VIDEO: Having engineered his own arrest so that he would be imprisoned in the camp, Pilecki’s escape was one of the most important, if not the most important, of all the nearly 1,000 escapes undertaken by Auschwitz prisoners.
The Indian climber Anurag Maloo was attempting to conquer Annapurna in west Nepal when he aborted his attempt at an altitude of about 7,100 metres and went missing during his descent.
Ahead of tomorrow’s 80th anniversary of the largest ever Jewish armed resistance against Nazi-German oppression, TFN’s Stuart Dowell takes a look at the life of the Uprising’s leader, Mordechaj Anielewicz.
One of the most prominent Polish immigrants active in London in the early 1900s, Klemens Wierzbicki’s grave was rediscovered by chance after both his UK-based great-granddaughter Veronica Ward and a group of London-based Polish researcher-historians were put in touch by a worker at St Patrick's Cemetary in Leyton.
Written by Maria Stachurska, director Mariusz Malec, and journalist and author Dagmara Leszkowicz, the film is based on the real life story of Stanisława Leszczyńska whose actions helped save newborns from immediate extermination.
The sprightly pensioner had been at a PKO bank in the town of Przemyśl when the female robber burst in and grabbed a bank worker by the hair.
Mateusz Białkowski had finished his nightshift when a distressed man leapt out in front of his car. Learning that the man’s wife was pregnant, Białkowski drove to his house where he set about successfully delivering the baby girl.
Dr. Karol Nawrocki from the Institute of National Remembrance said: “Unfortunately, most Poles do not know the story of Blind Antek. We want to show him in a broader context… he is a figure that should be ingrained in Poland’s conscience and who should be remembered by history.”
Three men posing as water inspectors blagged their way into the home of former RAF tail gunner Jan Stangryciuk and his wife Jadwiga before making off with his medals, highly sentimental jewellery and thousands of pounds of cash.
Murdered by communists in Lublin Castle in 1949, the whereabouts of Henryk Wieliczko’s body remained unknown for six decades.