October 5, 2017
On behalf of the Polish Club of Atlanta and the Polish Saturday School in Norcross we would like to invite you to the Taste of Poland Festival on Saturday, October 14th, from 11:00 am till 3:00 pm, which will tell about the forbidden stories of Poland during 1939-1944.
What is Forbidden Poland?
Here are some examples...
From October 1939 “normal” life ceased to exist. Unnoticeable, ordinary, everyday things suddenly became severely punishable crimes. Every aspect of life was controlled and restricted. Everything Polish was forbidden, including the word “Poland” - Polish national colors, Polish language, Polish names of streets, institutions or offices, Polish books written by Polish authors, music composed by Polish composers (especially Chopin’s, because Robert Schumann said that his music is like “cannons hidden in flowers” - and, by the way, he was right). A Pole caught listening to or singing the Polish national anthem, was shot on sight. Attending schools was forbidden, except four classes of an elementary school or a technical education. A Pole, a subhuman only needed to count to a 100 and understand the German commands. It was forbidden to visit libraries, theaters, cinemas, parks, fields, swimming pools and sit on public benches. It was forbidden to have and to listen to the radio. Cars, skies, weapons, radio sets, books, mills and grinders, some apartments, homes, life stock… were confiscated. Using public forms of transportation was forbidden - trams, buses, trains - without special permission and only in designated parts. Everything that wasn’t strictly forbidden, was rationed by cards - food, clothing, coal - in amounts too small to survive, of very poor quality, and very expensive.
Marriages were forbidden for males under 28 and females under 25. Parents of a newborn baby had only 16 approved names to choose from and the middle name was always Kazimiera or Kazimierz.
Marshall Las was imposed, which changed slightly through the years, but mostly curfew was between 8pm and 5am.
Any information about the Polish Underground Government was forbidden. Stories about Polish soldiers and their inventions that influenced the lot of those fighting were forbidden then and long time after.
Taste of Poland Festival supports financially the Polish Saturday School in Norcross.
Please see attached leaflets for details about the event and a few interesting facts from the Festival’s subject.
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We are looking forward to seeing you there!
Forbidden Poland 1939-1944, Dorota Olson
Taste of Poland 2017 POSTER1E, Dorota Olson
Taste of poland 2017 POSTER2E, Dorota Olson
Taste of poland 2017 MENU, Dorota Olson