Murdered by communists in Lublin Castle in 1949, the whereabouts of Henryk Wieliczko’s body remained unknown for six decades.
VIDEO: The remarkable haul including pistols, bayonets, a submachine gun and hundreds of rounds of ammo was found after the grandson of one of Poland’s WWII resistance fighters stumbled upon an old cassette tape from a family celebration.
Where once many would have sought to defend such landmarks as valuable historic relics, it is Russia’s own actions that have seen this resistance significantly diluted, says TFN’s Alex Webber.
A Red Army memorial has been demolished in the north-western Polish city of Koszalin by unidentified perpetrators, the police have reported.
VIDEO: Given its proximity to a sunken German ship named Nettlebeck, local history enthusiasts are now speculating that the wreck may be a relic from WWII’s Operation Hannibal.
Polish historians have discovered how the commandant of Hitler’s concentration camp for Polish children in Łódź got away with his crimes after the war and lived a cushy life until old age in Munich.
Driving in, it is hard not to be wowed. Brooding silently, it could have come from the imagination of Lovecraft or Poe.
The ‘castaways’ numbered from 500 up to possibly 2,000 people, but only a few hundred made it to the end. To survive, they formed themselves into small groups, pooling skills and dividing tasks. For the months ahead they hunkered in their shelters, each an island in the ocean of ruins.
Omitted from the maps for the full duration of the Cold War, this tiny town (current population: 4,500), was at the very heart of the Soviet Union’s military presence in Poland. For decades, no-one knew it existed and that sense of secrecy lingers to this day.
Begun at around 9am on the 22nd of July, the executions carried out by a special death commando unit saw prisoners shot dead in their individual cells before being herded together and killed en-masse. Others were gunned down in the castle’s corridors and courtyard.