The monumental institution, spanning over 45,000 square meters, with an exhibition area of approximately 8,000 square meters and six levels, takes its place as Poland's largest cultural facility.
Dating from 1937, the machine with the model number A7874 was used by the Third Reich’s military and special forces and would have been the same model the Polish cryptologists faced when working on trying to break the infamous code.
The main focus of the centre is the story of Marian Rejewski, Henryk Zygalski and Jerzy Różycki who influenced the fate of the world by being the first to break the German cipher machine code in 1932.
Set to undergo a one-year conservation process, the cipher machine was accidentally discovered by divers seeking out ‘ghost nets’.
The machine is one of only four Polish Enigma copies that were produced in France after key staff from the famous Polish Cypher Bureau left Poland after the German invasion in September 1939.
As world marks International Monuments Day, TFN looks at some of Poland’s finest.
British writer Dermot Turing spoke on Tuesday about the role of Polish mathematicians in decoding Nazi Germany's World War II Enigma code at the Józef Piłsudski Institute in New York. Breaking Enigma enabled the Allies to monitor German military plans.
A joint collaboration between city authorities and the local Adam Mickiewicz University, the project is set to cost in excess of 20 million złoty with substantial EU funding already secured.
The exhibition covers over a 100 years of machinery and devices that helped win wars, helped spies and undermine communism.
At this week’s Cyber Security Conference in Kraków, TFN’s Matt Day caught up with Dermot Turing, guest of honour and nephew of Enigma codebreaker Alan Turing, for a chat about his uncle’s work and the vital role of Polish codebreakers in helping to end the war.
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