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7 Facts about Poland

Learn, Share, Subscribe ------------------------------------------------ Watch the entire series here: Follow: ------------------------------------------------ In this brief video you can find seven little known facts about Poland. More information about the video content bellow: 1. Poland was the only European country which never officially collaborated with the Nazis at any level, and no Polish units fought alongside the Nazi army. Poland never officially surrendered to Germany, and the Polish Resistance movement in German-occupied Poland during World War II was the largest resistance movement in Europe. 2. Marie Curie (Manya Sklodowska) was born in Warsaw (Warszawa), Poland, on November 7, 1867. She moved to Paris in early 1880 and married Frenchman Pierre Curie in 1895. With her husband, she discovered the elements polonium (Po), named after her native Poland, in the summer of 1898 and, soon thereafter, radium (Ra). She is credited for coining the term “radioactivity”. Nicolaus Copernicus (Mikołaj Kopernik) was born in 1473 in Toruń (Thorn), Poland. he later wrote down in De revolutionibus orbium coelestium; its revolutionary contention was that the sun, not Earth, was the center of the planetary system. The work was published by church authorities in Nuremberg in 1543, the year Copernicus died. In October 1978, the Bishop of Kraków, Poland, Cardinal Karol Józef Wojtyla, became Pope John Paul II, the 264th head of the Roman Catholic Church on October 16, 1978 at 5:15 p.m. Frédéric François Chopin (Fryderyk Franciszek Szopen), is Poland’s most famous composer. Chopin was born in Żelazowa Wola, Poland, in 1810. 3. Geographically, Poland is not actually in Eastern Europe – it is in fact in the very centre of Europe. 4. Nearly 35% of the 60 million Poles live abroad and large Polish speaking communities can be found in the US, Canada, UK, Germany, Australia, Brazil and Argentina. Polish has the second largest number of speakers among the Slavic languages after Russian. 5. Poland has a desert: the Bledow Desert. It’s an oddity in such a lush countryside. In the 13th century, the forest here was felled to foster silver and lead mining. It revealed a hitherto hidden deep layer of sand, deposited by waters flowing from melting glaciers perhaps a century before. Humankind's destruction of native plant life, in league with the natural deposit of sand, created the desert. 6. Paradoxically, Warsaw’s Old Town is only 50 years old. During the Invasion of Poland (1939), much of the district was badly damaged by the German Luftwaffe. Immediately after the Warsaw Uprising (August–October 1944) what had been left standing was systematically blown up by the German Army. After World War II, the Old Town was meticulously rebuilt. 7. Some of the first shots fired during the WWII took place in Gdansk – Westerplatte. The first cannon shots of WW2 fell here from a German Battleship in the Baltic Sea. There is a monument there in honour of the Polish solders that stood for seven days against the German’s attack. More Info: Music: Phonotrash - Stardust Images:

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Dodane: 16 Kwiecień 2016 18:50 CET przez testuser2 (Gregory)
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