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Polish Operation of the NKVD (1937–38)

Today marks another grim anniversary in the history of Polish people. It was on this day in 1937 that the order was signed, giving the Soviet Secret Police (NKVD) the go-ahead to root out so-called “Polish Spies.” What this really … Continue reading

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Tomorrow is a day I hate to think about…

Tomorrow is August 1st, 2016, but I will be thinking about what happened 72 years ago, the Warsaw Uprising. Pamiętam — I remember 70 Years Ago Today Hard to Believe What Was Happening 69 Year Ago…. Every August 1st…..Warsaw Remembers … Continue reading

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General Władysław Sikorski

Why am I writing about a Polish here, Władysław Sikorski, on what in the United States is a National Holiday, our Independence Day, the Fourth of July?  Well, on this day in history, 04 July 1943, a Pole who fiercely … Continue reading

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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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