Research Centre for Polish-Lithuanian Studies

The Centre for Polish-Lithuanian Studies is a newly-established research centre at the University of Aberdeen. Inspired by the legacy of Jerzy Giedroyć, to whose memory the Centre is dedicated, it aims to restore consideration of Poland-Lithuania and its legacy to the mainstream of European history and culture. Its research and teaching agenda will encompass not…


Mikołaj Rej: the father of Polish literature

Although the Polish literary language began to develop much earlier, it is Mikołaj Rej who is considered ‘Poland’s Dante’ as the father of national literature and the creator of an original Polish style. Mikołaj Rej, the Renaissance writer, poet, and translator, was born in Żurawno in Red Ruthenia [eastern Galicia] exactly 515 years ago –…


Operation Kutschera

On 1 February 1944, the Polish resistance carried out the assassination of Franz Kutschera, known as  ‘the executioner of Warsaw’. The assassination of this SS officer and police commander in the Warsaw District of the General Government was one of the most spectacular operations in the history of the Home Army (Armia Krajowa), because never…


Win a book on Witold Pilecki by Jack Fairweather

Win a copy of The Volunteer by Jack Fairweather, which was recently named Costa Book of the Year. Fairweather’s biography of Witold Pilecki presents the life of this soldier from the Polish anti-Nazi underground who voluntarily entered KL Auschwitz with a mission to uncover its horrors and reveal them to the world. On this occasion,…


The voices of the survivors are the most important

Auschwitz-Birkenau is the world’s largest Jewish, Polish and Roma cemetery. This is neither rhetoric nor poetry. For centuries, the earth will continue to hide here the ashes from the crematoria and bits of unburnt bones. It will be saturated with human blood and fat. Literally. That’s how one should see it. This is how it…


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