International: The Folks Next Door

How far is it from Brooklyn to Bukowsko? They seemed remarkably close last week as an old woman stood in Bukowsko's ashes and said, "Everything's boined." She, like a lot of other people in Polish Galicia, had lived for years in the U.S., had come home before the war not because Galicia was better or richer, but because she was born there.

Galicia seemed much more remote a year ago, when U.S. policymakers agreed "tentatively" to U.S.S.R. proposals for boundary shifts in eastern Europe. The Russo-Polish border moved west. In return the Poles got not only a large...

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