Fall in love with Poland and Polish language – an interview with dr Anna Rabczuk
Have you been meaning to start learning Polish but never got round to it? Dr Anna Rabczuk of the Polonicum Centre of Polish Language and Culture for Foreigners at the University of Warsaw, author of an online language course, explains why it is worth taking the plunge and what Polish learners are most often up against.
Polish with Ania – an online grammar course
Meet dr Anna Rabczuk from Polonicum Centre of Polish Language and Culture for Foreigners at the University of Warsaw and try to improove your Polish with her online grammar course. We promise this time Polish grammar will not bite you!
Summer is the best for a marriage
Currently in Poland, marriages are usually concluded during the summer months, while the most children are born from August to November and in January. The fewest children are born on weekends, according to the data collected by Prof. Piotr Szukalski, a demographer from the University of Lodz.
Mieczysław Bekker (1905–1989) – fly me to the Moon
He gained international fame and recognition thanks to the Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV), which American astronauts drove on the Moon. Mieczysław Bekker, while working for General Motors, headed a team of constructors who were commissioned by NASA (the National Aeronautics and Space Administration) to design and build the LRV. Bekker designed the vehicle’s chassis.
Rudolf Modrzejewski (1861–1940) – building bridges
An average American found his surname impossible to pronounce. To get around this problem, he would always introduce himself as Ralph Modjeski. Even so, this famous constructor never denied being Polish, and always signed his letters home with his real name.
Polish Aid for Iraq
Poland has been providing assistance to Iraq since 2014, when Daesh fighters took up arms against the government of Nuri al-Maliki, which caused another war in the country. A very high proportion of internally displaced people remains Iraq’s biggest problem, in addition to the huge challenges of post-conflict reconstruction and the continuing difficult economic situation. Political and social tensions, difficulties in finding work and the high level of poverty in the population are forcing Iraqi society to constantly change the place of residence. These negative phenomena disrupt and often make it impossible to secure the basic needs of the population — medical care, food and security. Supported by the Polish government, Polish organisations offer humanitarian aid to refugees and the most deprived people. Poland also helps Iraq by being engaged in international dialogue and bilateral cooperation.
Just Strong. About Ryszard Kukliński
It's been 15 years since Ryszard Kukliński died. As a colonel of the Polish People’s Army, he began, on his own initiative, cooperation with US intelligence services. In fear of a potential military conflict in Europe, he revealed to Americans tens of thousands secret plans drafted by the Warsaw Pact, including a plan of attack against NATO allies. Shortly before the martial law was declared in Poland, the CIA evacuated Kukliński together with his wife and two sons to the United States due to the threat of unmasking.
Bracha – Blessing. Back to Polish Shtetls
On 28th January 2019 at the United Nations headquarters in New York, The Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in New York in cooperation with the Permanent Representation of the Republic of Poland to the United Nations presented a photographic exhibition by Agnieszka Traczewska's "Bracha – Blessing Back to Polish Shtetls." The event was a part of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Abraham Stern (1769–1842) – Does anyone have a calculator?
What a strange paradox that a computing machine, a device that was inconceivable at the beginning of the 19th century, was not constructed by a mathematician, but by a phenomenal self-taught mechanic. This brilliant mechanic was a Polish Jew named Abraham Stern. He began studying mechanics as a watchmaker’s apprentice in Hrubieszow. At that time, watchmaking was the height of precision mechanics.
Stefan Drzewiecki (1844–1938) – on land, under water and in the air
The first man to fly a heavier-than-air machine was Otto Lilienthal, but the first one to consider such flight possible was Stefan Drzewiecki. He was the one to develop a gliding flight theory, proving that it was possible to fly without flapping wings, merely by giving them a proper shape.
How to educate about Auschwitz in the 21st century?
“Auschwitz is a history of extreme dehumanisation. From the very beginning, the world realised that the remains of camps must serve as a dire warning. In order for this warning to be effective, education has to stir people’s imagination of their own responsibility for fighting evil or for passivity”. About the challenges in the education about the Auschwitz history today we talk with Dr. Piotr M.A. Cywiński, Director of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in Oświęcim.
Palm Houses – tropical warm-up in Poland
No one associates Poland with palm trees, and quite reasonably so. However, Poland boasts many palm houses, which can provide you with warm comfort in wintertime, especially if you are looking for a shelter from wind, sub-zero temperatures or, even worse, melted snow and sleet.