29th March 1857
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29th March 1857

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Adam Węgłowski
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In India, the British mindlessly provoke a rebellion uniting the Muslims and Hindus against them. And all because of… fat.

Mangal Pandey was a sepoy – an Indian soldier in the 34th Bengal Native Infantry regiment of the British East India Company. A soldier, like any other. There had been unrest in his company at Barrackpore for several weeks. The British had just introduced the Enfield rifle into service, which had aroused protests from the sepoys. The powder and shot for this weapon came in paper cartridges that had to be bitten before use. The problem was that in order to protect the powder from damp, the paper was soaked in pork or beef fat. For the sepoys, this was a violation of a religious taboo. Those who followed

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6th February 1936

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Adam Węgłowski

During the Winter Olympics, Hitler managed to persuade the world that his Germany was a normal, civilized country.

On 6th February 1936, Adolf Hitler must have been supremely satisfied when the Olympic flame flared out from the tower above Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Bavaria. Despite the fears, the international community had not boycotted the Winter Olympics organized in the Third Reich. The Nazis managed to persuade the world that, in spite of the 1935 Nuremberg laws ‘for the protection of German blood’, Hitler’s Germany was capable of organizing a sporting event, respecting all nations and races. How did they do it?

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