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162_8860615599_6148_nStanley Bill is the founder of Notes from Poland. Stanley is a literary scholar and translator currently working as Lecturer in Polish Studies at the University of Cambridge. He has spent almost ten years of his life in Poland, mostly in Krakow and Bielsko-Biała, and he remains a frequent visitor. He originally hails from Perth, Australia, but he has also lived in Chicago and Paris.

Stanley Bill jest założycielem Notes from Poland. Jest on literaturoznawcą i tłumaczem obecnie zatrudnionym na Uniwersytecie Cambridge w Wielkiej Brytanii. Spędził prawie 10 lat w Polsce, głównie w Krakowie i w Bielsku-Białej. Pochodzi z Perth w Australii, ale także mieszkał parę lat w Chicago i w Paryżu.

 

IMG_1445 - Copy2Daniel Tilles is a British historian and assistant professor at the Pedagogical University of Cracow. He first moved to Poland in 2004, and has lived there the majority of the time since, observing first hand the ways in which the country has (and hasn’t) changed during that period.

His research interests include migration, politics (in particular fascism and the far right), racism and antisemitism, as well as Jewish history. Details of his academic work can be found here. He can be followed on Twitter and Facebook, or contacted by email at daniel.tilles.2007(at)live.rhul.ac.uk.

4 comments

  1. Julius Haralampou

    Hey Stanley,

    I’m from Brisbane and living in Krakow. I really like your blog mate. Quick question, I’m looking to start learning Polish, can I ask how you went about learning it yourself?

    Thanks

    Julius

  2. Geoff Bardell

    I have loved Poles and Poland for over 50 years of my life.

    However, I have never been more saddened in this past half century than by the denial of the scale and seriousness of the current migrant and refugee crisis, and by the lack of empathy and demonizing of non-Europeans and non-Christians by so many Poles.
    Is this the same nation that in its time of need emigrated in mass to the US at the turn of the 19th/20th century and to Western Europe post-2004?

    Is this the same nation that experienced mass destruction of its people and towns and that was demonized by the Nazis as being ‘Untermensch’ during WW2?

    I address the following questions to those Poles who are opposed to welcoming migrants and refugees to Poland.
    Why do you say little or nothing about the fact that over 10 million Syrians – half the Syrian nation – are homeless resulting in some 6 million displaced in their own country and some 4 million refugees outside of Syria?

    Why do you say little or nothing about how you would react if you were bombed out of your home in a war-torn, terrorized country with little prospect of peace?

    Why do you say little or nothing about the Pope’s desire that every parish takes in one refugee family and that the second greatest commandment of the Bible is that ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself’?

    Why do you say little or nothing about what your solution to the crisis is, other than ‘we don’t want them here’?

    There are no easy solutions.

    Indeed, I believe that Europe is facing extremely difficult and unstable times comparable to the inter-war period. But the way forward is not that of the inter-war demonizing of those deemed as ‘Other’ and not that of an increasing polarizing between those on the political right and those on the left.

    I consider that my own country’s media in demonizing British Muslims, migrants and refugees is disgraceful. I am ashamed of many Britons but I am also ashamed of many Poles.

  3. emigrant

    I have loved Poles and Poland for over 50 years of my life.

    However, I have never been more saddened in this past half century than by the denial of the scale and seriousness of the current migrant and refugee crisis, and by the lack of empathy and demonizing of non-Europeans and non-Christians by so many Poles.

    Is this the same nation that in its time of need emigrated in mass to the US at the turn of the 19th/20th century and to Western Europe post-2004?

    Is this the same nation that experienced mass destruction of its people and towns and that was demonized by the Nazis as being ‘Untermensch’ during WW2?

    I address the following questions to those Poles who are opposed to welcoming migrants and refugees to Poland.

    Why do you say little or nothing about the fact that over 10 million Syrians – half the Syrian nation – are homeless resulting in some 6 million displaced in their own country and some 4 million refugees outside of Syria?

    Why do you say little or nothing about how you would react if you were bombed out of your home in a war-torn, terrorized country with little prospect of peace?

    Why do you say little or nothing about the Pope’s desire that every parish takes in one refugee family and that the second greatest commandment of the Bible is that ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself’?

    Why do you say little or nothing about what your solution to the crisis is, other than ‘we don’t want them here’?

    There are no easy solutions.

    Indeed, I believe that Europe is facing extremely difficult and unstable times comparable to the inter-war period. But the way forward is not that of the inter-war demonizing of those deemed as ‘Other’ and not that of an increasing polarizing between those on the political right and those on the left.

    I consider that my own country’s media in demonizing British Muslims, migrants and refugees is disgraceful. I am ashamed of many Britons but I am also ashamed of many Poles.

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