Flavor of Nostalgia Grows More Appealing to Poles Brimming With Pride – NYT on new Polish nostalgia

Yesterday, the New York Times published an article about a recent cultural phenomenon in Poland, mainly nostalgia for a communist era drinking bars.

These are excerpts from the article:

Poles have lots of reasons to be feeling a bit cocky. Since the end of Communism, their wages have doubled and their standard of living has significantly increased. According to a recent survey by a Polish public opinion research center, TNS OBOP, 75 percent of Poles are satisfied with their lives, which places Poland in the European elite. The survey measured Poles’ contentment with their financial situation, workplace, family life and health status.

As they began to feel better about themselves, Poles began to explore their past in a variety of ways, from historical documentaries to retro crime novels. Zakaskas bistros fit right into that trend. More than a dozen opened up in the capital alone, and the rest of Poland followed suit.

After the fall of the Iron Curtain, capitalism brought Poles their fairy-tale visions of life in the West, particularly fast-food restaurants and cocktail bars. But as the years passed, so did their appetite for the things they were denied under Communism, and a bit of nostalgia for the old ways began to creep in.

This sentiment has been at least partly caused by the sizable emigration from Poland that followed Polish accession to the European Union in 2004. In a search for jobs, at least two million Poles left for Great Britain, Ireland and elsewhere.

The new wave started slowly, in 2006.

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The article is also accompanied by a slide show available at


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