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Famous Polish people (that we have actually heard of)

osiol 55 | 3,921
1 Aug 2007 #91
I vote for two film directors: Roman Polanski and Krzystof Kieslowski.

Then I'd point out that Polish jazz, certainly in the past, was possibly the best European jazz after Django Reinhardt.

There was a Dr. Zamenhof - invented Esperanto. What? I hear you ask.

But any little thing that inspires greatness in others (no matter how big or how small) is to be applauded.
joepilsudski 26 | 1,388
1 Aug 2007 #92
Yes, an unknown soldier is more important than any 'famous' person...but, I think that
this particular thread is just for fun.
Krzysztof 2 | 973
1 Aug 2007 #93
Yeah, I didn't like my post, but I can't edit it now, I realized after a while I had posted something not quite relevant to the discussion. Sorry for that.

Anyway, I wasn't referring only to the real soldiers, as "unknown soldier" I meant anyone who had some great achievements that created the necessary basis for the future but remained close to anonymous, because someone else had the "finishing touch" (for example like those Enigma crackers, whose work was overtaken by the British when the war in Poland was inevitable).
joepilsudski 26 | 1,388
1 Aug 2007 #94
You know, an 'unknown soldier' can be an artist, doctor, whatever, just a regular person
who gives something of themselves to the people out of love.
eric_the_nave - | 30
1 Aug 2007 #95
The two most famous Poles????

North and South.

Boom boom.


Karol Józef Wojtyła
Lech Walesa
Roman Polanski
Marie Curie (did not know she was Polish until recently)
Fryderyk Chopin (also did not know he was Polish until recently)
Tadeusz Kosciuszko (but only because I’m Australian and our highest mountain was named after him)

There are probably others that I did not know were Polish.
Del boy 20 | 254
5 Aug 2007 #96
what about this one Zbigniew Rybczyński

Somebody just mention recently about which one person is famous or not. When we have to try to describe someone worth to be placed on the canon of people what we should call"famous"or not is very pejorative and tricky. The hole problem from my perspective is trying to describe some Eastern European's folks who can get their way in anglo-saxon culture and then would be visible for the whole World nation ( read anglo-saxon rulers )
joepilsudski 26 | 1,388
8 Aug 2007 #97
Anglo-Saxon 'Rulers of Culture' ? which country is this ruling going on?...certainly not
in the USA.
osiol 55 | 3,921
8 Aug 2007 #98
Well, in the UK we're Romano-Celtic-Anglo-Saxon-Viking-Norman-Afro-Caribbean-Indian-Chinese- everythingelsian, so it can't be us.
Wroclaw 44 | 5,366
8 Aug 2007 #99
English King Canute [him of the tide] had a bit of Polish in him.
osiol 55 | 3,921
8 Aug 2007 #100
King Canute

Much maligned ruler. He was showing his fawning courtiers that he was NOT like a god who could turn the tide. Allegedly.

How Polish was he?

Was he really a Cnut?

Did he have a line of clothing and accessories named after him like fcuk?
Wroclaw 44 | 5,366
8 Aug 2007 #101
Did he have a line of clothing and accessories named after him like fcuk?

I notice that he does now.

How Polish was he?

On his mother's side I think.
bartek212 2 | 19
9 Aug 2007 #102
We're having serious deficit of famous Polish people.

The source of this problem is really trivial - there are no famous people, because we have no Hollywood here.


Not, at all.

There's a HUGE difference between GREAT MAN/GENIUS and FAMOUS man.

Nowaydays being famous is all about entertainment or making cash or living large or evertyhing at once. There is no place for great geniuses. Almost ALL of them work in corporations (usually American ones). And recent man have no idea who they are and whey they do.

Make an experiment.

Open Your notepad and type 30 WORLD famous people from You country in 60 seconds.

I'm SURE there will be maybe 1 writer, maybe 1 painter, maybe 1 president (if You are from the USA I'm sure everybody knows what's his name, BUT it's not working in other countries, who cares who's the president of Germany, Portugal, Spain, Italy? nobody), maybe a few famous sportsmen (not much actually, because the USA doesn't care about soccer and Europe has no idea about baseball or hockey).

