Wadowice - the hometown of John Paul II and a poor, idyllic town

A city of 10,000 inhabitants on the Skawa River, Wadowice seems a poor, idyllic place, far away from the hustle and bustle of the world. This is where Karol Wojtyła was born one hundred years ago. by Wojciech Stanisławski Cities and towns have their own destinies. For decades, Wadowice has played the role of the…


What's your emblem?

We all know the poem by Władysław Bełza, “The Catechism of a Polish Child,” written in 1900, and we will all reply without a second thought: the white eagle. Still, it would not come amiss to wonder: why the eagle? by Beata Wolszczak   The legendary  Lech had resolved to settle in the flatlands, where…


The Polish-Saxon Union 1697–1763

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…


Jan Kiepura: a tenor with a big heart

Many film roles, dozens of opera roles, Jan Kiepura, the “second Caruso”, conquered the world with his golden voice and charisma. How did this Polish boxer become an internationally famous singer? by Magdalena Mikrut-Majeranek   From sports to concert halls The road from sports to art was a bumpy one. Jan Kiepura was a man…


Fidelity to the homeland or to the oath? Poles in the War of 1812

‘And Poland will exist! What am I saying? Poland already exists!’ the final words of the speech delivered on 28 June 1812 by Treasury Minister Tadeusz Matuszewicz evoked the enthusiasm of MPs gathered at an extraordinary session of the Sejm of the Duchy of Warsaw. As the 8th Regiment of Polish uhlans marching in the…



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