Lucy from the UK
Anonymous Spectator, visiting Poland in 1984
Sarah from USA
Anonymous Spectator, born in 1976
Radek and Kasia, born in 1980s
Dorota, born in 1970s
I remember getting sweets for Christmas and not being allowed to eat them. My mum, who ruled the household, made sure I would not eat them and used them as Christmas tree decoration instead. Many years later, I found out that my dad, in secret from my mum, ate all the sweets and stuffed the wrappers with paper… He basically escaped the rationing of the products…
Radek and Robert, born in 1980s
Robert: I remember riding with my mum to the crèche, even in the deepest winter.
Artur’s memory, born in 1980s
It was the end of 1990s, I was 16 or 17. My mum and I were traveling to London. I was going to perform in a Polish-English theatre The Imagination in London. I was so excited, but the problems started as soon as we cross the English Channel and got to Dover.
Every Pole knows everything about football, politics, and medicine
Ration cards were introduced by the communist government at different periods of time; the cards did not function as a substitute for money. Products included sugar, meat, and washing powder.
Lonia’s memory, born in 1940s
I worked as an accountant in secondary school. Our history teacher was a heavy smoker … Ration cards
Robert’s memory, born in 1980s
One morning I was about to go to the crèche, it was just before 6 am and suddenly the secret police came into our home. … I was rummaging through a box with “home-treasures” and I found a note…
Magda’s memory, born in 1980s
It was close to Christmas. My friend, then six years old, had a sister, one year older than her. They both dreamt about Santa Claus bringing them beautiful dresses. Unfortunately
… Santa got it wrong
I was very lucky... I was a teacher, so all parents were always bringing me food gifts... Coffee, real chocolate...Jan’s memory, born in 1930s
For me Christmas will always smell of citrus.Agnieszka, born in 1980s
The taste of ersatz chocolate – a short survey
- Very sweet and soft mixture of fat
- Margarine. Sweet, soft, a little bit of vanilla with some dye and a trace amount of cocoa
Kasia’s memory (born in 1980s)
I remember that my mum somehow obtained the real cocoa! … Kasia’s Cocoa Memory
Agnieszka, born in 1980s
Oranges and mandarins were practically impossible to buy throughout the year … Oranges and mandarins
As the famous Polish Scientific Publishers PWN Encyclopedia states ‘During the 1980s Poland saw a sharp development of rock music, quite stylistically diverse’. ‘Stylistically diverse’ becomes an understatement if we consider bands like Papa Dance, Republika or Kult…
In the 1980s The Jarocin Festival, known also as the Polish Woodstock, was the biggest festival of alternative music in the Eastern block.
Rysiek’s memory (born in 1970s)
From conversations when we were smoking cigarettes during school breaks, … Where did the ideas to go to the Jarocin Festival come from?
Kult is Cool
Kult is full … Kult is Cool
Basia, born in 1980
I remember that my parents’ friend had a name-day and they were invited to a party. They took me with them. All adults were in one room and I and the two other girls were playing in the other room. We had a fight over who is going to marry the vocalist out of Papa Dance and two guys out of Modern Talking. I was the youngest, so I got stuck with Dieter out of MT.