Comments on: RADIO FREE KRAKOW: A Satirical Summer Playlist Sat, 16 Feb 2019 11:45:48 +0000 hourly 1 By: Chris Przemieniecki Tue, 09 Jan 2018 04:19:59 +0000 Michal Karski – I think have a painting that your mother Halina Karska gave my grandfather, General Klemens Rudnicki. Please contact me at and I can explain more.

By: michal karski Tue, 03 Oct 2017 09:09:03 +0000 Final comment plus one – the above contribution now seems flippant in the face of the grim news from the States. Maybe something will finally be done about the gun laws?

And sad news about Tom Petty, too.

Enough from me.

By: michal karski Mon, 02 Oct 2017 15:06:16 +0000 A final comment from me (on this thread, at any rate):

Here’s a clip dedicated to both the Kaczynski loyalists and the parliamentary opposition. The first will no doubt be celebrating the latest polling figures, which makes PiS still popular among the voters, and will probably mean that the unelected, self-appointed, supreme navigator Mr Kaczynski is going to be running things for the foreseeable future.

Members of the opposition parties might think this piece of music appropriate for a different reason, since the same polling results might make them want to drown their sorrows.

In either case, the superb vocal group singing about a ‘noc pazdziernikowa’ (an October night) is Chór Juranda. The lyrics are by the brilliant Marian Hemar:

(the title, for non-Polish speakers, is “It’s worth getting drunk”)

By: michal karski Mon, 02 Oct 2017 11:14:02 +0000 RADIO FREE KRAKOW – LITERARY NEWS

So when you-know-who finally decides to retire from active politics, what should be the title of his memoirs?

The Pseudo-Presidential: “The Path to Power”

The Pseudo-Prime Ministerial: “The Nation’s Trust”

The Pseudo-Monarchical: “Nothing Less Than Absolute Power”

The Genuinely Modest and Humble: “Diaries of an Éminence Grise”

The Strictly Personal: “I Came, I Saw, I Fulminated”

The Most Likely: “Stop This Immediately – I Am Not About to Retire”

By: michal karski Thu, 28 Sep 2017 10:42:14 +0000 Maybe IPN should devote some of their talents and energies to publicizing the following document which was issued by General Sikorski’s Government-in-exile in December 1942.

I embedded a link to it in one of my other comments, but I believe it should receive at least as much publicity as the short IPN film:

By: M Karski Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:18:53 +0000 Thank you, KP, for indulging me with all these comments. For anyone who does not have access to the print copy of the Polish paper I mentioned, the upshot of my defense of Sikorski was that, although he may have had feet of clay – (in terms of the way he dealt with individuals from the pre-war Polish government whom he held responsible for the 1939 catastrophe) – his imprisonment of his political opponents was based on his being as much an anti-Communist as an anti-Nazi and not, as Webb alleges, because he was an anti-Semite. This is slander.

By: Michal Karski Wed, 20 Sep 2017 09:17:33 +0000 @ Bloke in a Gorilla Suit – Have you been watching Mork from the Planet Ork?

@ The Polish Government – The reason I think that all this reparations from Germany business is mostly just talk aimed at a domestic audience is that, to the best of my knowledge, nothing has actually been done to combat the continued use by people in the foreign press, of the formulation “Polish concentration camps” or similar, despite promises by the government of legal action. It is left to organizations like “Polish Media Issues” to actually monitor these outbreaks of ignorance and to demand corrections.

Instead of threatening to prosecute Jerzy Owsiak (a charity organiser – the Polish equivalent of Bob Geldof) for one or two swear words, wouldn’t it be better to spend time and resources on the above? There might be problems with any defence which could say “but this is only meant as a geographical description”, but a threat of legal action might be effective in many cases.

Another instance where legal action could be successful and might do much “pour encourager les autres” is the slander of the person of General Wladyslaw Sikorski by British historian Simon Webb.

The Polish ambassador objected to the scurrilous allegations at the time. My own article rebutting Webb’s hatchet job was published in the London “Tydzien Polski” in December 2016, but since Sikorski was an opponent of Pilsudski and the subsequent post 1935 government, perhaps he is still considered as less than a true Polish patriot by today’s ruling party? Mr K, I understand is a big fan of Pilsudski but even the Marszalek wouldn’t have let a fellow officer be traduced in this way.

By: michal karski Tue, 19 Sep 2017 09:41:45 +0000 Encouraging to hear Mr K condemning anti-Semitism. Does this also mean the end of extremists giving the (allegedly Roman) fascist salute and does it also mean no more scenes of people burning effigies (allegedly of Soros)? Where does free expression end and incitement to violence begin? Any inflammatory (literally) incidents do tend to get focused on world-wide whereas positive news such as the Zabinski Awards get far less attention.

By: A Bloke in a Gorilla Suit Tue, 19 Sep 2017 01:27:23 +0000 MARS TODAY – tonight’s top story:

“Anti-Venusianism is negative,” says WREDI ZRAF of the Martian Android Collective. “I will microwave you if you call me an anti-Venusian, you Venusian zero. We are all tolerant in the Martian Android Collective. Intolerance will not be tolerated. Transmission ends in 3, 2, 1…”

In other news, XAAFI WRED says “it’s not easy being green”. Full report after the break.

By: michal karski Mon, 18 Sep 2017 14:56:59 +0000 If anyone wants to watch something requiring more of an attention span and featuring real footage as opposed to a stylized account, there’s a 48 minute-long British documentary from 2002 entitled “Gladiators of World War Two – The Free Polish Forces” which is far more low-key. Although the film concentrates on the Polish army and does not go into the topic of civilian deaths at home, and although it does repeat the myth of the reckless cavalry charge –

still it does give a useful summary of the Polish forces in exile, a topic not only little known in the West but also not spoken about by the authorities in the years of Communist rule in Poland. (And not only does Wojtek the bear get a mention, but so does a certain moustachioed trade union leader).