Tag: Poland

What is lost in Poles’ memories?

A few days ago Polish President Bronisław Komorowski proposed a Victory Day parade on May 8 in Westerplatte – a section of Gdansk where World War II began on Sept. 1, 1939. He was supported by Poland’s foreign minister, Grzegorz Schetyna, speaking on Radio RMF. Responding to the host’s question […]

Who are the “Friends of Ukraine”?

On Jan. 11, 2015, the Ukrainian website “GordonUA” published a rousing article (in Russian) with the suggestive title of “The Best Friends. The Countries Offering Assistance to Ukraine in 2014.” Let’s read that document carefully. “The past year has turned out to be an extremely difficult one for Ukraine. After […]

Keeping balance in Central Europe

Central Europe is an interesting place right now, politically. Hungarian prime minister Orbán Viktor, Czech president Miloš Zeman, Slovak prime minister Robert Fico, and moreover from southern Europe recently-elected Greek prime minister Aléxis Tsípras, have all begun to show a remarkable shift in their public commitments. All of them have made public certain […]

Who Is Going to Auschwitz?

General-Lieutenant (two stars) Vasily Petrenko was in charge of 107th infantry division at the time. He remembers what he saw when Auschwitz was liberated, «There were seven and a half thousand people remaining alive on the day I came to Auschwitz.  I saw no normal people. Nazis evacuated everyone who could […]

The Galician Backhand (II)

Part I Playing With Fire Bandera’s fascist ideas were rightfully repressed during the Soviet period, but after Ukraine’s independence in 1991, they began to attract followers anew. Although they remained largely on the political fringe, the extreme nationalists received a boost in legitimacy when former President Viktor Yuschenko (the hero […]

The Galician Backhand (I)

Ever since it regained independence in 1918, Poland has sought to restore its former Commonwealth in one way or another. The region of Galicia, historically shared between Poles and Ukrainians, has been the focal point of this mission, both then and now. Poland, while arrogantly convincing itself that it is […]

Polish Chasteners in Ukraine

A protest action against the participation of Polish soldiers and mercenaries in combat actions in Ukraine occurred on October 4 near the parliament building in Warsaw. Participants held flags of Poland, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s republics. They carried placards with slogans: «,Stop Bandera «Stop supporting Banderites. We […]

Poland and Ukraine: history of break-downs

The ongoing crisis in Ukraine and unseemly role of Poland in its instigation and development makes us take another look at the historical context of the Polish-Ukrainian relations. We will focus on dramatic repressions of the Ukrainian minorities in Eastern Poland in 1921-1939 at the territories annexed by Jozef Piłsudski’s government […]