Kamieniec Podolski: a city that has captured Polish imagination

Kamieniec was one of the “keys” to the borders of the Polish Commonwealth, of which there were three more in the 17th century – Gdańsk, Riga, and Smolensk. Jacek Komuda The prototype of the tragic hero of the Trilogy of Henryk Sienkiewicz died here – Michał Jerzy Wołodyjowski, a carpenter from Przemyśl who, together with […]

The Clash of Civilizations: A Child’s Perspective

This is an important memoir, maybe even a welcome harbinger in the much neglected area of Soviet/Russian studies. Marek Jan Chodakiewicz I have read many memoirs from the Second World War and its aftermath, including a large number Polish recollections from the Gulag. Most are primary sources accessible only to a few scholars who have […]

About Lem

Piotr Gociek In the official Year of Stanisław Lem1 (centennial anniversary of his birth), the newest issue of the quarterly “New Inscription” (Nowy Zapis) brings a block devoted to the writer, who still remains one of the most valuable goods that was ever exported from Polish culture. The block touches on a range of topics: […]

Between spam and hope. Revolutionaries vs Christianity

At the same time as Christians are faced with blasphemy again and again, a now famous EU draft regulation was released, demanding that the term “Christmas” be removed from language as part of the fight against discrimination. Paweł Lisicki Revolutionists were always irritated by Christmas. They rejected the belief that God descended into the world, […]

Priceless frescos of Eckstein restored. A church in Lviv has recovered its pearl

The artwork placed on the vault of the main nave of the temple regained its splendor after the second stage of restoration work which lasted four years. The renovation was supported by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and the National Institute of Polish Cultural Heritage Abroad “Polonika”. The total costs of renovation amounted […]