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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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By opposing conformism and consumerism with intelligent humour, the Orange Alternative (Pomaranczowa Alternatywa) movement achieved a considerable artistic victory over the Communist regime. Their continuing influence upon Polish political protest is still noticeable nowadays.

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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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Market place under the Palace of Culture and Science, 1992, photo: Aleksander Jałosiński / Forum

Wherever we are born, our national identity begins to be shaped by the myths we are told in our very childhood. While deconstructing our own myths may be painful, I believe that discovering the mythology of others is fascinating. This is why I – born and raised in Poland – decided to share the story of my personal uncovering of a few truths about being Polish.

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