An important step forward in the nation’s struggle for independence and self-determination, the rebellion which was launched on the night of January 22, was sparked by economic hardship, political repression and a growing sense of national identity among the Polish people.
Today marks the 104th anniversary of Poland regaining independence after centuries of foreign rule.
An online joke about annexing the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad to the Czech Republic has gone viral, with even the US Embassy getting involved.
The woman named Kasia was working as a volunteer at the Fort Gerhard complex in the city port of Świnoujście when she came upon an old enamel bucket caught in the roots of a tree.
Omitted from the maps for the full duration of the Cold War, this tiny town (current population: 4,500), was at the very heart of the Soviet Union’s military presence in Poland. For decades, no-one knew it existed and that sense of secrecy lingers to this day.
Snuck away west of Leszno and with a population of just 14,000, ‘the greatest little town you’ve never heard of’ sits largely forgotten by the rest of the nation. And that’s good!
TFN’s Stuart Dowell travelled to the small town of Września near Poznań where 120 years ago today children boycotted religious classes in protest against Germanization. The students were flogged and their parents were sentenced to prison. Known as the Strike of the Children of Września, the incident has gone down in history as a patriotic struggle to retain the right to use the Polish language.
In this week’s Webber’s World, our intrepid explorer finds himself 30km east of Elbląg in a rambling old manor house set amongst silent forest paths, misty morning fields, grazing wild deer, and a snuffling rabbit named David. Welcome to Dwór Dawidy.
Tomasz Wierzbicki, from the town of Świebodzice in Lower Silesia, said he initially thought the old sword was a tree root as he tidied the ground so his family could rest for a while out for a walk.
It’s widely-known that the city was granted independence in 1920, but today in 1807, the Treaties of Tilsit between Emperor Alexander I of Russia and Napoleon I of France saw the then city of Danzig also become independent, if only for seven years.