Maximilian Maria Kolbe – organizer, monk, and saint
80th anniversary of the deportation of Father Maksymilian Maria Kolbe to KL Auschwitz

Maximilian Maria Kolbe is a symbol of faith and sacrifice for many Poles. His decision to sacrifice his life for a fellow prisoner is a heroic example of humanity during inhuman times. by Piotr Abryszeński   As an adult, Maximilian Kolbe recalled that when he was a boy he had experienced a vision of the...

Marian Kukiel: a soldier, professor, and émigré
The 49th anniversary of Marian Kukiel’s death

Marian Kukiel’s oeuvre is one of the milestones of Polish military historiography. Together with Wacław Tokarz, Marian Kukiel was a co-founder of this discipline. His monumental work on the War of 1812 is an important contribution to European Napoleonic studies. The researcher’s qualities included versatility and diligence. He was a soldier, politician and promoter of...

Thanks to the Battle of Warsaw, Central and Eastern Europe could develop as independent states
Interview with Professor Andrzej Nowak

The Battle of Warsaw, presented as a breakthrough in the history of the world, does justice to its significance, because it really determined the fact that for nineteen years the region of Central and Eastern Europe could develop a system of independent states, says historian Prof. Andrzej Nowak from the Jagiellonian University and the Polish...

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. by Professor Janusz Odziemkowski   After a series of Polish strategic failures in the war in 1919, in March 1920 the Bolsheviks developed...

Union of Krewo (Act of Kreva)

This document, known as the Union of Krewo (also, the Act of Kreva), was issued on August 14, 1385 by  Władysław II Jagiełło (Jogaila), Grand Duke of Lithuania, as the outcome of the negotiations he had conducted with the Polish lords acting on behalf of the child queen Jadwiga (Hedwig), and Jadwiga’s mother  Elżbieta Bośniaczka (Elisabeth...

Władysław Anders: A defiant officer and powerful commander
The 52nd anniversary of Władysław Anders’ death

General Władysław Anders was a great patriot, an ambitious commander, a victor of many battles, and a man who saved thousands of his countrymen from Soviet prisons. He was also a powerful politician who opposed the will of foreign powers. He died on 12 May 1970 in London. by Piotr Bejrowski Władysław Anders was born...

Józef Piłsudski’s address to troops of the Riflemen’s Association and the Polish Rifle Squads
108th anniversary

The Republic of Poland lost its independence in the 18th century as a result of 3 partitions of its territory conducted by its neighbors — Russia, Prussia, and Austria — in 1772, 1792 (only Russia and Prussia), and 1795. The 3rd partition whiped Poland off the map. Throughout the 19th century Poles made numerous attempts...

Hanka Ordonówna - from the stage to a Soviet labor camp
The bumpy road of a star of the Polish stage

“Love will forgive you everything” – sang Hanka Ordonówna yet this love would turn out to be disastrous for her. One of the greatest pre-war stars of the stage would experience the hell of the sovkhoz. She died shortly after the end of the Second World War at the age of 48. Her life reads...

Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński: on the road to greatness (1901–1956)

Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński played an extremely important role in the history of Poland. His Primate’s ministry (1948–1981) fell entirely during the period of communist dictatorship. The Primate not only secured the survival of the Church, but also contributed to the growth of its public authority, and the formation of opposition attitudes towards the undemocratic power....

The Polish-Saxon Union 1697–1763
A missed opportunity for Central Europe, or a union without prospects?

The question posed in the title is provocative, but it also refers to a special episode in history. Two states, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and the Electorate of Saxony, whose history, traditions, political systems, and social relations had been different until 1697, and which did not even share a common border, became united in a personal...

Poles remember about the Warsaw Insurgents

This year marks the 78th anniversary of the outbreak of the Warsaw Uprising. On this occasion, BohaterON has prepared the project “Dumni z Powstańców”, under which each of the Internet users can express gratitude to the insurgents for their heroic fight. The action will last 63 days – as long as the Warsaw Uprising lasted....

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