Genocide Prevention by One Polish Condottiere

Gan Ganowicz’s dream of falling in battle against the Communists was never fulfilled. But he did prevent genocide in at least two places. Marek Jan Chodakiewicz Genocide prevention is about neutralizing regimes and groups fostering mass murder through their ideologies and actions. In the West, most conceptualize genocide prevention in terms of education, lobbying, and […]

The Nature and Future of Communism (Part 1)

Human drive for equality will always be with us. Communism is one of its most rabid manifestations. Therefore its promise will endure, albeit in ever-changing forms. Let us look at the definition, ideology, typology, practice, and phases of Communism. Marek Jan Chodakiewicz What is Communism? Firstly, it is an ideology derived from Gnosticism. Gnosis is […]

Only few survived the Katyn Massacre

  Only three percent of prisoners from Kozielsk, Starobielsk and Ostaszków avoided execution. Tomasz Stańczyk On 30 April 1940, a transport of officers from Kozielsk camp reached a railway station in Gniezdowo. A NKVD colonel called Stanisław Swianiewicz away and separated him from the rest. Swianiewicz was the only survivor among those transported on that […]

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 […]

Murderers’ lie. How the Soviets tried to cover up the Katyn Massacre

The Soviets tried to pin the blame for their crime on the Germans. Witnesses were tracked and killed – interview with Professor Nikolay Ivanov, researcher of Soviet crimes. PIOTR WŁOCZYK: Who can be named the main architect of “the Katyń Lie”? PROFESSOR NIKOLAY IVANOV: The same man who was responsible for carrying out that crime, […]

The nightmare of survivors of Volhynia massacre


Stories told by the Poles who survived the genocide in Volhynia, belong to the most shocking accounts of that period   In the first farmstead we made a shocking discovery. A several years old boy was impaled on a sharp pole at the gate. An inscription made on the fence read: „Litak Sikorskoho” [Sikorski’s airplane]. […]

Witold Pilecki – Polish superhero from Auschwitz

Witold Pilecki

In the era of the universal inflation of the notion of heroism, here comes a story about an individual who has amply earned the right to be called a hero. Witold Pilecki was an extraordinary man by any measure. Marek Jan Chodakiewicz Born in the northern reaches of the Russian Empire, Pilecki was a grandson […]