‘The Miracle You’ve Never Heard Of’: how Battle of Warsaw changed history

There are events which deeply influence the reality of today and yet few people have heard about them. One such event is the Battle of Warsaw. Its impact on the history of the modern world is explained in “The Miracle You’ve Never Heard Of”, a movie produced by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, directed by Stefan Tompson.

The Battle of Warsaw, also known as the Miracle of the Vistula, has been recognised as the 18th most important battle. Its outcome decided the fate of the world. It was during this battle, which raged on the outskirts of Warsaw from August 13 to August 15, 1920, that the Polish army and its allies stopped the Bolshevik Red Army in its tracks and saved Europe from being squashed under the boots of a communist totalitarian regime.

The movie emphasizes the importance of the battle not just for the independence of Poland but also for the future of Europe. The Adam Mickiewicz Institute decided to go beyond underscoring the military aspect alone and gave prominence to the civilisational element of the epochal event by demonstrating a clash of values and the mobilisation of the citizens of the recently reborn Polish state.

Given the broad-stroked contextual approach of the producers to the Battle of Warsaw, foreigners will find “The Miracle You’ve Never Heard Of” especially informative. Produced in the English language, the movie is easily accessible for foreigners.

The director of the movie is Stefan Tompson, a Polish-South African historian and populariser of Polish culture and history. The voice heard in the movie, belonging to Mr Tompson, also delivers a universal message dedicated to both Poles and foreigners.

“Your freedoms are not free. They are hard-fought and paid for with blood. Do not waste this gift. The sacrifice and victory of those who gave you these comforts cannot be in vain,” Mr Tomson narrated.

The movie was distributed via social media, namely Twitter, Facebook and Youtube accounts, of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, the Culture and National Heritage Ministry and their partners. Watch “The Miracle You’ve Never Heard Of” published by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute on YouTube. The Adam Mickiewicz Institute is a national cultural institute, its mission is to build and communicate the cultural dimension of the Poland brand through active participation in international cultural exchange. The Institute has carried out cultural projects in 70 countries. As of early 2016, the AMI has presented more than 5,500 cultural events, attracting an audience of more than 52 million on five continents. All of the Institute’s projects carry Poland’s flagship brand, culture.pl.

The Institute’s culture.pl portal offers a daily information service covering key events related to Polish culture around the world: In addition to information on events organised in Poland and abroad, the portal features numerous artist profiles, reviews, essays, descriptive articles and information about cultural institutions. The site is available in three languages: Polish, English and Russian. In 2015 the portal won the Guarantee of Culture award in the category Culture on the Net. In 2017 Culture.pl announced a new project: Stories From The Eastern West. It is a new audio show that reveals hidden history from Central and Eastern Europe. Intertwining in-depth interviews, rich sound design and original music to build compelling narrative stories, the podcast is the start of a new chapter for Culture.pl.

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