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.
An original German Enigma encryption machine, whose code was broken by Polish mathematicians, is to be purchased and become a part of a permanent exhibition at the Museum of Polish History.
Sir Dermot Turing, the nephew of Alan Turing, in his book X, Y and Z says that the “cult of Alan Turing” has been taken to absurd extremes and that it has overshadowed Bletchley Park’s debt to the Polish cryptographers.
The Bletchley Park code breaking museum near London unveiled a new element to its permanent exhibition on Friday dedicated to the work of the British and Polish scientists who created the so-called 'Bombe' machines for deciphering Germany's Enigma coding machine.