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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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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
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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
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

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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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