The photos by prolific photojournalist Władysław Orłowski covering a wide breadth of everyday topics, depicting everything from children playing to fashionable locals quenching their thirst at summertime refreshment stalls, offer a captivating snapshot of everyday life during the PRL period.
US Ambassador to Poland Georgette Mosbacher tweeted on Thursday, the anniversary of the first partially free elections in post-war Poland, that the anniversary was a reminder of Poland's historic role in the collapse of communism in Europe.
Depicting the absurdity of life under communism, the film by director Stansiław Bareja premiered on 4th May 1981 and remains a part of popular culture up to today.
Dubbed ‘Flying Death’ by the Germans, Stanisław Skalski saw action in Poland following the outbreak of war, later becoming the first Pole to command an RAF squadron. Miraculously avoiding death twice, after the war it seemed his luck had run out when he was arrested by the secret police on trumped up charges of espionage, tortured for over a year and then sentenced to be executed. But again, he survived.
The beautiful cards depict what today we would consider fairly traditional seasonal scenes. But within the context of their times, depicting religious themes and symbols was revolutionary.
Poland's onetime anti-communist opposition and the communist era's political victims were honoured in a Saturday ceremony at Warsaw's Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Letters on the occasion were sent by President Andrzej Duda and PM Mateusz Morawiecki.
Polish Interior Minister Mariusz Kamiński, during a visit to the United States, was given declassified Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) materials on the fall of communism in Central European countries.
Historian Alexandra Richie visited Poland for the first time in 1985. The spirit of open defiance of communism blew her away. Discover the personal story of one of Poland's best English-language historians, author of the book on the Warsaw Uprising, 'Warsaw 1944.'
The funerals follow years of painstaking work, including exhumations and DNA testing to identify the remains.
Sue Ryder was one of Poland’s best friends during the communist period. Her incredibly energy and dynamism was born from a love of giving and a love for Poland - which started off after her work with Polish secret agents during World War 2.