Anna Kucewicz

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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May 16, 2019
The battle of Monte Cassino – what happened next for the Poles?

The battle of Monte Cassino is known as one of the decisive battles of WWII and for us Poles, as the sacrifice of so many, to break the German defence...

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May 1, 2019
Why May is a special month for Poles

The month of May is bursting at the seams with important days for Poles, but some of the celebrations in Poland are very different to those we celebrate.  I would...

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April 12, 2019
The Katyń massacre – one boy’s tragic loss

The massacre of 22,000 men in the Katyń atrocity is difficult to comprehend without relating it to the personal. The story of Bogusław Piesiewicz, who suffered a double tragedy in April 1940 as a...

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March 15, 2019
Spring clean like a Pole

In Poland it’s difficult to consider Lent and preparations for Wielkanoc (Easter), without also thinking of the annual 'spring clean' at home. The aim of the clean is indeed for your house...

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March 4, 2019
Poles’ own version of Valentines – Kaziuki

Valentine’s Day has long gone and the shops are no longer awash with red and pink paraphernalia. But did you know that originally, it was ‘Kaziuki’ which popularised the idea...

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January 26, 2019
The January Uprising which spurred on Polish Independence

Many people say that it would be impossible to establish an independent Polish state in 1918 without the sacrifice made during the Powstanie Styczniowe (January Uprising)of 1863.  Józef Piłsudski, brought up...

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