On the 100th anniversary of the Miracle on the Vistula, the Victoria 1920 project reveals the circumstances and significance of one of the most important battles of the 20th century.

In the early spring of 1920, the hope for Polish-Soviet peace talks faded. Jozef Pilsudski decides: “The Bolsheviks must be defeated, and in the very near future, while their strength has not yet increased.” Both sides are preparing for war …

The goal of the Victoria 1920 project is to tell the Poles about the Battle of Warsaw and the struggle of the Polish people for the territory and borders of the Commonwealth.

Since April 2020, the portals niepodlegla.gov.pl, dzieje.pl and histmag.org have published the memoirs of Poles who lived at that time. Selected stories have also been published in some online and print media.

The sources contain memoirs of military leaders and soldiers, as well as workers, officials, clergy, artists and ordinary citizens. Sources include letters, newspaper clippings, and diary notes that have never been published. The memoirs are supplemented by archival photographs, which are also published for the first time.

Thanks to this unique material, readers have access to an extensive and multidimensional account of the events of 1920. By studying the history of the Battle of Warsaw day after day, we can follow the events of a century ago “in real time”.

The authors of the Victoria 1920 project are the Independent Program (Niepodległa) and the Karta Foundation (Fundacja Ośrodek Karta).

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