CALL FOR PAPERS: The Stance of the Polish Intelligentsia Towards the Totalitarian Regimes

The Pilecki Institute’s Center for Totalitarian Studies invites you to participate in the international scholarly conference, which will take place on 9–10 November 2022. The deadline for applications is 30 June! From the first days of the Second World War, the Polish intelligentsia was subjected to a brutal campaign of planned extermination perpetrated by the…


Reconciliation: a Long and Winding Path. 10th European Remembrance Symposium

The aim of the 10th European Remembrance Symposium is to discuss the meaning and role of reconciliation in the context of both historical and contemporary European internal and international conflicts. Traumas and a painful past are extremely important aspects of national identities and collective memories, requiring adequate commemoration and tributes to the victims. However, if…


Passports to Paraguay with historian Roger Moorhouse

A fascinating account of how Polish diplomats tried to save Jews from Hitler’s death camps. Historian Roger Moorhouse tells the remarkable story of the the Lados Group – Polish diplomats and Jewish activists working in Switzerland, who masterminded a passport forgery scheme which is thought to have saved as many as 3,000 Jews from the…


Stanisława De Karłowska. A talk in the series "reframed" featuring Polish female artists

Although unknown in her own country, the Polish-born artist Stanisława de Karłowska, has works in over twenty public galleries in the United Kingdom. The Tate Gallery, alone, owns three. She and her English husband, Robert Bevan, were at the centre of a group of English Post-Impressionist artists in early twentieth century London. The last occasion…


The King Who Created a Republic. Sigismund II Augustus and the Union of Lublin

Sigismund II Augustus embodied the union of Poland and Lithuania, a military alliance powerful enough to fend off the encroachment of Russia on their territory. In 1562, when Ivan the Terrible demonstrated his intention to conquer the Ruthenian lands, including today’s Belarus and Ukraine, this union was about to dissolve into chaos for lack of…


No End to History. The Post-Soviet Space Thirty Years after the Fall of the USSR

Thirty years ago, the world lived through one of the most optimistic moments of the 20th century. Communism—and the Soviet Union with it—had collapsed, the Cold War had come to an end, and democracy was on the rise around the globe. We are now in probably the grimmest moment since the start of the 21st…


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