Polish Foreign Policy

Krzysztof Szczerski
Foreign Policy advisor to the Polish President, Krzysztof Szczerski, giving an interview to BBC’s Hard Talk.

Krzysztof Szczerski, the foreign policy adviser to the Polish president, recently had a most interesting discussion with the BBC. Watch the full interview with the presenter of the Hard Talk here. The interview is conducted in fluent English and one where Krzysztof Szczerski performs very well.

Unfortunately, one should be in the U.K to watch the broadcast. It is, however, possible to get around this by simply disguising your computer’s IP address …

Dried Fruit and Mushrooms

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Jars of home dried fruit and vegetables on a shelf in our kitchen.

A snap of some dried fruit and mushrooms we store in our kitchen. Many Polish families will dry excess fruit and mushrooms for use throughout the year. The fruit is generally from the garden or allotment and the mushrooms found growing wild in the forests. Favourite wild mushrooms include: Chanterelles (Kurkami, Pieprznik), Bay Bolete (Podgrzybek) and Porcini (Borowik).

Szczecin in the 1970s

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A view across the River Odra (Oder) to the Cathedral in Szczecin in 1970.

A selection of newly scanned images of the city of Szczecin (Stettin) in Poland as it looked in the 1970s.

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Nightime on al. Wojska Polskiego in Szczecin, Poland, in early 1970.
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The Kino Kosmos on al. Wojska Polskiego in Szczecin in around 1970.
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Socialist apartment blocks on pl. Grunwaldzki in Szczecin, Poland, c.1970.
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Trams and cars on Aleja Wojska Polskiego in Szczecin, Poland in 1971.

More archive images of Stettin / Szczecin through time.

Polska Rzeczpospolita Ludowa

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The centre of Sulęcin, Poland, 1959. The town was extensively damaged at the end of World War Two by Soviet troops and this part of Sulecin almost totally destroyed.

PRL or Polska Rzeczpospolita Ludowa (Polish People’s Republic) was the official name of Poland between 1952 and 1989. We have an extensive collection of photographs of Poland during this period of time and aim to scan and put many of these online in this section of the Poland Poland website.

To get the ball rolling here are a selection of images from that communist-era of the Ulica Kilińskiego area of the small town of Sulęcin in the province of Lubuskie in the far west of Poland.

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A similar view of the 14th century Church of St. Nicholas in Sulęcin but ten years on.
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By 1973 the once impressive buildings destroyed in the arson in 1945 had been replaced by socialist style buildings. Social apartment blocks, a restaurant, and shops.

Compare these views with a photograph from 1918 of the same part of Zielenzig / Sulęcin.

More about Sulęcin (former Zielenzig) on our original site.

News, Views and Images of Poland

This part of the Poland Poland is currently undergoing a revamp using the WordPress system rather than the html coding we have used since first starting the website way back in 2004. Please come back soon to see the progress we are making. It will be a blog-like in appearance and feature selected news from Poland; images of Poland, past and present; and bits and pieces on everyday life in Poland.

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