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 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...

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....

1 September 1939: The beginning of hell
80th anniversary of the outbreak of the World War II

“This means war. From now on, all other matters and issues become of secondary importance”, stated the message broadcast by Polish Radio on the morning of 1 September 1939. “We set our public and private lives on a special track. We have entered war. The entire effort of the nation must go in one direction....

The Gdańsk Agreement as a political experiment
on the nature of the August 1980 strikes in Poland

The nature of the August 1980 strikes was not unlike that of a social contract. Tens of thousands of individuals who took industrial action had agreed between themselves that society must be restored after years of enduring erosion and decay at the hands of the Communist regime. A political community could thus be re-established. According...

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Richard Butterwick-Pawlikowski: Polish liberty was exceptional

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Richard Butterwick-Pawlikowski: Polish liberty was exceptional

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