“Tree-Man Monument”

Olka Zagórska-Chabros, SkopjeSkopje, Macedonia (photo: Olka Zagórska-Chabros from the blog “Bałkany według rudej” [“The Balkans According to the Ore”], 22.08.2014).

The Man-Tree Monument was created as part of the “Skopje 2014” project. Its realization began in 2010, when it was officially announced during the celebration of the 20th anniversary of Macedonian independence. The main idea of the project was to build about 20 objects: museums, theatres, philharmonic and public buildings and about 50 monuments and fountains, in the very centre of the city, which is not huge at all.

(source: https://balkanyrudej.pl/skopje-2014-projekt-zmieniajacy-rzeczywistosc/)

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A human being is part of nature, just as nature should be part of human. In 2019, the fault of this human being was the fire of about 730,000 hectares of forests and savannah in the Amazon, more than 330,000 hectares of rainforest in Indonesia, about 9.5 million hectares of forests in Siberia, about 60 million hectares of forests, thickets and fields in Australia – that is, more than 700,000 km2 of forests, bushes, savannah – green areas in general (an area comparable to that of Germany and Poland combined together) – disappeared from the Earth. Hundreds of millions of animals have disappeared. Let us care for and protect nature – without it we will die.

Below you can find a link to make a donation for a foundation, which rescue wild animals in Australia:

https://www.facebook.com/donate/1386120504919105/10212799186213115/

“Baba Yaga”

_DSC7399.JPGPrague, Czech Republic (Photo: Peter Georg Kożdoń, Mai 2018)

6 PLN 70 PLN 70 PLN per day. That’s how much or less people in every fifth family have at their disposal in Poland in 2019, which ist under care of Szlachetna Paczka. Their average monthly income (after deducting the amount of the fixed costs of living) do not exceed PLN 200. However, according to the Central Statistical Office (GUS), a four-person family (2+2) is not able to survive a month for less than 1571 PLN.

20% of the families, which ist under care of Szlachetna Paczka live in apartments in which there’s no bathroom.

>1.2 million children (persons under the age of eighteen) are in Poland at risk of poverty or social exclusion.

PLN 500 or more spends on medicines every fifth family, which ist under care of Szlachetna Paczka, in which at least one sick or disabled person lives.

PLN 31.42 – This is how much the nursing allowance has increased since November 1, 2018. It iss granted for the purpose of partially covering expenses. It is granted for the purpose of partially covering expenses of a person, who need to provide care and assistance to another person because of her inability to exist independently. This is the first an increase in that benefit for the last 12 years. From now on, it amounts to 184
PLN 42 gr per month.

PLN 1065 – This is the amount of the most frequently paid retirement pension in the women’s population in March 2018. Among men, this figure was more than twice as high (2177 PLN 80 gr).

9% – Polish households with children for financial reasons do not celebrate family celebrations e.g. birthdays. Every tenth parent can’t afford to pay for school trips for his/her child. Every 40-th can’t afford to buy any toys, new clothes or books.

Full report: https://www.szlachetnapaczka.pl/raport-o-biedzie/

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I’m sure many of us pass her on the street, in the stairwell, on the way to the grocery store. Old, hunchbacked, wrinkled. Once mothers used to scare children with her: “If you don’t eat dinner, Baba Yaga will come and take you away”. She – Baba Yaga, about whom the little one knew from his book with pictures read to him by his father as good night story, that he devours naughty children. This is enough to make the imagination start working and in a few minutes nothing left on a plate after dinner. Baba Yaga has to stay hungry this time, too. Not because she likes to eat children. Ha! She once had her own children, whom she tried to give everything, what she could. Her children grew up, left her house, forgot about her. No one says to Baba Yaga “thank you” for the years spent caring for her children, nor does anyone reward her for the effort she put into raising another member of society. Years spent on hard work have left a mark on her health, which can be seen in every furrow decorating her face. She lives right next to us. Let us not forget about her, especially in winter and on holidays, when we sit down at the table. Poverty has the face of Baby Yaga and it is only up to us whether we see her as a sick old lady who needs help or as a demon to scare children.

