With his unconventional, intelligent command and axiom "A Polish soldier fights for the freedom of all nations, but dies only for Poland" General Stanisław Maczek’s soldiers spearheaded the Allied drive through Western Europe, playing a key role in the liberation of France, Belgium and Holland. Using dramatized scenes, the new documentary follows his path through Ukraine, Poland, France, the Netherlands and finally Scotland, where after the war he ended up working as a hotel barman.
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.
The Krysia bunker, named after the Polish word for hideout ‘kryjówka’, was the largest hiding place for Jews outside the Warsaw Ghetto, the longest lasting and the largest rescue operation of its kind in occupied Warsaw. On the National Day of Poles Saving Jews, TFN’s Stuart Dowell looks back at the place now marked by only a small remembrance plaque.
History sleuth Łukasz Kazek has spent years uncovering long-forgotten treasures and researching the histories of the people who hid them. The result is a fascinating new documentary called Powiernik (Confidant).
The ‘Pietas Domini’ gothic altar painting from 1435, known as the Throne of Grace, hung in Gdańsk’s St. Mary's Basilica until May 1942, when German art conservators dismantled it and took it deep into Nazi Germany.
Three years in the making, the book by renowned architecture Grzegorz Piątek casts a new spin on the reconstruction of the capital whilst also seeking to celebrate the unsung heroes that helped mould the city we see today.
“Cobb’s images are an illuminating glimpse into the past, and a credit to a man who captured for eternity this powerful crossroads in history,” says TFN’s Alex Webber as he looks back at the man dubbed the “premiere colour documentalist of the reconstruction of Warsaw”.
Described by critics as “beautifully written and meticulously researched”, the Light in Hidden Places “captures the extraordinary story of one of history's hidden heroes.” TFN’s Stuart Dowell takes a closer look at the extraordinary story of Holocaust heroine Stefania Podgórska.
In the darkest recesses of Hitler’s hellish concentration camp system, four young Polish Girl Guides were desperate for the world to know about the barbaric experiments that were being carried out on them.
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.”