About 90% of Poland’s Jewish population was killed during World War II. For the remaining community, hiding their religion became a survival tactic. Now, more and more young people are discovering their Jewish roots.
Olga Tokarczuk, 57, won the Nobel Prize for "a narrative imagination that with encyclopedic passion represents the crossing of boundaries as a form of life," according to the Swedish Academy, which chooses the literature laureate.
New research shows how recent laws have slowly eroded the role of nongovernmental agencies all over the world . Experts have said that these actions threaten democracy in countries where institutions have already become weak. See where and how laws like these have had their biggest impact.
Coal smog can make many poles feel like they're living in the 19th century. Now a growing grassroots movement is pushing local and national governments to cut smog and rethink the country's heavy reliance on coal.
This year's global climate conference is convening in the heart of Poland's coal country. Poland's leaders are vowing to continue their heavy reliance on coal, but the politics and economics of the highly-polluting fuel are starting to shift.
The latest album from Randy Brecker is dedicated to his brother, Mike Brecker, who died in 2007. Randy talks about how the desperate search to help Mike led him to his family history, and to creating the album. The World's Alex Gallafent has the story.
Even during the Communist days of the 1960s and 70s, Poles managed to get their hands on western pop music. A Donna Summer track, for example, would come in the form of a sound postcard. We hear from Mat Schulz, a collector of Polish sound postcards.
More than twenty thousand Polish POWs were murdered by the Soviet secret police in 1940. Now for the first time the Russian government has invited a Polish leader to commemorate the Katyn massacre. Anchor Marco Werman has details.
Poland continues to mourn the loss of its president, Lech Kaczynski, and the many others who died when the presidential plane crashed in western Russia. Anchor Marco Werman speaks with the BBC's Adam Easton in Warsaw.
President Obama and other world leaders are to pay last respects to Polish president Lech Kaczynski and his wife Maria on Sunday. Karolina Lewestam is a Polish doctoral candidate living in the US. She talks with Marco Werman about mourning from abroad.
Astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus is famous for figuring out that the Earth revolves around the sun. For nearly five centuries the location of Copernicus' earthly remains was a mystery. Now the case is cracked: We're wondering if you know where?