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Old July 5th, 2011, 02:26 AM   #61
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Old July 6th, 2011, 12:50 PM   #62
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I'm always surprised to read how much historical ties Poland and France have had. Modern day French people probably don't even know this. Most think Maria Sklodowska- Curie and Chopin were really French
If someone is an idiot then may think whatever he or she wants

Anyway - there are strong ties with many countries - specially with France and USA. One of the factors was huge Polish emigration to those countries.

more examples of ties with France :

prewar monument dedicated to French soldiers in Lwow/Lviv :



short video about Polish-French ties :



some other examples of interesting international links:

Scotland :

Warsaw's Scottish Mayor Remembered



Plaque was unveiled in the heart of the Old Town in memory of Alexander Chalmers, a Scot who made his home in Warsaw in the 17th century and went on to become the elected mayor of the city on four separate occasions.

It is thought that he came to Poland around 1676 and Polonised his name to Aleksander Czamer. As well as holding the office of mayor he was also a judge and served as a deputy in the coronation parliament of King August II. Chalmers died in 1703 and was buried in Warsaw's Cathedral of St.John. The Cathedral was rebuilt after the war but the plaque commemorating Chalmers life was never re-created. Plans are already in place for a permanent rememberance plaque honouring Chalmers in the Cathedral and it should be in place by 2010.

Over the past few weeks Paul Gogolinski, a Scot of Polish descent living and working in Warsaw has worked tirelessly in order to organise the installation of a plaque celebrating Chalmers role in Warsaw's history and also as a reminder of, not only, the historical links between Poland and Scotland but also the ongoing relationship between the two countries. The realisation of the project was also made possible with the kind help of the Warsaw Museum, the Conservation Office, the City of Warsaw Authorities and the tremendous support of Krzysztof Noworyta from the National Centre of Culture.

The plaque has been installed on the site of Chalmers former house at the corner of Waski and Szeroki Dunaj in a building now housing the Leathercraft Museum. It was officially unveiled by Ms. Linda Fabiani, minister for European and External Affairs and Culture in the Scottish Parliament. Around thirty people attended the event including the legendary Scottish arts guru and champion of Polish art Professor Richard Demarco and also the former Polish Consul General in Edinburgh.


more about old Scottish emigration to Poland here:

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/com...icle619791.ece

http://www.electricscotland.com/hist...nd/lublin1.htm

Dutch





whole website about Dutch collonization in Poland :

http://holland.org.pl/index_en.htm

USA

Merian Cooper:



The son of a successful Florida lawyer, Cooper had been brought up with tales of his ancestor's comradeship with Kazimierz Pulaski, Polish hero of America's War Of Independence. A romantic at heart, Cooper would become transfixed by the challenge 'to act in Poland as Kosciuszko and Pulaski had acted in my own country'.

Having caught the tail-end of World War I, Cooper was keen for more adventure, and he took a job distributing aid to the war-torn yet newly independent Poland. "There is a romance to the word 'Poland' that attaches itself to scarcely any other country," he wrote.

Cooper's moment came when Poland's showdown with the Red Army began in 1919. The young pilot persuaded the Poles of his usefulness and set off to Paris to recruit some American comrades. A couple of months later, Poland's first air regiment was born.

The Kosciuszko Squadron, as it was dubbed, was given the task of defending the south eastern city of Lwow. Cooper's boys fought 'like madman', and by the end of the conflict, Polish General Listowski concluded that without the pilots "we would have gone to the devil a long time ago."

Cooper himself embarked on over 70 missions: "He is already the hero of this city," wrote his comrade in arms Cedric Fauntleroy in June 1920, "and if he keeps on at the rate he is going, he will surely become one of Poland's national heroes."

Yet just a few weeks later, Cooper was shot down. Owing to the huge bounty on his head, not many were counting on his survival. Yet ever the improviser, Cooper managed to persuade his captors that he was in fact a low-ranking nonentity. After several months shovelling snow in a Soviet labour camp, he escaped with two Poles and walked 500 miles to the Latvian border. He made it to Warsaw just in time to receive the Virtuti Militari - Poland's No.1 honour - from Poland's leader, Marshal Pilsudski. Amazingly, the Poles had managed to beat the Russians and stave off Soviet expansion (for the time being at least...).

After enjoying all the adulation - not least that coming from female quarters - Cooper left Poland and travelled to far-flung corners of the world making documentary films. These experiences were to provide the main thread for King Kong, today reborn in Peter Jackson's stupendously entertaining remake, which is dedicated to Cooper.


In June 2005, the Polish War Cemetery in Lwow (now Lviv, Ukraine) was reopened and wreaths were laid at the foot of the monument to the nine American pilots who perished fighting for Poland. Forgotten for so many years, Cooper had made a double comeback.

prewar monument in ex - Lww - currently Lviv in Ukraine dedicated to American Pilots (note the English inscription to the right - not visible "thanks" to Ukrainian authorities...) :



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Germany :

apart from the obvious links and German heritage in todays western Poland, more about historic ties with Germany :

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Old July 7th, 2011, 01:11 AM   #63
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Polands history is tremendous, always under the nazis or under Stalin, but at last theyre free today.
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Old July 7th, 2011, 05:57 AM   #64
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I love polands eclectic and unpredictable architecture throughout the towns across the country. I was fortunate enough to visit once
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Old July 7th, 2011, 09:54 PM   #71
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Yes, we have ******* neighbors It's a historical fact. But it wasn't always like that. Poland had one of the biggest kingdoms in European history from 1569-1795. It had a a multi-ethnic population of 11 million at its peak in the early 17th century and religious tolerance. Some historians have debated whether all of this multi-culturalism weakened Poland. Anyways Poland became weaker and the big bad wolves stormed in - Austria, Prussia (a.k.a Germany) and Russia - to divide it. When the Industrial Revolution hit, Poland was off the map, not existing as a country. It's development at the time came mostly "thanks" to it's occupiers. Thankfully since being independent in 1989, it's the best time in Poland's history in 300 years or so.
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personally, I love the cities of this country.
great old architectures.
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The Warsaw Uprising Museum. An important museum. I'm glad it exists.

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