National Geographic : 1982 Jul
I was sad to hear that some citizens of Taylor County were upset by the article on central Ken tucky. When I first saw myself quoted in dialect, I thought it looked odd, but after repeating it to myself, I realized it was written exactly as I said it. I was also sad to hear that some people were upset because they thought we were pictured as "country hicks." Maybe one of the reasons the population of young people here has increased through the years is because we have kept some of our beautiful country ways. Roger Blair Campbellsville, Kentucky POLAND I have to compliment you and thank you for the special supplement in your April 1982 issue, "The Face and Faith of Poland." I left Poland in 1939 as a German prisoner of war. It is hard to condense more than 1,000 years of history and the principles of a country like Poland in such a sensitive and compassionate way. Jan F. Cieszynski Polish-American Association of Wisconsin, Inc., Oshkosh The text is the best short summary of Polish history I ever saw. I taught the history of Polish civilization until my retirement last spring. Among the great figures I would put J6zef Pilsudski (1867-1935), who played a principal role when Poland regained her independence af ter World War I. Name withheld by request I congratulate you on your effort. However, I find it disturbing that the broadside does not rise above the stereotype of Poland as primitive, peasant, priest-ridden, and gray. Eugene Kusielewicz President, Polish National Alliance Brooklyn, New York I wish to protest most strongly certain statements by Czestaw Milosz in his essay on Poland, men tioning Poland's growth where "it gradually grew like a coral reef . . stretching far to the east to areas subsequently claimed by Russia." This wording is the misconstruing of historical facts. What Russia took from Poland was Russia's orig inal territory, which Poland captured from Rus sia during Tatar invasions. Leonid S. Polevoy Salt Lake City, Utah The maps publishedwith Dr. Mitosz's essay show seven stages of Poland's empire that waxed and waned over nine centuries. After Kievan Russia 1 illl \1 III "Vv Si D 6r-A!