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Modern History XIX - XX

History of Siberian Exiles

The first Poles sent to Siberia were prisoners of war from various battles fought against Russia in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. After the partitions in the late 1700s, Poles were exiled to Siberia in large numbers following the anti-Russian insurrections of 1794, 1830-1 and 1863, as well as during the Napoleonic wars when Poles who fought with the French were captured. But all during the 1800s thousands of Poles were sent to Siberia for various anti-Russian activities and plots, real or imagined, along with Polish common criminals.

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Richard Nixon in Poland

Nixon PolandRichard M. Nixon was one of the most controversial and divisive men ever to occupy the White House. But love him or hate him, he made history by becoming the first sitting American president to visit Poland, in 1972.

It was not Nixon’s first visit to Poland. He had also visited the country as vice president in 1959. In both instances the stops were made after strategically important visits to the Soviet Union and were restricted to Warsaw.

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Gallery Part II - Images of PRL by R.Poremski

Gallery Part II - Images of PRL by R.Poremski

this is a continuation of Richard Poremski's Polish gallery. The first part is here.

Two girls wearing the identical wooden necklace

Sisters of the Wooden Necklace; Two girls wearing the identical wooden necklace; Old Town, Warsaw, Poland, May 16, 1976

Read more: Gallery Part II - Images of PRL by R.Poremski


Marine Gunner Michael Wodarczyk - The Polish Warhorse

Many persons of Polish descent have distinguished themselves in U.S. military service, from the famed Kościuszko and Pułaski to General Krzyżanowski in the Civil War to Col. Francis Gabreski and Lt. Col. Matt Urbanowicz in World War II. But one man's heroism in World War I and beyond has largely been overlooked.

For more than two centuries the U.S. Marine Corps has promoted itself as the most elite of the service branches, always looking for "a few good men" to develop into proud, tough defenders of the nation's freedom. And very few of those men achieve the status of legend in the Marines. One of those was Marine Gunner Michael Wodarczyk.

Read more: Marine Gunner Michael Wodarczyk - The Polish Warhorse


The Polish Mariavites

In 1887, twenty-five year old Sister Maria Franciszka moved to the Polish city of Płock and with five other nuns formed a Roman Catholic religious order. She emerged as the leader of the little group, which performed works of charity and venerated the Eucharist.

Six years later, Sister Maria experienced a divine revelation. She claimed that the voice of Christ warned her of the sins of the clergy and that to rescue it and the world, she should establish a congregation called the Mariavites. The name comes from the Latin Maria Vitae, or Life of Mary. This movement was to venerate the Blessed Virgin and be under her protection.

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