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American Army in Poland

News from Poland

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A scan of part of a postcard sent to us by a family member who served in the Polish army in the late 1990s.

I heard on the radio a moment ago that it has just been agreed that the American army will make use of existing Polish military complexes to store heavy equipment and munitions in and around Drawsko Pomorskie, Skwierzyna, and Choszczno in the west of Poland. Additionally, the US military will increase their presence at an air base in Łask, central Poland. These new facilities it is reported will allow the US army sufficient space to achieve both Poland’s and America’s common defence aims and enable the rapid deployment of soldiers in any future conflict. This new development is a continuation of the growing military cooperation between Poland, the US, and their western European NATO allies in recent years.

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A set of Polish airforce, army, and navy postage stamps issued by the Polish Post Office in 2013.

Nazi Gold Train Found in Poland!

News from Poland

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The possible location of the Nazi treasure laden train – Schloss Furstenstein / Ksiaz Castle in Silesia, c.1940.

Over recent days much of Polish media has been focused on one story – the rumour that a Second World War German train has been discovered hidden in a tunnel in the mountains of Silesia in south-west Poland. Reports suggest that it contains untold riches in precious metals such as gold, silver and tungsten, artwork, historically interesting Nazi documents, German army tanks, and high-tech secret weapons. Some observers even speculate that the infamous ‘Amber Room’ may be on board this long lost train.

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A German train loaded with Nazi German tanks and munitions, c.1944.

Local folklore tells of a massive network of secret underground tunnels hidden under and around Ksiaz Castle (Schloss Fürstenstein) near Walbrzych (former Waldenburg). These tunnels were built in what was until the end of the war part of Germany and it has been reported by Nazi Germany to hide looted valuables from the advancing Red Army. Some fear that the train and tunnel would have been booby-trapped with explosives.

Should the existence of the train be positively confirmed (found) we will report it further here on Polish Poland! In the meanwhile you might like to have a look at some more images of the castle at the centre of the treasure train news.

News from Poland

News from Poland

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We have decided to increase the number of news stories on Poland we report on! Hopefully in this way this will help visitors and ourselves to up to date with Polish current affairs and what is happening in Poland.

Our news reports will be items that catch our eye or ear through reading Polish language newspapers, listening to Polish radio, and watching the news on Polish television. Some news stories will be very local. Others will be national news. And still others, international news that may concern Poland. We won’t though be seeking out news stories and reporting them ourselves! Our role will be to simply report in English a variety of news stories reported by established news sources writing or broadcasting in Polish.

Abortion in Poland

News from Poland

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In Poland, abortion has been severely restricted since the end of communist rule. Women may only be granted a termination of their pregnancy as a result of rape, incest, when their life is in danger, or there is serious damage to the foetus. As a result, access to abortion in Poland is among the most restricted in Europe.

In protest the Dutch women’s rights group ‘Women on Waves’ and ‘Ciocia Basia’ (Auntie Barbara), a Berlin-based abortion support group, plan to fly a drone carrying abortion pills over the border between Germany and Poland to waiting Polish activists. The drone flight will take place across the River Oder / Odra, which separates the German city of Frankfurt Oder from the Polish town of Slubice.

It has been estimated that several thousand women have abortions illegally in Poland or travel to countries like Finland or England each year for ‘abortions on demand’.

Donald Tusk President of European Council

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Poland’s Prime Minister, Donald Tusk, is to become the President of the European Council.

Poland’s centre-right Prime Minister Donald Tusk has been chosen as European Council president, replacing the Belgian Herman Van Rompuy. The job involves setting the EU’s broad priorities, chairing EU summits and forging agreement among often divided European Union member states.

Rumour has it that his replacement as Prime Minister of Poland will be Ewa Kopacz.

An extended article by the Daily Telegraph can be seen here:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/eu/11066174/Donald-Tusk-the-new-head-of-Europe.html

Wolves in Poland

News from Poland

I was driving on the country road from Skwierzyna to Bledzew in the far west of Poland early this morning and what did I spot? A wolf! Large, grey, and bushy tailed! It ran right across the road in front of the car from one part of the forest to another. Too big for a dog. Most definitely a wild wolf.

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A postage stamp issued by the Polish Post Office in 1985 featuring a Polish Wolf.

This is the first time I have seen a wild wolf in the province of Lubuskie, but, there have been several news reports over recent months of multiple wolf sightings in the extensive forests of the far west of Poland.

A hunter friend tells me that there are growing populations of wild wolves living in the nearby Notecka and Rzepin forests and the area I saw my wolf in was the natural path for wolves travelling between the two forests. He added that the forests contain plenty of fox, red and roe deer, and wild boar for any wolves living there to eat – and that they have been known to attack and eat domestic cats and dogs that stray in to the forest.

An exciting sight and a location I will investigate further. My Mother-in-law, however, tells me that she won’t be wandering around alone in that part of the forest looking for mushrooms any time soon!