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nerd cred commented on John Guzlowski's blog post Dreams and Poems
"Now your wife leaves me speechless, too."
Oct 4, 2016
Zanelle commented on John Guzlowski's blog post Dreams and Poems
"Thanks for the link.  Your poetry is taking you to lots of good places.  Quality walks.  "
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WHAT MY FATHER ATE

My father survived almost 5 years of slave labor in Buchenwald Concentration Camp.He worked 12-14 hours a day and 6 and 7 days a week, and lived on about 600 calories of food a day.Once he complained that he was starving to a guard, and the guard clubbed him repeatedly across the face until my dad was permanently blind in one eye.I once asked my dad how he could live on 600 calories a day.The poem "What My Father Ate" grew out of his answer.Here's the poem and a youtube of my reading it:WHAT MY…See More
Sep 20, 2016
nerd cred commented on John Guzlowski's blog post TODAY THE GYPSIES ARE BURNING
"If those series actually have Roma participating and that's not a big lie, they give at least a bit of insight into American Roma life. There's at least one series set in England, too. (Why, yes, I do watch too much TV. Why do you ask?) ;-)"
Sep 19, 2016
nerd cred commented on John Guzlowski's blog post TODAY THE GYPSIES ARE BURNING
"There are reality TV shows about "My big fat Gypsy ... whatever" on the skeevy channels."
Sep 19, 2016
John Guzlowski commented on John Guzlowski's blog post TODAY THE GYPSIES ARE BURNING
"We had Roma living in my area on Chicago's near northwest side when I was a kid.  They told fortunes, sang and performed in the streets.  I never felt threatened by them.  They were like me -- people from some place else trying…"
Sep 19, 2016
alsoknownas commented on John Guzlowski's blog post TODAY THE GYPSIES ARE BURNING
"It's still part of current culture. Keep your ear tuned. Many people thinking they got a bad deal on something will say they were "gypped". I don't think most give a second thought to it. I grew up 10 blocks from a large…"
Sep 19, 2016
alsoknownas commented on John Guzlowski's blog post TODAY THE GYPSIES ARE BURNING
"                Comment by alsoknownas just nowDelete Comment It's still part of current culture. Keep your ear tuned. Many people thinking they got a bad deal on…"
Sep 19, 2016
alsoknownas commented on John Guzlowski's blog post TODAY THE GYPSIES ARE BURNING
"It's still part of current culture. Keep your ear tuned. Many people thinking they got a bad deal on something will say they were "gypped". I don't think most give a second thought to it. I grew up 10 blocks from a large…"
Sep 19, 2016
nerd cred commented on John Guzlowski's blog post TODAY THE GYPSIES ARE BURNING
"I hate to keep saying it but when I was in Poland, 1975, some Gypsy kids came up to me,  begging. I reached for some coins and the Polish man I was with said no, never to give them money, they won't ever go away. To them he used the rude…"
Sep 19, 2016
nerd cred commented on John Guzlowski's blog post TODAY THE GYPSIES ARE BURNING
"I hate to keep saying it but when I was in Poland, 1975, some Gypsy kids came up to me,  begging. I reached for some coins and the Polish man I was with said no, never to give them money, they won't ever go away. To them he used the rude…"
Sep 19, 2016
koshersalaami commented on John Guzlowski's blog post TODAY THE GYPSIES ARE BURNING
"Yeah How....regrettable"
Sep 19, 2016
Jonathan Wolfman commented on John Guzlowski's blog post TODAY THE GYPSIES ARE BURNING
"death was too kind a fate for Hoess and his ilk"
Sep 19, 2016
John Guzlowski commented on John Guzlowski's blog post TODAY THE GYPSIES ARE BURNING
"Hoess, the commander at Auschwitz at the time, said he loved the Gypsies and wished he could have kept them alive.   I hate him."
Sep 19, 2016
Zanelle commented on John Guzlowski's blog post TODAY THE GYPSIES ARE BURNING
"So sad to think of them not being good enough.  "
Sep 19, 2016
Foolish Monkey commented on John Guzlowski's blog post WHAT MY FATHER ATE
"Oh what great news!  I will read it the minute it's available.    "
Sep 17, 2016

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I was born in a refugee camp in Germany after World War II, and came with my Polish Catholic parents Jan and Tekla and my sister Donna to the United States as Displaced Persons in 1951. My parents had been slave laborers in Nazi Germany. Growing up in the immigrant and DP neighborhoods around Humboldt Park in Chicago, I met Jewish hardware store clerks with Auschwitz tattoos on their wrists, Polish cavalry officers who still mourned for their dead horses, and women who walked from Siberia to Iran to escape the Russians. I write about these people.
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Spring Poem

Posted on March 20, 2017 at 10:57am 7 Comments

Spring Poem

My Polish father spent five years in the German concentration camp system. He was captured by the Germans in fall of 1940 and finally liberated by the Americans in spring of 1945.

During those five years, he saw men crucified and hung, castrated and…

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Theresa's Blues, Chicago 1969

Posted on February 14, 2017 at 11:29am 6 Comments

I used to go to Theresa's, a bar on the southside of Chicago where the music was always great and the dancing wild.  Most of the time, me and my friends were the only white guys there, but we didn't care.  

The music was hot.

I'm in the middle of writing a sequel to my murder mystery…

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A Valentine's Day Poem and the Story Behind It

Posted on February 12, 2017 at 3:30pm 2 Comments

My Polish parents met in a concentration camp in Germany toward the end of World War II.

My mom had been brought to Germany by the Nazis to work in a slave labor camp. The day she was captured she saw her mom and her sister and her sister's baby killed by German…

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Green Cards

Posted on February 2, 2017 at 10:54am 5 Comments

Green Cards

America has always been hard on refugees.

We were Polish refugees who waited for 6 years while America decided if it would take in any of the 12 million displaced people left behind by the German carnage of WWII.

Finally the USA agree to take in 275,000 of us.

That's right, 275,000.

We were the lucky ones.  We came here.

The unlucky ones went back to their home countries, now controlled by the Russians. My uncle went back. After 3 years…

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At 4:24am on June 26, 2012, Heidi Banerjee said…

John,the fact that you responded to my request is a big relief for me.

THANK YOU

I REALLY APPRECIATE IT.

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Hi John,I am glad to get to know you.Let's join hands.

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Hi,John,

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