presentation, game room, performance Pchła Szachrajka by the group the Polish Theatre Institute from New York, party and disco for kids.

2017

Polish Language Teachers Workshop

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures hosted the NAATPI workshop Teaching with Authentic Materials: Theoretical and Practical Classroom Implications. The workshop, organized by Ewa Pasek was attended by 27 language teachers from various universities and colleges. The workshop program addressed challenges language instructors face while incorporating authentic materials into their curricula. The participants also discussed the future of Polish language teaching and learning, and different modes of language instruction that technology offers.
The workshop was cosponsored by the Polish Cultural Fund, Copernicus Program in Polish Studies and U-M Language Resource Center.

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NAATPI workshop participants

Duo Klavitarre Concert

Organized and financed Duo Klavitarre concert at Kerrytown Concert House. The concert was performed by Jolanta and Maciej Ziemski, who have been playing as Duo Klavitarre for twelve years. Both artists graduated with awards from the Music Academy in Łódź, Poland, and currently live in Bremen, Germany. 

Duo Klavitarre members, Jolanta and Maciej Ziemski.
Jolanta & Maciej Ziemski

24th Ann Arbor Polish Film Festival

FESTIVAL GUEST:
Łukasz Nowak (film director)

FILM COMPETITION WINNERS:
Łukasz Nowak (Best Debut)
Łukasz Śródka (Best Documentary)

FEATURE FILMS:
Wołyń / Volhynia, dir. Wojciech Smarzowski
Sztuka kochania / The Art of Loving, dir. Maria Sadowska
Po prostu przyjaźń / Simply Friendship, dir. Filip Zylber
Powidoki / Afterimage, dir. Andrzej Wajda
Za niebieskimi drzwiami / Behind the Blue Door, dir. Mariusz Palej

CARTOONS: 
Mami Fatale / Mami Fatale, dir. Marcin Wasilewski
Przytul mnie / Hug me, dir. Mateusz Jarmulski

DOCUMENARIES AND SHORT FILMS:
W absolutnej ciszy / In Absolute Silence, dir. Łukasz  Śródka
Zygmunt Hübner – gra z rzeczywistością / Zygmunt Hübner – Playing with Reality, dir. Edyta Wróblewska
Sen o Warszawie / Dreaming of Warsaw, dir. Mateusz Czuchnowski
Daniel / Daniel, dir. Anastazja Dąbrowska
Złe uczynki / Evil Deeds, dir. Piotr Domalewski
Kurs / The Ride, dir. Kacper Anuszewski
Drzewo i ja / The Tree and Me, dir. Łukasz Nowak
Jestem Tomek / I Am Tomek, dir. Paweł Son Ngo

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Amy Olszewski & Rick Tylor
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Małgorzata Kowalczyk, Iwona Wertenberger & Agata Dow
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Festival Reception

2016

The Theatre of Eighth Day

Co-hosted visit of Ewa Wójciak and The Theatre of Eighth Day. Wójciak gave a Copernicus Program in Polish Studies lecture Breaking Boundaries Before and After Censorship: A Personal Story of When and How You Should Say No.

Polish Cultural Fund members with the Theater of the Eight Day members.
Małgorzata Kowalczyk, Agata Dow & the Theatre members

Robert Biedroń

Co-hosted Robert Biedroń, mayor of Słupsk, Poland, a Polish LGTB activist. Biedron delivered a Copernicus Program in Polish Studies lecture Sexual minorities and Civil Rights in Poland.

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Robert Biedroń

23th Ann Arbor Polish Film Festival

FESTIVAL GUEST:
Mitja Okorn (film director)

FILM COMPETITION WINNERS:
Kinga Dębska & Maria Konwicka (Best Documentary)

FEATURE FILMS:
Ciało / Body, dir. Małgorzata Szumowska
Carte blanche / Carte blanche,  dir. Jacek Lusiński
Planeta singli / Planet Single, dir. Mitja Okorn
Zaćma / Blidness, dir. Ryszard Bugajski
11 minut / 11 Minutes, dir. Jerzy Skolimowski
Klub włóczykijów / Gadabouts club, dir. Tomasz Szafrański

CARTOONS:
Proszę słonia / Please elephant, dir. Witold Giersz

DOCUMENTARIES & SHORT FILMS:
Ameryka / America, dir. Aleksandra Terpińska
Upadek Ikara / Fall of Icarus,  dir. Paweł Son Ngo
Lila / Lila, dir. Dominika Łapka
Niewidzialne / Invisible, dir. Zofia Pręgowska
To, czego chcę / What I want, dir. Damian Kocur
Aktorka / Actress, dir. Kinga Dębska, Maria Konwicka
Karski i władca ludzkości / Karski & the Lords of Humanity, dir. Sławomir Grünberg 

