Highlights of Polish History
Set out on a journey through the history that has shaped today’s Poland. Here you will hear the beating of the “heart of Europe,” as Norman Davies, a historian, calls our country.
President Wilson’s Fourteen Points
In a message to Congress on January 8, 1918, US President Thomas Woodrow Wilson presented a peace programme that set out the principles of establishing a lasting and just world order after the victory of the Allies in the First World War.
Christmas in old Polish tradition
Preparations for Christmas started already in summer. In summer, mushrooms were picked in forests and fruit in orchards, and carefully dried to preserve until December. Then, it was time to take care of poppy seeds, flour, honey, nuts and other products.
Martial law caused long-term damage to Poland
“Martial law is one of the few cases when Poles took up arms against other Poles, and it seemed that the civil war was a step away,” says Dr Maciej Wojtyński, a historian at the University of Warsaw.
75th Anniversary of "Raczyński's Note"
On December 10, 1942, the Polish government-in-exile appealed to signatory states of the United Nations Declaration with a request to prevent crimes being committed against the Jewish population in German-occupied Poland. On the 75th anniversary of the note’s submission, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is presenting an image of the original note, kept in The National Archives in London.
The bawdy soldier & the man of the world
In the Belvedere Palace, Józef Piłsudski was Commander and Chief of State. In the Bristol hotel, and later at the Royal Castle, Ignacy Paderewski was a genius-god. Both considered themselves to be saviour figures.
Museum about Poles who helped Jews in WWII to open New York branch
A Polish museum that honours Poles who helped rescue Jews during World War II will open a branch in New York, an official has said.
150th anniversary of the birth of Józef Piłsudski
Józef Piłsudski, the architect of independence in 1918 and one of the most outstanding statesmen in Polish history, was born on December 5th 1867 in Zułów, in the Vilnius region. His achievements and political concepts have been a source of inspiration and heated disputes for politicians, publicists and historians in Poland.
Józef Piłsudski – a life dedicated to an independent Poland
Throughout his life Józef Piłsudski fought for, and in defence of, Poland. As the most eminent representative of the “rebellious” generation, he first was in the socialist movement and then was in the ranks of the Riflemen and legionaries, where he strived to put Poland back on the map.
Get to know Tadeusz Kościuszko
The “Kościuszko. A Blockbuster Life” website presents the fate of the Polish hero of the struggle for freedom - Tadeusz Kosciuszko. The comic-film form and accessible content of the portal points to the untapped potential that lies in his biography.
99th anniversary of regaining independence
After 123 years of occupation by Russia, Prussia and Austria-Hungary, on November 11th 1918, Poland regained its independence and the streets of Polish cities were swept by a euphoric mood. On that day, Germany signed a ceasefire ending the First World War, and the Regency Council bestowed Józef Piłsudski with full civil and military power.
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150th anniversary of the birthday of Maria Skłodowska-Curie
She was the first Polish woman at the Sorbonne, the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the first woman to be laid to rest at the famous Panthéon in Paris… Maria Skłodowska-Curie, born in Warsaw exactly 150 years ago, remains the most outstanding Polish researcher and global female scientist icon.
PM Glinski: EP museum distorts historical truth
The EP's Brussels-based museum distorted historical truth and passed over many vital facts, Poland's deputy Prime Minister, Culture and National Heritage Minister Piotr Glinski stated Friday in a letter to European Parliament President Antonio Tajani.
The esteemed Poles of Siberia
Forced mass migrations of Poles to Siberia took place after the January Uprising and lasted until the Second World War.
200th anniversary of the death of Tadeusz Kościuszko
Tadeusz Kościuszko, a Polish and American general, participant in the American Revolutionary War, Supreme Commander of the Polish National Armed Forces during the Kościuszko Uprising, died in Solothurn, Switzerland on 15 October 1817. To mark this anniversary, the Sejm of the Republic of Poland announced 2017 as the Year of Kościuszko.
Polish diaspora embraces Kosciuszko events
Poland's ambassador in Washington, Piotr Wilczek, on Friday told PAP the country's US-based diaspora welcomed the events of the Year of Kosciuszko, marking the 200th death anniversary of the Polish national hero, who also helped create indpendent America.
Opening of the exhibition "Tadeusz Kościuszko. Price of freedom"
On Friday, at the Lithuanian Seimas, the Ambassador Urszula Doroszewska and Deputy Chairman of the Lithuanian Seimas Irena Šiaulienė opened the exhibition titled "Tadeusz Kosciuszko. Price of freedom".
