Studying in Poland is far cheaper than going to a UK institution – but this isn’t the only reason to travel east
From its gingerbread treats to restaurants and pubs, Polish culture has become a part of British life. Around 579,000 Polish-born people have moved to live in the UK – all during the lifetime of today’s 18-year-old university applicants. Continue reading
An employee of a philharmonic in western Poland was charged with murder in the double homicide of a young female harpist and a security guard inside the orchestra’s building, prosecutors said Monday. Continue reading
A Jewish history museum in Warsaw has unveiled a reconstructed synagogue roof with an elaborately painted ceiling modeled on a 17th-century structure, presenting the first object that will go on permanent display in the highly awaited museum. Continue reading
Polish language experts launched a campaign Thursday to preserve the challenging system of its diacritical marks, saying the tails, dots and strokes are becoming obsolete under the pressure of IT and speed.
The drive, initiated by the state-run Council of the Polish Language, is part of the UNESCO International Mother Language Day. The campaign’s Polish name is complicated for a non-Polish keyboard: “Je,zyk polski jest a,-e,.” Continue reading
Poland’s Ministry of Culture and National Heritage will not continue funding a Holocaust journal.
The decision not to renew funding for the journal Holocaust Studies and Materials, published by Polish Center for Holocaust Research, was announced last week. Continue reading
A leading Polish mobile operator had to retract its newly-launched advertising campaign featuring Soviet communist leader Vladimir Lenin after facing a wave of protests.
In the ads for Polska Telefonia Cyfrowa, a cartoon of Lenin urged customers to sign up for the company’s newest offer. Continue reading
A mushy white sandwich roll, melted cheese and a squeeze of ketchup: When I first moved to Warsaw to work as a journalist, in the autumn of 1988, a zapiekanka was the most common form of street food. The zapiekanka (za-pyeh-KAN-kah) predated the hamburger, and it certainly wasn’t pizza — not even bad pizza. It was, rather, a pizzalike substance, a poor relative of its distant Italian cousin. The luxury versions had a few overcooked mushrooms beneath the cheese and ketchup. Continue reading
A statue of Adolf Hitler praying on his knees is on display in the former Warsaw Ghetto, the place where so many Jews were killed or sent to their deaths by Hitler’s regime, and it is provoking mixed reactions.
The work, “HIM” by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan, has drawn many visitors since it was installed last month. It is visible only from a distance, and the artist doesn’t make explicit what Hitler is praying for, but the broader point, organizers say, is to make people reflect on the nature of evil. Continue reading
With holiday markets, mulled wine and the unique “szopki” culture, the Polish city may be the most traditional December destination in the world
Welcome to a city so cold that even a well-insulated, heavily whiskered Santa Claus might think about pushing back gift delivery till spring.
Beneath the cold of the southern Polish city of Krahow, however, lies an ancient hotbed of holiday trade that generates enough Christmas warmth to overcome any winter chill. Continue reading