 

“Crooked House”

Architects: Szczepan Szotyński, Maciej Łapkowski, Małgorzata Kruszko-Szotyńska, Leszek Zaleski, Anna Dubicka-Sawicka, Agnieszka Kolka, Robert Mielniczek, Sopot, Poland (Photo Aneta Głowacka, 25.05.2019)

Crooked House – was built in Sopot at 53 Bohaterów Monte Cassino Street, designed by architects Szotyński and Zaleski, inspired by drawings by Jan Marcin Szancer and Per Dahlberg. The construction of the “House” began in 2003 and was completed in 2004. The building is a part of the “Resident” Shopping Centre. On the ground floor there are commercial premises, a restaurant, bars, sushi, café Costa, a beauty and body Shape Garden modeling salon and a games room. The building is also the seat of the regional branch of Radio RMF FM and Radio RMF Maxxx.

(Source: Wikipedia)

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Poland – my home. Once delightful with its beauty – now it stands slightly bent, a few windows have been crashed with baseball sticks, the parson has sat down in the living room and consumes all the household’s supplies without a moment of consideration, frightened children hide themselves in the corners so as not to be seen by the priest who sows fear and havoc. The son of the neighbours makes a big bang in the courtyard shouting: “Poland hasn’t died yet…” And only in the young woman’s breast does the wave of anger rise and she slowly clenches her hands in the fist… This is her house and she will make it clean! Her name is “In-de-pen-dent”!

“Fist”

DSCF0169_ItalyVerona Theatre, Italy (Photo: Gosia Sachse vel Głowacka, June 2017)

“Song of the Polish Nation.”
Poland is not yet dead,
As long as we’re alive.
What a foreign power has taken away from us,
We’ll take it by force.

March, march on the enemy,
The homeland’s voice calls out,
Let no fear of us…
It won’t be able to stop it.

Let us go forward with a compact force
Courageous and daring;
Let it be a nice thing for us.
Crush a bunch of insolense bandits.

March, march on the enemy,
The homeland’s voice calls out,
Let no fear of us…
It won’t be able to stop it.

Source: ” Śpiewnik Powstańczy “, ed. Jan Eichhorn, 1921.

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13.10.2019 we have a chance to “crush a bold bunch”, which plunges Poland into the international and economic arena, spreading hatred and divisions. How will this day be written down in history? As a day of glory or total defeat and collapse of society, solidarity, freedom? Let us go to the elections and vote for democracy!

 

“The optimistic Orchestra”

20180825_133724.jpgArtist: Yngve Lundell, Södergatan in Malmö, Sweden (Photo: Gosia Sachse vel Glowacka, 24.08.2018)

The idea behind this charming orchestra was to give visitors a hunch about the optimistic, enthusiastic and happy city of Malmö. Sculptures werde done in bronze by Yngve Lundell in 1985.

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13.10.2019 – Remember, your voice matters.

A good orchestra needs a good conductor to lead it. Do we, as a nation, more resemble a harmoniously optimistic orchestra that can defend itself against false conductors or Wyspiański’s wedding dancers immersed in a chocholy dance?

“Silesian Insurgents’ Monument”

IMG_8713Sculptor Gustaw Zemła, architect Wojciech Zabłocki, Katowice, Poland (Photo: Gosia Sachse vel. Głowacka, 07.04.2018)

The Silesian Insurgents’ Monument (PolishPomnik Powstańców Śląskich) in Katowice, southern Poland, is a monument to those who took part in the three Silesian Uprisings of 1919, 1920 and 1921, which aimed to make the region of Upper Silesia part of the newly independent Polish state. The monument was unveiled on 1 September 1967, and was designed by sculptor Gustaw Zemła and architect Wojciech Zabłocki. The wings symbolize the three uprisings, and the names of places where battles were fought are etched on the vertical slopes. The monument was funded by the people of Warsaw for Upper Silesia.

The Silesian Uprisings (German: Aufstände in Oberschlesien; Polish: Powstania śląskie) were a series of three armed uprisings in Upper Silesia from 1919 to 1921 in which Poles and Polish Silesians sought to break away from Germany and join the new Polish Republic, founded after World War I. The rebellions have subsequently been commemorated as an example of Polish nationalism in modern Poland.

