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August 24th, 2010
11:41 AM ET

Why a wooden cross divides Poland

Editor's note: David Frum writes a weekly column for CNN.com. A special assistant to President George W. Bush in 2001-02, he is the author of six books, including "Comeback: Conservatism That Can Win Again," and is the editor of FrumForum.

By David Frum, CNN Contributor

Warsaw, Poland (CNN) - I stopped on a recent night in front of the palace of the Polish president. I had no choice: The crowd stood so thick that I could not move. We were hemmed between the buildings on one side of the sidewalk and a police barrier on the other. The wide pavement between was obstructed by gawkers watching a strange performance: a weird seemingly incomprehensible little passion play of stereotyped figures.

What the hell is this? I asked an onlooker wedged against me. I kept asking. He answered, but in Polish, leaving me no wiser.

I had stumbled across the summer's big political conflict in Poland: the site of a wooden cross placed to commemorate the accidental death of Lech Kaczynski, the former president of Poland killed in an air crash near Smolensk in April.

Read the full article here.

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Filed under: Church and state • Culture wars • Europe

soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. david a.

    i love poland,its beautiful country.

    im from u.s

    September 20, 2010 at 11:32 am |
    • arrowman

      Thank You.

      April 9, 2011 at 6:54 pm |
  2. isia

    .. . what a shame for the Polish country . ..

    September 16, 2010 at 9:01 am |
  3. Helmut Meier

    http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs331.ash2/61114_427656381572_598081572_5485045_5991848_n.jpg

    September 12, 2010 at 7:55 am |
    • isia

      hahahahahahah 🙂

      September 16, 2010 at 8:56 am |
    • arrowman

      You are not human! German nazist! Pfu!

      April 9, 2011 at 6:53 pm |
  4. Andy Kleingeld

    Are the readers in the US aware, that Jaroslaw Kaczynski starts showing signs of some mental disorder?

    September 8, 2010 at 1:47 pm |
  5. PolishGirl

    It's a political game, these are suporters of Law and Order Party who are against the cross removal, i think that if the new president wanted to leave that cross in this place those crazy people would like to remove it 🙂

    September 2, 2010 at 3:10 pm |
  6. Frogist

    umm Sarah Palin? That was some non sequitur... Also "smarty pants"? Are we all back in elementary school now?

    August 25, 2010 at 12:14 pm |
  7. hoodoo

    Strangely enough, I think this article was posted in the hopes that someone would make a bunch of Polish jokes.

    August 25, 2010 at 3:51 am |
  8. David Johnson

    Quote from the article: "Crosses belong in church, not at the gate of the presidential palace,"

    Sounds like a fine idea to me. LOL

    August 24, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  9. CatholicMom

    The picture tells the story….
    It appears that the younger Poles, urban Poles, highly educated Poles are the ones guarding the Cross; where are the older Poles, rural Poles trying to ‘take’ the Cross from them?

    August 24, 2010 at 12:34 pm |
    • Justyna

      well,
      actually it's opposite.

      August 30, 2010 at 5:03 pm |
  10. CatholicMom

    The commentary says…..
    …Younger Poles, urban Poles, highly educated Poles tended to perceive Kaczynski as rustic, embarrassing. Older Poles, rural Poles, tradition-minded Poles were Kaczynski's constituency…….

    The picture tells the story….
    It appears that the younger Poles, urban Poles, highly educated Poles are the ones guarding the Cross; where are the older Poles, rural Poles trying to ‘take’ the Cross from them?

    August 24, 2010 at 12:29 pm |
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