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Trip from the French Front Home, Part II - From the Memoirs of Franek Gwiozdzik

This is the continuation of the memoirs of Franciszek Gwiozdzik, who served as all Silesians had to serve, in the Wehrmacht during World War II. Franek is on the way to get to Packau, Germany, from France. Since nobody knew where Packau is, he decided to get there indirectly and stop by his family home in Katowice, Silesia.

Read more: Trip from the French Front Home, Part II - From the Memoirs of Franek Gwiozdzik

 

Katyn Memorial Panel Description

The National Katyn Memorial in Baltimore, Maryland

Read the article about Katyn Remembrance in Baltimore, MD - updated with Events in 2006 and 2007 and The Katyn Massacre

Below is the text which will be placed on the Katyn memorial panel. See the Katyn monument on the photographs Photo I, Photo II and Photo III. Read about Katyn Massacre. .

Read more: Katyn Memorial Panel Description

   

Katyn Memorial: Sobieski, Wladyslaw II, Kosciuszko & Pulaski

The National Katyn Memorial in Baltimore, Maryland

Below is the text which will be placed in the center and on the right side of the Katyn memorial panel. See the description of the left part of the panel. Read about Katyn massacre, see the Katyn monument: Photo I, Photo II and Photo III.

Read more: Katyn Memorial: Sobieski, Wladyslaw II, Kosciuszko & Pulaski

   

Polish Automobile History

The first gasoline powered automobile was built by Karl Benz of Germany in 1885, and the American Henry Ford introduced mass production of the motor car to the world. What about Poland's involvement in the auto industry? In the early years of the automobile, Poland was still occupied by the three partitioning powers. Poles were oppressed and generally relegated to being farmers or laborers. Still, those of means, like those from old noble families actually became involved in business and could indulge their interest in the horseless carriage. Count Karol Raczyński was an investor in Belgium's automobile industry and one of the first owners of a car in Poland in 1897. In 1896 the first car had appeared for sale in Warsaw, a Karl Benz model, in the shop of StanisŁaw Grodzki. The following June he drove a Peugeot model from Warsaw to Paris.

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Ryszard Kapuscinski: Most Celebrated Polish Journalist

Ryszard Kapuscinski (1932-2007) - most celebrated Polish journalist died on January 23, 2007 after unsuccessful heart surgery.

Kapuscinski was nominated for the Nobel Prize, but unfortunately he died too soon. He would fully deserve the Nobel since his journalistic work contributed greatly to our better understanding of less familiar parts of the world. Kapuscinski did not really care much for awards or recognition and treated his life as a mission. He was sent to countries scourged by conflicts and violence, where he tried to understand the lives of average people. He never simplified the reality of politics or marked the sides of conflict as black or white.

Read more: Ryszard Kapuscinski: Most Celebrated Polish Journalist

   

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