Much of Silesia had belonged to the Polish Crown in medieval times, but it passed to the Kings of Bohemia in the 14th century, then to the Austrian HabsburgsFrederick the Great of Prussia seized Silesia from Maria Theresa of Austria in 1742 in the War of Austrian Succession, after which it became a part of Prussia[2] and in 1871 the German Empire. Although the province had by now become overwhelmingly German speaking, a large Polish minority remained in Upper Silesia.[3][4][5]

Upper Silesia was bountiful in mineral resources and heavy industry, with mines and iron and steel mills. The Silesian mines were responsible for almost a quarter of Germany’s annual output of coal, 81 percent of its zinc and 34 percent of its lead.[6] After World War I, during the negotiations of the Treaty of Versailles, the German government claimed that, without Upper Silesia, it would not be able to fulfill its obligations with regard to reparations to the Allies.

First uprising (1919)

On 15 August 1919, German border guards (Grenzschutz) massacred ten Silesian civilians in a labour dispute at the Mysłowice mine (Myslowitzer Grube). The massacre sparked protests from the Silesian Polish miners, including a general strike of about 140,000 workers, and caused the First Silesian Uprising against German control of Upper Silesia. The miners demanded the local government and police become ethnically mixed to include both Germans and Poles.

About 21,000 Germans soldiers of the Weimar Republic‘s Provisional National  Army (Vorläufige Reichsheer), with about 40,000 troops held in reserve, quickly put down the uprising. The army’s reaction was harsh; and about 2,500 Poles were either hanged or executed by firing squad for their parts in the violence. Some 9,000 ethnic Poles sought refuge in the Second Polish Republic, taking along their family members. This came to an end when Allied forces were brought in to restore order, and the refugees were allowed to return later that year.

The Second Silesian Uprising (Polish: Drugie powstanie śląskie) was the second of three uprisings.

In February 1920, an Allied Plebiscite Commission was sent to Upper Silesia. It was composed of the representatives of the Allied forces, mostly from France, with smaller contingents from United Kingdom and Italy. Soon, however, it became apparent that the Allied forces were too few to maintain order; further, the Commission was torn apart by lack of consensus: the British and Italians favoured the Germans, while the French supported the Poles. Those forces failed to prevent continuing unrest.

In August 1920, a German newspaper in Upper Silesia printed what later turned out to be a false announcement of the fall of Warsaw to the Red Army in the Polish–Soviet War. Pro-German activists spontaneously organised a march to celebrate what they assumed would be the end of independent Poland. The volatile situation quickly degenerated into violence as pro-German demonstrators began looting Polish shops; the violence continued even after it had become clear that Warsaw had not fallen.

The violence eventually led on August 19 to a Polish uprising, which quickly took control of government offices in the districts of Kattowitz (Katowice), Pless (Pszczyna), Beuthen (Bytom). Between August 20 and 25, the rebellion spread to Königshütte (Chorzów), Tarnowitz (Tarnowskie Góry), Rybnik, Lublinitz (Lubliniec) and Gross Strehlitz (Strzelce Opolskie). The Allied Commission declared its intention to restore order but internal differences kept anything from being done. British representatives held the French responsible for the easy spread of the uprising through the eastern region.

The uprising was slowly brought to an end in September by a combination of allied military operations and negotiations between the parties. The Poles obtained the disbanding of the Sipo police and the creation of a new police (Abstimmungspolizei) for the area which would be 50% Polish. Poles were also admitted to the local administration. The Polish Military Organisation in Upper Silesia was supposed to be disbanded, though in practice this did not happen.

The Third Silesian Uprising (PolishTrzecie powstanie śląskie) was the last, largest and longest of the three uprisings. It included the Battle of Annaberg.

It began in the aftermath of a plebiscite that yielded mixed results. The British and French governments could not reach a consensus on the interpretation of the plebiscite. The primary problem was the disposition of the “Industrial Triangle” east of the Oder river, whose triangle ends were marked by the cities of Beuthen (Bytom), Gleiwitz (Gliwice) and Kattowitz (Katowice), all three of which were mostly inhabited by ethnic Germans. The French wanted to weaken Germany, and thus supported Polish claims on the territory; the British and the Italians disagreed, in part because the German government declared that a loss of the Silesian industries would render Germany incapable of paying the demanded war reparations.

