Anna Kucewicz

March 14, 2020
Polish St Joseph’s Day and breaking of Lent

If for you Lent is already dragging on and worries about coronavirus are getting you down, there's one day coming up when all Lenten obligations are thrown off and weddings,...

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February 9, 2020
Survivor accounts: Polish deportations to Russia

It is 80 years since on 10 February 1940, over 1 million people were sent from the Eastern borderlands of Poland to slave labour in Soviet Russia. A few survivors recorded...

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January 27, 2020
How did you first hear about the Holocaust ? 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz

Which books or films influenced your knowledge of the Holocaust?  Although I had heard a little of World War II from my family by the time I was at primary school,...

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December 30, 2019
Kuligi (sleigh rides) a sign of defiance?

This Christmas I've been dreaming of the Polish tradition and romance of kuligi (sleigh rides). Who wouldn't want to be sliding swiftly through the night underneath a frosty sky, behind...

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December 20, 2019
Joyous treasures: Polish Christmas Carols

I'm not sure how aware I was that new kolędy (carols) are constantly being conceived as we tend to sing the ones we know from childhood, many dating from the...

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December 13, 2019
Polish citizenship – the ultimate guide

If like me, you’ve been thinking of confirming your Polish citizenship to stay a European citizen or just want to emphasise your heritage, here is a quick guide based on...

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October 25, 2019
Chestnuts and Polish autumn songs

As the leaves start to fall around us and the last of summer's rays warm our limbs, the season of endings as well as new beginnings and great beauty drives...

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September 27, 2019
Is it obiad or lunch?

Over the summer I had a convoluted conversation with friends about the names of meals in Polish and English. What is the difference between drugie śniadanie and lunch? Is there...

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August 23, 2019
Wola, Warszawa, echoes of a population destroyed

I first saw the sky high grey concrete communist blocks in the district of Wola to the west of Warszawa’s centre as a child. My aunt and uncle (related through...

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July 12, 2019
Europe’s first republic – the Polish-Lithuanian commonwealth

At this time of year I'm often helping the harcerki (girl scouts) learn about Polish history. To illustrate my talks I sometimes use the works of the 19th century painter...

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