40 Amazing Vintage Portraits of Polish Men in the Late 19th Century

During the Spring of Nations (a series of revolutions which swept across Europe), Poles took up arms in the Greater Poland Uprising of 1848 to resist Prussian rule. The uprising was suppressed and the semi-autonomous Grand Duchy of Posen, created from the Prussian partition of Poland, was incorporated into Prussia. In 1863, a new PolishContinue reading “40 Amazing Vintage Portraits of Polish Men in the Late 19th Century”

44 Interesting Photos Showing Life of Poland in 1970

Poland, officially the Republic of Poland, is a country in Central Europe. It is divided into 16 administrative provinces called voivodeships, covering an area of 312,696 km2 (120,733 sq mi). Poland has a population of over 38 million and is the fifth-most populous member state of the European Union. Warsaw is the nation’s capital andContinue reading “44 Interesting Photos Showing Life of Poland in 1970”

40 Amazing Photographs Showing Life in Poland in the Early 1980s

Poland, officially the Republic of Poland, is a country in Central Europe. It is divided into 16 administrative provinces called voivodeships, covering an area of 312,696 km2 (120,733 sq mi). Poland has a population of over 38 million and is the fifth-most populous member state of the European Union. Warsaw is the nation’s capital andContinue reading “40 Amazing Photographs Showing Life in Poland in the Early 1980s”

51 Wonderul Photographs Showing Everyday Life in Poland During the Early 1970s

Poland, officially the Republic of Poland, is a country in Central Europe. It is divided into 16 administrative provinces called voivodeships, covering an area of 312,696 km2 (120,733 sq mi). Poland has a population of over 38 million and is the fifth-most populous member state of the European Union. Warsaw is the nation’s capital andContinue reading “51 Wonderul Photographs Showing Everyday Life in Poland During the Early 1970s”

Amazing Vintage Photos of Life on the Beaches of Pre-War Poland

Before the war, Polish beaches hosted royal families and emperors, as well as the era’s icons of dance and cinema. Kings, emperors, Mata Hari, Marlena Dietrich, and Poland’s own stars of the artistic and political scenes all took to the sandy coast of the Baltic sea, as well as the wilder cliffs of the DniesterContinue reading “Amazing Vintage Photos of Life on the Beaches of Pre-War Poland”

The Dancer in Birkenau: Meet the Polish-Jewish Ballerina Who Shot Nazis on Her Way to the Gas Chamber

More a certainty than a legend, a woman killed a Nazi guard at Birkenau while she was ordered to strip en route to the gas chambers. But who was she? On October 23, 1943, a transport of around 1700 Polish Jews with foreign passports were transported out of the Special Camp at the Bergen-Belsen ExchangeContinue reading “The Dancer in Birkenau: Meet the Polish-Jewish Ballerina Who Shot Nazis on Her Way to the Gas Chamber”

Warsaw in the 1930s: Poland’s Capital Just Before World War II

Warsaw, officially the Capital City of Warsaw, is the capital and largest city of Poland. The metropolis stands on the River Vistula in east-central Poland and its population is officially estimated at 1.8 million residents within a greater metropolitan area of 3.1 million residents, which makes Warsaw the 7th most-populous capital city in the EuropeanContinue reading “Warsaw in the 1930s: Poland’s Capital Just Before World War II”

The Katyn Massacre: When The Soviets Murdered 22,000 Polish Men — Then Blamed The Nazis

The Katyn massacre[a] was a series of mass executions of nearly 22,000 Polish military officers and intelligentsia carried out by the Soviet Union, specifically the NKVD (“People’s Commissariat for Internal Affairs”, the Soviet secret police) in April and May 1940. Though the killings also occurred in the Kalinin and Kharkiv prisons and elsewhere, the massacreContinue reading “The Katyn Massacre: When The Soviets Murdered 22,000 Polish Men — Then Blamed The Nazis”

Secretly Photographing the Holocaust: 44 Rare Photos Taken by a Jewish Photographer That Show Daily Life in the Lodz Ghetto During World War II

The Lódz Ghetto or Litzmannstadt Ghetto (after the Nazi German name for Lódz) was a Nazi ghetto established by the German authorities for Polish Jews and Roma following the Invasion of Poland. It was the second-largest ghetto in all of German-occupied Europe after the Warsaw Ghetto. Situated in the city of Lódz, and originally intendedContinue reading “Secretly Photographing the Holocaust: 44 Rare Photos Taken by a Jewish Photographer That Show Daily Life in the Lodz Ghetto During World War II”

The Employees of the Danzig Post Office Fought the Germans For 15 Hours During the Invasion of Poland Before They Were Captured

In 1939, it was obvious that Nazi Germany was on the war path. Austria had been annexed just a year earlier, and so also was the Sudetenland that belonged to Czechoslovakia. The British and French, who represented the defenders of the 1919 Treaty of Versaille, hesitated, hoping that Hitler’s imperialistic thirst was going to beContinue reading “The Employees of the Danzig Post Office Fought the Germans For 15 Hours During the Invasion of Poland Before They Were Captured”