Providing for Independence in the New Third Polish Republic
An interview with Professor Antoni Dudek

Antoni Dudek is a professor of political science at the Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw. In his interview with MHP he discusses the momentous political changes in Poland after 1989, that resulted in setting foundations for the Third Polish Republic and consequences that remain in our day. Polishhistory: On 12 September 1989, the government...

Welcome: this is where international meetings take place
An interview with Director Robert Kostro of the Polish History Museum

The idea of creating the web portal polishhistory has been part of the Polish History Museum and was established to create a broader view of the museum. Why is a website like polishhistory so needed? Robert Kostro: I believe that we are participating today – and this is a global phenomenon – in many important...

The Cabinet of Tadeusz Mazowiecki
30th anniversary of the first non-communist premier of Poland after 1945

The Cabinet of Tadeusz Mazowiecki was appointed on 12 September 1989, and today we celebrate the 30th anniversary of this historical event. Mazowiecki, important figure of the democratic opposition, became the first non-communist premier of Poland after 1945. Full text of the Inaugural address of Premier Tadeusz Mazowiecki The first semi-free election in Poland’s post-war...

General Stanisław Maczek and His Soldiers
Opening of the Exhibition in Warsaw

Krakowskie Przedmieście Street next to Zamkowy Square in Warsaw is now a venue for a unique open-air exhibition prepared by the Polish History Museum in cooperation with the General Maczek Museum in the Dutch city of Breda. After the Polish capital, where it can be viewed until 28 September, the trilingual exhibition (presented in Polish,...

An experience of real slaughter and madness
An interview with professor Grzegorz Berendt, deputy director of the Museum of the Second World War

An interview with professor Grzegorz Berendt, deputy director of the Museum of the Second World War, a state cultural institution established in 2008 and a museum in Gdańsk, devoted to the Second World War, about present-day perceptions of and research about that war, on the 80th anniversary of its outbreak. Polishhistory: The Second World War...

The Polish-Bolshevik War
The heroic Nation Rescued Itself

The Battle on the Vistula was the biggest  in the Polish-Bolshevik war of 1919–1920. The battle between the Vistula, Niemen and Bug Rivers still surprises with its dramatic action and unexpected reversals. After a series of Polish strategic failures in the war in 1919, in March 1920 the Bolsheviks developed a plan for destroying Poland....

For Germans, the beginning of the war is still 22 June 1941
interview with Wolfgang Templin, former Eastern German dissident and essayist

There was a mass absolution in East Germany of its Nazi past, says Wolfgang Templin, former director of the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Warsaw and recepient of the European Solidarity Centre Medal in 2010. It’s just that only those acknowledging the Communist interpretation of history were absolved. Mikołaj Mirowski: First came the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, then...

Union of Horodło
606th anniversary

This act of union between the Crown of the Kingdom of Poland and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania was concluded on October 2, 1413 in the eastern city of Horodło, as a result of the compromise achieved between the incorporative strivings of the Polish side and the separatist policies of Lithuania. The act defined the...

The Volunteer: One Man, an Underground Army, and the Secret Mission to Destroy Auschwitz
book by Jack Fairweather

Jack Fairweather, The Volunteer: One Man, an Underground Army, and the Secret Mission to Destroy Auschwitz, Custom House: New York 2019 Less than three months have passed since the release of Jack Fairweather’s book, and it remains very popular. Polish media has thoroughly discussed the book, as have the media in Britain (The Times, The...

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