One of World War Two's most daring spies Krystyna Skarbek has received an opulent tribute with the naming of a lavish suite in her honour at the new Raffles Hotel in London opened its doors on Friday.
The extraordinary finds at Audley End House in the English county of Essex, include hand-written wall inscriptions of some of the soldier’s names, parts of a daily timetable and a photo album of historic photographs.
Researcher Tomasz Muskus discovered the spy base had been located inside a prestigious English boys’ school in Hammersmith, west London, after his interest was piqued by a documentary about Poland’s WWII military spy boss Colonel Stanisław Gano.
Dropped into enemy-occupied Europe and with a price on her head, Skarbek once persuaded the Gestapo to release a resistance leader and two fellow agents.
Debrief host John Beauchamp speaks to the author of a new book in English about Princess Daisy von Pless, an English-born noblewoman who lived the high life in what is now southern Poland at the turn of the 20th century.
Ahead of her times in many ways, Princess Daisy von Pless’s legacy still resonates in south-west Poland.
The New York Times (NYT) on Monday published a major article documenting the life of Walentyna Janta-Połczyńska, secretary and confidante to former WWII-era Polish Prime Minister in exile Władysław Sikorski, who passed away in New York in early April.
A clean-cut hero with a secret mission, an impossibly beautiful femme fatale, personal drama, sacrifice and shocking brutality. On the eve of its premiere in Warsaw, TFN’s Stuart Dowell meets the producers behind new epic film The Messenger (Kurier).
Speaking in Zurich, Switzerland, the president said: “Three decades after the fall of communism, the goal should be to create a Europe from which “nobody can be excluded.”
Suspects in the death of General Sikorski include double agent Kim Philby and even British PM Winston Churchill.
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