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The Taming of the Polish

  


In 2004, I gave a lecture in Poland on the writer Joseph Conrad. He was born in Poland as Jozef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski. His parents like many others of that era suffered at the hands of Russia. They both died of illness related to their imprisonment in Gulags as a result of being political activists. Fast forward through World War 2 where the Free Polish fought side by side with the British and then you come across Lech Walesa and many others who want the very best for Poland and its culture and heritage.

The Polish have been subjugated throughout history. They know what it means to capitulate. And so they have stopped capitulating to the EU.  

From the days before occupation by Russia and then Germany the Polish have created a Christian heritage that they are rightly proud of. Indeed the Polish disdain for communism was evident during my visit to Opole in the form of 10 foot high lime green and white graffiti that was anti-Stalin. Like Conrad who was hounded by the Soviets in exile, the Poles know what it is to stand up to tyranny.  Defiance some would argue is deliverance. The Poles are veterans of this political landscape. Psychological torments or manipulation of the Polish will not work for the EU as the Russians found out.

Joseph Conrad's uncle protected him from being sent to Russia, despite establishment threats and political diktats. His uncle after all was a Baron who publicly did one thing, but privately another. This false persona enabled Thaddus Bobrowski to protect his young nephew on more than one occasion. The Polish after all are an ingenious and resilient lot. They overcame the Mongols and numerous domestic uprisings helped shape their proud history. The Crown Kingdom of Poland even went to war against the Tatars of the Ottoman Empire.


The Polish have had a huge impact on the world through their inventions. Notably, the bulletproof vest was a Polish invention. Such an invention has saved thousands of lives over the last century. Jozef Cosacki invented mine detectors. Again, the world would be very different as would the events of the battle of El Alamein had mine detectors not been invented. Jan Lukasiewicz has been credited as the father of the oil industry. What would the world be like without the oil industry?  And of course sound in films - an invention by Joseph Tykocinski-Tykociner. Few people are aware that this was a Polish invention.


The EU either fail to see or accept these historical facts on Poland and Poles. They have insisted that Poles take a certain quota of immigrants and be controlled unequivocally from Brussels. Poles refuse. And so perhaps reminiscent of the Russians or Germans or even the distant Mongols the EU is trying to impose its will on Poland. If history has taught the EU nothing, it surely must have learnt that there is no point in treating Poland like the shrew in The Taming of the Shrew. Such a stance is doomed to failure.




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Comments 2

Guest - Yacine on Tuesday, 19 December 2017 12:00

I was sure from the title that you are going to mention Joseph Conrad.
Interesting article with a literary flavour.

I was sure from the title that you are going to mention Joseph Conrad. Interesting article with a literary flavour.
James Coghlan on Tuesday, 19 December 2017 12:42

Politics can be influenced by the written word as you are well aware. Poland inspired me as much as Conrad did.

Politics can be influenced by the written word as you are well aware. Poland inspired me as much as Conrad did.
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