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Posted February 25, 2006
Why on earth would anyone be interested in a book called Detroit¿s Polonia if they were neither from Detroit nor Polish? The answer is because Wendt Jensen has painstakingly compiled, edited, and composed a brilliant pictorial history that speaks volumes on the human condition¿ and, if you happen to be a Polish Detroiter¿ well, that¿s just icing on the paczki. This book is fascinating collection of stories told through hundreds of compelling photographs accompanied by a clear, caption-style text that is peppered with humor, loaded with interesting factoids, and filled with historical accuracy as well as the integrity of tireless research. This elegant book takes us on a wild journey from a 1900¿s photo of the boys down at Olschefsky¿s Saloon, to turn-of-the-century Polish nuns, the 339th ¿Polar Bear¿ WWI Infantry, a dolled up ¿Stella the Riveter¿, a heart wrenching, Depression-Era Eviction photo, and oh yeah, who could forget Eleanor Roosevelt¿s September 9th, 1935 Detroit stop on the Slavonic Rhapsody tour??? Detroit¿s Polonia chronicles the life and times of an overlooked and previously underrepresented segment of immigrants who came from Poland with little more than a dream and who ultimately crafted a soulfully rich heritage for not only Detroit and America, but for future global generations. Sto Lat!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.