Poland enacted a controversial new reform to its Supreme Court forcing nearly 40 percent of its judges into early retirement in what observers say is the latest in a string of attempts by the nationalist government to control the country’s judiciary system.
Creating the Paris Agreement in 2015 was a monumental accomplishment. Establishing an actionable work plan has proved to be an even tougher task, but that is the goal at the latest United Nations climate summit to be held in Poland in December.
Adam Sobolewski is the drummer for Polish punk band Hańba! The band sets music to lyrics by anti-fascist poets of the 1920s and '30s. The content is eerily prophetic. For example, there's a tune about radio-controlled empty planes.
In 1944 Henryk Ross buried his negatives. He was the official photographer of the Lodz ghetto in Poland. The ghetto was being liquidated, and Ross was unsure if he would survive to retrieve his work. He did.
NATO says a Russian invasion of Ukraine is "highly probable." The Ukrainian government says a large convoy of humanitarian aid coming from Russia is just a "Trojan horse." If the humanitarian crisis is indeed a pretext for an invasion, it certainly wouldn't be Moscow's first time.
The Jewish residents of the Polish village of Jedwabne were killed July 10, 1941. For years the village attributed the massacre to German soldiers. In 2000, historian Jan Gross wrote a book that told a different story, that the Jews were killed by their Polish neighbors. The book caused an uproar in Poland and the story of Jedwabne continues to reverberate in Poland today.
Famed Renaissance artist Leonardo Da Vinci detailed a design for a new instrument in his Codex Altanticus. But it never moved beyond his sketchbook. Now, more than 500 years later Polish pianist Slawomir Zubrzycki has built and played the inventor's viola organista.
When the Nazis wiped out Jewish life and culture during World War II, it was hard to imagine it would ever come back in Poland. But it is starting to return. Though it's not Jewish people who are leading the way.