Macierewicz Investigates

April 11, 2014
Questioning Smolensk

Questioning Smolensk

“I am certainly not mistaken; what we are dealing with here is a crime,” said PiS MP and Jarosław Kaczyński confidante Antoni Macierewicz, discussing the Smolensk plane crash. “Those people died because the plane exploded in the air. I believe that it involved the actions of third parties,” stressed the deputy leader of Law and Justice (PiS). At the same time, he did not indicate the persons who in his opinion are responsible. “At this stage of the proceedings of the parliamentary team, we cannot indicate those responsible. However, everything implies that culpability lies on the Russian side.” Antoni Macierewicz emphasises that the details of the catastrophe are still unknown, which can be blamed on “the prosecutor’s office and the governing bodies of the state.” “Unfortunately they are only blocking this investigation. Hence, there is a necessity to introduce a special Smolensk Act,” notes the deputy PiS head.
wiadomosci.onet.pl

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Ukrainian Migrant Workers Die

March 8, 2014
Yet Another Crash

Yet Another Crash

A bus with a group of Ukrainian migrant workers was involved in a crash near Warsaw. 29-year-old driver Paul Tsyganchuk from Kolomiya died on the spot. This is the third serious accident involving migrant Ukrainian workers in the last year (in July Ukrainian labourers from Italy were involved in a crash in Hungary, and the year before nine farm workers died in Poland). Twenty-four Ukrainians were returning home from Poznań to Kolomiya, in the province of Ivano-Frankivsk. The Neoplan bus crashed into an Opel that was driving out of a side road in the township of Wola Ducka, outside Warsaw. The bus and car flew into a ditch and turned over. Both drivers were killed on the spot and half of the passengers were badly injured, bruised or cut. Most of them have already taken another bus back to Kolomiya. Three women are most seriously injured and are still in a Warsaw hospital with facial wounds, spinal injuries and damage to internal organs. An investigation by Polish police into who or what caused the accident is still ongoing. The crossroads where the accident took place is considered dangerous with a speed limit of 50km/h preceeding it.
vesti.ua

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Daffodils of Remembrance

April 6, 2013
Remembering the Fallen

Remembering the Fallen

To honour the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising Poland and Israel have created a set of special postage stamps. The Israeli stamp depicts Paweł Frenkiel, a commander of the Jewish Military Union, which was the second largest armed resistance organisation after the Jewish Fighting Organisation. It fought near plac Muranowski (former market square in the Muranów district), where it also had its headquarters. The stamp shows burning tenements near the square with a fighter putting two flags, a Polish and a Jewish one, on top of one of the buildings. Paweł Frenkiel (1920-43) was a part of the right-wing Zionist youth movement Betar. He led the Jewish Military Union with Leon Rodal. He did not die in the Ghetto. Together with a small group of young people he escaped to the Aryan side of the wall and hid in an apartment on Grzybowska Street, where he was later cornered. The Polish stamp was designed by Marzanna Dąbrowska and it depicts the symbol of the 70th Anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, a yellow daffodil. Its petals form a hexagram, resembling the Star of David. At every anniversary celebration of the Jewish Ghetto Uprising, Marek Edelman, the hitherto last living commander of the Uprising, used to bring these particular flowers to the Monument to the Ghetto Heroes (pol. Pomnik Bohaterów Getta). His tradition is continued by hundreds of people. In two weeks time, the streets of Warsaw will fill with volunteers handing out daffodil badges. The “Żonkil Pamięci” campaign (eng. Daffodil of Remembrance) was initiated by Ewa Budek from the Museum of the History of Polish Jews (pol. Muzeum Historii Żydów Polskich). The stamps will go on-sale on the 19th of April, on the anniversary of the beginning of the Uprising.
Gazeta.pl

