History

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 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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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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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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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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