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Not the Beginning: Putting Polish Independence Day in Context

The November 11, 1918 independence date sells Poland short. True, Poland gained its freedom after 123 years of foreign occupation, but it’s important not to forget that Poland had been a powerful, independent kingdom prior to its partitions in the late eighteenth century.

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Charles Domery like set a Polish record for appetite

The Pole Who Would Eat Anything

The phrase “I’m so hungry I could eat an elephant” doesn’t seem all that over-the-top when you hear the strange story of Charles Domery (aka Charles Domerz), a Polish soldier serving in the Prussian army during the late 18th century. Details about Domery’s early life are scant, but he was reportedly born in the village…

Five More Poles Who Changed the World

In a previous article, I discussed five Poles who I thought had made a global impact throughout history. You can read that article by clicking here. Now here’s five more Poles whose lives arguably affected people across the planet. Inevitably, some of you will agree and some will disagree with this list, as you did…

Saint Faustina Kowalska: The Pole Who Met God

Poland has no shortage of Saints. Saint Pope John Paul II (Karol Wojtyła), Saint John Cantius and Saint Maximilian Kolbe are some prominent examples. Another Polish Saint, who reportedly had visions of Jesus Christ Himself, is Sister Mary Faustina Kowalska. Born in Głogowiec, Poland in 1905, Helena Kowalska was stirred from an early age to…