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Wartime Marriages are Continuing

Posted by on October 4, 2014

June 18, 1943. A letter from Stanislaus Kosinski, the director of the choir at St Cecelia’s, to Dad. Mr. Kosinski apologizes for not writing earlier (the last letter I have from him is dated May 1) as he has been busy preparing the graduation program at the school. He gets right to the some news from home:

“Reggie R. wasted no time and married Anthony Wilk on May 30. The choir participated in singing and sent her the customary gift. She left the city after the ceremonies and lives near Boston, Mass. Wartime marriages are continuing their merry way. Well, when two hearts harmonize, there is nothing else to do.”  The “Reggie R.” referred to in this letter is Regina Rajczewski. This is verified by prior letters from members of the choir who have referred to her then-upcoming nuptials.

The news from home continues “Walter Grzywacs [sic] graduated cum laude from State College last week. The choir gave a banquet in his honor at the Canton Restaurant. Several members spoke and I sang for a change… He enlisted before in the Marines and will leave shortly for training.” The Canton Restaurant used to be at 28 S. Pearl Street in what is now the downtown area near the capitol complex. It seems to be long gone.

A new priest, John Harzynski, is being ordained. Kosinski is also preparing for the ordination mass which will be on the upcoming Sunday. The choir, of course, will sing and he has prepared a traditional polish hymn, “Ciebie Boze Chwalimy” as recessional.

He mentions that it was good to see Stanley when he was home on furlough in May and how surprised he was to see Stanley. He says, “We enjoyed his company very much.” 

Kosinsnki wraps his letter with a short paragraph expressing his concerns of the recent “diplomatic move of Russia towards the Polish Government in exile”.  He expresses his concerns that the Russian leaders are not to be trusted as he states, “I rather expected something of that right along. I also have fears that Russia may cause considerable difficulties to the United Nations after Hitler and Tojo are beaten.” It is important to note that Russia and the Polish Government in exile first established relations in 1941 when the Soviet Union was invaded by Germany. Remember, at this point in the war the Soviets were on the side of the US and the allied powers. Shortly after April 1943 the Soviets and the Polish Government in exile terminated relations and the allied powers worked to get them to resume relations through 1944. More about the Polish Government in Exile and the complexities of its relationship with the Russians/Soviets can be found here.

I leave you with a video of a performance of the traditional Polish hymn Ciebie Boze Chwalimy (We Praise You, God).

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