Thursday, June 18, 2009

People of Poland

My journey through Poland, with camera in tow, introduced me to the wonderful people we encountered along the way.

Friendly, reserved, attractive and always helpful.

The geographical position of Poland has often caused political problems with the German neighbors from the west and Russians to the east.

During the long 5 years of war with the Germans – the Nazi’s spread their propaganda and philosophy of prejudices and racism to Poland. The reign was brutal and cruel.

It was during this period of hate that became the origins of infamous jokes against the Polish people.

50 years of Soviet domination followed the end of the war. A presence of Solidarity remained at the forefront through it all.

After the Soviet Union fell in the early 1990’s there was some confusion as to where Poland truly belonged – to the east or west??

The Polish people are Slavic just like their eastern neighbors. To the west they share more cultural and religious similarities.

Great achievements include composer Frederic Chopin, Scientist Maria Sklodowska (Curie), and the beloved Pope John Paul II.

The patriotism of the nation continues to prevail! There is an appreciation with what they have what they have fought for and feel optimistic for what is ahead.

Knowing their past and experiencing the present – I too am excited to see what the future has in store for the people of Poland. And I will, return, again ………….soon!

1 comment:

roentarre said...

Your post really reveals a good sense of people, local culture and social setting.

I love them


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