Issue III/2021 - The new Poland

The new Poland (Issue III/2021)




Cultural spots

Mount Bromo on Java

by Putu Sayoga

About the Kasada ritual on the Indonesian island of Java

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Editorial

“Come with us to Poland, it's just down the road.”

by Jenny Friedrich-Freksa

Our editor-in-chief takes a look at the current issue.

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Topic: Poland

The Polish lesson

by Piotr Pacewicz

The government is remodelling the country. Many people in Poland are protesting against the changes. But why does the opposition remain so weak?

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“Our trauma has a million faces”

in conversation with Joanna Bator

The writer Joanna Bator is one of the most important voices of contemporary Polish literature. Her new novel is about angry women and women and deep psychological wounds. Is that coincidence or a statement?

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“When photographing, I had to wear protective goggles”

a photo gallery by Natalia Kepesz

Polish photographer Natalia Kepesz travelled to her hometown of Złotoryja in southwestern Poland for her latest works. She also documented a new Polish trend, military summer camps for local children. 

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Press under fire

by Agata Szczęśniak

Poland's government ramps up its attacks on media and journalists.

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“You have to go back to the roots to build something with meaning”

in conversation with Daniel Libeskind

The New York architect spent his childhood in Lodz and later became world-famous with buildings like the Jewish Museum in Berlin. In an interview, he talks about his ties to his homeland and how Polish architecture deals with the country's history.

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Prefabricated buildings and floating columns

by Grzegorz Piątek

Spectacular buildings were designed in Poland both under socialism and after the fall of communism. Five outstanding examples of Polish architecture of the past seventy years.

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The tightrope walk

by Olena Babakova

Since the annexation of Crimea, increasing numbers of Ukrainians are moving to Poland. For the government this means it has to deal with immigration issues for the first time.

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Fruit soup

by Natalia Mętrak-Ruda

Some Polish dishes leave foreigners perplexed. A defence!

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At the crossroads

by Paweł Machcewicz

How history contributes to the consolidation of a nation - and its division.

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“Facism was never rational”

in conversation with Rafał Pankowski

Political scientist Rafał Pankowski explores the links between German and Polish nationalists.

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Looking East

by Agnieszka Lichnerowicz

Poland's relationship with its eastern neighbours is complicated - especially with its big brother Russia. 

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“I don't feel like a hero”

by Igor Tuleya

A judge accuses the Polish government of undermining the rule of law - and has been under investigation by prosecutors since 2016. An interview.

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The country in the spiritual east

by Jacek Dehnel

Nationalists in government, fanatics on the streets: the German explanation for the situation in Poland is often quite simple. But it is not so clear cut.

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Holding hands as a threat

by Bartosz Staszewski

Why “LGBT ideology” is part of the government's fighting talk - and how people are resisting it.

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World report

The great awakening

by Sophia Boddenberg

In Chile, a democratically elected assembly is drawing up a new constitution but it remains unclear if it will work out. A snapshot of a country at the crossroads.

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“The role models are missing”

in conversation with Tiaji Sio

German ambassadors are mostly white and male. The up-and-coming diplomat, Tiaji Sio, explains why this has to change 

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In theory

Faith is no longer fashionable

by Lavinia Braniște

Church congregation numbers in Romania beat those of all other European countries. And the popularity of the Romanian Orthodox Church is second to none. But since the advent of the pandemic, its image has started to show cracks.

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In practice

A difficult legacy

by Karl-Heinz Meier-Braun

One of the biggest ethnography museums in Europe is facing up to its colonial past. How exactly is it going about it?

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A phone call with ...

Is money bad for the character?

commented by Olga Grjasnowa

About money worries and chocolate bars

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I think that ...