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Photo by Marcin Szczepanski/Multimedia Director and Senior Producer, University of Michigan  

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Reception at Amadeus Restaurant

2015

Tomasz Stańko

Co-hosted visit of prominent Polish jazz trumpeter and composer, Tomasz Stańko. Stańko performed at Hill Auditorium with his New Balladyna Quartet.
Stańko was strongly associated with free jazz and the avant-garde. He established a reputation as a leading figure not only in Polish jazz, but on the world stage as well, working with many notable musicians.

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Andrzej Myc, Tomasz Stańko, Andrzej Dolata

Bridging Urban America

Co-finansed the documentary film Bridging Urban America: the story of master Engineer, Ralph Modjeski by Barbara and Leonard Myszyński about a visionary engineer and America’s bridges.

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Barbara Myszyńska & PCF members

Jacek Bojakowski

Organized and financed Dr. Jacek Bojakowski lecture Sight Resolution, Brain Intergration and Minature Portrait, czyli rozdzielczość wzroku, integracja mózgowa i miniatura portretowa and exhibition of Dr. Bojakowski minature portraits. The exhibition took place at local Amadeus restaurant.

Polish Cultural Fund members with Dr. Jacek Bojakowski
Jacek Bojakowski, Andrzej Dolata

22th Ann Arbor Polish Film Festival

FESTIVAL GUESTS: 
Kinga Dębska (film director)

FILM COMPETITION WINNERS:
Tomasz Protokowicz, Simon Target

FEATURE FILMS:
Żyć nie umierać / Life Must Go On, dir. Maciej Migas
Bogowie / Gods, dir. Łukasz Palkowski
ObywatelCitizen, dir. Jerzy Stuhr
Moje córki krowyThese Daughters of Mine, dir. Kinga Dębska
Fotograf / The Photographer, dir. Waldemar Krzystek
Gabriel / Gabriel, dir. Mikołaj Haremski

CARTOONS
Pamiętnik Florki / Florka’s Diary 
Dwanaście miesięcy / Polish Fairy Tales: Twelve Months
Parauszek i przyjaciele / Mr. Parauszek and Friends
Krawiec Niteczka / Tailor Niteczka

DOCUMENTARIES & SHORT FILMS:
Nasz Kasprowy / Our Kasprowy, dir. Janusz Julo Sus
Dawno temu na Śląsku / A Long Time Ago in Silesia, dir. Tomasz Protokowicz
Nóż w wozie / Knife in the Wife, dir. Vita Maria Drygas
Dotknięcie anioła / The Touch of an Angel, dir. Marek Tomasz Pawłowski
Radoslaw / Radoslaw, dir. Małgorzata Brama
Brzostek – historia pewnego powrotu / A Town Called Brzostek, dir. Simon Target

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Photo by Marcin Szczepanski
Simon Target & Beata Zatorska
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Michigan Theater

2014

21th Ann Arbor Polish Film Festival

FESTIVAL GUESTS:
Marek Probosz (actor)

FILM COMPETITION WINNERS:
Sophia Turkiewicz

FEATURE FILMS:
Jack Strong / Jack Strong, dir. Władysław Pasikowski
Bokser / Boxer
, dir. Tomasz Blachnicki
Kamienie na Szaniec / Stones for the
Rampart, dir. Robert Gliński
Wałęsa. Człowiek z nadziei / Walesa. Man of Hope
,  dir. Andrzej Wajda
Kochanie, chyba cię zabiłem / Honey, I Think I’ve Killed You, dir. Jakub Niescierow

DOCUMENTARIES & SHORT FILMS:
Aram / Aram, dir. Krzysztof Talczewski
Arena / Arena, dir. Martin Rath
Niegdyś moja matka / Once My Mother, dir. Sophia Turkiewicz
Sen o Warszawie / Dream of Warsaw, dir. Krzysztof Magowski
Las cieni / The
Shadow Forest, dir. Andrzej Cichocki
Zabicie ciotki
/ Killing Auntie, dir. Mateusz Głowacki
Chapri / Chapri
, dir. Katarzyna Płazińska
Powroty Szymona / Shimon’s Returns, dir. Sławomir Grünberg, Katka Reszke

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Katarzyna Płazińska

Promoted and subsidized Chapri film by Katarzyna Płazińska at the Szczecin European Festival. The author shows the hand-crafting of Muslim paper through simple cinematic means: “Light, shadow, and sound form an impressionistic portrait of an ephemeral act.” The craftswoman, Katharina Siedler, uses a technique that traces back to the 8th century. 

