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.
Auschwitz Museum, which preserves the site of the former German concentration and extermination camp, blasted the scene calling it ‘fake’ and ‘dangerous’, saying that it could help Holocaust deniers in the future.
The pictures provide invaluable evidence on life in a camp that went largely un-photographed.
The rare photos provide fascinating snapshots on the life of a front-line pilot who took the fight to the Nazis.
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 first German concentration camp established outside the Third Reich, the Mauthausen-Gusen concentration camp in Austria saw around 30,000 Polish intelligentsia murdered. The total number of victims is estimated at anywhere from 72,000 to 122,000. PM Morawiecki said that “if the memory goes away, it is as if we have provided suffering twice to those who survived the unimaginable hell.”
After the outbreak of war the athletic and multilingual Jerzy Iwanow-Szajnowicz helped Polish refugees in Thessaloniki but his talents were soon spotted by Polish and British intelligence. Following the German invasion of Greece, a British submarine transported him back to Greek territory where he would begin his remarkable career.
The American civil rights activist, Baptist minister, and politician Jesse Jackson will be the guest of honor at ceremonies marking Roma Genocide Remembrance Day, which will take place on August 2 at the former Nazi German Auschwitz II-Birkenau death camp.
German Camps, Polish Heroes is the title of a brochure informing about the genesis of death camps on Polish territory. The brochure, published by the Polish Foreign Ministry, is a response to claims that Poles collaborated with the Nazis in exterminating Jews during World War II.
Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki wrote on Twitter on Thursday that Poland owes remembrance to Poles who were murdered in Huta Pieniacka (today western Ukraine) by Ukrainians from the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA), a Nazi SS division and other barbaric units.