Operation Arsenal, which took place 77 years ago today, was to go down in history as one of the most daring prison breaks of the Second Word War. And yet few have ever heard of it. TFN's Joanna Jasińska looks back at the events surrounding one of WWII's lesser-known bitter-sweet triumphs.
The Fighting Poland symbol gave succour to Poles living under the German occupation during World War Two, and it is still daubed on walls in towns and cities across the country.
Often defined by its associations with the Auschwitz concentration camp, the town of Oświęcim is in the process of discovering a thriving new identity.
Russian MPs on Friday reacted with indignation to Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Pawel Jablonski's claims that Warsaw's January 17 1945 liberation from the Germans by the Red Army spelt new enslavement for Poland.
Oskar Zięta took the top award after his construction consisting of 35 bionic steel arches was recognised as a “pioneering contribution” to the “international design landscape.”
Ceremonies marking the 101st anniversary of the Wielkopolskie Uprising, in which Poles regained territory from the Germans after World War I, were held in Poznan, capital of the western Wielkopolskie province, on Saturday.
During WW II, the Germans kidnapped up to 200,000 ‘racially suitable’ Polish children for adoption by senior Nazis. In a harrowing, exclusive interview, TFN speaks to the son of one of the ‘Lebensborn’. What makes his story unusual though, is that with no real family of her own in Poland, Dariusz Dziekan’s mother quickly got back in contact with her German adopted mother after the war and Dziekan grew up knowing this woman simply as Grandma.
The ‘Bambrzy’, who hailed from a northern Bavarian town in Germany, arrived in four waves at the invitation of King August II to make their homes in villages decimated by the Great Northern War (1700-1721) and a cholera epidemic. Many of these settlements are now parts of Poznań.
German violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter received the Gold Medal for Merit to Culture – Gloria Artis from Poland's Deputy PM and Culture Minister Piotr Glinski. The ceremony was held at the Polish Culture Ministry's seat in Warsaw on Sunday.