Monday, August 25, 2014

"Kanal," screening at the Niles Public Library (IL)

Sun., Sept. 7, 2-3:30pm 
 Registration required
Not rated, 96 min.
 In observance of the 70th anniversary of the heroic 63-day Warsaw Uprising during World War II, the library screens the 1957 award-winning Polish film, directed by Andrzej Wajda and shown with English subtitles. The Niles high school film instructor, Tom Rajewski Herman, introduces Kanal and leads the post-film discussion.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A new illustrated First World War One website was launched

recently by the Illustrated London News Ltd (ILN) featuring  archive material from the Illustrated London News - said to be  the world's first illustrated magazine. The site  presents  digitized pages from the Illustrated London News 1914-1918 and seven other  publications; a wealth of editorial features providing context for the source material; a timeline; a range of topics from “Animals and War” and “Trench Life” to “Sport and the War”; and a blog  by young historians appointed for the project.

Here is a fascinating image depicting Russia's fighting women drawn by Fortunino Matania, Italian artist, illustrator and war reporter. More can be read about Maria Bochkareva and the Battalion of Death at