3 years, 3 May and something more!

May 2, 2020 | Heritage, Identity and citizenship

Polish at Heart is 3 years old on 3 May! I can’t quite believe how quickly the time has gone – 95 articles, some carried in newsletters and websites, hundreds of thousands of visitors and over 300 subscribers with thousands following on Facebook and hopefully soon on Twitter.

Third of May

 

Back in 2017 I chose 3 May to launch the blog as it is our National Day, when we celebrate Poland having the first written constitution in Europe. A first, which reflects how important Poland was as a central European country at the time, cited  much more often in foreign newspapers than sadly it is nowadays, having been categorised as Eastern European since the II World War and therefore not at the forefront of European news.All the more reason for us to celebrate and share our history:

What is the 3rd of May Polish Constitution Day all about?

Top three posts

Unsurprisingly amongst the three most read articles, World War II features heavily, in a post about the deportations of Poles by the Soviets to the depths of Siberia, Kazakhstan and the Arkhangelsk Oblast:

The WWII Polish deportations – still and untold story

Also the significance which the battle of Monte Cassino in 1944 plays for Poles scattered to the four corners of the world

They really did believe – Monte Casino 18 May

and the surprising one is what to write in greeting cards for Christmas! I always struggle with this one so I’m glad that people are using this to send good wishes at this time. though thankfully it’s a long time until then!

 

Top comments

Many of you write to me about your family, how to trace them and the incredible similarities to my family’s story – deportations, life in the camps in India or escaped prisoners.  I write back with a list of links to various resources where you can search for family members and discover more about the life of these brave soldiers. For those who have read this far, thank you! I love to hear from you all!

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