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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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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
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
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 / 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

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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.

media / Video
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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