"I am the Polish Manor House that guards bravely and serves faithfully."
- Jan Kochanowski Polish poet of Renaissance.
Polish Manor Houses were one of the most impressive characteristics of the Polish countryside, and give a unique insight into the country's history and culture. Since the very beginning of the Polish state, these houses were built by knights as defensive enclaves. Zascianek describes the smallest Polish Manor House, having a literal meaning Behind the Wall - closest to the guarding wall, like Avant-guard-front line soldiers.
The Polish Manor House operated for over 1050 years, from the beginning of Polish History when with Baptism of Poland occurred in year 966, until it’s complete destruction by German Nazis and Russian Communists during the and after the WWII. During the oppressive occupation of post world war II by the Soviet Union, the Polish Manor House played their role for the last time: guarded bravely, protected the nation, served faithfully through the use of the homesteads for purposes of harboring conspiracy resistance cells of the actions called "Shield" (or "Cultivation", "Protection", "S1") which coordinated the work as a material base for food, shelter, and medical support, and trade of cash goods, for the good of the people.
I am starting this magazine to share my knowledge of an aspect of little-known history that is not publicized by the press for whatever reason. Yet, this history is something we cannot – we must not repeat – but it is happening again in front of our eyes. To enjoy democracy is to understand how precious and vulnerable it is, and how much sacrifice is required to protect it. In Poland, a major step forward in our fight for liberty and freedom from World War II’s oppressive Russian oligarchy only occurred this year in 2016. The gates of history and knowledge are once again available for us to rediscover, and the people of Poland and the world can embrace what free life was like before it was successfully invaded by a ruthless dictator. In addition, I would like to know that the efforts of faithful knights like my father, and the efforts of my brother’s historical journals remain immortalized in some way. They all fought against Stalin’s self-righteous and unreasonable policies, and was executed or jailed as a result of congregating with the underground. I also felt that this magazine, which is inspired from a pre-war magazine for landowners and farmers called Ognisko Domowe, is also timely, in that President Duda’s nomination to lead Poland has finally made it safe for the Polish people to publicize the truth about its past. Although most of the nobles, the educated, and thought leaders of pre-war Poland have been killed, and their homesteads burned, their legacy remains preserved in secretive books and journals which were archived around the world. In addition, the Polish Tradition has inherently preserved the stories which are ready to be retold. Those who robbed the Polish assets had miscalculated, because even without a material base, we remained strong through our culture. Murderers also miscalculated, as the blood of Polish martyrs had grown a new troop of knights who have fought to regain their homeland. We are still Polish as St. John Paul II said in a United Nations address. I hope to be able to utilize my sociology and history education and experience to re-educate the public about the original United States of Poland, where the monarchy was elected without prejudice, and where the Jewish, Protestants, Calvin, Eastern Orthodox and all other religions, lived harmoniously with the Catholics in a united, yet diverse and extremely prosperous kingdom.Respublica Serenissima or The Most Serene Republic was a Polish democracy that existed for the longest in time of the world AND on the largest territory of land in the world where its citizens enjoyed the most privileges relative to other monarchies in Europe. Privileges to the masses included voting and owning land. Unfortunately, it is truly difficult to find such documentation, as the mass media has established inaccurate depictions of Poland. I hope to realign such incorrect and misleading information, and set the record straight by reprinting documents, articles, sections of books, literature which have been neglected, lost, or not made public by mass media. You will see, that there is very little reason to boast any socio-political issues today as new, because the reality is that our modern day experiences are tragically being repeated. I hope you enjoy this magazine. - Zaścianek