Eighty yeas ago famed pianist Władysław Szpilman played Chopin as German bombs rained down on Warsaw.
A book by British historian Roger Moorhouse entitled 'First to Fight: The Polish War 1939' had its premiere at the Polish embassy in London on Thursday. It tells the story of Poland's resistance during the September campaign.
Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz and his German counterpart Heiko Maas laid wreaths on Thursday at a monument in Warsaw commemorating the 'Wola Slaughter,' a massacre of civilians committed by Nazi German forces during the Warsaw Uprising.
Organised by Warsaw's Srodmiescie borough and local entrepreneurs, borough mayor Aleksander Ferens said: "We want to show our gratitude for their huge courage and contribution to building our local identity. We hope that the 'Table for the Insurgent' initiative will help them find a moment of relaxation when walking along their past routes."
Our host Patrick Ney met up with Aleksandra Duda, a guide at the Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego to discover what historians have called, 'one of the greatest tragedies of the Second World War.'
According to a survivor who during WWII spent time in five concentration camps including Fort III in Pomiechówek just north of Warsaw: “The torture site in Pomiechówek was the worst in every respect.”
On May 16, 1944, the Germans intended to liquidate the Gypsy Camp by murdering the prisoners. Around 6,500 Sinti and Roma are believed to have been gassed at that time, but the SS’s plans were thwarted by the revolt.
As tantalizing new details of buried Nazi treasure are revealed, TFN’s Stuart Dowell reports on the findings and probes the mysterious religious organisation which held the diary for decades and was associated with Nazi cult worship in the 30s and 40s.
On the 74th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, TFN’s Stuart Dowell explores previously unseen testimonies which have lain hidden in the Auschwitz Memorial archives for years, revealing how Hitler's SS slaughtered prisoners in the sub-camps of the Auschwitz complex before fleeing.
The Roma victims of a World War II-era Jewish ghetto were honoured in a ceremony in the central Polish city of Łódź on Thursday.