Anna D. Jaroszyńska-Kirchmann

An associate professor of history at Eastern Connecticut State University, Anna D. Jaroszyńska-Kirchmann is the author of a number of articles on the history of the postwar Polish political diaspora, two of which received the Polish American Historical Association's Swastek Award in 2002 and 2003. The Exile Mission manuscript won the Kulczycki prize.

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Winner of the 2001 Kulczycki Prize Awarded by the Polish American Historical Association

Winner of the 2004 Oskar Halecki Prize

The Exile Mission · The Polish Political Diaspora and Polish Americans, 1939–1956
By Anna D. Jaroszyńska-Kirchmann

At midcentury, two distinct Polish immigrant groups—those Polish Americans who were descendants of economic immigrants from the turn of the twentieth century and the Polish political refugees who chose exile after World War II and the communist takeover in Poland—faced an uneasy challenge to reconcile their concepts of responsibility toward the homeland. The new arrivals did not consider themselves simply as immigrants, but rather as members of the special category of political refugees.

“(The Exile Mission) makes it clear that Polonia is far from being a homogeneous group, and instead is quite diverse and complex. How it became so, during the terribly tragic conflicts and upheavals within our civilization between 1939 and 1956, is the focus of this study.”

The Polish Review