You will MAYBE put the painter, writer, president on the list. If You're from the USA and they were not rich I guess You won't (because there were too many famous people in the history of the USA, I'm writing that because I'm sure everobody from Spain will type Antonio Gaudi here).

I'm SURE some of You (just some) will put a name of scientist.

THE REST will be musicans, movie stars, celebrities etc.!

So talking about WORLD-FAMOUS people is ridiculous, because nowaydays being famous doesn't mean anything.

It's enough to have rich dad and living large like Paris Hilton.
Or sing like Avril Lavigne (she was a girl, he was a boy... nanana... gimme banana...)
Or plays like Jessica Alba (is she a good actress? no, she's noone, she's just hot and cute!).

People like the ones above will fill 90% of the lists of 90% of people!

So if You want to talk about famous Polish people, I will answer:

some think that John The Ripper was from Poland.

Cheers ;)
friend 4 | 37
9 Aug 2007 #103
Do they have to be FROM poland? If not, how about the organist from the Doors from Chicago. (DROOL!!!)
joepilsudski 26 | 1,388
9 Aug 2007 #104
If you're drooling over Ray Manzarek, you haven't seen any pictures of him lately.
witek 1 | 587
9 Aug 2007 #105
are no Polish billionaires

No Polish Multi-Millionaries or Billionaires?

Polish-America Business People

1. Martha Stewart born Martha Helen Kostyra
2. Leo Dennis Kozlowski CEO of Tyco
3. Wachowski Brothers made the film Matrix
4. Edward Mazur Chicago Polish businessman currently being deported to Poland for involvment in murder of Polish Police Chief Marek Papała.

Polish-European Business People

1.Franciszek Jerzy Kulczycki opened one of the 1st coffee shop's in Europe in Vienna in the year 1683.
2. Jan Kulczyk owner of Kulczyk Holding S.A. is worth $ 4 Billion USD
3. Antoni Norbert Patek founder of Patek Philippe & Co. one of the most famous watchmaker companies.
4. Izrael Poznański a Polish-Jewish textile magnate in Lodz in the late 1800's
friend 4 | 37
9 Aug 2007 #106
LOL!! Yeah, I've seen him now. Not exactly a pretty picture. I was drooling over him when he was younger.

SEX GOD! POlski power!!!
joepilsudski 26 | 1,388
10 Aug 2007 #107
Yes, Martha Stewart appears to be a Polish billionaire according to Forbes...Koslowski is
Jewish & is in jail currently...but I's sur he still has his money...Jan Kulczyk is a member of
an Israeli think tank called the Peres Center for Peace...if he is not Jewish, he is one of
only 4 or 5 non-Jews in this organiztion.

Also, while the Wachowski brothers make excellent movies & surely have some money,
they are not billionaires...and, one of the Wachowski brothers may now be a Wachowski
markdz - | 8
10 Aug 2007 #108
Babylon 16 | 192
7 May 2009 #109
May 7, 09, 19:10 - Thread attached on merging:
The most Famous Pole?

The most Famous Polish? What that will be?

Pope John Paul II?
Maria Skłodowska?
aphrodisiac 11 | 2,437
7 May 2009 #110
North Pole. or is is South Pole

hm, I never know which one......
Babylon 16 | 192
7 May 2009 #113
sorry for the topic but I din't find this
time means 5 | 1,309
7 May 2009 #114

i thought he was a German?
McCoy 27 | 1,268
7 May 2009 #115
he was a german woman
Sokrates 8 | 3,345
7 May 2009 #116
The most Famous Polish? What that will be?

7 May 2009 #117
Maria Skłodowska?

Who ?

there are no famous poles apart from Pope John Paul 2nd.

Poles are only famous in poland.
Ironside 50 | 12,467
7 May 2009 #118
i thought he was a German?

for crying out loud ! When people learn - according to the standards of his times he was Polish as he was subject of the Kingdom of Poland.

What his ethinc background was nobody can tell for sure.
To think about somebody from the past in the terms of the modern concept what the nationalty actually means is a big mistake.

Anyway what is it ?popularity contest?
time means 5 | 1,309
7 May 2009 #119
To think about somebody from the past in the terms of the modern concept what the nationalty actually means is a big mistake.

so he is neither Polish or German?
Ironside 50 | 12,467
7 May 2009 #120
correct !
He WAS Polish, though!lol

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