A tale of Poland’s quirky history ...
Although themed as a tour of Poland’s Communist past, it turned out to be far more than that. A thee-plus hour potted history of the country’s yesteryear, triumphant and tragic by turns, never dull or uninspiring. The story of daily life under the Communist regime was particularly amusing, but behind the smiles lay the misfortunes of a country that has seemingly never ceased to suffer. The lamentable treatment of the Jews and minorities in WWII, the Warsaw Ghetto, the Nazis, the futile and costly wartime uprisings against tyranny, the Soviets, all culminating in the rise and fall of Communism. And then, after the Communists were sent packing in the late-80s, a palpable sense of hope for Poland’s future as a proud, independent member of the European family. The history of a country covered with humility, respect, not to mention a great sense of humour. I enjoyed the tour very much.
• March 14, 2018