Category Archives: History

Labor Day, Flag Day and Constitution Day – May 1-3

In Poland, the beginning of May is a time for remembrance and celebration. They get three days of holiday in a row (though the 2nd technically is still a work day), which is used to spend time with the family … Continue reading

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Polish Film No. 5 – Jak Rozpętałem II Wojnę Światową – 1969

The films for today are the three part adventure/war/comedy/epic: Jak Rozpętałem II Wojnę Światową or, in English, How I Unleashed The Second World War. Based on the book by Kazimierz Sławiński, “Przygody kanoniera Dolasa,” the plot follows a young Polish … Continue reading

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Polish Gaming No. 6 – Kolejka

Today’s game is not electronic in any way! Its old-fashioned board gaming and, really, you don’t know how old-fashioned it is. We’re taking you on a journey through time to the year 1980 in Poland. During this time, the Communist … Continue reading

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Malbork Castle and the Teutonic Knights

While traveling through Northern Poland, I had the opportunity to visit what was once the capital of the Teutonic Knights: Malbork Castle in Marienburg (modern day Malbork). It’s the word’s largest castle and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage … Continue reading

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Journal Update No. 15 – Gdańsk and Grudziądz

Part two of what is likely going to be my last major trip through Poland this year. Gdańsk was said to be founded in the same year (or close to) the creation of Poland in 966. Since that time it … Continue reading

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Polish Independence Day

On this day – November 11th 1918 – WWI ended. This day is celebrated as Independence Day in Poland because Poland was reconstituted with the fall of the Austro-Hungarian and Prussian Empires and the Russian Revolution. In Canada we celebrate … Continue reading

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All Saints’ Day

It was All Saints’ Day yesterday – a national holiday in Poland. Because Poland doesn’t celebrate Thanksgiving, this is the closest equivalent for many expats living in Poland. It’s nuzzled nicely in-between Canadian and American Thanksgiving and is a day … Continue reading

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