2020-10-19 NEWS
Project "General Stanisław Maczek and his Soldiers" Distinguished in 2019 Edition of Sibyl Competition
The Polish History Museum’s project titled General Stanisław Maczek and his Soldiers has received a distinction in the Education category of the 40th 2019 edition of Sibyl (Sybilla in Polish), the Museum Event of the Year Competition. The award is the highest recognition for Polish museums.
2020-10-15 ARTICLES
The Peculiar Autumn of 1978: The Election of John Paul II. 42nd anniversary of Cardinal Karol Wojtyła election for Pope
2020-09-25 ARTICLES
Stefan Wyszyński: Interrex in handcuffs 67th nniversary of the arrest of the Primate
When it comes to the relationship between the Bolsheviks and monarchs, the arrest and subsequent murder of Tsar Nicholas II and his family quickly come to mind. However, in other communist-occupied countries, such as Bulgaria and Romania, monarchs were allowed to abdicate and secretly go abroad. What was it like in Poland?
2020-09-15 ARTICLES
Birth of Independent Free-governing Trade Union 'Solidarity': Behind the Scenes
31 August is considered the holiday of Solidarity (NZSS Solidarność) and the Gdańsk Accord signed on that day its founding act. However, the shape of the union was being ‘forged’ throughout the following several days. In August, there was no talk of a Polish nationwide organisation and a path towards it turned out a winding one. The uncertainty as to the possibility of setting up independent unions in the country’s other regions led to a new wave of strikes: in September they involved at least 650 plants and 350,000 persons.
Site and permanent exhibition of the Polish History Museum
2020-08-28 ARTICLES
Not just Gdańsk. The August 1980 Accords
It is generally believed that the accords with the state authorities were signed on 31 August 1980 in Gdańsk and nowhere else. The fact that similar agreements were signed the day before in Szczecin, and after Gdańsk also in Wałbrzych, Jastrzębie-Zdrój and Dąbrowa Górnicza, is largely unknown to the public. Yet it was all of them together that were at the origin of the difficult birth of the NSZZ ‘Solidarność’ (Independent Self-governing Trade Union ‘Solidarity’).
2020-08-24 ARTICLES
St. Maria Faustina Kowalska and the cult of Divine Mercy. The 115th anniversary of St. Faustina's birthday
The cult of Divine Mercy, which has its roots in Poland, is one of the most important and widespread forms of Catholic devotion both at the end of the 20th and the beginning of the 21st centuries. The character of the cult is undoubtedly universal – whether in Latin America or Japan, Australia or Poland – 3 p.m. is the hour of Divine Mercy and that is when believers say the chaplet prayer left by Faustina Kowalska, a Polish religious nun belonging to the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy. Images of Merciful Jesus inspired by her visions can also be found in churches around the world.
2020-08-21 ARTICLES
Jan Olszewski - on his 90th anniversary the Prime Minister of the independent Poland
Jan Olszewski was born on 20 August 1930 to a railway family that has been strongly associated with the tradition of Polish independence ever since. One of his grandfather’s brothers was killed in the January Uprising of 1863-1864 against the Russian invader. Stefan Okrzeja, the brother of his grandmother, formed the Combat Organization of the Polish Socialist Party at the beginning of the 20th century.