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"Chapri" film still

2013

Marcin Giżycki

Co-hosted and co-financed the visit of Marcin Giżycki and his presentation of the history of Polish animation at the 51th Ann Arbor Film Festival. Marcin Gizycki presented a survey of works beginning in 1957, the opening of what is generally considered the “Golden Age of Polish Animation” through the present day. 

The Exhibition: Operation AB – Katyń

The Exhibition: Operation AB – Katyń was a multi panel educational project that aimed to shed light on the cooperative efforts of Nazi Germany and the U.S.S.R. to systematically exterminate the elites of the Polish nation in WWII. Using never-before-seen photographs and avant-garde scholarship, the panels were an invitation to learn about the horrendous crimes against the Polish nation and to raise questions about accountability for actions. Those crimes perpetrated by the Soviet Union, described collectively as the Katyn Massacre, have never been prosecuted.The exhibition was free event, open to students, academic Scholars and Ann Arbor residents for two weeks.

 

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Karski & The Lords of Humanity

Sponsored Sławomir Grünberg’s film Karski & The Lords of Humanity
Emmy Award-winning Grünberg turns his lens on Jan Karski, one of the most courageous and least known underground Polish soldier from World War II. He infiltrated the Warsaw Ghetto, a Transit Camp, then carried his eyewitness reports of the atrocities to Britain and the United States to inform the Allied powers of Nazi crimes against the Jews in an effort to prevent the Holocaust.

20th Ann Arbor Polish Film Festival

FESTIVAL GUEST:
Ryszard Bugajski (film director), 
Maria Mamona (actress), Bożena Garus-Hockuba (film director)

FILM COMPETITION WINNERS:
Sławomir G
rünberg, Adrian Pawica, Tomasz Wiśniewski

FEATURED FILMS:
Podejrzani zakochani / Suspiciously in Love
dir. Sławomir Kryński
Sęp / Vulture, dir. Eugeniusz Korin
Miłość / Loving, dir. Sławomir Fabicki
W imię… / In the Name of…, dir. Małgorzata Szumowska
Układ zamknięty / The Closed Circuit, dir. Ryszard Bugajski

DOCUMENTARIES & SHORT FILMS:
Czerwony guzik / The Red Button, dir. Ewa Pięta, Mirosław Grubek 
American Montage /American Montage, dir. Janek Ambros
Maestro Rodziński / Maestro Rodzinski, dir. Bożena Garus-Hockuba
Wyrzutki / Castaways, dir. Sławomir Gnberg, Tomasz Wiśniewski
Czwarty rozbiór / Fourth Partition, dir. Adrian Prawica
Santa Rosa /Santa Rosa, dir. Sławomir Grünberg
Ciemny gaj / Shady Grove, dir. Kastor Podgórski

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Polish Cultural Fund members with Slawomir Grunberg
Andrzej Dolata, Andrzej Myc, Sławomir Grünberg

2012

19th Ann Arbor Polish Film Festival

FESTIVAL GUEST:
Steven Craig Oliver (film director)

FILM COMPETITION WINNERS:
Kordian Kądziela, Philip Lauri

FEATURED FILMS:
80 milionów / 80 Million, dir. Waldemar Krzystek
Sponsoring / Elles, dir. Małgorzata Szumowska
Róża / Rose, dir. Wojtek Smarzowski
Wymyk / Courage, dir. Greg Zglinski
Supermarket / Supermarket, dir. Maciej Żak

DOCUMENTARIES & SHORT FILMS:
Po fabryce / After the Factory, dir. Philip Lauri
Nie zupełnie biały / Not Quite White, dir. Jamil Khoury, Stephen Combs
Sztuka przetrwania / The Art of Survival, dir. Anna Ferens
Muka! / Boo!, dir. Kordian Kądziela

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Agnieszka Holland

Co-sponsored Annual Copernicus Program in Polish Studies lecture given by acclaimed film director and screenwriter Agnieszka Holland. The lecture A Filmmaker’s Approach to Society’s Most Vexing Concerns was followed by a free screening of Oscar nominated movie In Darkness.

