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The Concept of Pan-Slavism

The Slavic people are thought to have originated in what is now Ukraine, and dispersed Slavic countries in Europefrom there in various directions, eventually dividing into three linguistic-cultural groups: the East Slavs (Russians, Belarussians, Ukrainians), the South Slavs (Serbians, Croats, Montenegrans, Macedonians, Bosnians, Slovenes, Bulgarians), and the West Slavs (Poles, Czechs, Slovakians).

Pan-Slavism was a movement to unite the Slavic peoples into a political and cultural union. Its earliest proponent was a Croatian priest, Juraj Krizanic, who in the 1600s put forth the idea that the Slavs should unite in a grand empire under the Muscovite czar as a counterweight against the Germans and Turks.

Read more: The Concept of Pan-Slavism


At Cross-Purposes in Warsaw

     WARSAW, Poland: Wooden Cross Fuels National Controversy. The simple, lightly constructed, wooden cross that began its existence as a national unifying expression of grief and sympathy has now transitioned into a contentious symbol of political and cultural division in Poland. The cross has become a political football inflated with religious zealotry that is being used in a somewhat bizarre national ball game with no lack of players from every station in life as participants.

     On April 10, 2010 President Lech Kaczynski and his entire entourage perished in a catastrophic plane crash near Smolensk/Katyn Forest, Russia. A tidal wave of grief and mourning spontaneously swept over Poland. The entire spacious area in front of the Presidential Palace in Warsaw became an undulating sea of floral bouquets and lighted candles. On April 15 Poland's  Boy Scouts erected the now controversial cross on the site, three days before the presidential state funeral.

     Newly elected President Bronislaw Komorowski (Civic Platform Party) stated on July 10 that the cross would be ceremoniously removed to a more appropriate religious venue. Jaroslaw Kaczynski (Law and Justice Party), twin brother of the recently deceased president - and who had just lost a hotly contested run-off presidential election to Komorowski - resisted the cross removal until a permanent on-site memorial could be constructed. Depending on one's point of view, protests and counterprotests along sharp political and religious lines followed

Read more: At Cross-Purposes in Warsaw


Is our Generation the Lost Generation?

Is my generation the lost generation? We were born in 50-es, 60-es or 70-es and raised during communism therefore we never learned the virtues of capitalistic society which we live in now.

It is hard to imagine how much Poland changed during the last twenty years. One can argue, the whole world changed, the progress is much faster now than ever before but... Poland went not only through the civilization progress like almost any other country but it drastically changed its economical system.

Economical progress was delayed during the communism in Eastern Block while in the same time life became so much easier for Westen European societies. Therefore, when Eastern Europe finally opened their boarders, when the Berlin wall felt and when we joined the European Union, Poland had to do much bigger step to even up with the rest of Europe.

Read more: Is our Generation the Lost Generation?


Polish-Russian Relations after Smolensk Tragedy

The death of the Polish president and other government officials may help heal old wounds between Poland and Russia

I was shocked by the news of the tragic airplane accident that killed Polish President Lech Kaczynski and many important people in Polish political life. Read more about the tragedy in the article: Polish President Dies in a Terrible Tragedy - is this a Curse of Katyn?

The accident happened near Smolensk airport, in western Russia, on April 10. Poles could not believe the news they heard. They spontaneously gathered in the centers of towns to comfort each other. How could a tragedy of this proportion happen? Why were so many important people flying together in one plane?

Read more: Polish-Russian Relations after Smolensk Tragedy


Polish President Dies in a Terrible Tragedy - is this a Curse of Katyn?

Lech Kaczynski, Polish president died in a terrible tragedy near Smolensk where he wanted to participate in Katyn anniversary of killing about 20 thousands of Polish officers by Soviet Union in 1940. Is this a curse of Katyn again?

Check the forum for the discussions about what happened: National tragedy in Poland and Polish President KILLED IN PLANE CRASH
We have lot sof information about Katyn tragedy in our website. Check it here: The Katyń Massacre.

ANNA WALENTYNOWICZ - Solidarity heroine, was among the victims. Check the photos and information from the meeting with her in American Center of Polish Culture. in Washington DC.

Juat recently a film about Katyn tragedy was released: Its director - Andrzej Wajda is Oscar winner.

Read about Katyn Rememberance in Baltimore,  Katyn Memorial Description and Katyn Memorial: Sobieski, Wladyslaw II, Kosciuszko & Pulaski

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