2019-04-16 ARTICLES
Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris: Polish Traces
Thanks to Polish kings, the Cathedral of Our Lady has had strong links with Polish history since as early as the 16th century. In the 1840s, émigrés who left Poland after the November Uprising were flocking to it. In the 1980s, holy masses were celebrated there for the Solidarity movement. A monument of Saint John Paul II was unveiled near the cathedral in 2014 and in 2018 a copy of the Jasna Góra image of the Holy Virgin was placed inside Notre-Dame.
2019-04-09 ARTICLES
'We Demand the Truth about Katyn!', or the Katyn Massacre as a Subject Taken up by the Opposition in Post-War Communist-Ruled Poland
Recalling the Katyn Massacre was an important aspect of the activities of the democratic opposition in the Polish People’s Republic (PPR), one of the reasons being the subject’s high importance for society back then.
2019-04-09 ARTICLES
Homo religiosus: the phenomenon of Poland's Mieszko I
Over ten and a half centuries ago, the ruler of a vast territory in today’s western Poland was baptized in the Latin rite and began the Christianization of his people. That ruler, who hailed from the Piast dynasty, was Mieszko I, called “rex” (king) by his contemporary, the Saxon chronicler Widukind of Corvey – and “malik” (king) by the agent of the Caliph in Cordoba, Ibrahim ibn Yaqub, who visited Central Europe during the early years of Mieszko’s reign (~960-992). Today, ironically enough, Mieszko’s descendants label him but a “książe” (duke) – though they honor him, nonetheless. Indeed, as of this year, AD 2019, Poland has a new national holiday – namely, “Poland’s baptism”, to be celebrated on April 14th from here forward.
2019-03-18 NEWS
On the downfall of communism. 1989 in Central and Eastern Europe
2019-03-01 ARTICLES
Cursed Soldiers, a rural vengeance war
On 1 March 1951, after a show trial in the Mokotów prison in Warsaw, seven members of the WiN independence movement [IV Zarządu Głównego Zrzeszenia "Wolność i Niezawisłość"] were shot. The anniversary of this crime has been commemorated since 2011 as the National Memorial Day of the "Cursed Soldiers."
2019-02-13 NEWS
Book collections, libraries, publishers, and authors during armed and political conflicts.State of the art and research perspectives.Poznań, 13-15 November 2019



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