President Andrzej Duda spoke on Monday with Zofia Pilecka, daughter of Polish WW2 hero Witold Pilecki, to mark the 72nd anniversary of Pilecki's execution by Poland's post-war communist regime. Pilecki was executed in a Warsaw prison on May 25, 1948.
Mieczysław Stachiewicz was one of the last surviving Polish airmen who saw action over enemy territory during the war.
Dubbed ‘Flying Death’ by the Germans, Stanisław Skalski saw action in Poland following the outbreak of war, later becoming the first Pole to command an RAF squadron. Miraculously avoiding death twice, after the war it seemed his luck had run out when he was arrested by the secret police on trumped up charges of espionage, tortured for over a year and then sentenced to be executed. But again, he survived.
With his unconventional, intelligent command and axiom "A Polish soldier fights for the freedom of all nations, but dies only for Poland" General Stanisław Maczek’s soldiers spearheaded the Allied drive through Western Europe, playing a key role in the liberation of France, Belgium and Holland. Using dramatized scenes, the new documentary follows his path through Ukraine, Poland, France, the Netherlands and finally Scotland, where after the war he ended up working as a hotel barman.
Kiss-of-life hero Hubert Chachuła leapt into action when he saw the man clutching his chest and in obvious distress at his Lotos petrol station in Wrocław.
Exclusive English-language interview with Krzystof Kosior, great-grandson to Witold Pilecki. Pilecki has been called Poland’s greatest hero. He volunteered to go IN to Auschwitz, survived 900 days there and escaped.Murdered after the war by the communists, his body has never been found, his family condemned to eek out a survival in disgrace.In this exclusive interview go behind the myths and public legend of this extraordinary hero and find out the true story of how his family lived with communist repression, keeping Pilecki’s story alive until - in a free Poland - it was ready to assume its place as one of the most extraordinary stories of heroism, tragedy, bravery and courage the world has ever seen.
Pilecki volunteered to go to Auschwitz to report on the Nazi’s murderous camp and organise resistence.
The 13-year-old who’s keen on rugby had been on holiday when she leapt into action after seeing the five-year-old girl disappear under the water.
Friends with both Józef Piłsudski and Prince Karol Radziwiłł, Lt. General Adrian Carton de Wiart initially went to Poland for three weeks. Described as ‘unkillable’, during the Polish-Soviet war of 1920 he fought off attacking Red Army cavalry armed with nothing more than a pistol before quitting the army and leading a quiet life in a small village.
The Polish hero who suffered severe injuries during one-to-one combat with terrorist Usman Khan is revealed as a mild-mannered hiking and scuba-diving enthusiast.