The haul of 383 ID cards and three insurgent passes is more than twice as many as the entire collection that the museum has built up over several decades, with museum sources saying the batch may be worth as much as one million złotys. But the identity of the donor remains a mystery.
Treasure hunters say they have located 10 tonnes of Nazi gold worth nearly half a billion pounds that was stolen by SS chief Heinrich Himmler at the end of WWII in order to establish a Fourth Reich.
The rare find in the village of Ratajki in northwest Poland included maps, documents and an Iron Cross belonging to the Wehrmacht lieutenant who had been fleeing from the Russians at the end of WWII.
Until now, it was known only that Franciszek Jaźwiecki who captured the broken faces of his fellow inmates through hundreds of harrowing portraits, had been employed in the death camp’s paint shop.
Retired manager Adam Jędruszek came across the documents for the Wicher and Burza destroyers, which were an important part of Poland’s naval capability, while clearing out his uncle’s apartment.
VIDEO: Included among the haul seized by customs officers at Warsaw’s Chopin airport were 11 folders containing 250 documents each and over 100 electronic files in both digital formats and on cassettes.
Written between 1953 and 1970 by Sir Winston Churchill’s nephew Prince Jan Henryk XVII (otherwise known as Duke von Pless, Count von Hochberg or the Baron of Książ), approximately 150 of the letters were addressed to Mary Minchin, the Irishwoman that the aristocrat would eventually marry – and later divorce.
Investigators from the Institute of National Remembrance (IPN) and the Internal Security Agency (ABW) raided the property of the former high ranking officer in Poland’s communist-era security service where they found files detailing the activities of communist-era agents operating overseas.
Documents reveal that a spy called James Bond worked at the British Embassy in Warsaw in 1960s.
The yellowing paper found in the carpenter’s workshop in Łańcut was handed over to a local historian who, through meticulous research, uncovered a trail of human bravery leading from a Nazi-German labour camp in Będzin, through to a frail old lady in modern-day Gdańsk.