Poland’s Neighbors: Today (17.11) is the 28th Anniversary of the Velvet Revolution (1989) in Czechoslovakia.
The Velvet Revolution (Czech: sametová revoluce) or Gentle Revolution (Slovak: nežná revolúcia) was a non-violent transition of power in what was then Czechoslovakia, occurring from November 17 to December 29, 1989. Popular demonstrations against the one-party government of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia combined students and older dissidents. The result was the end of 41 years of one-party rule in Czechoslovakia, and the subsequent dismantling of the planned economy and conversion to a parliamentary republic.
“At the Market" by Seweryn Bieszczad (November 18, 1852 – June 17, 1923)
Seweryn Bieszczad was a Polish painter. He was noted for his sense of realism and use of watercolor in painting primarily landscapes. He studied at the School of Fine Arts in Kraków between the years 1868 - 1876, under the direction of Wladyslaw Łuszczkiewicz, and then Jan Matejko.
Wawel Castle, Kraków, Poland
Monument to Adam Mickiewicz, Old Town Square, Kraków, Poland
A man feeding swans and ducks from a snowy river bank in Kraków, Poland
The Zygmunt Chapel, Wawel Cathedral, Kraków, Poland
Warsaw, Poland in 1966
Polish Literature: From The Wind by Krzysztof Kamil Baczyński (1921-1944)
I’m calling you – the stranger
who’ll exhume my battered bones:
after the fire of carnage dies down,
the ashen hand of my skeleton
will wield my homeland’s flag.
[ Photo: Graves of people who died during the Warsaw Uprising in 1944. Powązki Military Cemetery, Warsaw, Poland ]