Developed by Hitler’s scientists to attack Allied cities in retaliation for their bombings of German cities, the V-2 rocket dubbed ‘Hitler’s Wonder Weapon’ was discovered in the village of Mokre in eastern Poland.
Thought to contain WWII secrets including traitors, the archive believed to be inside the Bond-like underworld complex has been described as ‘an invaluable source of information about the dark times of the WWII occupation.’
The dig at an old orangery in the palace grounds in the village of Minkowskie is being carried out by the Silesian Bridge Foundation which says it has a war diary written by a Waffen SS officer at the end of the war.
Treasure hunters say they have located 10 tonnes of Nazi gold worth nearly half a billion pounds that was stolen by SS chief Heinrich Himmler at the end of WWII in order to establish a Fourth Reich.
The 1943 Warsaw Ghetto Uprising had no chance of succeeding despite aid from the Polish underground, British historian Roger Moorhouse told PAP on Monday.
Erected at the end of March 1942, the canteen was where members of the SS garrison would go to eat, drink and be entertained after clocking off from killing shifts. Dagmar Kopijasz from the foundation that is trying to save the building, said it was an integral part of the camp as much as the red-brick buildings of the Auschwitz main camp and the wooden barracks of Birkenau.
To deal with the trauma he had endured, Thomas Geve recorded his memories by putting them on paper. Now for the first time, more than 80 of his sketches are presented alongside his narrative of events in The Boy Who Drew Auschwitz, written with journalist Charlie Inglefield.
Once asked to draw the view from her bedroom window for homework, Anna Odi couldn’t decide whether to draw the crematorium or the gallows where Auschwitz commandant Rudolf Hoess was executed. She told TFN: “I think I am a hostage to the stories of people who experienced this hell. I am continuing what my parents started, to be a witness. Like my parents, I owe it to the victims.”
On the night of November 27, 1942, Germans set about clearing all Poles from the Zamość region to make way for German and Ukrainian colonists. What made this even more tragic was the suffering of around 30,000 Polish children, an estimated 10,000 of whom died.
The Berlin memorial will be the first in the city dedicated to a single nation and will pay tribute to the Poles killed during WWII.