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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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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

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What Happened Before History? Human Origins
What Happened Before History? Human Origins
media / Video

Humans. We have been around for a while now. When we think about our past we think about ancient civilizations, the pyramids, stuff like that. But this is only a tiny, tiny part of our history.

media / Video
Why Beautiful Things Make Us Happy
Why Beautiful Things Make Us Happy
media / Video

Throughout history, the definition of beauty has changed a lot. But beyond individual and contemporary tastes, some things have never really gone out of fashion. Here’s another video by Kurzgesagt.

media / Video
The Human Era
The Human Era
media / Video

For some two million years, the lives of our ancestors basically remained unchanged. It was around 20,000 years ago that the behaviourally modern humans began a process that would change our lifestyles forever.

media / Video
A Woman with a Pebble in Her Heart
A Woman with a Pebble in Her Heart
media / Video

We invite you to watch an animation about Janina Ipohorska, one of the post-war pioneers of “Przekrój”, who for years was the deputy of editor-in-chief Marian Eile. The video was created for the occasion of our 75th birthday. Enjoy!

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Lessons in Detachment with Szaszkiewiczowa ♫
Lessons in Detachment with Szaszkiewiczowa ♫
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At the ripe old age of 96, Poland’s oldest blogger describes the art of sarcasm and scathing comebacks. Original publication by Irena "Kika" Szaszkiewiczowa.

Irena „Kika” Szaszkiewiczowa

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Six Feet Above the Ground. A Brief Overview of Tree-Top Living ♫
Six Feet Above the Ground. A Brief Overview of Tree-Top Living ♫
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Our ancestors lived in trees millions of years ago. Perhaps that’s why humans seem intent on returning to them. Original publication by Łukasz Stępnik.

Łukasz Stępnik

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The Woes of Pope Frances. An Alternative Papal History ♫
The Woes of Pope Frances. An Alternative Papal History ♫
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We present you with an alternative history of the Roman Catholic Church led by a woman, Pope Frances. Original publication by Adam Węgłowski.

Adam Węgłowski

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