In late April 1921, rumours spread that the British position would prevail. This caused the local Polish activists to organize another uprising. The insurrection was to begin in early in May. Having learned from previous failures, the Third Uprising was carefully planned and organized under the leadership of Wojciech Korfanty. It started on May 2–3, 1921, with the destruction of German rail bridges (see “Wawelberg Group“) in order to slow down the movement of German reinforcements. A particular concern was to prevent a recurrence of violent acts against Polish civilians by members of the Freikorpsdemobilised Imperial German army units that had refused to disband. These paramilitary units existed throughout Germany and usually acted independently from both the provisional official army and the leadership of the fledgling German Republic.

The Inter-Allied Commission, in which General Henri Le Rond was the most influential person, waited rather long before taking any steps to end the violence. The French troops generally favored the insurrection. In some cases, British and Italian contingents actively cooperated with Germans. UK Prime Minister Lloyd George‘s speech in the British Parliament, strongly disapproving of the insurrection, aroused the hopes of some Germans. But the Entente appeared to have no troops ready and available for dispatch. The only action the ‘Inter-Allied Military Control Commission’ and the French government made was demanding immediate prohibition of the recruiting of German volunteers from outside Upper Silesia, and this was promptly made public.

After the initial success of the insurgents in taking over a large portion of Upper Silesia, the German Grenzschutz several times resisted the attacks of Wojciech Korfanty‘s Polish troops, in some cases with the cooperation of British and Italian troops. An attempt on the part of the British troops to take steps against the Polish forces was prevented by General Jules Gratier, the French commander-in-chief of the Allied troops. Eventually, the insurgents kept most of territory they had won, including the local industrial district. They proved that they could mobilize large amounts of local support, while the German forces based outside Silesia were barred from taking an active part in the conflict.

Twelve days after the outbreak of the insurrection, Korfanty offered to take his troops behind a line of demarcation (the “Korfanty Line”), conditional on the released territory not being re-occupied by German forces, but by Allied troops. It was not, however, until July 1 that the British troops arrived in Upper Silesia and began to advance in company with those of the other Allies towards the former frontierSimultaneously with this advance the Inter-Allied Commission pronounced a general amnesty for the illegal actions committed during the insurrection, with the exception of acts of revenge and cruelty. The German Grenzschutz was withdrawn and disbanded.

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August is the month of the uprisings: in 1944 the Warsaw Uprising, and 25 years earlier the First and Second Silesian Uprisings. Today we so often forget what ideals our ancestors fought for. We forget that they fought for freedom for all Poles and it did not matter what their skin colour, religion or sexual orientation was or was not. At that time, it was man who was important. What about today? Why today we listen so willingly to speeches full of hatred to imaginary enemy (like LGTB), why we have such short memory and do not remember (or do not want to remember) how fascism was born? Do we really want war? Do we want young boys and girls to die in the best time of their lives? Think about it before you let the others to get you into this self-destructive machine.

 

“The Wonderful Adventures”

IMG-20180818-WA0011 ÖlandÖland, Sweden (fot. Gosia Sachse vel. Głowacka 18.08.2018)

The book is about a young lad, Nils Holgersson, whose “chief delight was to eat and sleep, and after that he liked best to make mischief”. He takes great delight in hurting the animals in his family farm. Nils captures a tomte in a net while his family is at church and have left him home to memorize chapters from the Bible. The tomte proposes to Nils that if Nils frees him, the tomte will give him a huge gold coin. Nils rejects the offer and the tomte turns Nils into a tomte, which leaves him shrunken and able to talk with animals, who are thrilled to see the boy reduced to their size and are angry and hungry for revenge.

