Two 15th-century paintings looted by German forces during World War II have been returned to Poland.
A Polish painting stolen from the National Museum in Warsaw has been sold at a Berlin auction house despite Polish requests that be withdrawn from the sale.
The Empty Frames campaign that aims to remind people about Polish works of art and culture stolen during World War II by both the German and Soviet occupiers, will see, among other things, special plaques providing information about Polish war losses in culture placed in 12 cities across Poland.
First appearing in Łódź’s Manufaktura complex in the summer of 2020, the idea has since taken off rapidly with an increasing number of cities getting in on the act.
The medley of household names include gold-winning pole-vaulter Władysław Kozakiewicz whose celebratory ‘up yours’ gesture towards the Russian crowd scandalized the 1980 Moscow Olympics and world-record discus thrower Halina Konopacka who during WWII squirrelled Poland’s gold reserve to France.
The news comes three years after the carpets in Spycimierz were inducted into Poland’s own list of cultural treasures, and 19-months after they were nominated for UNESCO recognition by the Ministry of Culture & National Heritage.
The government has unveiled plans to re-establish a ministry of sport in a draft decree published on Monday, just a few months after the old ministry was abolished.
Facebook has unblocked the English-language page of Poland's Institute of National Remembrance (IPN), a national organisation set up to investigate Nazi and communist crimes against the Polish people.
The social media giant blocked the Institute of National Remembrance after it posted information about the Germanisation of Polish children during WWII.
The newly-renovated churches will now become part of the ‘Tourist Trail of Wooden Churches of Wielkopolska’.