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Welcome to “Przekrój”!

In case you’re wondering where you are, and especially since you probably can’t pronounce the name of this website, here’s a little help—“Przekrój” (pronounced “p-SHEH-crooy”) is the oldest society and culture magazine in Poland, now available in English.

“Przekrój” Magazine brings English-speaking readers some of the best journalism from across Central and Eastern Europe, in the fields of wellbeing, art, literature, science, ecology, philosophy, psychology, and more. Take a break from the speed and intensity of the daily news and join us!

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6th February 1936
6th February 1936
Reading / science

On this day in 1936, the Olympic flame burned from up high, announcing the start of the Winter Olympics hosted by… the Third Reich. The games were a propaganda coup for Adolf Hitler and his Nazi Party.

Adam Węgłowski

Magazine / culture
The Goatherd and the Cave
The Goatherd and the Cave
Magazine / culture

In 1947, a trio of Bedouin shepherds came across a remarkable find near the Qumrān ruins in Palestine—or so the sensational story goes.

Aleksandra Woźniak-Marchewka

Reading / science
5th December 1952
5th December 1952
Reading / science

On this day in 1952, just over a decade after the wartime Blitz, death from above hit the streets of London again. Smog was everywhere, blinding pedestrians and even creeping into cinema screens.

Adam Węgłowski

Magazine / culture
Tears of the Sun
Tears of the Sun
Magazine / culture

Fossilized tree resin has been valued for thousands of years, not only because of its yellowy-orange hue, but also for its supposed ritual and medical properties.

Tomasz Wichrowski

Magazine / society
Where Does War Come From?
Where Does War Come From?
Magazine / society

Conflict is usually attributed to disputes over land and resources, inherent aggressive tendencies, or gender. Yet perhaps none of the above provide an adequate explanation.

Tomasz Wiśniewski

Magazine / society
The Language of the Gods
The Language of the Gods
Magazine / society

It is one of the world’s oldest languages and belongs to the Indo-European family, meaning that Sanskrit is still alive and well today—at home and abroad.

Agnieszka Rostkowska

Magazine / society
How to Build a Nation
How to Build a Nation
Magazine / society

It was thanks to the efforts of patriotic scholars that the Bohemian language and culture were rescued from the Habsburg Monarchy.

Agnieszka Fiedorowicz

Magazine / culture
The Celestial Stone
The Celestial Stone
Magazine / culture

The rock with a deep blue hue has been valued since antiquity for its beautiful color, making it both a luxury product and a symbol of the gods.

Tomasz Wichrowski

Magazine / society
The Adventures of Blue
The Adventures of Blue
Magazine / society

It is the shade of the sea and the sky and is often associated with freedom, as well as sensitivity. Yet the universal recognition of blue came relatively late.

Ewa Pluta

Reading / society
Inhuman Slaughter
Inhuman Slaughter
Reading / society

History suggests that, in order to kill, people must reject their natural reflexes—often by taking on an animalistic identity.

Tomasz Wiśniewski

Reading / society
Animal Persons
Animal Persons
Reading / society

Marta Bogdańska, creator of the “Shifters” art project, talks about the history of humans (mis)using animals in armed forces and intelligence agencies.

Berenika Steinberg

Magazine / society
Iron People
Iron People
Magazine / society

The history of the Celts stretches back thousands of years and across the breadth of Central and Western Europe.

Maciej Świetlik

Magazine / society
Practise Courage, Abstain from Wrongdoing
Practise Courage, Abstain from Wrongdoing
Magazine / society

The Celtic Druids possessed great knowledge and were highly respected, yet they tended to be violent – and did not have to be men.

Tomasz Wiśniewski

Magazine / society
Boudica Was Victorious
Boudica Was Victorious
Magazine / society

Boudica, the queen of the Celtic Iceni tribe, led a revolt against the Roman occupation of Britain. She will not be forgotten any time soon.

Andrzej Kula

Reading / culture
Screaming on the Silver Screen
Screaming on the Silver Screen
Reading / culture

From the Golden Age of Hollywood to recent slasher flicks, cinema history is full of screams. The Wilhelm Scream might be its most famous.

