Portrait Of A Family

How three generations of women are coping with capitalism in Poland

They say witches live in the forests surrounding the Holy Cross mountains in central Poland. But Halina Kania pays them no heed as she gathers mushrooms and herbs in the wee hours near her home in Suchedniow, a small town 135 kilometers south of Warsaw. At 66, she draws a pension of $160 a month for her 41 years as an accountant for the town's state-run ceramic pipe factory. Yet she and her husband, Edward, a retired driver and mechanic on a similar pension, make do with fruit and vegetables from their garden and fresh eggs from their chickens. A wood-burning stove helps warm their two-story house.

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