Charles Domery like set a Polish record for appetite

The Pole Who Would Eat Anything

The phrase “I’m so hungry I could eat an elephant” doesn’t seem all that over-the-top when you hear the strange story of Charles Domery (aka Charles Domerz), a Polish soldier serving in the Prussian army during the late 18th century. Details about Domery’s early life are scant, but he was reportedly born in the village…

Five More Poles Who Changed the World

In a previous article, I discussed five Poles who I thought had made a global impact throughout history. You can read that article by clicking here. Now here’s five more Poles whose lives arguably affected people across the planet. Inevitably, some of you will agree and some will disagree with this list, as you did…

Saint Faustina Kowalska: The Pole Who Met God

Poland has no shortage of Saints. Saint Pope John Paul II (Karol Wojtyła), Saint John Cantius and Saint Maximilian Kolbe are some prominent examples. Another Polish Saint, who reportedly had visions of Jesus Christ Himself, is Sister Mary Faustina Kowalska. Born in Głogowiec, Poland in 1905, Helena Kowalska was stirred from an early age to…

Sarmatia: Poland’s Mythic Golden Age?

In the 2011 movie Midnight in Paris, Owen Wilson plays a man lost in his time. His heart longs to have been born in 1920’s Paris, which he idealizes as an age grander, more magnificent than his own. His chief antagonist in the film dismisses this longing as “Golden Age Syndrome,” or the irrational, nostalgic…

John Cantius: Poland’s Philosopher Saint

On the northwest side of Chicago, near Milwaukee Avenue and what locals often call the “Polish Triangle” for its strong Polish roots, stands a gorgeous baroque church, known for its traditional liturgies and sacred atmosphere. Resting amidst the ornately decorated High Altar is a painting of an old man, adorned in scholarly black robes, handing…