Jakub Mejer

Magazine / science
The Eccentricities of Lady Lovelace
The Eccentricities of Lady Lovelace
Magazine / science

Born in the early 19th century, Ada Lovelace defied the gender norms of her time by making significant contributions to the field of computing – and becoming the first computer programmer.

Piotr Żelazny

Magazine / culture
Leo’s Last Roar
Leo’s Last Roar
Magazine / culture

Leo Tolstoy and his wife Sophia both loved and tormented each other. How did the troubled Russian writer live his last few months?

Paulina Wilk

Magazine / culture
Tripping Like Ancient Greeks
Tripping Like Ancient Greeks
Magazine / culture

The sages and mystics of ancient Greece engaged in practices that bear resemblance to those of Siberian shamans. How might they be connected?

Tomasz Wiśniewski

Magazine / culture
Silent Night
Silent Night
Magazine / culture

As the literature of recent centuries shows, our relationship with silence – as ritual, as protective, as deathly – has a long and rich history.

Ewa Pluta

Reading / culture
Jewels of Tears and Loss
Jewels of Tears and Loss
Reading / culture

Between the Middle Ages and the turn of the 19th century, the custom of wearing mourning jewellery flourished, especially among the British elite.

Tomasz Wichrowski

Reading / culture
The Dream Factory on the Vltava
The Dream Factory on the Vltava
Reading / culture

Barrandov Studios is the largest film studio in the Czech Republic. Today, it is used for blockbuster Hollywood productions, but how did it all begin?

Mateusz Demski

Reading / culture
The Golden Age of Silver
The Golden Age of Silver
Reading / culture

The Georgian era in Britain was a time of opulence. What jewellery trends emerged during this period of middle- and upper-class wealth?

Tomasz Wichrowski

Magazine / science
The Poles From the Scottish Café
The Poles From the Scottish Café
Magazine / science

The Lwów School of Mathematics comprised some of the most brilliant mathematical minds – the problems they posited still inspire the latest maths theories.

Marek Górlikowski

Magazine / society
Descendants of the Sun
Descendants of the Sun
Magazine / society

Inca customs around death and the afterlife not only involved mummification – they were also influenced by beliefs in the cult of the sun.

Tomasz Wiśniewski

Magazine / society
On the Holy Lake
On the Holy Lake
Magazine / society

Lake Titicaca sits in the Andes, on the border of Peru and Bolivia. What significance does it hold for the Indigenous people who live on the lake?

Maciej Wesołowski

Magazine / culture
People, Plants and Gods
People, Plants and Gods
Magazine / culture

The Neolithic revolution brought with it the advent of agriculture. What exactly did this entail and who should we thank for it?

Tomasz Wiśniewski

Reading / culture
Jewels for a Select Few
Jewels for a Select Few
Reading / culture

The rituals of the Freemasons are shrouded in secrecy, but what about the symbols and iconography on Masonic jewellery?

Tomasz Wichrowski

Reading / society
The Karaites: Poland’s Forgotten Ethnic Minority
The Karaites: Poland’s Forgotten Ethnic Minority
Reading / society

The Karaites are Poland’s smallest ethnic minority. What do we know about their history? And what does their future hold?

Agnieszka Rostkowska

Reading / culture
The Great Forger
The Great Forger
Reading / culture

Stanisław Poniatowski owned one of the most remarkable – and scandalous – collections of ancient carved gemstones.

Tomasz Wichrowski

Magazine / society
The Raft of Thor
The Raft of Thor
Magazine / society

The Kon-Tiki expedition aimed to prove that Polynesians were descended from the Indigenous peoples of Central and South America. Its results were impressive, but problematic.

Andrzej Kula

Magazine / society
The Invention of Evil
The Invention of Evil
Magazine / society

The European witch hunting mania was inspired by religious fervour, colonial ambitions, and prolonged periods of societal instability.

Tomasz Wiśniewski

Magazine / society
The World’s Pre-Eminent Globetrotter
The World’s Pre-Eminent Globetrotter
Magazine / society

Almost 700 years ago, the Moroccan Muslim scholar Muhammad Ibn Battuta travelled around 117,000 kilometres across the world – more than any other pre-modern explorer.

Maciej Świetlik

Reading / science
Silenced Memories: LGBT People in World War II
Silenced Memories: LGBT People in World War II
Reading / science

Joanna Ostrowska, author of a book about gay people during World War II, talks about why it is crucial to honour the memory of LGBT people in Poland.