(źródło: Wikipedia)

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The plot of another novel takes place in the first half of the 21st century. The protagonist of the story, 70-year-old Jarek, lives in a heavily guarded villa in one of the Polish metropolises. The old man has a bad character and does not listen to anyone: neither the disabled, nor teachers, lawyers, doctors and ordinary citizens. He fuels hatred, divides people who are starting to faight against each other and lies without end. Unfortunately, one day he steals the Golden Grail, which gives him great power over the inhabitants of his country. The old man is surrounded by faithful sorcerers who, with their spells, protect him from any consequences of his wicked conduct in the country he lives in. One day, an awful old man decides to deceive a foreigner. He does not realize, however, that behind this resident are powerful sorcerers from his country, who, using appropriate spells, turn the bad old man into a common man without Grail and bring him to the dock in a distant country, where the old man is to be tried for fraud. When the old man goes outside, the people who had previously been defenseless victims of his “games”, are now trying to take revenge on the defenseless old man…tbc..

“The World we know…”

Mercure Hotel Berlin_Basia Satchira 25.02.2018Mercure Hotel, Berlin, Germany (photo: Barbara Stachira, 25.02.2018)

This world we know is dying on our eyes…

There is no time – we have to act!

Between here and now,
The abyss hides
I’m closing this theater now,
I’m running off anywhere.

Actors were chosen by fate,
The cast was bad,
And the role of the sufler here
He’s not responding to us.
The next day, and the art
It’s the same title,
Who is there to fool tonight?
And what’s this game about?

Podobenství s Lebkou (Parable With Skull)

Praga maj 2018 fot. Peter Georg Kozdon 2 (mail 13.09.18).JPGSculptor: Jaroslav Róna, Prague, Czech Republic (Photo: Peter Georg Kożdoń, Mai 2018)

Jaroslav Róna, who also created the Franz Kafka statue nearby, is a rather prolific surrealist sculptor. In the 1980s he helped found the Czech art group Tvrdohlaví (The Stubborn). He built Podobenství s Lebkou, aka “Parable with Skull” in 1993, a bronze sculpture of a beggar weighed down by a large skull resides on a thick slab of aging wood.

The sculpture used to be found at the eastern end of the Golden Lane by Prague Castle’s Daliborka Tower, where Dalibor of Kozojedy, known as the Robin Hood of Czechia, was said to have played the violin while waiting out his days.

Parable with Skull is based on one of Kafka’s characters—the “beggar, who, with the death rattle already in his throat, insists on dying on the doorstep” from The Bucket Rider. The sculpture tends to intrigue and even confuse those who visit the castle without prior knowledge of Róna’s surrealist works. There’s also a surprise at the rear end of the statue: the beggar’s dangling bronze testicles are displayed quite prominently, often shocking admirers of the piece.

Prague is a city known for its strange public sculptures, and Róna’s are among the strangest, but Parable with Skull isn’t a public work. To see the strange crawling man, one must pay admission to tour Prague Castle.

(Source: https://www.atlasobscura.com)

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Elections to the European Parliament will take place on 26th May. Let us not be like this beggar and let us not to allow the democracy in Poland to die on the doorstep of our home, which is a united Europe. Let us go to elections and vote for wise and responsible people. Enough demagogy and manipulation!

Mural “Books”

Mural Utrecht Marta Piatkowska marzec 2019.jpgArtist: Jan Is De Man, Deef Feed Utrecht, Netherlanden (Photo: Jan Is De Man, March, 2019)

 Jan Is De Man and Deef Feed have asked people from the neighborhood to hand in their most precious book so that he can process it in this mural.
After a week of hard work they have finished an interactive wall painting, on which many nationalities and different tastes regarding literature are shown in a closet.

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On 31.03.2019 Catholic priests in Poland have burned books that they say promote sorcery, including one of JK Rowling’s Harry Potter novels, in a ceremony they photographed and posted on Facebook.

Three priests in the northern city of Koszalin were pictured carrying the books in a large basket from inside a church to a stone area outside. The books were set alight as prayers were said and a small group of people watched on. A mask, various trinkets and a Hello Kitty umbrella were also visible in the pictures of the makeshift bonfire.

more here: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/apr/01/harry-potter-among-books-burned-by-priests-in-poland?

“Where books burn, soon people will also burn.”

-Heinrich Heine-

Books are a source of knowledge. Knowledge gives power. I express my loud protest against any attempts to discourage the society from asking questions and having own independent unindoctrinated worldview. Knowledge rescues life – imbecility deprives it.