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Famous Polish people (that we have actually heard of)


nocturnal light
16 Nov 2015 #181
Chopin. Copernicus. Polanski.
grzechoo
16 Nov 2015 #182
Chopin-half french, half polish
Copernicus-nationality disputed, german schools teach he is german:)
Polanski-ashkenazi jew, real name Liebling
Polonius3 1,000 | 12,446
16 Nov 2015 #183
real name Liebling

Quite appopriate in view of his amorous nature!

Max Factor?

Couldn't resist this schoolboy joke:

Q: Have you heard about Helena Rubinstein?
A: Max Factor!
Dougpol1 32 | 2,708
17 Nov 2015 #184
I have checked this forum, and the lack of any mention and ignorance from you Poles of your most famous sportsman is blinding.

He came from Katowice. Any guesses? Not difficult. He was acknowledged as the world's number one, bar none. By his peers, no less.
jon357 67 | 16,848
17 Nov 2015 #185
And of course Singer, one of the twentieth century's finest writers. Warsaw born and bred.
Wulkan - | 3,249
17 Nov 2015 #186
your most famous sportsman is blinding.

No such a thing like most famous Polish sportsman, one will be more popular in certain circles than the other. But please tell us which name came to your dreamy head while walking the dog.
Dougpol1 32 | 2,708
17 Nov 2015 #187
please tell us which name came to your dreamy head while walking the dog.

LOL. And this sportsman put Poland on the map. And I thought you were a patriot?
smurf 39 | 1,981
17 Nov 2015 #188
He came from Katowice

Podolski? Although from Gliwice

Milik is from Kato, but he's kinda sh!t.

Mustn't be football...so I'm out. Ohh...Radwanska....no, she's not a man, not from Kato either.
Dougpol1 32 | 2,708
17 Nov 2015 #189
The world number one - and Poland's most famous sportsman, nary a doubt.

Wulkan - | 3,249
17 Nov 2015 #190
Milik is from Kato, but he's kinda sh!t.

Milik sh!t? so you're ignorant about football too? Go and watch latest Ajax games.

he world's number one

There were many world's number ones from Poland.
Polonius3 1,000 | 12,446
17 Nov 2015 #191
And of course Singer

A Yiddish writer of non-Polish ethnicity. He never wrote a single book in Polish. BTW you have never answered the oft-repeated query: R U 1 2?
Veryuniqueuser
17 Nov 2015 #192
I have asked before what the Poles have ever contributed to European civilisation. And many times poles have posted the names of obscure famous Polish people who are famous only to Poles. Are there any famous poles the world has Tully heard of apart from Marie Curie. ?

To you westerners one's contribution has to widely known occurrence or otherwise it did not happen. That you are not familiar with Polish names of contributors not just to European civilisation but world wide is the fault of the ignorant West you live in. Your western society is not interested in anything that does not look or smell western and that the problem. In greek ignorant means an idiot, so go figure what the West is about.
jon357 67 | 16,848
17 Nov 2015 #193
Yiddish writer of non-Polish ethnicity.

Warsaw born and bred, as well as Poland's greatest twentieth century-born novelist. Closely followed of course by Gombrowicz and possibly Lem.
Polonius3 1,000 | 12,446
17 Nov 2015 #194
Gombrowicz and possibly Lem.

Of that trio the only goy was Gombrowicz, but infortuantely a pervert. Lem was the best writer (knowing Yiddish you may disagree). He cleverly poked fun at the red regime under the guise of sci-fi, and educated Poles readily read between the lines.
jon357 67 | 16,848
17 Nov 2015 #195
Why would their religious background be relevant? And Gombrowicz was respectable enough.
rozumiemnic 8 | 3,840
17 Nov 2015 #196
Isaac Bashevis Singer
Fahrenheit
Zamenhof

......the only other ones i can think of have already been mentioned.
Ktos 17 | 456
17 Nov 2015 #197
And many times poles have posted the names of obscure famous Polish people who are famous only to Poles.

Those obscure famous Polish people, as you nicely put it, are famous only to us Polish, that's correct but it seems it is a tragedy for you, because they are only famous in some Poland not in USA or Germany - the "important" countries. I feel for you. However, you should direct your complaint to your western educators who failed to recognise the worth of those great Polish folks who have contributed to Polish state in one way or the other and whose contributions would have been appreciated by other nations if only western world was not so shallow and took interest in other cultures and for once adopted less egotistical view when reviewing achievements of Eastern Europeans.
jon357 67 | 16,848
17 Nov 2015 #198
the only other ones i can think of have already been mentioned.

