Author: Josh Seale

The Warsaw Uprising: Museums, Monuments, and Cultural Memory in Warsaw Today

Many of our students are profoundly moved by how vividly the Warsaw Uprising is remembered in Poland. Those who fought are revered with the respect of founding fathers. Thier symbols and history are preserved and highlighted across the city in museums, monuments, and graffitti. The narrative is popular in modern film (such as the recent […]

Jewish Cemetery in Warsaw

There are actually a number of Jewish cemeteries in Warsaw, but the one at Okopowa street is by far the largest. At 83 acres or the size of about 63 football fields, it is also one of the largest Jewish cemeteries in Europe and one of the few remaining Jewish cemeteries in Poland still in […]

Łazienki Park and the Palace on the Isle in Warsaw

The name “Łazienki Park” literally translates into English as “the Bath’s Park” but is often referred to as the Royal Baths Park, since the land once belonged to the last Polish King Stanisław II August and was transformed into a park and gardens under his direction. Historically, the park began as a forest to the […]

History Meeting House in Warsaw

After attending a lecture at Collegium Civitas (CC) on the topic of the First World War (in a class entitled “The History of Central Europe”), I thought a visit to the History Meeting House’s two current temporary exhibits on the subject would be an appropriate way to spend the afternoon. The History Meeting House (HMH) […]

A History of The Union of Lublin Square

The Union of Lublin Square (Plac Unii Lubelskiej) is not actually square as the English translation would lead you to think, but a circular traffic roundabout located where the downtown district (Śródmieście) meets the district directly south of it, i.e. Mokotów. In fact, the square was even originally called Rondo Mokotowskie (or “Mokotów Roundabout”) when […]

Piłsudski Square in Warsaw as Microcosm of Polish History

Piłsudski Square is Warsaw’s largest open square. It is named for Jozef Piłsudski, a Polish WWI general, statesman, and national hero who turned the tide of the Polish-Soviet War in Poland’s favor by stopping the Soviet advance in the iconic 1920 Battle of Warsaw. The Square is located in the heart of Warsaw between the […]