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Polish conductor* Witold Rowicki . . . violinist Wanda Wilkomirski.
—Star Staff Photos.
Polish Violin Soloist
Recalls War Terrors I
.' Her name—Wanda Wilkomirski—la almost as long as the
petite Polish violinist who performs today at Constitution Hall
with the Warsaw Philharmonic, on tour in America for the
The pretty redhead, combining solo recitals and appear
ances with the orchestra, said, “I go from here to play with
Ueonard Bernstein on Monday
and then I must quickly go
back to Pittsburgh to rejoin
Miss Wilkomirska, who won
many European awards after
making her debut in IMS at
18. will go also to Canada,
Switzerland. Germany and
France before returning to
Warsaw, her journalist husband
ahd their two children.
Like many Polish musicians.
Miss Wllkomriska was forced to
play and study underground
during the ,war. Her father
taught her to play the violin
-“There was no more a music
conservatory," she said.
'"There was no Polish music,
schools, theaters, culture.
Everything Polish was forbid
den," added the conductor,
Witold Rowicki who was largely
responsible for rebuilding the
Warsaw Philharmonic after the
*He said musician friends en
gaged in “conspiratorial con
certs.” They gathered in lodg
ings and in “some Polish cases
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THE SUNDAY STAR
WwNngtoo, Q. Jemwry IS, 1941
•» • ABV4V W "4V4‘
* where it was possible to meet
with some degree of security."
The youthful-looking Mr.
1 Rowicki also performed in the
’ one Polish orchestra allowed
Iby the Germans. It was in
> Kracow and was completely
I I managed by the Germans.
>1 The Warsaw Philharmonic is
I now called the National Phil
tarmonic in Poland, but for this
, first American tour the better-
> known name is being used. The
I group was organized at the turn
-of the century.
i Mr. Rowicki said a growing
interest in cultural exchanges
between Poland and America
made this tour possible.
HOUSTON, Tex.. Jan. 14
, (AP).—Appointment of Wil
’ liam P. Steven, 52, as editor of
> i the Houston Chronicle was an
i nounced today by John T.
Jones, Jr., president. Mr. Steven
. succeeds M. E. Walter, who has
reached retirement age. Mr.
■ Walter has been editor 12
i Tug Strike Talks
Fail in New York
I NEW YORK, Jan. 14 (API-
Two short meetings in an es
, fort to erM the five-day rail
road tugboat strike in New
; York harbor broke up in fail
Federal Mediator Robert O.
Boyd reported he had thought
some progress was being made
in the contract talks until to
day's sessions broke down. He
recessed further talks until
Units of three marine unions
called the strike against 11
railroads serving the metropo
litan area. They operate ferrys
End tugs hauling barges of
Lrailroad cars containing food
stuffsa nd other products.
1 About 660 men are involved.
There has been no drop in
food supplies of consequence,
but some 30,000 ferryboat com
muters have been forced to find
The big issue is a desire of
the railroads to cut the five
man crews on tugs handling
barges. The unions oppose any
step in this direction.
Catholic U. Reviews
The Catholic University In
stitute of Adult Education is
sponsoring a series of book re
i views to be given at 2:30 p.m.
i each Sunday for eight weeks
. * beginning January 29, in Cath-
I olic University’s McMahon
CAPE CANAVERAL. Fla.,
Jan. 14 (AP).—A Polaris mis
sile shot ott course and was
destroyed by the range safety
officer today about one minute
after is was launched from un
dersea by the nuclear subma
rine Robert E. Lee.
This was the second time in
three days that a Polaris fired
from the Lee was deliberately
destroyed. Trouble occurred
Wednesday in the first stage.
Today’s malfunction was in
the second stage after the 28-
foot rocket had broken to the
surface and streaked to an alti
tude of about 12 miles.
Fiery pieces of the shattered
rocket tumbled into the
The submarine launched the
missile from a keel depth of
about 90 feet while gliding 30
miles off Cape Canaveral.
The Navy reported the com
pressed air ejection and in
flight ignition were successful.
Cause of the malfunction was
not immediately known.
Takes New Look,
Shifts His Views
ROCHESTER, Mich., Jan. 14
(AP). A Michigan educator
and one-time defender of Fidel
Castro’s Cuban revolution says
now that “the question of
whether Fidel is Communist is
academic, for there is not much
he does that isn't approved by
He is Dr. Samuel Shapiro,
assistant professor of history at
Michigan State Universlty-
Oakland, who wrote in the
New Republic last September
12 that to assert the Commu
nist Pvty dominates the Cu
ban government "would be
That view came after 33-
year-old Dr. Shapiro had spent
a month last summer in Cas
tro’s Cuba. The newer view
: came with his return this
month from a 10-day visit.
“Either I was mistaken in
my earlier estimates of Castro,
or he has changed,” Dr. Sha
piro said. "I prefer to think he
Then the scholar, a Fulbright
professor at the universities of
Tucuman and Buenos Aires in
1959, said in an Interview:
“There is no question about
Vastro's having taken giant
steps to the left in recent
months. He has fomented class
hatred and anti-Americanism,
and has adopted a Soviet-bloc
“Indeed, it is very likely that
he is too radical for Khru
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