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Markus Reichert meets with Polish Jews in Krakow and discovers a new sense of Jewish identity. Just an hour's drive from Auschwitz, more and more young Polish Jews are keen to discover their roots. Find out more: www.dw.de/dw/article/0,,16193010,00.html
Some 2000 soldiers have taken part in a NATO drill in north-western Poland. They’re part of a new force designed to boost security in eastern Europe. Relations between Moscow and the West are at their lowest point since the Cold War.
Polish and German leaders have commemorated the 75th anniversary of the German invasion that began World War II. They drew clear parallels to the present conflict in Ukraine, warning that European peace was under threat. Read more: www.dw.de/english
I was blessed with an opportunity to travel to Central Europe (Czech Republic, Poland, & Hungary) last fall with my husband and mother-in-law, and we had a wonderful time...I chose to keep a travel journal along the way to capture our adventures, and this is the result. I found much of my inspiration for this style of travel journal from Mary Ann Moss' blog, I highly recommend it. To see what my handmade journal looked like BEFORE my trip, click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bgt0oR... Thanks again for watching!
An old debate is stirred again as Silesians question their national heritage. Rightwing conservatives in Poland feel national unity is threatened, minorities feel discriminated against.The dispute was unleashed by the former prime minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski. The nationalist politician said those who chose to describe themselves as 'Silesian' in the recent census were selecting a 'disguised option for Germany'. While most Silesians would never consider breaking away from Poland, they say they don't want to be treated as second-class citizens.
The Round Table Talks in 1989 marked the beginning of Poland's road toward democracy. The original table is displayed at the presidential palace in Warsaw. The 1989 negotiations at this table have gone down in history. Read more: http://www.dw.de/program/european-journal/s-3065-9798
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A small group of elderly Poles has paid tribute to the victims of the last death marches from Auschwitz by walking the same route. It took them three days to cover the 77 kilometers. In mid-January, 1945, shortly before the Red Army arrived, the Nazis ordered the evacuation of the Auschwitz concentration camp. About fifty-six thousand inmates were forced to head on foot towards the town of Wodzisław Śląski. Fifteen thousand died on the way. From Wodzisław, the survivors were taken by train to camps in Germany. Jan Stolarz initiated this commemorative walk three years ago and takes part every year. Along the route there are numerous graves, monuments and memorial plaques. More informations: http://www.dw.de/program/european-journal/s-3065-9798
In the fervently Roman Catholic country of Poland, a poster campaign defending atheism is attracting attention. In the past few years, increasing numbers of Roman Catholics have left the church, even though doing so means overcoming many bureaucratic hurdles. Read more: http://www.dw.de/program/european-journal/s-3065-9798
In Poland drivers with raised blood alcohol levels can expect drastic punishments. That also applies to bicyclists who've had too much to drink. Car drivers and bicyclists who are caught twice with blood alcohol levels of more than 0.2 grams/liter can go to jail. Thousands of drunk drivers are already behind bars. The reason for the strict measures is the country's high rate of alcohol-related traffic accidents. Poland has one of EU countries with the highest number of deaths on the road. For more go to http://www.dw.de/program/european-journal/s-3065-9798
The Hanseatic League dominated long-distance trade from the 13th to the 16th century. The Hanseatic cities of central and eastern Europe are hoping to revive old traditions.Gdansk, Tallinn, Vilnius and Riga were every part as much of the Hanseatic League as Hamburg and Bremen. Even today, the cities' beautiful medieval buildings are a reminder of that age. Now that the states along the eastern Baltic have joined the European Union, the old Hanseatic cities are rekindling their old bonds. In the Middle Ages, the Hanseatic League's influence extended across much of Europe, and trade flourished. The Hanseatic cities even had their own legal system, which was an important factor in their economic and political success. Some experts say the Hanseatic League could serve as a useful model for Eur...
Every winter in Poland, one of Europe's loveliest palaces and its park transform themselves into an enchanted realm. Hundreds of thousands of Poles watch the spectacle. Because the country is quite far to the east in the Central European time zone, it's already dark in the afternoon. 150,000 lights illuminate Wilanów Palace. In its 300-year history, the palace has seen a lot, including the lavish summer fêtes of King Augustus the Strong, the partitions of Poland, two World Wars and communism. Now it is being renovated, but at peresent the real attraction is in the palace park: a huge maze of lights. Part two of our series: Europe by Night More: http://www.dw.de/european-journal-the-magazine-from-brussels-2014-02-19/e-17399462-9798