Polish President Andrzej Duda laid flowers on Friday at Warsaw's Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in tribute to more than 20,000 Polish prisoners of war executed by the NKVD Soviet secret police in Katyn, western Russia, and other locations in the spring of 1940.
Deciding the newly rebuilt palace interfered with their architectural concept, post-war planners placed the 8,000-tonne, 65-metre-long and 18-metre-wide palace on 16 tracks and then spent 49 days moving it to its current location.
In today’s weekend Debrief, a short update and some musings from Warsaw.
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.
Determined to keep operating cafés are coming up with creative ways to keep customers supplied with good cups of coffee.
As coronavirus sweeps across the country Poles are taking heed of Govt advice and staying home.
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”.
Discovered by an international team led by the Nicolaus Copernicus Astronomical Centre in Warsaw, the star named HD74423 is estimated to be 1.7 times the mass of the sun.