Josef Beck

The first man to oppose Adolf Hitler



Josef Beck was a highly influential figure in European politics during the interwar period. A close adjutant to Marshal Josef Piłsudski and later Foreign Affairs Minister, Beck made his world history as the first man to stand up to the aggressive ambitions of Adolf Hitler.

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Ada Sari

A woman with an astounding voice



Ada Sari is in fact a pseudonym; the real name of the world renowned coloratura soprano was Jadwiga Szayer. Her profound voice and remarkable colour of tone guaranteed her roles in the incredible operas played in famous opera houses and concert halls across the world. The peak of her performance took place during the first half of the 20th century when she sung Gilda in”Rigoletto”, Mimi in “La bohème”, Rosina in “The Barber of Seville”, Violetta in “La Traviata”, and the title roles in” Lakmé” and “Lucia di Lammermoor”. These are also her most famous roles. But how did Ada get to this point?

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Marcelina Sembrich-Kochańska

The first Polish opera superstar


Marcella Sembrich, photographed in the 1880s


Marcella Sembrich was a pianist, violinist, teacher, Polish patriot and benefactor, and the first mega star of Metropolitan Opera. She was beloved by international audience, a dear friend of Ignacy J. Paderewski, Helena Modrzejewska, Józef Hofmann and Henryk Sienkiewicz.

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Marian Smoluchowski

A man who explained why the sky is blue



Marian Smoluchowski lived in at a time of groundbreaking discoveries in the Physics world and he was a part of them. During his scientific career he worked alongside such personalities as Einstein, Boltzmann and Kelvin and while their names are familiar to a large group of people, the name of Polish physician is only known among those who use his work in their daily job.

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Stanisław Wyspiański

Too Many Talents for one life


Self-portrait (1902)


Stanisław Wyspiański is a Polish artist with one of the widest range of interests. Throughout his life, he tried his hand in various fields including theatre, literature, architecture and art. As he lived in Krakow, then a part og of the Austro-Hungarian empire, he could easily travel around Europe and acquire extremely wide knowledge concerning foreign cultures - which was not as simple then as it would be today.

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Stanisław Jabłonowski

A living embodiment of Patriotism and an industrial soul


Portrait of Stanisław Jabłonowski


Stanisław Jabłonowski was a nobleman in the so-called Congress Kingdom of Poland (1815-1832), an insurgent during the uprising of 1830 and most importantly a petroleum industry developer that brought a truly revolutionary invention to life. He was the first ever entrepreneur to locate and exploit an oil source in the village called Siary in the south of Poland.

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Janusz Korczak

The Old Doctor who went with his pupils to the gas chamber



The 6th day of August in 1942 was filled with the unspeakable amount of sorrow, pain and grief for many Varsovians. On this day one of the greatest friends and protectors of children that have ever lived, Janusz Korczak, refused to escape from the Ghetto and abandon his pupils on the way to death camp in Treblinka. That moment defined him as a hero in the eyes of many. His sacrifice is remembered and the tribute is paid to him to this day.

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Jan Sobieski III

The savior of Europe


Portrait of Sobieski after the Battle of Vienna


Jan III Sobieski (born on August 17th, 1629 in Olesko, Poland) was a Polish magnate, soldier, commander and then King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania. He is famous for his great victory in the battle of Vienna (The Relief of Vienna) where, leading the Polish reinforcements to help the Austrian army, he defeated a much bigger Ottoman siege army under the command of Grand Vizier Kara Mustafa.

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