By David J. Jackson
In Classrooms and Barrooms, David J. Jackson recounts his stories in the course of a semester-long Fulbright Fellowship in Poland the place he taught periods on the college point and discovered extra approximately Poland and himself than he anticipated. From the trepidation linked to studying he used to be assigned to educate in a urban thought of through such a lot to be a nasty wilderness to assembly American and varnish colleagues for the 1st time, Jackson's concerns vanished as he quick discovered to simply accept the demanding situations Poland offered. midway via his time in Poland he stumbled right into a bar populated with an ever-changing forged of eccentric locals who welcomed him into their global. each one stopover at led him to a different revelation approximately Polish heritage and tradition. Alternating between hilarious, somber, and uplifting, Jackson's reports within the study rooms and barrooms of Poland goal either to notify and entertain.
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To Kresowa. The crowd was small, and I noticed the beautiful brown-haired woman. Zbyszek the musician was not working behind the bar, but his lady-friend Ania was. I ordered a beer, she poured it, and collected the five złoty coin. A bald man was sitting between me and the beautiful woman. He spoke to me in English. ” I frequently wondered how Poles always seemed to know where I was from, even before I’d said anything. While I was in Poland I dressed in black and didn’t wear tennis shoes. Sneakers and bright colors usually give Americans away.
He asked. “I really don’t,” I admitted. “I will try to explain,” he said. ” “Yes,” I said. “Well, we had lands in the east—in Ukraine, Belarus,” he said. “Those lands were called the Kresy. ” Poland, of course, had lost those lands after World War II. In exchange they’d received lands to the west, from Germany. For example, all of the Poles were moved out of Lwow in Ukraine, and all the Germans were moved out of Breslau. The cities were then renamed Lviv and Wrocław, respectively. 40 Chapter Seven “Polish history is very fascinating,” I said.
20 (Dis)Orientation 21 In Wrocław we mostly attended lectures and language classes. But we did have a day set aside for tourism, and in typical Polish fashion we got much more than our money’s worth: the day was long and filled with detailed explanations of every site we visited. Wrocław is located in Lower Silesia, Śląsk in Polish. The area became part of the modern Polish state only after World War II, when eight million Germans were moved out, and six million Poles, many from what is now part of Ukraine, were moved in.