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Welcome to "Przekrój"!

In case you wonder where you are, and especially since you probably can’t pronounce the name of this website, here’s a little help. “Przekrój” (pron. ‘p-SHEH-crooy’) is the oldest magazine about society and culture in Poland. Now it’s also available in English!

“Przekrój” Magazine brings to the English reader some of the best journalism from across Central and Eastern Europe, in such fields as culture, society, ecology and literature. Stand aside from the haste and fierceness of everyday news and join us now!

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390 results
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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

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

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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.

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Why Beautiful Things Make Us Happy
Why Beautiful Things Make Us Happy
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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.

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The Human Era
The Human Era
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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.

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A Woman with a Pebble in Her Heart
A Woman with a Pebble in Her Heart
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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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