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Meeting with Agnieszka Holland

2011

18th Ann Arbor Polish Film Festival

FESTIVAL GUESTS:
Antoni Krauze (film director), Magdalena Łazarkiewicz (film director) 

FILM COMPETITION WINNER:
Piotr Uzarowicz

FEATURED FILMS:
Huśtawka / The Swing, dir. Tomasz Lewkowicz
Wygrany / The Winner, dir. Wiesław Saniewski
Czarny czwartek. Janek Wiśniewski padł / Black Thursday, dir. Antoni Krauze
Maraton tańca / Dance Marathon, dir. Magdalena Łazarkiewicz

DOCUMENTARIES & SHORT FILMS:
Video niekontrolowane / Uncontrolled Video, dir. Anna Ferens
Powrót do Stołowic / Return to Stolowicze, dir. Marek Dojs
Żona oficera / The Officer’s Wife, dir. Piotr Uzarowicz
Planeta Krisana / Planet Kirsan, dir. Magdalena Pieta
Zobaczyłem zjednoczony naród / I Saw the Nation United, dir. Anna Ferens

"Black Thursday" film poster

2010

17th Ann Arbor Polish Film Festival

FESTIVAL GUESTS:
Anna Ferens (film director), Agnieszka Wójtowicz-Vosloo (film director)

FILM COMPETITION WINNER:
Bożena Garus-Hockuba 

FEATURED FILMS:
Cudowne lato / Wonderful Summer, dir. Ryszard Brylski 
Różyczka / Little Rose, dir. Jan Kidawa-Błoński
Handlarz cudów / Miracle Seller, dir. Jarosław Szoda, Bolesław Pawica
After.Life / After.Life, dir. Agnieszka Wójtowicz-Vosloo

DOCUMENTARIES & SHORT FILMS:
Warszawa do wzięcia / Warsaw Available, dir. Karolina Bielawska, Julia Ruszkiewicz
Co mogą martwi jeńcy / What Can Dead Prisoners Do,  dir. Anna Ferens
Mama / Mom, dir. Krzysztof Piotrowski
Odebrali mu miłość / They Took His Love Away, dir. Bożena Garus-Hockuba

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"Little Rose" film still
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"Little Rose" film still

2009

16th Ann Arbor Polish Film Festival

FESTIWAL GEUSETS:
Barbara Myszyński (film director & producer), Leonard Myszyński (photographer and film producer)

FILM COMPETITION WINNERS:
Jolanta Dylewska

FEATURED FILMS:
Generał Nil / General Nil, dir. Ryszard Bugajski,
Rysa / Scratch, dir. Michał Rosa
Wojna polsko-ruska / Polish-Russian War, dir. Xawery Żuławski
Ile waży koń trojański? / How Much Does the Trojan Horse Weigh?, dir. Juliusz Machulski

DOCUMENTARIES & SHORT FILMS:
Pistolet do wynajęcia / Gun for Hire,  dir. Piotr Zarębski
Po-Lin / Po-Lin, dir. Jolanta Dylewska
Coming Out po polsku / Coming Out in Poland, dir. Sławomir Grünberg
Modjeska – Woman Triumphant, dir. Barbara Myszyński

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Wolna Grupa Bukowina

Supported concert by the Wolna Grupa Bukowina – a Polish music band singing poetry and ballads, touristic songs, folk and soft folk-rock, inspired by Bob Dylan and the other American folk-singers.

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Wolna Grupa Bukowina

2008

15th Ann Arbor Polish Film Festival

FESTIVAL GUESTS: 
Bruce Checefsky (film director), Anna Ferens (film director), Krzysztof Kopczyński (film director), Ewa Stankiewicz (film director)

FILM COMPETITION WINNERS: 
Anna Ferens & Ewa Stankiewicz
Krzysztof Kopczyński 

FEATURED FILMS:
Korowód / Twists of Fate, dir. Jerzy Stuhr
Sztuczki / Tricks , dir. Andrzej Jakimowski
Futro / Fur, dir. Tomasz Drozdowicz
Lejdis / Lejdis, dir. Tomasz Konecki
Kobieta i koła / A Woman and Circles, dir. Bruce Checefsky

DOCUMENTARIES & SHORT FILMS:
Pierwszy dzień / The First Day, dir. Marcin Sauter
Kamienna cisza / Stone Silence, dir. Krzysztof Kopczyński
Trzech kumpli / Three Buddies, dir. Ewa Stankiewicz, Anna Ferens

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Anna Ferens & Ewa Stankiewicz
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Reception at Amadeus Restaurant

Modjeska – Woman Triumphant

Supported documentary film by Barbara Myszyńska and Leonard Myszyński Modrzejewska – Triumf kobiety /Modjeska – Women Triumphant about the life and passions of Polish actress Helena Modjeska in nineteenth century America.

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Helena Modjeska