Dr. Marek Jan Chodakiewicz is a Professor of History at IWP and holds the The Kociuszko Chair in Polish Studies. Full bio

Fr. Paul Stenhouse, R.I.P.

Fr. Paul Lester Stenhouse, MSC (1935–2019), passed away of cancer recently. I initially learned about him through the good offices of his dear friend, a contributor to his publications and fellow Aussie, Wanda Skowronska, who was kind enough to share some stories about him. She also encouraged our cooperation. Fr. Stenhouse was truly a Christian universalist…

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The Enduring Relevance of Katyn

Why should we continue to talk about the Katyn Forest massacre of spring 1940, when over 25,000 Polish POW officers and other prisoners were slaughtered on the orders of Joseph Stalin? Indeed, why talk about the past at all? It is because nothing has changed: Historia magistra vita est. This includes the utility of Katyn to…

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Vladimir Bukovsky

Vladimir Bukovsky, the Defiant: RIP

An abbreviated version of this article was published by American Thinker. One of the first things famous Soviet dissident Vladimir Bukovsky (1942-2019) told me about himself was that his roots were Polish. After the crushing of the Kościuszko Insurrection of 1794, his ancestor, Pan Bukowski, was taken prisoner by the Muscovites and shipped off to…

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Uncommon Valor in a Skirt

To volunteer to serve a cause greater than ourselves propels the most noble of humans. The formidable Agnieszka Wisła aka Wizła (1887–1980), a naturalized American of Polish birth, ranks among the best of them. A community organizer, an educational worker, a military nurse, a combat veteran, a charity volunteer, an innovative businesswoman, and, above all,…

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Law and Justice Wins in Poland

In Poland’s paraliamentary elections, the governing Law and Justice party (PiS) has swept the polls again and will govern alone. It needs no coalition partners. Yet, its victory is less than overwhelming. An unprecedented 61.74% of the electorate cast the vote: 18,678,457 people. That is an improvement of almost 11% from the previous parliamentary poll.…

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De-totalitarization vs. Continuity

This was a lecture given at the Europejski Dzień Pamięci Ofiar Reżimów Totalitarnych (European Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Totalitarian Regimes) organized by Poland’s Ministry of Justice at the Museum of Cursed Soldiers (Muzeum Żołnierzy Wyklętych) housed at the infamous Rakowiecka Investigative Prison in Warsaw, 23 August 2019. De-totalitarianization entails destroying or transforming…

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Towards a Catholic Nationalism

From the beginning of Donald J. Trump’s quixotic presidential campaign, political and media elites have attempted to browbeat the “dangerous” new nationalist movement like an unruly child. First, it was National Review’s “Conservatives against Trump” symposium, which excommunicated its Trump-voting readers for their infidelity to the dogmata of movement conservatism. Read more

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O cywilizacji śmierci [About the Civilization of Death]

Another book by Dr. Marek Chodakiewicz has just been published in Poland. It is entitled O cywilizacji śmierci [About the Civilization of Death]. What is the Civilization of Death? It is a system that limits or even counteracts the multiplication of humankind. The Civilization of Death is a total system of social engineering implemented through…

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Poland’s EU elections

The recent EU electoral results are a mixed bag: the Greens ride high in Germany; the leftists dominate Spain; the populists were cut to size in Denmark (a surprise); and they stumbled in Austria (not a surprise). Predictably, the Brexit Party scored high in the UK; the rest put on a lackluster show. Elsewhere it…

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