Polish Medical Aid
They treat people's eyes, help them overcome tropical diseases, take care for children and their mothers – Polish doctors and volunteers with the aid of non-governmental organisations and Polish public institutions help patients in those parts of the world where access to health care services is difficult. Each year they treat thousands of patients.
11 Facts on 11.11
In just four years, the Great War “changed the skin of the world.” Previously thought impossible — Poland’s independence — became reality after 123 years of partitions. 11 November, 11.11, marks National Independence Day. What do you need to know about it? Here are 11 facts about 11.11 for the centenary of Independent Poland!
Sing the Polish National Anthem
"Whoever we are, wherever we live" - with these words Polish program "Niepodległa" (Independent) invites everyone, from the sea to the Tartas and all over the world, to sing the Polish National Anthem on 11 November 2018 at noon.
Long live Independence!
Over the last year, more than 3,800 events have been submitted to the “Niepodległa” program, the aim of which is to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Poland regaining its independence. The upcoming weekend will be the fruition of all this hard work. Celebrate with us by taking part in the largest events in honour of Poland’s independence! Here are some of them.
The whole world is celebrating with Poland
The 100th anniversary of Poland regaining its independence is being celebrated throughout the country, but also abroad with events and initiatives taking place that commemorate 11 November 1918. Some of them are hosted by Polish institutions, while others have been organised by the Polish diaspora around the world or by Poland’s many friends. Find out about the most interesting ideas and join in the great celebration!
With Polish panache — a few out-of-the-box ways to celebrate #PL100
11 November 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of Poland’s regained independence. Since the start of the year, thousands of events across the country have commemorated that joyous date in different ways. Each of them is important and exceptional, but some approaches have been particularly original and interesting. Let’s take a look at some of them.
The Starry Squadron – a film that went missing and Polish-American camaraderie in the sky
This year we celebrate 100 years of Polish aviation. Polish pilots are associated in the world with the famous Division 303 that made a name for itself during the 1940 Battle of Britain. Not everyone knows, however, that the division had adopted the emblem and tradition of the Kościuszko Escadrille (aka the Kościuszko Squadron) which also boasts a fascinating history including international and cinematic threads. Flying in that formation was Meriam C. Cooper who later directed the iconic King Kong movie. The story of those Polish and American airmen was the subject of pre-war Poland’s most expensive feature film. This is the story of the Starry Squadron.
Diamonds in the Ranks
Upon hearing the news that the most talented poet of the Generation of Columbuses, Krzysztof Kamil Baczyński, had joined the Home Army’s diversion units, the well-known literary scholar Stanisław Pigoń said: “We belong to a nation whose fate is to shoot at the enemy with diamonds.” Baczyński was not alone. There were many others – talented, young and determined, ready to die fighting for a liberated Poland. Thousands of them formed the Gray Ranks (Szare Szeregi) – the largest scouting resistance organisation in German-occupied Poland.
Medieval castle discovered in Żelechów
We wanted to discover another Malbork, and we found... Biskupin, say discoverers of the late medieval castle in Żelechów (Mazowieckie). It was the seat of the noble Ciołek family; its wooden elements have been preserved to this day.
Bronisław Piłsudski — the Marshall's brother and a pioneer of ethnography
Józef Piłsudski was the well-known politician and military leader, who made an enormous contribution to the restoration of Poland's independence. So it might seem strange that his grandnephew, and the last male descendant of this family line, should be … Japanese. That happened because of Józef’s older brother Bronisław, whose biography could be a scenario of many a film.
Seven ways to brighten no-longer-golden and not only Polish autumn
When Golden Polish autumn has come and gone, and chilly showers and blustery winds usher in November, it’s worth arming oneself not only with an umbrella but also with a few brighteners to chase away the autumn blues. Here they are – seven ways to survive autumn straight from November Poland.