Poland has asked Germany to return tens of thousands of documents relating to war crimes committed by the Nazis and the rescue of Jews by Poles.
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.
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.
The First News talks to Brit who turned Polish palace into family home – and more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.