Polish History pre-WW2

April 20, 2021
Was Prince Phillip’s great grandmother Polish?

It was moving to witness such an intimate family funeral of Prince Phillip, the Duke of Edinburgh. Much has been said about his Danish and German ancestry, yet even less about...

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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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December 30, 2019
Kuligi (sleigh rides) a sign of defiance?

This Christmas I've been dreaming of the Polish tradition and romance of kuligi (sleigh rides). Who wouldn't want to be sliding swiftly through the night underneath a frosty sky, behind...

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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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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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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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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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August 24, 2018
Museum of Emigracja, Gdynia, to go or not to go?

It’s a bit like emigrating yourself, as this new museum is placed right on the water’s edge in the renovated Dworzec Morski (Maritime Station), one of the most imposing buildings...

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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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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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