Poselstwo RP w Bernie. Przemilczana historia [The Polish Legation in Bern. An Untold History]
Review of the book by Danuta Drywa

What is most shocking about the activities of the Ładoś Group is how effective they were when it came to saving thousands of people from the Nazis in spite of the circumstances in which they were operating. There were no machine guns, no one shouted “Hurry up!” and nobody sneaked past the walls after dark....

A Count called Whimsy
fascinating story of Ignacy Korwin-Milewski

He lived during the era of steam and electricity and from the deck of the yacht he would give instructions to lawyers and brokers via a “wireless telegraph”. But his passions, temperament, and flippancy reminded his relatives of magnates from the borderlands two hundred years earlier – “princes” loyal only to their own desires. by...

1945 – the Polish perspective
January 1945: the “liberation” of Warsaw

In the evening of the 17th of January 1945 in Moscow, 24 cannon salutes were fired to celebrate the capture of Warsaw. After 75 years the Russian government is replicating this gesture by organizing a firework show – along with the same salutes. Sadly, Kremlin is not only copying old gestures, but also returning to...

Sigismund I the Old: A good, thrifty king
The 554th anniversary of Sigismund I the Old’s birthday

Military victories will always hold a prominent place in the collective memory. This in part is due to their nature. When an enemy invades our country, the efforts the political community is forced to take is an existential challenge. The alternative, a defeat, would mean the deaths of many people and the country’s loss of...

December 1980: The Soviet invasion of Poland
Was Moscow really planning to invade Poland?

At the beginning of the winter of 1980, Warsaw Pact countries mobilized several divisions to take part in Soyuz-80 maneuvers scheduled on 8 December 1980. The White House was afraid that under the pretext of exercising, the Soviet army would enter Poland and break up Solidarity. Was Moscow really planning to invade Poland? by Tomasz...

Two men on the Jewish street. The fate of Wiktor Alter and Henryk Erlich
a story of Polish-Jewish socialists murdered by the Soviets

When the Germans invaded Poland on 1 September 1939, these two men called upon Polish Jews to fight. Then they attacked Stalin and paid the ultimate price. Up to this day, the deaths of Wiktor Alter and Henryk Erlich, leaders and activists of the General Jewish Labour Bund, a Polish Jewish socialist party, are among...

Szymon Czechowicz: Old Polish Raphael, master of minuet in painting
The Genius of the Baroque. Szymon Czechowicz 1689–1775 – the exhibition

Politics and culture go their own ways. Fragmented Italy, plunged into feuds, gave the world the Renaissance. Spain suffered defeat after defeat in the 17th century, but was in its golden age in the field of literature and art. At the end of the reign of Jan III Sobieski, the Polish-Lithuanian state fell into utter...

Manifesto for the Polish Nation by the Polish National Government 1846
175th anniversary of proclamation of the Act

The uprising of 1846, also known as the Kraków Uprising, was one of the most tragical Polish uprisings. Drawing inspiration for their acts from the Polish Democratic Society (Towarzystwo Demokratyczne Polskie, TDP), the insurgents were preparing their attacks in all three annexed territories at the same time. They wanted to rouse the Polish peasantry to...

Nicolaus Copernicus: A Renaissance man and his contribution to the development of modern science
The 548th anniversary of birthday

The man who ‘stopped the sun, moved the earth’ was not only an astronomer, but also an economist, lawyer, translator, doctor, mathematician and cartographer. He is known primarily as a creator of the heliocentric system theory, a breakthrough in science and a radical shift of the world view of that time. by Piotr Bejrowski  ...

Zdzisław Najder (1930–2021): conclusions from reading Conrad
In memoriam of Professor Zdzisław Najder

Philologists are relatively rarely sentenced to death in absentia. Nor do they always (although somewhat more often) become Chevaliers of the Legion of Honour. This alone shows how remarkable was the fate of Zdzisław Najder, who died on 15 February 2021. by Wojciech Stanisławski   In the mid-20th century, it seemed that – comparing with...

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