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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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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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Pamiętam — I remember

I was born less than eight years after the start of the Warsaw Uprising, which began at 5 PM  local time in Warsaw on 01 August 1944. It did not end well. While the Soviet army sat idly by across … Continue reading

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Lublin Days 2015

From July 24-26, 2015, the village of Lublin, Wisconsin will be celebrating its centennial and Lublin Days. Lots of festivities are planned, but of special note is a visit from a number of dignitaries from Lublin, WI’s sister city in … Continue reading

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70 Years Ago Today

70 years ago today, at 5 PM local time, the Warsaw Uprising began. After 5 long years of Nazi occupation, having suffered the devastating loss of the whole Jewish Population, having suffered the loss of many Polish lives with countless … Continue reading

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Święty Jan Paweł II — Saint John Paul II

Today is a historic day for many Poles all over the world. On this day, the first Polish Pope was made a saint. To me, personally, this is a very amazing event, and a day for celebration not only for … Continue reading

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Walentynki — Valentine’s Day in Poland

Valentine’s Day has been celebrated in Poland in recent times–since the collapse communism and the opening of Poland’s borders. Poles were very quick to adopt Valentine’s Day, and now it’s very popular, as much in Poland as anywhere else. Poles … Continue reading

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2013 Pierogi Party

Leon and Ewa’s 9th annual Pierogi Party is over, and once again it was a resounding success. We made 8 batches of the world’s best pierogi dough, filled 343 pierogi, and did a mound of dishes. Along the way we … Continue reading

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Dzień Wszystkich Świętych

Today in Poland, the cemeteries are aglow. You can see them from miles away. To get to a cemetery today, takes a lot of planning–and probably a lot of walking. It’s a national holiday today, All Saint’s day, or Dzień Wszystkich … Continue reading

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The City that Would Not Die

Warsaw. At the start of World War II, a thriving city of 1.3 million. By the end of World War II six years later, it had about one or two thousand scavengers as its inhabitants. 200,000 of it’s citizens were … Continue reading

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