Category Archives: History of Poland

Happy Birthday, Marie Skłdowska Curie

Today, November 7th, 2017, marks the 150th anniversary of one of the greats in the history of Physics and Chemistry, the birthday of Marie Skłodowska, born this day in 1867 in Warsaw, Poland (then a part of the Russian Empire … Continue reading

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Unconquered

Time for a short history lesson. September 1939, Germany invades Poland and World War II breaks out. Poland’s allies do not honor their alliances, and weeks later, the Soviet Union splits Poland with Germany. Poland has been conquered. Or has … Continue reading

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Sibiracy

Sibiracy is the plural of the Polish word Sibirak. In general, it refers to Poles who were “resettled” to Siberia. But in the context of today, February 10, it refers to the one or more million Poles who were actively … Continue reading

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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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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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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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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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Cud nad Wisłą — Miracle on the Vistula

Today is not only a momentous day in Polish history, it also marks the 95th anniversary of one of the t0p 20 most important military battles in the history of the world, the Miracle on the Vistula, also known as the … Continue reading

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