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Latvian restoration of independence

Beata Bruggeman-Sekowska   Today Latvia celebrates the 30th anniversary of the restoration of its Independence. On 4 May 1990, the parliament in Riga decided that Latvia would break away from the Soviet Union and restore its independence, restore  the inter-war Latvian state, re-instituting the Constitution of Latvia of 1922. Latvia had been part of the Soviet […]

Gift of the Soviet people to the Polish nation

By Agata Szostkowska The tallest building in Poland, the eighth tallest building in the European Union and in a Top-20 in Europe. There has been no more foreground building constructed in Poland after 1945 than the Palace of Culture and Science – or to give it its full title: “the Palace of Culture and Science […]

“Long live free Poland”. The story of the Poland`s worst political prison

Rittmeister Witold Pilecki, a Polish Army officer and intelligence agent during WWII, the author of “Witold’s Report”, the first comprehensive Allied intelligence report on Auschwitz concentration camp and the Holocaust. General Emil Fieldorf “Nil”, Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Armia Krajowa (“Home Army”). Bolesław Kontrym, a Polish Army officer, a Home Army soldier, participant in the […]

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MDM and Constitution Square in Warsaw remnants of communist past and witness of freedom

By Beata Bruggeman-Sekowska When you are in the capital city of Poland Warsaw you definitely cannot miss Marszałkowska Residential District (MDM) and the Constitution Square, which will bring you back in the communist times. When the construction of the Warsaw W-Z route was successfully completed in 1949, the communist authorities intended to create a flagship […]

Mass grave from the Stalin era found in Ukraine

The remains of between 5,000 and 8,000 victims of communist terror were found in 29 graves in the southern city of Odessa in Ukraine. Hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians are believed to have died during Joseph Stalin’s rule of the Soviet Union. Read more here: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-58340805?fbclid=IwAR2wes53zd3pwxBrOBzZvSE_Qt0vio6ifnB0FuKA7Lm8W0Xrl4cvLiAjR5A  

Last doomed propaganda campaign of a dying communist regime

Interview by Beata Bruggeman-Sękowska with David Hill and Ilona Karwinska, directors of ‘Neon Muzeum’ in Warsaw, first and only museum of its kind in Europe about neon signs in Poland and Hungary in communist times.   David Hill and Ilona Karwinska @Neon Muzeum     Beata Bruggeman-Sękowska: You are Poland’s unofficial ambassadors of neon signs. […]

EIOCO visits General Ryszard Kukliński Museum in Warsaw

On August 6 our board represented by Beata Bruggeman-Sękowska and Aloys Bruggeman visited the General Ryszard Kukliński Museum in Warsaw and its director Filip Frąckowiak. They discussed the possibilities of further cooperation. Filip Frąckowiak offered a book written by his father: Józef Szaniawski- the founding father of the museum, PhD in history, political scientist, commentator, […]

Statement of the Mayor of Poznań on 65th anniversary of Poznań uprising

Mr Jacek Jaśkowiak, mayor of Poznań prepared an exclusive statement for EIOCO on the 65th anniversary of Poznań uprising.   By Beata Bruggeman-Sekowska       Statement of the Mayor of Poznań Mr Jacek Jaśkowiak   On June 28, 1956, the road to freedom began in Poznań. Workers from Poznań factories took to the streets […]

Poznań protests of 1956

By Beata Bruggeman-Sekowska   65 years ago on the 28 June of 1956, at 6 a.m. Poznań ( city in the western part of Poland) riots started at  the multifactory complex of Joseph’s Stalin’s (or ‘Cegielski’s) Metal Industries. Approximately 100,000 people gathered in the city centre near the local Ministry of Public Security building demanding better […]

Milada Horáková murdered by communists

By Beata Bruggeman-Sekowska   Milada Horáková was a lawyer, politician who was convicted on fabricated charges of conspiracy and treason and murdered by communists in the communist Czechoslovakia on June 27 1950 by hanging at the age of 48. She died after being strangled for more than 13 minutes. Her remains were never found. Many […]

Lithuania Remembers

By Beata Bruggeman-Sekowska On June 14 Lithuania marks the Day of Mourning and Hope, and the Day of Occupation and Genocide. On June 14, 1941 at 3 o’clock in the morning the Soviet authorities started mass deportations and arrests. This was the first wave of Soviet mass deportations in Lithuania During 1941 and 1953 some […]

Day of Freedom: Poland

Beata Bruggeman-Sekowska   During the parliamentary elections on the 4th of June 1989 Polish people voted on the Citizens’Committee, an opposition group around Lech Wałęsa, which led to the end of communism in Poland. This in turn led to the wave of changes across Central and Eastern Europe. These were the first elections in Poland […]

An early sketch of the communist sanctuary

In 1891, Eugen Richter predicted what the GDR would look like more than half a century later   Patrick van Schie   Karl Marx and his followers dissected “capitalist” society (in their own way) and predicted the revolution, but Marx and his followers remained vague about what post-revolution “socialist” society would look like. One of […]