Kosciuszko Days in Washington DC
On October 14th and 15th the Embassy of Poland in Washington, DC will organize two events promoting the Year of Kosciuszko. We invite everyone to take part in the Kosciuszko Freedom Run and in a special wreath laying ceremony at the Kosciuszko Monument in Lafayette Square next to the White House.
Savannah pays tribute to Polish Revolutionary War heroes
Plaques paying tribute to three Polish-born heroes of the American Revolutionary War, Generals Tadeusz Kosciuszko and Kazimierz Pulaski, and Pulaski's aide Captain Jan Zielinski, were unveiled Tuesday in Savannah, Georgia.
A Forgotten Date
September 17th marked the anniversary of the Soviet invasion of Poland of 1939. A key date in the chronology of the Second World War – marking as it does the USSR's entry into that conflict in collaboration with Hitler's Germany – it slipped by almost unnoticed outside of Polish-speaking circles. Though Poles earnestly declare “Pamiętamy” - the rest of the world, it seems, has forgotten.
How Żegota scattered the dark
On September 27th 1942, the Provisional Committee to Aid Jews started its operations. The underground organisation was founded by Zofia Kossak-Szczucka and Wanda Krahelska-Filipowicz.
General Kuklinski at West Point
20 years after the rehabilitation of Ryszard Kuklinski and the revocation of the shameful death sentence imposed on him by the Polish People's Republic in 1984, the General Ryszard Kukliński Museum organised an exhibition in his honour at the West Point Military Academy in the United States.
Polish WWII pilot leads British poll to honour RAF heroes
A Polish World War II pilot Franciszek Kornicki is well ahead in a poll held by a London museum to honour the heroes of Britain’s Royal Air Force.
The European Day of Remembrance for Victims of Stalinism and Nazism
The European Day of Remembrance for Victims of Stalinism and Nazism was proclaimed by the European Parliament on 23 September 2008. Its aim is to commemorate the victims of mass deportation and extermination, as well as to promote democracy, peace and stability in Europe.
Polish Armed Forces Day
The Feast of the Polish Armed Forces is celebrated on August 15 to commemorate the decisive Polish offensive during the 1920 Battle of Warsaw, which was fought during the Polish-Bolshevik War. The victorious battle, which lasted almost two weeks, was decisive in preserving Poland's independence and disbanded plans to spread the Bolshevik revolution to Western Europe.
On August 8 Dziennik Gazeta Prawna published a sensational article by Zbigniew Parafianowicz and Michał Potocki about how a Polish envoy in Bern saved several hundred Jews from the Holocaust, together with Swiss and Jewish organizations in the United States. Yet another series of events from which Poland and Poles can draw pride and strength.
The 73rd anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising
Every year at 17:00, alarm sirens are heard on the streets of Warsaw. The city comes to a standstill. The inhabitants of Warsaw pay homage to the fallen and surviving partisans.
How the Warsaw Uprising Challenged and Changed Poland
Poland must keep the memory of 1944 alive so that these valuable lessons are not forgotten.
How Beniowski became the ruler of Madagascar
Not many discoverers or world travellers have made a name for themselves on the pages of Polish history. But one man that did was undoubtedly Beniowski – a valiant soldier, sailor, commander and even... king.
The Blue Army’s furry friend
Wojtek the bear, who accompanied Anders’s Army in all its battles, was not the only animal to serve in the Polish Armed Forces. Wojtek had a predecessor – a polar bear named Baśka from Murmansk. Her story sheds light on a somewhat forgotten part of the history of Polish military units.
Brussels hosts exhibition on Polish Righteous
An exhibition entitled “The Good Samaritans from Poland” has opened at the European Parliament in Brussels.
The Niagara-Berezyna Axis
General Haller’s army had a lot to thank France for: first and foremost its name but also its regulations, machine guns, tanks and legendary blue capes. But its rank and file was Polish, composed of diverse “Polish elements” – from recent subjects of Emperor Franz Joseph to settlers from Brazil.
Biography of Polish fighter ace published in UK
A biography of General Stanisław Skalski, a Polish pilot who became Britain’s first World War II fighter ace, has been published in the UK.
72nd anniversary of the liberation of Mauthausen-Gusen
The Secretary of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Jan Dziedziczak, the Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage Magdalena Gawin as well as a delegation of the Office of Veterans and Persecuted Persons and representatives of the Polish Parliament will attend the ceremonies commemorating the 72nd anniversary of the liberation of the German Nazi concentration camps in Mauthausen-Gusen.
Europe’s first constitution
It was the Polish Constitution, adopted on May 3rd 1791, and not the much-lauded French Constitution, that was Europe’s first fundamental law. And it was the second in the world, after the American Constitution of 1787. Moreover, it was implemented using democratic methods and, in contrast to France, without any blood being shed.