Tracing the trailblazing lives of Poland’s first feminist activists

“Women believe blindly, love, devote themselves to others, raise children, amuse themselves… hence they live up to everything the world demands of them. Yet the world looks at them awry and responds to them now and then with reproaches or admonitions: ‘Things are not well with you!’ The more knowing, intelligent, or unhappy women look inside themselves or at the world around them and repeat: ‘Things are not well with us!’”

How one high schooler’s Facebook beauty brand is saving survivors of domestic abuse in Poland

All pastel pink backgrounds and pen-and-ink flowers, the Facebook page for Rumianki i bratki (“Chamomiles and Pansies”) is a shrine to soft-toned beauty brand aesthetics. “We are a newly-established company dealing in the creation and sale of natural cosmetics”, the first, sunflower emoji-studded post reads. On sale are a plethora of immaculately packaged cleansing masks, make-up removers, soaps, and balms. But appearances can be deceiving.

Polish brewer turns beer left unsold during pandemic into green energy

One of Poland’s largest beer producers, Żywiec, is collecting unsold beer from restaurants and bars to produce biogas to power its breweries. Before the pandemic, Poles drank 4.5 billion zloty (€1 billion) worth of beer in restaurants and bars annually. However, with the hospitality sector closed for much of the last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, consumption has fallen by over 40%, reports Rzeczpospolita.

The glittering nightlife and thriving culture of interwar Warsaw

With its illustrious theatres, revolving dance floors, and cutting-edge cinemas, the social world of interwar Warsaw was as glitzy as it gets. Already nicknamed the “Paris of the North”, Poland’s capital in the interwar period saw its traditional architecture complemented by the city’s first skyscrapers – including the Art Deco style Prudential building – neon lights, film studios, and expanding transport networks.

The Forgotten Polish-French Couple at the Heart of the European Tango Craze

There are several stories about the origins of tango in Europe – and the true tale of its arrival on the continent remains unclear. But the activities of one Polish tenor and opera star who lived in Paris, Jan Reszke, and his French wife Marie de Mailly-Nesle, proved instrumental in the initial popularity of tango across the stages, ballrooms and dance halls of the French city, and then across Europe and beyond…

First dog adoption app in Poland launched by high school students

A group of high-school students from the Polish city of Wrocław have created an app to match dogs needing adoption with prospective owners. The “Befriend” app, whose interface is modelled on Tinder, is the first of its kind in Poland and has already been met with an enthusiastic response. After downloading Befriend, which is available for free on the Apple App Store and Google Play, users indicate their location and how far they are willing to travel to an animal shelter. They can also specify

"Amber rush" in Poland as canal construction rumoured to have unearthed precious material

An “amber rush” has taken place on Poland’s northern Baltic coast, after rumours that the construction of a canal had unearthed pieces of the precious material. Dozens of people were pictured searching for amber on a beach in the village of Kąty Rybackie over the weekend. The news follows claims by fishermen last month that they had discovered pieces of amber whilst working nearby.

Long lost nineteenth-century maps for blind children rediscovered in Kraków

Several long lost maps created for blind and visually impaired children in the nineteenth century have been rediscovered in the Polish city of Kraków. The “unique” maps, which were believed to have gone missing from the Centre for the Blind and Visually Impaired several years ago, were rediscovered by chance in the centre’s library. They are now set to be preserved and made into an exhibition.

Polish mother who abandoned infant in baby hatch now fighting to get him back

A woman who left her infant son in a baby hatch – which can be used to safely and anonymously abandon babies – is now fighting in court to get him back. On Easter Monday, the boy was discovered in a “window of life” – the term used in Poland for baby hatches – run by the Ursulines, a Catholic women’s religious order, in the city of Łódź, reports Polsat. The boy had no documents with him, but staff estimated him to be between five and ten months old.

Polish coal plant was EU's biggest CO2 emitter in 2020

Three Polish coal power plants were among the top ten biggest emitters of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the European Union last year, up from two in 2019. Bełchatów power station in central Poland once again topped the ranking as by far the bloc’s biggest single emitter. Six of the remaining nine places in the list, which was compiled by climate think tank Ember based on EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) data, were taken by German coal power plants. The final spot went to an Austrian steel plant.

March of the Living Holocaust commemoration held at virtual Auschwitz amid pandemic

This year’s March of the Living, an annual commemoration in which Holocaust survivors and thousands of others walk silently between Auschwitz and Birkenau, has been conducted online due to the coronavirus pandemic. A special 3D virtual march was created featuring parts of the traditional route at the former German Nazi concentration and death camp that was located in occupied Poland. Among those to participate were Israeli president Reuven Rivlin.
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