On This Day in Polish History

Wojciech Jaruzelski declared martial law. by Julia Owerko On this day in 1981 Poland declared martial law. Due to the rising opposition in Poland and increasing pressure from the Soviet government, Wojciech Jaruzelski, the leader of the People’s Republic of Poland, imposed severe restrictions on civil rights and suspended ordinary law. Over 70,000 soldiers and 30,000 communist police officers (milicja) were recruited. The streets were … Continue reading On This Day in Polish History

Life Under Polish Communism: “There were sacrifices.”

To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the fall of communism in Poland, the History Club is collaborating with Warrior News in a new series to share our teachers’ stories of communist Poland.  Julia Owerko “Instead of playing soccer, I chose to spend time with some of my friends in the local store. Or instead of getting a goodnight sleep, on Sunday night, then I would … Continue reading Life Under Polish Communism: “There were sacrifices.”

"A Weak Wind of History": The Ghost Stations of the Berlin Metro

by Zofia Ciołek Carrying over 478 million passengers a year, the Berlin S – Bahn is one of the busier transit systems in Europe. Well-connected to various city areas and carrying passengers east to west, north to south, the metro is much more affordable, and even possibly more time efficient than any other mode of transport. However, it was only thirty years ago when this … Continue reading "A Weak Wind of History": The Ghost Stations of the Berlin Metro

Warsaw, Poland: A Global Strike Gone Wrong

By Abaigeal Lorge and Zuzanna Kaczmarek  On November 29th, global climate strikes, following the call from Greta Thunberg, took place all over the world. In Warsaw, Poland the global strike was organized by a youth climate activist organisation (Młodzieżowy Strajk Klimatyczny or MSK). The participants gathered at Plac Bankowy at 10:00, heading south through Senatorska, Krakowskie Przedmieście, and Marszałkowska to end at the Palace of … Continue reading Warsaw, Poland: A Global Strike Gone Wrong

Friedrichshain: 30 Years Later

As part of our investigation of Eastern Europe 30 years after the fall of communism, Warrior News explored what has become of the heart of East Berlin. by Abaigeal Lorge Friedrichshain is today a town of “punk and alternative people,” according to the owner of a vinyl store located on one of its small streets. Friedrichshain is a district of the Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg borough in Berlin, … Continue reading Friedrichshain: 30 Years Later