VIDEO: Directed by Tomasz Popakuł for the Gdynia Emigration Museum and entitled ‘Dzennet’, the six and a half minute film tells the story of refugee Dzennet Dżabagi-Skibniewska, whose mother was a Polish Tatar and father the son of the last ruler of Ingushetia, a republic of Russia located in the North Caucus.
Film producer Janusz Heatcliff Iwanowski spent three decades collecting material for the film, including the account of a banker who lent money to Eastern Bloc countries, the story of a secretary who observed the Gierek era from the inside, and the memoirs of an advisor who helped Gierek change and modernise the Polish economy.
For a minority, the essence of the weekend rests in the foggy little bars that were established during Communism. Though fast dwindling in number, and left utterly winded by the lockdown, these have tapped a new wave of fans among a small group of people.
The building in the centre of Augustów in north-east Poland was used by the NKVD and the Communist secret police to hold and interrogate victims of the 1945 Augustów Roundups, known as the little Katyń.
Opened in 1994 as the first gallery in Poland and Europe to exclusively display art made under the Communist regime, a permanent display features around 300 paintings, sculptures, propaganda posters and sketches while its total depository includes around 2,600 works.
VIDEO: ‘Operation Hyacinth’ is named after the police operation of the same name which was conducted by the Communist Citizen’s Militia (MO) between 1985-87 and led to information being collected on around 11,000 gay men and a record of their sexuality being kept on police record.
Forced to conduct much of its operations underground, the movement created a rich visual culture of resistance through designs and logos that spoke to people from all walks of society.
The film , ‘Wyszyński - Revenge or Forgiveness' which premiered yesterday, stars Ksawery Szlenkier as Stefan Wyszyński and Małgorzata Kożuchowska as Mother Elżbieta.
The Polish president, prime minister and ruling party leader on Tuesday commemorated the 41st anniversary of historic agreements between the then communist government and striking workers that paved the way to the ultimate collapse of communism.
Andrzej Duda, the Polish president, has said Poland’s judicial system still contains people with a compromising past dating back to communism.