After 83 years, treasures of Polish culture have returned to Poland!

On 29 September, the National Museum in Warsaw opened the exhibition ‘Lukasians. The Great Return’ (“Łukaszowcy. Wielki Powrót”). The exhibition was prepared by the Polish History Museum and consists of unique paintings and tapestries depicting the most important events in Polish history. The works of art made by members of the Brotherhood of St Luke,…



A play about Jan Karski conquers theatres in New York

On 15 September, Theatre for a New Audience in New York (TFAN) premiered the play ‘Remember This: The Lesson of Jan Karski’. The play tells the story of the legendary courier to the Polish government-in-exile who was the first to inform the world about Nazi German crimes in Auschwitz. The play was met with great…


Appeal of the Workers’ Defense Committee to Society and the Authorities of the PRL

In the communist People’s Republic of Poland (Polska Rzeczpospolita Ludowa, PRL) the authorities had full control of the economy. They decided about the production volume, distribution manner, and retail prices. The December 1970 increase in food prices sparked social unrest. Even though it was forcedly suppressed by the government (a few dozen people were shot)…


Blood on the pavement. Grodno 1939

On 17 September 1939, the Soviets attacked Poland and reached Grodno on September 20. Grodno, a city in pre-war, eastern Poland (now in Belarus) fought for three days in September 1939 with the Soviet army. Seeing no chance for further defense, on 22 September the Polish forces withdrew towards the Lithuanian border. Several hundred Polish…


Stanisław Moniuszko: founder of the Polish national opera

Stanisław Moniuszko, one of Poland’s greatest composers, was born on 5 May 1819 in Ubiel in the Minsk province (currently Belarus). As a composer, he was well-known for incorporating elements of folklore and the works of national poets into his musical compositions. During his career, he wrote several hundred songs and church songs as well…


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