History

November 9, 2018
A bitesize guide: 100 years of Polish Independence

Still young On 11 November it will be exactly 100 years since Poland regained its Independence from three partitioning countries. In Poland it will only be the 32nd time National Independence...

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November 7, 2018
General Stanisław Maczek – finally honoured in the UK

On Saturday 3 November I travelled to Edinburgh for a weekend of 100 year celebrations since Poland regained its independence, yet Saturday itself was all about this forgotten war hero.  The...

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October 26, 2018
The unbelievable tale of Wojtek the bear in Scotland

To me, the story of Wojtek the bear, conjures up fond childhood memories of reading Lasocki's book about him at Polish school. It is a strange and remarkable tale, a...

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October 23, 2018
What do Poles and Indians have in common?

Separated by 6000 km, what do Poles and Indians most have in common? Pierogi and samosas perhaps? More than anything, it’s definitely an overwhelming sense of hospitality. The Polish saying ‘Gość...

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October 12, 2018
6 things you never knew about John Paul II

In a few days it will be 40 years since Pope John Paul II was chosen as the first Polish Pope on 16 October 1978. It was for Poles I...

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September 21, 2018
Finding your Polish family’s history – the magic of the internet

 The internet and genetic testing have truly revolutionised family history and it is astounding what you can find. Books that have rarely seen the light of day are published page...

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July 20, 2018
Polish Legend Lech, Czech and Rus – fact or fiction?

Ready for a fairytale? Or is there some truth in the legend of the three brothers, one of whom set up the Polish nation? Recently my harcerki (girl scouts) were...

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July 6, 2018
Why did it take 60 long years for Poles to join the Victory Parade?

The official British Victory Parade to celebrate the end of World War II took place in June 1946, once hostilities with Japan had ended. The Parade was a show of...

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June 15, 2018
From Russia with love – the samovar and how Poles took their tea

"To Moscow, to Moscow" said the sisters who languished at home, bored of their country life in Chekhov's "Three Sisters". The long days of June do seem to go on...

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May 11, 2018
Girl Power: the Florence Nightingales of Poland

International Nurses Day is celebrated annually on 12 May, Florence Nightingale's date of birth. My great-grandmother's sister was a nurse during WWI and there are medics in my wider family,...

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