Recommended Reading and Viewing

Humanity in Action will periodically post recommended reading and viewing for conference attendees. Please check this page for updates.


Norman Davies, God's Playground: A History of Poland, Vol. 1: The Origins to 1795 (book | review)

Norman Davies, God's Playground: A History of Poland, Vol. 2: 1795 to the Present (book | review)

Jan Karski, Story of a Secret State: My Report to the World (book | review)

Steve Crawshaw and John Jackson, Small Acts of Resistance: How Courage, Tenacity, and Ingenuity Can Change the World (book | review)

Timothy Snyder, Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin (book | review)

Tony Judt, Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945 (book | review)

Anne Applebaum, Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956 (book | review)

Tadeusz Borowski, This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen 

Jacek Kucharczyk and Jarosław Zbieranek (eds), Democracy in Poland 1989-2009: Challenges for the Future

Ryszard Kapuscinski, The Other (book | review)


Sławomir Łodziński, "The Protection of National and Ethnic Minorities in Poland after 1989"

Annamaria Orla-Bukowska, "Re-Presenting the Shoah in Poland and Poland in the Shoah"

Zdzisław Mach, "Polish National Culture and its Shifting Centres"

Zdzisław Mach, "The Roman Catholic Church in Poland and the Dynamics of Social Identity in Polish Society"

Timothy Garton Ash, "Why Poland? Why Workers? Why 1980?"

John Bayley, "In God's Playground"



Andrzej Wajda, A Generation (1955); Kanal (1957); Ashes and Diamonds (1958); Man of Marble (1977); Man of Iron (1988)

Ryszard Bugajski, Interrogation (1982)

Krzysztof Kieślowski, No End (1984); The Decalogue (1988)

Agnieszka Holland, Europa Europa (1990)

Roman Polanski, The Pianist (2002)

Yael Hersonski, A Film Unfinished (2010)