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The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler
The movie is based on history of Irena Sendler, a courageous woman who saved 2500 of Jewish kids. It is surely worth watching, although some parts of it might bring disappointment. For sure the film is a great lesson of history and human will and courage.

Kutia , Christmas dessert recipe
Among all the Christmas recipes, we very often forgot about sweets that should also be served on Polish tables. Of course there is a variety of sweets to prepare, however, only few of them or typical for Christmas period. One of them is Kutia.

Santa Claus versus Saint Nicholas in Poland
Santa Claus name translated into Polish is 'Swiety Mikolaj'. Few people reckon, however, that this Polish name is actually a name of a real saint who would give secret presents to people. Therefore Santa comes to Polish children twice.

Division of Poland in 12th century
Poland has been couple times divided into smaller pieces by its opponents. However, in 12th century it was Polish king who decided to divide his country between his sons. Although it was done in good faith, it brought its citizens more problems than the king expected.

Greens salad recipe
There are many Polish dishes that one would perceive as fat or greasy. However, greens salad that is described in the following article (consisting of boiled vegetables) is one of starters that most of Polish parties – let it be weddings or other anniversaries – cannot miss.

Silence, a film review
This movie, although it is not a documentary, tells a story based on real events. ‘Silence’ is dedicated to one of the most known tragedies in the Tatra mountains that took place in 2003. An avalanche killed a group of secondary students from Tychy.

The king who stopped Turkish invasion
Jan III Sobieski is one of the most famous Polish kings. He is especially popular due to his military talent and success in battles with Ottoman Empire. As he believed he is protecting his country and faith, he was also believed to be Catholicism protector and savior.

Polish wedding traditions
The weddings might seem alike for the guests and at the same time exceptional for a newly married ones. Probably each nation has more or less unique traditions that are celebrated during the wedding or reception. And so does the Poles have their wedding traditions.

The history of Polish anthem
Dabrowski’s Mazurkas, as the Polish anthem was initially called, was created in Italy among Polish Legions that fought during Napoleonic Period. They believed that support towards the leader of France will help them to gain independence. This patriotic song was their encouragement.

Tadeusz Kosciuszko, international hero
Kosciuszko is thought to be the hero of Poland, United States, Lithuania and Belarus. He fought for Polish independence as well as he helped American colonies in fight with Great Britain. However, it was French revolution that shaped his political and social view.

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