Influenced in its style by France’s Palace of Versailles, historians have called Saski Palace “one of the greatest achievements of 18th century Polish urban planning.” A symbol of Independence, the palace was completely destroyed by occupying Germans during WWII.
Erected at the end of March 1942, the canteen was where members of the SS garrison would go to eat, drink and be entertained after clocking off from killing shifts. Dagmar Kopijasz from the foundation that is trying to save the building, said it was an integral part of the camp as much as the red-brick buildings of the Auschwitz main camp and the wooden barracks of Birkenau.
Once asked to draw the view from her bedroom window for homework, Anna Odi couldn’t decide whether to draw the crematorium or the gallows where Auschwitz commandant Rudolf Hoess was executed. She told TFN: “I think I am a hostage to the stories of people who experienced this hell. I am continuing what my parents started, to be a witness. Like my parents, I owe it to the victims.”
The 75 victims buried today, which include three infants, were discovered during archaeological work carried out earlier this year by a special section of Poland’s Institute of National Remembrance.
Using data taken between 2005 and 2019, the map shows that Germans top the table when it comes to tourism while the Brits come second.
The documents produced between 1939 and 1944 by the occupying German authorities in Łódź, came to light when a man living in the Bielany district of Warsaw who says he bought them at a market offered the collection for sale demanding PLN 59,000.
The seven-year-old child was trying to warn his parents of approaching German troops when he was gunned down and later buried alive.
After months of meticulous research, author Sylwia Winnik gathered together eight accounts of children who spent part of their childhood in the German prison in occupied Warsaw for her new book Dzieci z Pawiaka (The Children from Pawiak). TFN’s Stuart Dowell met her to find out more.
The project ‘Looking at Breslau from Under the Plaster’, aims to collate and systemize the pre-war shop signs, advertising and other street graphics and place them on a map that locals and tourists can use to explore and discover the city from a different perspective.
Lodz in central Poland on Monday marked the International Roma and Sinti Genocide Remembrance Day in the city's World War Two Jewish ghetto, better known as the Litzmannstadt Ghetto. Over 5,000 city's inhabitants were killed by the Germans.