A new movie about an aging Polish fighter pilot who defended London in the Battle of Britain is coming out. The trailer looks promising. http://battleforbritain.net
“Mr. Rogulski (Julian Glover) lives in Oxford in a house that time forgot, alone since his beloved wife’s death. One morning, he sets off for a walk to go and feed the pigeons in Oriel Square. An encounter with the helpful young Steven (Max Fowler) leads to the scooter ride of his life.
The film pays tribute to the extraordinary history of the many Polish pilots that defended the skies of Britain from the Nazis, 70 years ago today.”
And from elsewhere on their site:
“Few of the Polish veterans who remained in Britain after the War ever got the recognition they deserved: Polish soldiers were not even allowed to march alongside their allied troops in the London Victory parade of 1946.
Battle for Britain demonstrates the strong socio-historical link between the UK and Poland.”
This upcoming project looks as though it’s made by the same production company that did the video in my previous post. The images of a reconstructed Warsaw from 1935 look promising, can’t wait to see the final product depicting the “Paris of the East”.
The Warsaw Uprising Museum has created a high-definition digital reconstruction of the city in ruins after the 1944 battle in which the Polish underground army tried to fight off the Nazis. The trailer is heartbreaking.
The full video can be viewed at the museum in Warsaw.
The White House just issued this statement about General Pulaski:
“Casimir Pulaski was a Polish patriot, yet he laid down his life in defense of American independence during the Revolutionary War. Each year, on October 11, Americans pause to remember this champion of liberty who fought valiantly for the freedom of Poland and the United States, and we proudly reflect upon our rich Polish-American heritage.
As a young man, Brigadier General Casimir Pulaski witnessed the occupation of Poland by foreign troops and fought for his homeland’s freedom, determined to resist subjugation. During his subsequent exile to France, he learned of our nascent struggle for independence, and volunteered his service to our cause. Pulaski arrived in America in 1777 and served in the American Cavalry under the command of General George Washington. Valued for his vast military experience, General Pulaski led colonists on horseback with admirable skill, earning a reputation as the “father of American Cavalry.” Pulaski was mortally wounded during the siege of Savannah, and he died from his wounds on October 11, 1779.
Polish Americans have carried with them values and traditions that have shaped our society, and their immeasurable contributions have strengthened our country. This proud community has been integral to our success as a Nation, and will play a prominent leadership role in the years ahead.
General Pulaski wrote to our first President, “I came here, where freedom is being defended, to serve it, and to live or die for it.” We have never forgotten his sacrifice for our independence or his patriotism in defending freedom across two continents. Today, the people of the United States and Poland are bound by our solemn obligations to each other’s security and our shared values, including a deep and abiding commitment to liberty, democracy, and human rights. On General Pulaski Memorial Day, we celebrate the early beginnings of our strong friendship, our lasting ties to the people of Poland, and our enduring commitment to a safer, freer, and more prosperous world.”
This charming eight-minute video portrays 1,000 years of Polish history, and in effect captures the historical reasons for Poland’s sensitivity about its borders. In a nutshell: the tumultuous expansions and invasions through the middle-ages, Hilter and Stalin’s secret pact to divide up Poland, occupation and resistance repeat throughout. The video brings some famous Polish paintings to life, shows a 17th century rendition of the traditional Polish Polonez dance, and includes some of Chopin’s most famous notes. Worth watching.