Known as “Toledo”, the prison in Warsaw’s Praga district operated from 1944-1956, first being run by the Soviet NKVD, and later by Poland’s communist-era Ministry of Public Security.
TFN looks back on the arrest 75 years ago of 16 key members of Poland’s underground state, and the blow it delivered to the restoration of democracy.
The association also cares for the surviving veterans of the titanic Warsaw Uprising.
On the anniversary of resistance hero Kazimierz Moczarski being incarcerated with Jurgen Stroop, the man who hunted down and quashed the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, TFN’s Alex Webber looks back at the incredible story of their shared confinement and the book that emerged exploring what “led certain Germans to become genocidal killers.”
We go on the trail of a number of important Uprising documents found in a Warsaw rubbish skip…
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.
Dr Tadeusz Krawczak from the Central Archives of Modern Records, where the documents and books are being kept, said that the materials are of huge historical value.
On a winter’s night in February 1941 three soldiers became the first Cichociemni to parachute into occupied Poland.
Bloodstains splattered across the stairwell of an old Warsaw apartment block could belong to insurgents fighting against Hitler’s forces during the Warsaw Uprising.
Written by an AK soldier in the camp the messages provide priceless information on the workings of one of the Nazi’s most notorious facilities.