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Lepper Death Mystery

November 8, 2012
Shrouded in Mystery

Shrouded in Mystery

Sandra Lewandowska, a former MP expressed her opinion regarding the suicide of Andrzej Lepper, the former leader of ‘Samoobrona’ (the Self-Defence party). This was a reaction to the discontinuation of the investigation into the sudden death of the former member of the Polish government. Lewandowska said that the assumptions related to his suicide are wrong, since Andrzej Lepper was a practising Catholic who respected life, both other people’s and his own. Lewandowska highlighted that the autopsy was performed unusually late because it took place several days after his death, as was the case with General Sławomir Petelicki (his death was also shrouded in mystery). Sandra Lewandowska ironically added that there is a strange concurrence of suicides committed by people involved in politics on Fridays. Notification of the discontinuation of the investigation was announced on Wednesday. The decision of the public prosecutor is legally invalid, therefore the family of Andrzej Lepper still has the opportunity to appeal this decision. The leader of ‘Samoobrona’ and former deputy Prime Minister of the PiS (Law and Justice), LPR (League of Polish Families) and ‘Samoobrona’ government was found dead by his son-in-law on the 5th of August 2011 at the party headquarters in Warsaw. The initial hypothesis regarding his death was that it was a desperate act due to the financial difficulties he had been experiencing at the time. Andrzej Lepper is believed to have hanged himself. Forensic analyses ruled out any involvement by third parties.
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Turning In Their Graves

May 1, 2010

Kuba Wojewódzki and Michał Figurski have both shocked and amused thousands of radio listeners and YouTube viewers with their latest shenanigans. Live on EskaRock radio, rapping to the tune of Dr Dre’s “Still”, Figurski and Wojewódzki launched into a full frontal attack on Law and Justice (PiS) presidential candidate Jarosław Kaczyński. Wojewódzki’s and Figurski’s song, entitled, “Po Trupach Do Celu” (literally, ‘to trample over corpses in order to get what one wants’) begins with Wojewódzki rapping, “Be afraid Poles, the (Kaczyński) Fourth Republic is returning”. We hear him later singing, “Jarek, Jarek, has lots of friends and every one of them wants to be buried at Wawel”.  The song has led to Coca-Cola pulling out of their sponsorship deal with Wojewódzki and Figurski. What is more, Magdalena Bajer, head of the Media Ethics Commission has called the song disgraceful and feels it goes well beyond the ethical line that journalists should not cross. However, the head of EskaRock Bogusław Potoniec does not believe the song was over the top. Listen for yourselves:

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Jarosław Kaczyński Has Decided

April 19, 2010

Twin For President?

Twin For President?

“The general feeling in Law and Justice (PiS) is that Jarosław Kaczyński, identical twin brother of the late Lech Kaczyński who died in the tragic air crash over Smolensk should run for President. He is a hard man and only he knows what he will do in the race for the Presidency,” said PiS MEP Jacek Kurski live on air on RMF FM. Kurski added, “the general feeling in the PiS camp and amongst those who survived the tragic Smolensk air crash is that Jarosław Kaczyński should be the PiS candidate for President. He already knows what he’s going to do. But it’s clear that we have to continue with the fight, in honour of those who died”. Kurski also stated that, “the Lech Kaczyński myth will be to Poland’s advantage in the years to come. His brother must decide if his candidacy will augment or erode this myth”.
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Kaczyński Funeral in Kraków

April 18, 2010

Poland Bids Farewell

Poland Bids Farewell

On this day, the 18th April, in 1025 Bolesław I the Brave was crowned in the former capital of Poland, Gniezno. On the 18th April 2007, UEFA took the historic decision to award the 2012 European Championships to Poland and Ukraine. Tthe 18th April 2010 witnesses the funeral of President Lech Aleksander Kaczyński together with his wife Maria at Wawel Castle, Kraków. Already this morning, thousands of people have lined the streets patiently waiting for the funeral procession that will take in many of Kraków’s historic streets. The funeral procession will begin at St. Mary’s Basilica, Kraków where the coffins of the President and his wife now lie and will then wind its way through Kraków, along the Royal Road and to Wawel Castle where the President and the First Lady will be buried.
Wirtualna Polska

