VIDEO: On the night of May 4-5, 1942, the crew of ORP Błyskawica repelled a Luftwaffe attack on Cowes, a town on Britain’s Isle of Wight that lies off the south coast of England. To mark the 80th anniversary, the Polish warship ORP Wodnik will arrive in the port of Cowes on Thursday morning.
Occurring on the night of February 9th and 10th 1940, around 140,000 Poles were roused from their sleep in the first of four wartime deportation actions that would see several hundred thousand forcibly exiled from their ancestral home.
Due to open in mid-2022, the memorial will feature over 62,000 brass plaques with the names of those who died, with many left blank so that new names can be entered as research into naming all the victims continues.
The internationally acclaimed singer spent her formative years in Gdańsk where she finished both secondary and high school before graduating from the city’s Faculty of Biology at the Teacher Training College and studying at the ‘Song Studio of Polish Radio and Television’.
The couple from the village of Wysoka, about 30 kilometres from Kraków, risked their lives by taking in Polański who was 10 at the time after he had escaped along with his father from the Kraków Ghetto in 1943.
The memorial plaque, the flag design of which is a reference to the Polish flag that Polish soldiers raised on the Victory Column in Berlin’s Tiergarten on 2 May 1945, will be mounted on the city’s Polytechnic where the First Tadeusz Kościuszko Infantry Division finally broke the fierce resistance of the Germans defending the building.
Flowers were laid on Monday at a plaque honouring Home Army (AK) soldiers fighting against German troops in the Warsaw Uprising, who liberated the Warsaw concentration camp Gesiowka and freed around 350 Jews on August 5,1944.