Karol NAWROCKI: Martyrdom is Testimony
Karol NAWROCKI

Karol NAWROCKI

Martyrdom is Testimony

The German occupation and the monstrous design of the Holocaust was a clash with a ‘civilization of death’ for everyone in Poland, especially Jews. The plan was to wipe out an entire group of people and take control of the captured lands while dividing humanity into a dominant master race and completely dependent subhumans. Thus, in those horrific times, another, even more terrifying and dark war was waged alongside the one on the frontlines – a war against humanity. Many heroes were ready to make the ultimate sacrifice to defend it, despite the prevalent degradation. A lot of them remain unnamed, their bravery known only to Providence. The sacrifice of others, such as the martyrdom of the Ulma family from Markowa, can serve as a testimony.

Yves HENRY: Chopin at Nohant. Past, present and future
Yves HENRY

Yves HENRY

Chopin at Nohant. Past, present and future

‘On 24 June 2023, Marie Lavandier, president of the Centre des monuments nationaux, and Artur Szklener, director of The Fryderyk Chopin Institute, signed a cooperation agreement between George Sand’s estate and Chopin’s family home in Żelazowa Wola’, writes Yves HENRY

Artur SZKLENER: Chopin returns to Nohant
Artur SZKLENER

Artur SZKLENER

Chopin returns to Nohant

On 24 June 2023, a cooperation agreement was signed between Fryderyk Chopin’s house in Żelazowa Wola and George Sand’s house in Nohant. After 177 years, Chopin is symbolically returning to the place where he composed most of his masterpieces.

Wiesław KOT: Kornel Makuszyński – writer with the sun in his coat of arms
Wiesław KOT

Wiesław KOT

Kornel Makuszyński – writer with the sun in his coat of arms

He persuaded his readers that there were no bad people, only unhappy ones: 'Smile at your neighbour, and your neighbour will take his heart out of his chest and offer it to you in the palm of his hand.’ And he added, 'A smile makes all things equal’. 70 years ago, on 31 July 1953, the creator of Koziołek Matołek (Matołek the Billy-Goat) – Kornel Makuszyński – died.

Koji SHIMODA: The Japanese love of Chopin
Koji SHIMODA

Koji SHIMODA

The Japanese love of Chopin

We, the Japanese, love Chopin perhaps mainly because of the delicate beauty, modesty, and nobility of his music. It is like the waves of time.

Prof. Grzegorz MICHALSKI: The Chopin Competition will soon turn 100
Prof. Grzegorz MICHALSKI

Prof. Grzegorz MICHALSKI

The Chopin Competition will soon turn 100

The next International Chopin Competition will take place in 2025, coinciding with the centenary of Żurawlew’s proposal. By that time the competition will have gathered even more status and influence, providing a fitting opportunity to revisit the person behind the original idea.

Prof. Tomasz GĄSOWSKI: Ignacy Jan Paderewski. The world of the young maestro
Prof. Tomasz GĄSOWSKI

Prof. Tomasz GĄSOWSKI

Ignacy Jan Paderewski. The world of the young maestro

Ignacy Jan Paderewski’s correspondence with his father and Helena Górska offers a glimpse of the atmosphere and aura of the times that had shaped the musician and future president of Poland .Ignacy Jan Paderewski’s correspondence with his father and future wife Helena Górska can be placed in a specific time and space, namely the broadly defined turn of the 20th century. Technically speaking, it covers the years 1872–1924, but in fact almost all of the letters were sent between 1872…

Wiesław KOT: 'Be faithful. Go.' 25 years ago Zbigniew Herbert died
Wiesław KOT

Wiesław KOT

'Be faithful. Go.' 25 years ago Zbigniew Herbert died

’What is the story we are stuck in? It is an orgy of rampant injustice. And yet there will always be a handful of righteous people who will preserve fundamental values in the midst of this turmoil. The point is to be one of them,’ Zbigniew Herbert, one of the greatest Polish and European poets, used to say. 28 July 2023 will be the 25th anniversary of his death.

Francesco MORABITO: Warsaw, a city that stole my heart
Francesco MORABITO

Francesco MORABITO

Warsaw, a city that stole my heart

‘The Poles are a great nation of proud people, eager to act and amaze the world. I am convinced that Poland will continue to develop in the years to come. I see my future in Warsaw, a city that bears witness to the extraordinary soul of this country,’ writes Francesco MORABITO, a popular Italian YouTuber who fights stereotypes about Poland on social media.

Andrew A. MICHTA: What Happens After Vilnius Will Matter More Than the Summit Itself
Andrew A. MICHTA

Andrew A. MICHTA

What Happens After Vilnius Will Matter More Than the Summit Itself

No NATO summit has been greeted with as much anticipation and speculation than the meeting in Vilnius slated for next week. The central question will be the future of Ukraine’s membership in the alliance, and by all indications the allies will not be issuing an invitation to Kyiv to start the application process, nor are they likely to agree to issue an invitation next year during the planned Washington summit.

Michał KŁOSOWSKI: To forgive, you must overcome yourself
Michał KŁOSOWSKI

Michał KŁOSOWSKI

To forgive, you must overcome yourself

Time heals all wounds. Even those gathered over the years, either in the open or concealed for centuries. It turns out, there is nothing more durable among people than sorrow. Lost opportunities, unsettled accounts for wrongs, tragedies continuing for generations, spilled blood. Calling for vengeance.

Jan ROKITA: The memory of Volhynia
Jan ROKITA

Jan ROKITA

The memory of Volhynia

‘The letter signed by thirteen prominent Ukrainians began with a noble “request for forgiveness for the crimes and wrongs committed”. The authors asked us not to make “ill-considered political declarations” on the upcoming anniversary of the Volhynian Slaughter,’ writes Jan ROKITA

Ks. Stefan BATRUCH: Churches played a major part in the process of Polish-Ukrainian reconciliation
Ks. Stefan BATRUCH

Ks. Stefan BATRUCH

Churches played a major part in the process of Polish-Ukrainian reconciliation

 ‘What has happened so far in the Polish-Ukrainian relations on the initiative of the Churches in Poland and Ukraine has prepared us for the present relations between the Poles and the Ukrainians. It has not been in vain, as testified to by our present relations, particularly by the openness and generosity of thousands of Poles who host Ukrainian refugees from the war caused by Russia,’ rev. Stefan BATRUCH writes.

Prof. Zbigniew SKOWRON: Fryderyk Chopin as a teacher
Prof. Zbigniew SKOWRON

Prof. Zbigniew SKOWRON

Fryderyk Chopin as a teacher

After Fryderyk Chopin came to Paris in the early autumn of 1831, his main source of income was giving piano lessons.