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

A Gigantic Polish Conspiracy?

The August Trials: The Holocaust and Postwar Justice in Poland by Andrew Kornbluth Reviewed by Marek Jan Chodakiewicz In The August Trials: The Holocaust and Postwar Justice in Poland (Cambridge, MA, and London: Harvard University Press, 2021), Andrew Kornbluth argues that whereas the “Nazis” did kill the bulk of Poland’s (and Europe’s) Jews, the rest, perhaps over 200,000,…

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The Czechs in the Game

Things are usually mellow in Czechia, our landlocked NATO ally, but not lately. In the past few months, the Czechs have managed to pick a major fight with Russia over spying, to posture to oust their president, and to quarrel with the Poles over environmental pollution. The Russian business impacts America the most. In October…

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Atomic Intermarium Next?

A version of this article was published by Newsmax. The Intermarium nations of the lands between the Baltic, Black, and Adriatic seas find themselves in a serious predicament because U.S. President Joe Biden is no friend of energy security and free markets. He demonstrated it by keeping his electoral promise to shutter the Keystone Pipeline…

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Maverick Hungary Does What’s in Its Best Interest

A shorter version of this article was published by Newsmax.  Hungary does what it pleases. And what it pleases is exclusively in the interest of Hungary as perceived by its longtime Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. He cares not whether his moves raise eyebrows, infuriate his detractors, or upset his allies, including the United States. This…

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Belarus President Becomes ‘Daddy Hijacker’

Aleksandr “Bat’ko/Daddy” Lukashenka has just muscled into the business of hijacking planes. The mission objective was to snatch an exiled dissident journalist, 26-year-old Raman Protasevich. On May 23, Daddy’s security services falsely radioed a Ryanair plane, registered in Poland, en route from Istanbul to Vilnius, that there was a bomb aboard. Belarus scrambled a jet…

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EU’s Migrants Ebbing and Swelling

A version of this article was published by Newsmax.  With the avalanche of illegal entrants at the U.S. southern border, President Joe Biden must be channeling German Chancellor Angela Merkel. On August 25, 2015, the latter gave a speech inviting the Third World to give her “the tired, the poor.” Oh, wait. That was Zionist…

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Minsk’s Integrated Sideshow

A version of this article was also published by Newsmax. As the United States was worried about Russia’s intentions in Ukraine, Belarus ran its own sideshow that exacerbated our trepidation about an all-out war. That was probably the Kremlin’s intention, and Minsk gladly obliged. Aleksandr Lukashenka “Daddy-Batko” is no puppet to Vladimir Putin, even when…

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Pipes for Nord Stream 2, Photo by Gerd Fahrenhorst

Nord Stream 2 in a Multiple Crisis Jam

A shorter version of this article was published by Newsmax.  Russia’s controversial Nord Stream 2 nears completion. If successful, first, it will thwart America’s attempt to free the European Union from its dependency on Russian energy. Second, it will prevent American LNG from competing fairly in the European markets. Third, it will undermine the Intermarium…

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General Józef Haller (touching the flag) and his Blue Army 1918-1922

Rockwellian Pol-Americana

A version of this article was also posted on Newsmax and Do Rzeczy. Last Saturday, I attended the funeral of my post commander, Antoni Chrościelewski. He was 97. A Gulag survivor and a veteran of the Battle of Monte Cassino in 1944, he served in the Free Polish Army in the West during the Second…

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Portrait of Felix Dzerzhinsky in a Soviet Parade in Moscow, 1936, carried by athletes of the Dynamo Sports Society.

Iron Feliks

Fanatical, ascetic, dialectical, practical, and love-struck describes best Poland’s most infamous Communist revolutionary and the founder of the Soviet secret police as he emerges from the pages of Robert Blobaum’s Feliks Dzierżyński and the SDKPiL: A Study of the Origins of Polish Communism (New York and Boulder, CO: Columbia University Press and East European Monographs,…

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