Identity and citizenship

February 27, 2021
Polish citizenship is so much more than a passport

Recently I have been contacted by many of you interested in Polish citizenship. Although I’ve written about the process in my guide to citizenship, the paperwork is just the legal...

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January 29, 2021
For post-war Polish refugees, learning English was about so much more than words

Do you recognise a cultural divide in your early life between the Polish and English languages?

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December 13, 2020
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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August 29, 2020
Did your great or grandparents fight in the forgotten Polish-Soviet war of 1920?

Do you know much about your family history at the time of World War I or just after? The last century was an incredibly traumatic one for our ancestors. The war front...

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July 18, 2020
Raise a toast for Ognisko Polskie, 80 years!

Let's raise a glass this weekend for Ognisko Polskie in Kensington, London, celebrating 80 years of serving the Polish community in exile. A success story which throughout the Second World...

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June 12, 2020
A glimpse into the UK’s ‘old’ Polish community

With planned changes at the Penrhos Residential Polish Home (near Phwhelli in Wales) in mind, I came across a gem of a film about another residential home, Ilford Park in the...

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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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May 2, 2018
2 May: What is your identity? Where is your home?

All of us with Polish heritage have in common a unique set of chances of birth. Not for us the comfort of our grandparents living in the same town of...

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October 11, 2017
Ten images of growing up Polish

The images of Poland we 'English Poles' grew up with in post-war UK were, I suspect, nothing like what our contemporaries in Poland had.  Our identity was rooted in the past and...

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May 10, 2017
Polish Heritage Day helps people find their roots

Imagine never knowing where your father is buried, anything about your grandparents’ lives or family history. It is a common experience for those whose families have been uprooted by conflict,...

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