During World War II, almost three million Polish Jews died in what is now Poland. Why was it so difficult to find shelter for the Jewish fellow citizens? Why was Jan Karski’s report to General Sikorski’s government on anti-Jewish sentiment in Poland forged? It seems that earlier, it was not possible to talk about this subject, whilst any relevant discourse was barely audible and needed time. Malowany ptak (The Painted Bird) is the result of the slow release of a mind long-frozen by fear.