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.
“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”.
Standing 23 metres high, the monument will be a type of obelisk known as a gnomon, the part of the sundial that casts the shadow and the top of the monument will bear the date “1920”.
Paintings and priceless documents, including items from the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi German concentration camp, are being kept in Russian storage facilities, Monday's Rzeczpospolita daily reported.
Fearing it is losing the battle over wartime memory, Russia is fighting back and it has Warsaw in its sights.
Pilecki volunteered to go to Auschwitz to report on the Nazi’s murderous camp and organise resistence.
Friends with both Józef Piłsudski and Prince Karol Radziwiłł, Lt. General Adrian Carton de Wiart initially went to Poland for three weeks. Described as ‘unkillable’, during the Polish-Soviet war of 1920 he fought off attacking Red Army cavalry armed with nothing more than a pistol before quitting the army and leading a quiet life in a small village.
Pawel Soloch, head of the National Security Bureau (BBN) commenting on the situation in the Middle East said Poland is safe as it is not on the front line and is seen as a neutral state.
Deputy Foreign Minister Pawel Jablonski commenting on the tense situation in the Middle East stressed that Poland will not get involved in a war in the region but added that it will fulfill its allied obligations stemming from its NATO membership.
The rare photos provide fascinating snapshots on the life of a front-line pilot who took the fight to the Nazis.