Janusz Korczak is certainly known outside Poland, and General Tokarzewski-Karasiewicz is known in some circles. Miron Bialoszewski deserves to be better known.
TheOther 5 | 3,711
17 Nov 2015 #199
Fahrenheit

Fahrenheit was German.
dolnoslask
17 Nov 2015 #200
Marian Rejewski reverse engineered the Enigma machine, but maybe only people who are into IT cryptology would know about him , very good at reverse engineering code, this kind of thing that is very important today.
Ironside 50 | 10,944
18 Nov 2015 #202
Isaac Bashevis Singer

he wasn't Polish

I find this topic slightly confusing what it means - that we have actually hard of) - who, when, where?
Has this person this OP has actually heard about a logic?
Ktos 17 | 456
18 Nov 2015 #203
Chopin
Copernicus
Polanski

Chopin was not half French, his dad was French which only means he had a French background. His mum was Polish, she even converted to Catholicism, she was a Polish Jew but she felt as none other than Polish. Chopin was Polish. My only disappointment with him was that he never dedicated a one composition to Poland or anything Polish. However, he was Polish.

Copernicus was also Polish, he was born to Polish dad and German mum, which only means he had a mixed ethnic background. He was born in territories belonging temporarily to Germany where Polish community believed it was still Poland under German siege (the city of Torun) - Polish never truly gave it up and Copernicus considered himself Polish.

Polanski was born in France but as a three year old moved to Poland. His ethnicity is a strange one, he never said that he is Polish, Jews consider him to be Jewish and many Polish think so too, he also appears to be more interested in France. He does not show any affiliation with Poland other than some film or business related activities. I consider him to be Jewish with French affiliation.

So Grzechu, you are right only in the last instance, for, two out of three are Polish, one is a Jew.
jon357 67 | 16,848
18 Nov 2015 #204
Chopin was not half French, his dad was French

So half French, half Polish

his mother...she was a Polish Jew

According to a particularly vocal group of posters here that would mean he wasn't Polish at all.

My only disappointment with him was that he never dedicated a one composition to Poland or anything Polish

Except for all the well known pieces of course. Do you actually know anything at all about what you're writing?
Nickidewbear 23 | 584
7 Sep 2016 #205
Hmmmm, it seems to me that truly great nations don't brag about their great people.

As a Jew, I resent that. Besides, Israel brags about Israelis for good reason-both in Israel and in the Diaspora, we've contributed quite a bit. In fact, we made Wiłno the "Jeruszalajim d'Lita" and Poland the "Jisra'el d'HaGolus". In fact, the Hebrew names for Poland-"Polin" and "Polinjah"-are a wordplay that are thought to be made by God. "Po, lin"-"here, dwell"; "Polin-jah"-"here dwells Yah."

Also, we gave Poland Marie Curie (Google it. She apparently was an Ashkenazi "marrana".), John Paul II (whose mother was Jewish), Jonas Salk (whose parents were born in Poland, and whom gave Poland and other nations the Polio Vaccine), Edith Stein (of blessed memory, and may her blood be avenged by Yehovah), Stanisław Lem, the Vilna Ga'on (whom at least considered the Haredim to be heretics, even though he hated Jewish Christians just as much), the Warner Brothers (at least one of whom was born in Krasnosielc), and countless other people whom helped Poland become a great nation-not to mention, e.g., you can thank my great-great-grandmother Katherine Gaydos' maternal grandmother, Eva Polin Jas, for being a great-grandmother of Mickey Haslin, since her daughter Susana Jas Haszlinsky Uszinsky happened to be the comment parent of Katherine Ushinsky Gaydos and George Haslinsky (and why Dad and his family preferred to tell bubbie meises over much-more interesting truth still baffles me).

PS Chopin was a Poylisher Yid? I may have actually wondered about that.
Dougpol1 32 | 2,708
16 Oct 2019 #206
Merged:

Famous Poles



Wanda Rutkiewicz - 40 years ago today she became the first Pole to climb Everest - also she was the first woman to climb K2.
Stuff of legends
(thank you Google for the front page!)
Spike31 2 | 2,194
19 Oct 2019 #207
Maria Kwaśniewska a Polish athlete who compteted in 1936 Olympics in Nazi Germany and openly mocked Hitler during the ceremony
pawian 176 | 14,885
7 Apr 2021 #208
Who and what was that famous guy?





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