Writer chronicles escape from Communist Poland


In 1978, Hanna and Jan Sawka arrived in New York with a few suitcases, fifty-two dollars and a toddler.

Born in Poland, Jan Sawka was a celebrated artist and an outspoken critic of Poland’s communist government. Under increasing government scrutiny , he felt compelled to leave the country and settle his family in a safer place.

First moving to Paris, the Safkas eventually settled in New York. While Jan was busy rebuilding his career, Hanna kept busy caring for their child, entertaining and cooking.

“At Handka’s Table” is a chronicle of the couple’s life and a collection of hanna’s receipes. Sawka was in Columbus recently and talked about the importance of food and family.

“At Handka’s Table” was published by Lake Isle Press.