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Seksmisja, one of the best Polish films ever
When one hears that the movie is science fiction, it might bring to mind pictures of robot and strange creatures. But Seksmisja is a cult Polish comedy that gained respect among audience and critics. It is a satire at communist regime.

Baczynski, poet and soldier
This young man was talented poet and soldier in one. Although his adolescence was rushed by the break out of WW II, he also left poems full of hope and joy over life. One of the most gifted poets of Polish occupation sacrificed his life to ideas that he believed in.

Generation of Columbuses
Christopher Columbus strived for discovery of new lands and excitement it gave. Polish generation of youth, called after him, did not choose the discovery they were condemned to. And yet they were to discover their boundaries or the lack of their boundaries in sacrifice they would offer.

Mrs Walewska, Polish mistress of Napoleon
Although women are called the weaker sex, their love may influence the action of the greatest politicians of the world. One fine example is Mrs Maria Walewska, who became a mistress of Napoleon Bonaparte and was called by him his Polish wife.

Poles in the world of celebrities
In today’s world known names of historic individuals do not bring appreciation. The world and the actions are very often measured in accordance with number of articles in colorful magazines. The articles proves that Poles also take part in the world of celebrities.

Piast the Wheelwright legend
Legends might be just simple stories told to explain some events in the past, but very often they include historic information or at least information passed on by our ancestors. The legend about Piast, the founder of first Polisg royal dynasty, goes back to times when the country was inhabited

Partitions of Poland
It is hard to believe that a powerful country can one day simply vanish from the map. Partitions is a part of history of Poland that consisted of awaiting for independence. For 123 the Poles lived divided into 3 separate countries still kept hope for better future.

Italian queen of Poland
The rule of known dynasties was based on the rule of its male members while women were usually kept away from politics. Queens, who made attempts to rule, were most of the time not popular among their subjects. One of such queens was Bona Sforza.

Operation Vistula
The operation was a part of the plan that aimed to decrease the number of Ukrainian population that inhabited southeastern part of Poland. It was preceded by exchange of citizens between Poland and Soviet Ukraine, that stayed within the two countries after the change of the borders.

Volyn tragedy of 1943
World War II was for Poland not only Nazi occupation but also the need to face pre-war conflicts over the shape of its borders. Nations that used to live within one homeland, Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, started to fight for their independent existence.

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