About Brigid Pasulka

Brigid Pasulka, the descendant of Polish immigrants, first arrived in Krakow in the early nineties, with no contacts, no knowledge of the language, and only a vague idea of Polish culture. She quickly fell in love with the place, learned Polish, and decided to live there for one year. She currently teaches English at a magnet high school in her native Chicago, and is still a frequent visitor to Krakow. An award-winning short story writer, "A Long, Long Time Ago and Essentially True" is her first novel.

A Brief History of the Polish Resistance

By September 25, 2009

When I first went to live in Poland in 1994, I didn’t know anything about the Polish resistance during the war. I first learned of it in one of the barrack displays at Auschwitz, but I thought then that the … Read More

The Neverending Story

By September 24, 2009

A few weeks ago, we passed the 70th anniversary of the start of World War II. Not many people alive experienced it firsthand, and those who did were only children at the time. And yet that war remains the setting … Read More

Jonathan Safran Foer, Eastern Europe, and Me

By September 23, 2009

I’ve always privileged time for writing over time for reading, so I was late coming to Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer.  I’d already been working on A Long, Long Time Ago on and off for over ten years … Read More

Does Antisemitism Still Exist in Poland?

By September 22, 2009

So what is left of Jewish culture in Poland today?    In Krakow, there is one operating synagogue (Remuh) with a congregation of about 150.    Estimates of the number of people with Jewish roots who are still living in Poland run … Read More

Going After Krakow

By September 21, 2009

Brigid Pasulka is the author of the novel A Long, Long Time Ago and Essentially True, which takes place in Poland. She is guest-blogging on Jewcy this week, and this is her first post.   When I went to Poland … Read More