Last week I had the pleasure of sitting down with Dr. Marek Jan Chodakiewicz who is a professor of history and holds the Kosciuszko Chair of Polish Studies at the Institute of World Politics. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including Between Nazis and Soviets: Occupation Politics in Poland; Intermarium: The Land Between the Black and Baltic Seas; The Massacre in Jedwabne, July 10, 1941: Before, During, After; and After the Holocaust: Polish-Jewish Conflict in the Wake of World War II.
Given his background, I thought Dr. Chodakiewcz would just the person to ask about recent headlines concerning Poland and other Eastern European countries refusal to take in refugees and immigrants from North Africa and the Middle East. It was a simple question. But like many simple questions, there was not a simple answer. Fortunately, we had the luxury of being able to spend quite a bit of time together and were able to allow our conversation to cover not just immigration and Eastern Europe but a range of cultural and racial identity issues that are today so very fashionable in the United States and Western Europe.