History

April 10, 2018
Smolensk air crash – where were you?

Do you remember where you were, when you heard the news?  This week we commemorate two incredibly sad days for the Poles: 10 April, the 8th anniversary of the Smolensk...

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March 2, 2018
Kuligi (sleigh rides) a sign of defiance?

I know we're already two weeks into Lent but with the Beast from the East and Storm Emma hitting the UK with blasts of snow up to half a metre...

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February 10, 2018
The WWII Polish deportations – still an untold story

For years few spoke about it. Many shared the feeling  “You didn’t want to tell them because they wouldn’t understand or would laugh so you just closed yourself up.”  The...

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November 25, 2017
Farewell to three outstanding ladies

We are the poorer for the passing of three amazing women this year: Basia Zdanowicz, Luna Golińska and Krystyna Szwagrzak. Each had incredible stories of hardship and terror during the...

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November 10, 2017
11 November – Pride in Poland’s rise from the ashes

Here's a few things every Pole should know about 11 November. Firstly  - that it’s nothing to do with Remembrance Day, it just happens to be on the same date!...

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September 23, 2017
Legendary Pole, Hubal the first Partisan of WWII

Did you know that the Poles were not only the first to fight in World War II, but they set up the first Partyzantka (Partisan Unit) on 23 September 1939....

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August 31, 2017
On this day: 1 September 1939

It was the start of a hot, summery Friday with clear blue skies. Children had been getting ready for school the following week, but school had been called off indefinitely a...

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July 21, 2017
Our Polish Heritage – the Winged Hussars coming to the UK

If you thought the Polish Hussars belonged to history, you’d be wrong because next month (August 26 - 28, bank holiday weekend) they’re appearing at Leeds Armouries. Based in the...

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June 9, 2017
9 June – a day to be young and nothing more

Today is the day when young people in the UK took to politics with 50% more voting than in the last three General Elections. It brings to my mind the Culture.pl...

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May 23, 2017
And my poppies have bloomed – on such a day of sadness

May 23rd, and my poppies have finally started to bloom. Not too late to remember those fallen at Monte Cassino, and yet right on the day after the worst tragedy...

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