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The Savior of Christendom

I have a special place in my heart for Jan III Sobieski (1629-1696), King of Poland from 1674 until his death in 1696. Perhaps in part this is because I have read all about him in the excellent book “JAN … Continue reading

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On this Day in History….

I still mark this day of history as one of sadness and remembrance for me. Life can be very fleeting. Never take anything for granted. On this day, three years ago, my dear friend Jurek (Jerzy) Markiewicz passed away suddenly. … Continue reading

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The Murder of Józef and Wiktoria Ulma

72 years ago today, on March 24, 1944, a terrible crime took place. In front of their six children, aged 2-8, Józef and Wiktoria Ulma were murdered by the German Nazis, each killed with a bullet to the back of … Continue reading

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Condemned to Death

It was 76 years ago today, on March 5th, 1940, that about 22,000 people were condemned to death. During April and May of 1940, they were murdered, killed with a shot to the back of the head and buried in … Continue reading

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Polish Stars

Polish Stars are a beautiful, traditional Polish ornament that anyone can make. They take a bit of time, but are very easy to do. Here’s just a few of the ones that we’ve made recently: On Friday November 27th, 2015, … Continue reading

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Irena Sendler

Few people today know the story of Irena Sendler. It’s a pity, because it’s a story well worth telling, a tale of a very brave and courageous woman. On this day in history, Irena Sendler was arrested and tortured by … Continue reading

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Kotwica

Kotwica is the Polish word for Anchor. It’s a Polish symbol that became a Polish underground rallying point during World War II. It’s pictured here: The symbol started as a stylized acronym for Pomścimy Wawer (“We shall avenge Wawer”). This … Continue reading

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September the 17th….

September 17th was a grim day in history for Poland and lovers of freedom everywhere. On September 17th, 1939, the Soviet Union invaded Poland. Poland was already reeling from the German attack and start of World War II just a few weeks … Continue reading

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Start of World War II, 76 years ago today

Today we remember the beginning of World War II. It is measured as starting on September 1, 1939, when the Germans invaded Poland, but in truth, the war itself was a long time in the making, began by the the punishments … Continue reading

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Black Ribbon Day

Today is Black Ribbon Day. As you may surmise by the color of the ribbon, it’s not a day to remember happy things. This day (August 23rd) was chosen as it is the day on which, on which the so-called … Continue reading

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