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Whenever we, young Polish people, meet folks from different countries they tend to ask a lot of questions about our homeland. It quickly turns out that they don’t know much about Poland and that their image of our motherland is often very different from reality. On the other hand, they always know plenty of details about the history and culture of countries like France, Germany, UK or USA. It also applies to their knowledge of historical as well as contemporary figures.

 

But why is that? A lot of Poles made a vital contribution to the way we perceive history, art and science today! It’s due to the course of our history that many of those talented people had to emigrate and as a result their achievements were assigned to other countries. Here’s an example: a producer who makes a movie in the USA is automatically considered to be American. And this is not always the case! It quickly turns out that a lot of those figures are quite well known to the public, but they were never associated with Poland. And some others were probably never known beyond Polish borders, but were colourful and dimensional figures, worth discovering.

 

This is why we created this site. It is an initiative of Polish high school students who want to make their history and culture well known among foreigners. We are presenting biographies of influential and talented figures of Polish origin: innovators, statesmen, artists or scientists who are still often not recognised despite their contribution and we want to change that! The site is meant as a popular guide, we aim to stimulate your interest and direct you to where you can learn more. We hope you enjoy discovering the achievements of our wonderful countrymen!

Lech Wałęsa

An Electrician Who Became President

 

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Lech Wałęsa is a Polish politician  who played a significant role in abolishing communism  in Poland and eventually triggering the fall of Communism in the entire  Soviet sphere of influence. His outstanding performance in fighting Communism in  the 1970’s and 1980’s led to him being awarded with the Nobel’s Peace Prize in 1983.

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