Copernicus: the man who discovered earth moves around the sun

Today marks 475 years since the death of one of Poland’s most esteemed scientists. Nicolaus Copernicus revolutionised astronomy with his discovery that the earth moved around the sun. The revelation completely changed our understanding of our place in the universe, and consequently helped herald in the age Enlightenment. The First News reflects on the lasting legacy left by the astronomer from Toruń.

Israeli soldier to be prosecuted for Auschwitz protest

An Israeli soldier who took a poster saying ‘You also had a part’ to Auschwitz will be prosecuted, the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) has announced.

Englishman’s home is his castle, literally!

The First News talks to Brit who turned Polish palace into family home – and more.

Fundraising campaign launched to create memorial site commemorating the Great Synagogue of Oświęcim

The Auschwitz Jewish Centre has launched an international crowd-funding campaign to create a memorial park where the Great Synagogue stood before it was destroyed by the Nazis during the Holocaust.

Making waves – 10-month voyage around the world to celebrate independence

A three-mast sailing ship called the Gift of Youth (Dar Młodzieży) will set off on a 10 month voyage around the world on Sunday to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Poland regaining its independence.

Services held to mark 74th anniversary of bloody Monte Cassino battle

Today defence and interior ministers together with 30 elderly veterans of the Battle of Monte Cassino are in Italy visiting the ancient hilltop monastery south of Rome and the adjacent Polish military cemetery where the victims of the 1944 battle lie.

Remembering Pope Saint John Paul II

Poles and Catholics around the world will today commemorate the 98th anniversary of Pope John Paul II’s birth, a man instrumental to the collapse of communism in Poland and the rest of Central and Eastern Europe, and the establishment of a more progressive Catholic church.

Bear necessities: The big brown bear who helped Polish troops in WWII

As Poland prepares to honour its heroes and remember its dead from the victorious Battle of Monte Cassino, which ended on May 18, 1944, one Polish soldier will hold a special place in veterans’ memories – a big brown bear called Wojtek.

Roma people commemorate rebellion at former Auschwitz death camp

Representatives of the Roma community in Poland paid tribute to the Roma and Sinti people, who 74 years ago rebelled against their oppressors in the Gypsy camp, which was part of the former Nazi German Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp in southern Poland.