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Funeral Cancellations Begin

April 17, 2010

Volcanic Ash Problem

Volcanic Ash Problem

Due to the eruption of the volcano on the Icelandic glacier in the area of Eyjafjallajoekull thousands of planes around Europe have been grounded. For the people of Poland awaiting the world’s heads of state for the funeral of President Lech Kaczyński and his wife Maria, it may spell disaster as the ash cloud that has now spread over much of northern Europe and provoked many countries to close their airspace could well affect the President’s funeral. Kraków is gearing up for one of the largest international events in recent years and will host kings, queens, princes, presidents, prime ministers and other world leaders. The funeral will begin on Sunday at 2pm. Due to the volcanic ash cloud, and the cancellation of flights and closure of airspace, the Prime Minister of South Korea and Indian Minister of Foreign Affairs have cancelled their visit to Kraków. US President Barack Obama has vowed to make the journey although his visit is also in doubt. Many leaders including Slovakian President Ivan Gašparovič and Austrian President Heinz Fischer will make the journey to Kraków by car.
Gazeta Wyborcza

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Kopacz: Right Person, Right Time

April 16, 2010

Kopacz - Doing Her Best

Kopacz - Doing Her Best

Poland’s Minister of Health Ewa Kopacz travelled to Moscow the day after the Smoleńsk air crash in order to help with the identification of bodies, help the families of the victims and help in the coordination of the investigation. The Russian team of experts are clearly impressed by her professionalism and dedication. She did, after all, previously work in forensics. Minister of Health Ewa Kopacz has only words of gratitude and thanks for her Russian colleagues and is at great pains to praise the work they are doing. “I wonder if Poland’s doctors would have helped as much as our Russian friends if a similar disaster had happened in Poland?” she asks. She goes on to talk about one of the most difficult moments she had in the last few days where the remains of some of the victims were in several coffins. “To begin with, we were unable to say how many people we had in front of us,” her voice visibly shaking as she re-tells the story. She goes on to add, “One of the biggest problems we have is that the families of the victims are often unable to identify the bodies in front of them. They find it impossible to believe that the remains lying before them might be their loved one”.
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Krzysztof Teodor Toeplitz Dies At 77

April 1, 2010
R.I.P. Krzysztof Teodor Toeplitz

R.I.P. Krzysztof Teodor Toeplitz

Toeplitz was the screenwriter of “Czterdziestolatek” (The 40-year-old), the first Polish cartoon creator, one of the best-known journalists of the communist era. He started writing for various teenage magazines when he was still a student back in the 1950s but it was the work he did for “Nowa Kultura” (New culture) that brought him recognition. He joined the Polish Communist Party in 1955 and participated in the Round Table negotiations on the side of the communists. Toeplitz always believed that he was a man whose profession was very closely connected with Polish culture. Known for his sense of humour, he was one of the editors of “Szpilki” (Pins), the legendary 1970s weekly which introduced Andrzej Mleczko and Andrzej Dudziński to the general public. Nowadays, in order to describe the absurdities of the communist period director Bareja comes to mind first but Poles also often quote “The 40-year-old” which Toeplitz was the screenwriter for. After martial law was introduced in Poland, Toeplitz openly supported the government’s decision which was often criticised. In 1983 Toeplitz started working for “Polityka”, later for “Trybuna”. His last book entitled “Tytoniowy Szlak” (Tobacco Trail) was an exceptional piece on the cultural history of smoking, similar to classics such as Okakura Kakuzo’s “Tea book”. In the book Toeplitz supports the idea of smoking and stresses the role the habit has played in contemporary culture. Although many people could not forgive the fact that he was in favour of and later praised the communist government for implementing martial law, everyone always held him in high regard and had much respect for his wit, writing skills and the ability to fully understand and accurately comment on contemporary world events, in particular politics.
Gazeta Wyborcza

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