Over the last two weeks two million people have left their homes in Ukraine and crossed the border into Poland. Each week a million refugees, mainly the elderly and women with children, have poured into my country. The poor of this world are fleeing from soldiers who shoot at women and children, at hospitals, at schools and housing estates and who bomb Russians’ blocks of flats.
Krishna B. KUMAR
Over three million Ukrainians have fled their country following the Russian invasion. This is the biggest displacement of people in Europe since World War II. Poland has accepted more than 2 million refugees.
The lack of a proper assessment of communism and appreciation of the past’s importance led to the warning signs being ignored.
After 1945, the world paid tribute to the soldiers who had contributed to the victory over Nazi Germany. Not so in Poland. The communist government did all it could to make people forget about war-time heroes, and those who dared oppose the new regime were mistreated most persistently and adamantly. It is only today that we can honour them as they deserve.
Prof. Jacek CZAPUTOWICZ
Putin was stopped stopped by the heroic attitude of the Ukrainians and the public opinion which acted against the governments of some western states.
The war that Putin has unleashed on Ukraine is also a battle for the soul of the West.
Prof. Yücel OĞURLU
The relations between Turkey and Poland, two countries that do not share a border today, have a depth far beyond expectations. In this context, it would be expedient to remember the deep-rooted reasons for today’s friendly relations in the context of many negative and positive events that occurred in the past.
Neither the Christian philosopher Bach, nor the radiant genius Mozart, nor the eccentric mystic and fantasist Schumann, nor the arch-virtuoso Liszt held such sway over the minds and hearts of Russian musicians, pianists, and intelligent, well-educated people, as the piano virtuoso who came from Poland. The fiery revolutionist Beethoven might have had a similar kind of influence, but the lyricist Fryderyk Chopin was unequalled.
One of the main difficulties in analyzing the propaganda of dictatorships is that it cannot be grasped as an object with strictly delimited edges. Propaganda has multiple facets both in terms of objectives, sometimes immediate, sometimes longer term, of means and targets.
Prof. Jerzy MIZIOŁEK
The home where the eminent pianist spent his youth was located within the walls of the Warsaw University. It has survived all the cataclysms of history and, in the coming years, will become a special memorial to Chopin – writes Jerzy MIZIOŁEK
On the day the results of the previous 2015 Chopin Competition were announced, Asian Internet users searched for “Chopin” more often than they did for “shopping”. When the results were announced in 2021, competition videos were watched almost 3 million times.
We are entering the third year of what has been an extremely difficult pandemic, face a growing economic crisis, and now there is an additional menace coming from our eastern neighbour. Vladimir Putin is effectively and cynically exploiting European weaknesses and crises.
A distance of 400 km and 82 years separates Bucha from Katyn. Only a little more divides Mariupol from Warsaw.
Dressed as a German general, Kazimierz Leski took secret documents obtained by the Polish resistance movement to transport them across Europe. His generation paid a terrible price for its attachment to a free Poland – writes Bogusław SONIK
Heritage of Jan Karski, whose harrowing reports on what Germans were doing in Auschwitz were ignored by the world, is now a moral call to action in defence of human rights.
The Polish Home Army was among the largest underground armies that challenged Nazi Germany. As opposed to other such large forces operating in the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia, it was also the only one which fought for genuine freedom and democracy.
The USSR, on the other hand, viewed the role of the London backed Home Army (Armia Krajowa -AK) as an agent of anti-Communism, and in January 1944 created its own underground organisation (Armia Ludowa- AL) which targeted not only the German occupying forces, but also the AK in preparation for setting up a Communist Poland.
The question “can you imagine?” is so simple and yet so profound. It is difficult to truly imagine what she lived through; the fear, the suffering, the devastation, the loss endured and the heroism, selflessness and sacrifice given by those who never imagined they could until they had to.
Prof. Wojciech ROSZKOWSKI
The Home Army is more than a “resistance movement”.
Prof. Lisa McCORMICK
In 1948, a promising young pianist named Micheline Ostermeyer embarked on an ambitious concert tour to build on her success winning the first prize at the National Conservatoire in Paris. The same year, she became the first Frenchwoman to win an Olympic medal, claiming two golds and a bronze at the London Games. While Ostermeyer had studied piano since the age of four, she only began developing her athletic abilities as a teenager. With the outbreak of the Second World…