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The turbulent and triumphant history of Poland will be spotlighted in a new way starting Wednesday, when Canisius College plays host to a comprehensive Polish Film Festival, Art Exhibit and Book Fair.

The 15-day event begins with a lecture by Timothy Snyder on “Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin.” Snyder, a professor of history at Yale University, will address the unthinkable atrocities committed by the Nazi and Stalinist regimes in the lands between Germany and Russia, when the two infamous dictators were both in power. Snyder’s book about Hitler and Stalin, which is the same title as his lecture, was honored with the Emerson Prize in the Humanities and the Leipzig Award for European Understanding, and has been translated into more than 20 languages.

The lecture takes place at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Regis Room of the Richard E. Winter Student Center. Admission is free.

Admission is also free to the Polish Legacy Book Fair, featuring books and DVDs of Polish and Polish-American culture, history and culinary arts. It will be held from 1 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15 through Nov. 17 in the Montante Cultural Center on the Canisius College campus, as well as from 4 to 6 p.m. Nov. 18 in Market Arcade Film and Arts Centre (639 Main St.). An art exhibit in conjunction with the book fair features works by Andzej Kozyra.

Other films and events are also planned. For more details, visit canisius.edu/newsevents or contact Mary Lou Wyrobek, 888-5970.

– Mary Kunz Goldman