HOME TO POLAND by Christine Hotchkiss


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A Polish aristocrat by birth, now married to an American, Mrs. Hotchkiss was sent by the Readers' Digest to visit Poland after it had freed itself from total Russian domination in October, 1956. Her well-organized, comprehensive yet detailed report covers almost every facet of Poland--its past, its present, its possible future. Mrs. Hotchkiss met top government officials, religious leaders, intellectuals, peasants, workers, students, returned slave laborers. She visited her old family estate, now a workers' cooperative, collective farms, the major Polish cities, a state vacation resort, factories, universities, night clubs, coffee houses. The book she has written, although rather shallow politically, is an interesting, colorful and informative visit to a new kind of country--a modified Communist state that has been able to come to terms with Russia. As such the book has an importance that contrasts rather oddly with the author's homey rather breathless style. However, her informal woman's touch might well bring Home to Poland a larger readership than a book of this sort usually enjoys.

Pub Date: April 4th, 1958
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Cudahy