Secret WWII radio disguised as an ELECTRIC STOVE found under Warsaw apartment floorboards
A secret radio set used by Poland’s WWII resistance for listening to Allied broadcasts has been found hidden under floorboards by builders renovating an old apartment.
Disguised as an electric stove, the Phillips radio was discovered under a removable floor tile below an old wardrobe at the address in the Polish capital Warsaw.
Between 1941 and 1942, the address was used by legendary underground courier Jan Karski, one of the first people to inform the Allies about the Holocaust after being smuggled into the Warsaw Ghetto and Belzec death camp.
Posting on social media, Poland’s Masovian Provincial Conservator of Monuments said: “It [the radio] was used to listen to foreign radio stations - mainly the British BBC and the French Radio Londres.
“With time, fearing exposure, the radio was converted into an electric stove, through which it was possible to continue listening.”
According to Dziennik Wschodni, during his time at the address Karski and his colleague Jerzy Choróbski used a similar radio.
Following a series of raids, they also disguised their Philips radio as an electric stove and also kept it hidden under the floorboards.
The latest find has now been sent to the Warsaw Rising Museum.