79th anniversary of Soviet invasion of Poland
On 17 September 1939, Soviet troops invaded Poland fulfilling the provisions of a secret annex to the Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact, signed by the Third German Reich and the Soviet Union on 23 August 1939. The Soviet-German agreement called for dividing up Poland’s territory between the two totalitarian states. The Soviet Union committed itself to supporting Germany in its military operations against Poland.
The Battle of Vienna, the Lion of Lechistan and cloves with potatoes
In May 1683, the valiant and expansive army of the Ottoman Empire ventured from Belgrade to Vienna. A month later, it besieged the Danube capital. Upon hearing about this, Jan III Sobieski accelerated the mobilisation of the Crown’s army and set off for Vienna. The battle between Polish-Imperial troops under the command of the Polish king and the army under the command of Vizier Kara Mustafa, fought on September 12, created a military breakthrough and saved the Christian part of Europe from the expansive attempts of the Ottoman Empire. To commemorate this anniversary, we have prepared some interesting facts about the Battle of Vienna, King Sobieski and his interesting life.
Seventy-ninth anniversary of the outbreak of World War Two
Seventy-nine years ago, Germany invaded Poland and started World War Two. In the early hours of 1 September 1939, troops of the German Reich crossed the Polish-German border. Even though the 1939 defensive war ended in the defeat of the Polish armed forces, greatly outnumbered by the invader’s army, the lost battle marked the beginning of Polish troops’ engagement on all WW2 fronts.
Planes in the sky, Polish troops on parade on Armed Forces Day
Some 100 aeroplanes and helicopters, 1,500 troops and dozens of military vehicles took part in an annual parade in Warsaw as Poland marked Armed Forces Day.
Passports to life
"Aleksander Ładoś took the risk of saving people. Ładoś decided that he would not hide behind diplomatic custom and that he would become a document counterfeiter". About Aleksander Ładoś – a Polish diplomat and a leader of a secret action by the Polish diplomats and Jewish organizations who helped save several hundred Jews – we talk with his successor Jakub Kumoch, the Polish ambassador to Switzerland.
Polish diplomats who saved Jews from the Holocaust
After nearly 75 years and following more than one year of negotiations, Poland reacquired the so-called Eiss Archive, one of the largest collections documenting rescue operations of endangered Jews by the Polish diplomatic corps. The acquisition was announced jointly by the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Bern, the Ministry of Culture & National Heritage and the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum.
Summer encourages us to spend every free moment in the bosom of nature. Regardless of whether you are on the Baltic coast, in Mazury, in the Bieszczady Mountains or in any other part of the world, you can organise a picnic in true Polish style. Below we have selected recipes for Polish dishes that you can prepare and take with you anywhere you go. They come from the book which is a real invitation to a journey through the Polish culinary paths... The link to the book you will find below.
The Warsaw Rising embodied the desire to stand up for what they believed in
“We must acknowledge that we - in 2018 - have an objectivity and sense of perspective that those making the decision in 1944 simply did not and could not enjoy.” On the occasion of the 74th anniversary of the Warsaw Rising, we propose you an interview with Professor ROGER MOORHOUSE – historian and author specialising in modern German and Central European history, with particular interest in Nazi Germany and the World War in Europe.
Spiritual guide to independence
Archbishop Aleksander Kakowski’s entire life was dedicated to Poland and inextricably tied to its fate. In pastoral letters, he urged Poles to enkindle in themselves a love of the homeland and reject rampant nationalism and growing anti-Semitism.
Oriana Fallaci had Polish ancestors?
The controversial Italian journalist Oriana Fallaci, who died in September 2006, could trace her family roots back to a Polish aristocrat, claims a Polish-Italian translator.