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Gdańsk, 1988. Strike at the Gdańsk Lenin Shipyard, photo: Jerzy Kosnik/Forum

You probably think that learning the history of Poland in a mere 10 minutes is impossible, even insane. Give Culture.pl 10 minutes to prove you wrong.

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Marie Skłodowska Curie, rep: Piotr Mecik / Forum

Writers dominate the list of Polish Nobel Prize winners: so far they have won 4 prizes, most recently in 1996. However, Poland has experienced considerable success in other fields, but counting the final number of Poland's Nobel Prizes for is as complicated as Poland’s 20th-century.

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A swimming area on the outskirts of Wroclaw, summer 1982, photo by Chris Niedenthal / Forum

We are all taught at school about the communism as a social system but do we really know what it meant for those who had a chance to experience it themselves? Empty stores, propaganda, censorship but also a universe of funny things which tried hard to be better than what it was.

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Andrzej Wajda's Wałęsa. Man of Hope

The Czech public awarded Wajda’s Wałęsa. Man of Hope with a two-minute standing ovation at the 49th International Film Festival in Karlovy Vary. The film is one of the six Polish pictures included in the event’s programme.

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Solidarity - Online Conspiracy, source: press release Never before was Poland’s contemporary history brought to life like it is with Solidarity – Online Conspiracy. Well known dissidents, includings Lech Wałęsa make their appearance to add to the authenticity of this social networking game Polish computer game players are invited to dive into the 1980s of a communist Poland, wherein they attempt to struggle against the regime’s authorities and conspire against the government. In Solidarity - Online Conspiracy, a social networking game, a fictional Polish town is divided into sectors in which...

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Andrzej Wajda’s biographical feature on Lech Wałęsa will be Polish candidate for best foreign-language film.

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Wałęsa. Man of Hope is the Solidarity hero's first biopic and the final panel in another Wajda historical trilogy.

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"In a town that loves movies", the Toronto International Film Festival showcases Andrzej Wajda's long-awaited Wałęsa. Man of Hope, Agnieszka Holland's Burning Bush and Paweł Pawlikowski's Ida.

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Okładka (nid 6607880)

A cinematic tribute to the Nobel Peace Prize laureate's personal evolution from electrician to trade-union leader, Polish president and national hero, Wajda's Wałęsa is scheduled for release in January 2013.

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Okładka (nid 6591490)

The Google Cultural Institute launches a series of online exhibitions dedicated to the Fall of the Iron Curtain, together with the Polish History Museum, DDR Museum in Berlin, Romania's TVR and Getty Images. A total of 13 exhibitions come together to tell the story of this momentous time through photos, video and an insightful narrative contributed by experts and scholars from all over the world

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Okładka (nid 6551541)

A permanent exhibition dedicated to the idea of Solidarity is the focus around which the centre is built, flanked by a library, reading rooms and archives open to the public. The permanent exhibition will take up an area of some 3,000 sqm over two storeys, combining traditional exhibit formatswith state-of-the-art technology.

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ESC Director Basil Kerski has high hopes for the centre as an "agora" for the city of Gdańsk, "a place where people and ideas contributing to the building and development of civic society are welcome" and as a place of both reflection on the events and people to whom Poles owe their freedom, "but also in the young, as the future of this world rests in their hands".

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The Polish director captures the final images that will come together as a cinematic tribute to the Nobel Peace Prize Winner's personal evolution.

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Self-portrait with a personal vaginal war-head

Sculptor, author of installations and outdoor projects, professor of the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk. He was born on 7th January 1959 in Nowy Targ.

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