Paulina Małochleb

Reading / society
Herodotus, the Pioneer
Herodotus, the Pioneer
Reading / society

Herodotus wrote “The Histories” nearly 2500 years ago in ancient Greece. Nonetheless, it is still a relevant and influential book for us today.

Tomasz Wiśniewski

Magazine / culture
Painted Children
Painted Children
Magazine / culture

Throughout the history of art, children are rarely depicted affectionately in paintings. Rather, they represent the politics and society of their times.

Anna Arno

Magazine / culture
With Seneca Among Children
With Seneca Among Children
Magazine / culture

The Roman philosopher, dramatist and statesman talks with a modern day Stoic about what we can learn from children and how Stoicism can guide us through the contemporary world.

Piotr Stankiewicz

Magazine / culture
Bushidō, or the Idealized Way
Bushidō, or the Idealized Way
Magazine / culture

The book “Bushido: The Soul of Japan” was a bestseller in the West. But what did its author – a Japanese economist, diplomat and politician – really know about the way of the samurai?

Piotr Żelazny

Magazine / culture
Hot Springs Eternal
Hot Springs Eternal
Magazine / culture

Hot springs and thermal baths have been enjoyed by humans (and animals) for thousands of years. They have health benefits, too.

Renata Lis

Reading / society
Space Is Never Empty
Space Is Never Empty
Reading / society

The built environment – that which encompasses architecture – is rarely neutral. It intertwines with history and memory, as examples from France and Poland illustrate.

Natalia Domagała

Reading / science
What Ended the Black Death, History's Worst Pandemic
What Ended the Black Death, History's Worst Pandemic
Reading / science

The bubonic plague ravaged the world for centuries, killing up to 200 million people.

Paul Ratner

Reading / science
31st January 1863
31st January 1863
Reading / science

On this day in 1863, a certain French author published his first novel, about three Brits taking a balloon trip over Africa. Jules Verne’s debut was a hit, and guaranteed his legacy.

Adam Węgłowski

Reading / society
January in History
January in History
Reading / society

Our eternally pessimistic correspondent gives his historical highlights for the month of January.

Adam Węgłowski

Reading / society
An Imagined Europe, But a Real One
An Imagined Europe, But a Real One
Reading / society

Architect Łukasz Galusek takes us on a tour through the towns, landscapes and architecture of Central Europe, where history and memory is ever-present.

Paulina Małochleb

Magazine / science
A Long Nap in the Freezer
A Long Nap in the Freezer
Magazine / science

Want to live forever? Why not try cryonics – an expensive and unproven scientific procedure with tempting results, at least for some.

Łukasz Lamża

Magazine / culture
The Trials of the Dead
The Trials of the Dead
Magazine / culture

The ancient Egyptians – quite unlike any other civilization – placed a huge emphasis on death in their customs, rituals and beliefs.

Tomasz Wiśniewski

Reading / culture
On Beauty and History
On Beauty and History
Reading / culture

Journalist Aleksandra Lipczak talks about her latest book, “Lajla znaczy noc” [Layla Means Night], which tells the story of Al-Andalus, the southern part of Spain, which was once under Arab rule.

Anna Piwowarska

Magazine / society
A City in Ruins
A City in Ruins
Magazine / society

World War II may have been coming to an end in the summer of 1945, but its destruction was palpable all across Poland. An early issue of “Przekrój” reflected on this.

Ewa Pawlik

Magazine / society
The Little Brother of War
The Little Brother of War
Magazine / society

Lacrosse is North America’s oldest sport, practised by the various Native American peoples long before the Europeans colonized their land – and the game.

Andrzej Kula

Magazine / science
Mythology and Mitochondria
Mythology and Mitochondria
Magazine / science

Oren Harman, author of “Evolution: Fifteen Myths That Explain Our World”, talks about Daedalus and Icarus, the power of myths, and the role of storytelling in science.

Tomasz Sitarz

Magazine / science
In Tumulus and Wilderness
In Tumulus and Wilderness
Magazine / science

The Białowieża Primaeval Forest is one of the oldest forests in Europe. It is also home to a number of centuries-old burial mounds.

Jędrzej Wojnar

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