The first man to oppose Adolf Hitler
Josef Beck was a highly influential figure in European politics during the interwar period. A close adjutant to Marshal Josef Piłsudski and later Foreign Affairs Minister, Beck made his world history as the first man to stand up to the aggressive ambitions of Adolf Hitler.
A woman with an astounding voice
Ada Sari is in fact a pseudonym; the real name of the world renowned coloratura soprano was Jadwiga Szayer. Her profound voice and remarkable colour of tone guaranteed her roles in the incredible operas played in famous opera houses and concert halls across the world. The peak of her performance took place during the first half of the 20th century when she sung Gilda in”Rigoletto”, Mimi in “La bohème”, Rosina in “The Barber of Seville”, Violetta in “La Traviata”, and the title roles in” Lakmé” and “Lucia di Lammermoor”. These are also her most famous roles. But how did Ada get to this point?
The first Polish opera superstar
Marcella Sembrich, photographed in the 1880s
Marcella Sembrich was a pianist, violinist, teacher, Polish patriot and benefactor, and the first mega star of Metropolitan Opera. She was beloved by international audience, a dear friend of Ignacy J. Paderewski, Helena Modrzejewska, Józef Hofmann and Henryk Sienkiewicz.
A man who explained why the sky is blue
Marian Smoluchowski lived in at a time of groundbreaking discoveries in the Physics world and he was a part of them. During his scientific career he worked alongside such personalities as Einstein, Boltzmann and Kelvin and while their names are familiar to a large group of people, the name of Polish physician is only known among those who use his work in their daily job.