In Memory of Volhynia
Ania Navas, 7/18/2024

This monument was not created out of a desire for revenge, but in memoriam. The monument in honor of the victims of the Volhynian Massacre was ceremonially unveiled on July 14, 2024 in the town of Domostawa, in the Jarocin commune, in the Podkarpackie Voivodeship...

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His construction of the bullet-proof vest and the telectroscope placed him in the first row of the most outstanding inventors of the 20th century. He left behind innovations confirmed by more than a hundred patents. Called the 'Edison of Galicia', Jan Szczepanik divided his life between Tarnów and Vienna.

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According to a legend, the mouth of the Dunajec River was cut out with a sword by King Bolesław the Brave himself. Centuries ago, there was also a story about Ferkowicz, who hunted the king of snakes and, on his escape, made way for the river by tilting the gorge. The Dunajec, with a length of 247 km, offers us many wonderful places and views, but the gorge that starts at the Three Crowns (Trzy Korony) takes the first place.

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Consultations between the Polish and German governments were held in Warsaw on July 1, 2024. The words of the German Chancellor, who announced support for survivors of the German occupation, caused the greatest resonance in social media.

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After the NATO Summit
Progress and Challenges
Andrzej (Andrew) Woźniewicz, 7/12/2024

The NATO summit, held in Washington from July 9-11, occurred amid the alliance’s 75th anniversary and significant geopolitical tensions. The outcomes were mixed, particularly regarding critical issues like Ukraine’s potential membership.

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80th Anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising
Katarzyna Murawska, 7/12/2024

On August 1, 2024, we will celebrate the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of the Warsaw Uprising. We will celebrate it for 63 days, because that is how long the uprising lasted. Begun with great enthusiasm, it was supposed to last a historical moment, a few days. After 63 days, it ended in a military disaster and, at the very least, a moral defeat.

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Recently, the Bydgoszcz publishing house “Koronis” published Józef Kuffel’s book “The Phantom of Freedom” (Widmo wolności), dedicated to the participant Mrs. Stanisława “Stella” Calińska (née Walasek). She died in Petaluma in northern California in mid-July 2022.

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The world admires Maria Skłodowska-Curie, but instead of connecting her with Poland, her home country, it most often connects her with France, where she spent most of her life. We write about a great Pole, a resident of Warsaw, a woman of unique personality, and what each of us should do to refresh the memory of the Nobel Prize winner on the 90th anniversary of her death on July 4.

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Unfortunately, when the first partially free elections were held in Poland in June 1989, Americans, with the exception of the Polish community in the United States, were generally unaware of the nature of what was happening in Europe at that time. Nor did they understand the importance of Poland's role in the whole process of the fall of communism. Unfortunately, the only thing that captured the collective imagination was the fall of the Berlin Wall.

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In September 1939, the German Reich and Soviet Union invaded Poland, launching WW2. The invasion led to staggering loss of life: throughout the war, nearly 6 million Polish citizens, 3 million of them Jews, perished. In occupied Poland, the Germans introduced capital punishment for every form of assistance to the Jewish population.

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The 20th and last episode from the Not just the Ulmas series (shorts) is now available on the IPNtv channel. The film “Killed for saving Jews, Died to save Kids” presents the story of Katarzyna Filipek, a widow who, while raising seven children, accepted the responsibility of sheltering six Jews and ultimately paid with her life for it.

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On June 9, citizens of the European Union voted in election to the European Parliament. For the first time, the euro progressive coalition, which dominated this Parliament for about 30 years, was being challenged by what some call “populist” parties.

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Poland has an extraordinary number of outdoor events planned for this summer. Our calendar provides an overview of the most interesting events for children and adults taking place in all regions of the country.

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The "Bartosiak" Rebellion
Waldemar Biniecki, 6/12/2024

Polls show that, in politically polarized Poland, one of the few factors that unite people is aversion to the elites of PO and PiS. The results of the voting in European elections will show whether this is a rebellion, or the search of a new model of managing a state. This is just the beginning of a big change, for which the current elites are ill prepared.

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A small village in the Kujawsko-Pomorskie Province, in the Pałuki region, in the district of Żnin. Known all over the world, it is undoubtedly the most famous archaeological site in Poland. Each of us should certainly visit Biskupin at least once in our lives. Because it really is worth it.

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The Holocaust narrative often overlooks those who tried to help Jews survive the Holocaust. 'I hope that my book on the Ładoś Group will be an important addition to the international opinion on Poland's response to the Holocaust.'

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He always put the nation above the state because he believed that Polishness was a more permanent entity and much more deeply rooted in reality than any administrative structure created by citizens.

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Although the feast of Corpus Christi is celebrated throughout the world by the Catholic Church, it still has a vibrant and rich tradition in Poland. Despite always falling on a Thursday, it is a public holiday and the streets of Polish towns and villages are filled with colourful processions to the four altars. Parishes take care of their beautiful surroundings.

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Auschwitz - Remembrance and Education
Andrzej Kacorzyk, 5/23/2024

Auschwitz is first and foremost a truth — a multi-faceted truth. It is like a complex jigsaw puzzle, creating a unique polyphonic image of the Remembrance of Jews, Poles, Roma and all other groups of Victims. Auschwitz is also the story of the perpetrators.

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The May 3rd Constitution in the Polish Culture
Maria Wąchała-Skindzier, 5/23/2024

The impact of the 3rd of May Constitution was so strong that, for us Poles, it became a symbol of love for freedom and the homeland during the years of the partition of Poland and even later. For two centuries it captured the imagination of writers, artists, architects, thinkers and social activists.

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For many of those who emigrated for independence, the Battle of Monte Cassino did not end in 1944. Their war lasted much longer and often ended tragically. Nevertheless, the legacy of the heroes survived and is still alive today,

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The Story of Kuryer Polski
Waldemar Biniecki

The original Kuryer Polski was the first Polish daily newspaper printed in the United States. Its founder was Michał Kruszka who published the newspaper in June 1888 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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Stanisław Zwierzchowski was born on April 27, 1880 in Śrem in Wielkopolska (Greater Poland), under the Prussian partition. He graduated from gymnasium in his hometown and technical studies in Berlin-Charlottenburg. In 1905. with a mechanical engineering degree, he came to Poznań and did an internship at the Hipolit Cegielski Factory. Following the footsteps of his countrymen, he went to the United States for further studies and quickly found a job as a structural engineer at the Allis Chalmers Co plant in Milwaukee.

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Kuryer Polski was born in hardship and uncertainty, after all, its creator - Michał Kruszka, had already had two unsuccessful publishing attempts behind him. At the beginning of Kuryer's way, Michał was a truly Renaissance figure - the creator and executor of his idea. Soon he was supported in the implementation of his project by two brothers who came from Słabomierz - Józef and Wacław.

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Historical documents confirm that the Polish people have always been associated with America. The list of great Poles who made an impact throughout the history of the United States is long. It begins with the semi-legendary “John of Kolno” who supposedly came to this continent 16 years before Columbus.

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