Born in what is now Ukraine (then Imperial Russia) to Polish parents, Vaslav Nijinsky was considered by many as the best male ballet dancer of his time. Unfortunately in 1919, schizophrenia hit him hard and he never danced again.
The Way Back had been on my list for quite awhile to watch but just never got around to it. I think the reason I heard of it was because Irish actress Saoirse Ronan was in it, as she is one of my favorite actresses. The movie is actually based on the supposed events ofContinue reading “Things I Like: The Way Back (2010 Film)”
I remember when this movie made a lot of buzz at the Academy Awards back in 2003. I wasn’t exactly into lesser-known but critically-acclaimed films back then, so for the longest time I thought the movie was mostly about music. Instead it’s a chilling tale of the lives of Polish citizens during World War II.Continue reading “Things I Like: The Pianist (2002 Film)”
The element Polonium was named after Poland, the home country of its co-discoverer Marie Curie. At the time of it’s discovery, Poland was split under the control of the Russian Empire, the German Empire, and Austro-Hungarian Empire. Curie hoped that naming the element would spark a political move for the independence of Poland.
The Katyn Massacre was the mass murder of Polish nationals during the spring of 1940 during World War Two by the Soviet Union’s NKVD agency. Germans had discovered the remains in 1943, but the Soviets denied this and blamed it on them. Russia officially accepted the blame in 1990. The massacre killed an estimated 22,000Continue reading “(Not So) Fun Fact: Katyn Massacre”