At exactly 5pm today, Warsaw will come to a stop to commemorate the 79th anniversary of the outbreak of the Warsaw Uprising. For 63 days, the city rose up against German occupation in a bid for freedom. One of those documenting the day-to-day realities was accidental photographer Eugeniusz Haneman.
In this episode of The Debrief, we hear about plans to make a film based on the life of the Midwife of Auschwitz, Stanisława Leszczyńska.
The re-release of Andrzej Żuławski’s psychological horror Possession for its 40th anniversary has again cast the spotlight on artist Barbara ‘Basha’ Baranowska.
The building in the centre of Augustów in north-east Poland was used by the NKVD and the Communist secret police to hold and interrogate victims of the 1945 Augustów Roundups, known as the little Katyń.
Describing the game as a “poignant slice of Polish culture”, video game critic and reviewer Robert Zak said: “Amid all these Polish made games, few have depicted Poland itself. The Medium breaks this unfortunate tradition beautifully.”
Once asked to draw the view from her bedroom window for homework, Anna Odi couldn’t decide whether to draw the crematorium or the gallows where Auschwitz commandant Rudolf Hoess was executed. She told TFN: “I think I am a hostage to the stories of people who experienced this hell. I am continuing what my parents started, to be a witness. Like my parents, I owe it to the victims.”
Forced to witness some of the most horrific scenes on earth, surrounded by death and the slaughter of infants, which she was also ordered to carry out, one woman quietly carried out her duty and defended the value of life against a culture of death. Her remarkable story is a testament to hope and courage in the darkest of circumstances.
Constituting one of the few documentary records of the capital during the Uprising, the 310 photographs from the private archive of photographer Eugeniusz Haneman reveal the horrors and damage to the city as well as the bravery of the insurgents.
Captured in the Baligród Forest District in the Bieszczady Mountains (south-eastern Poland), the wasp was attacked by the rare fungus known as Ophiocordyceps ditmarii which then buried itself inside the insect’s body before erupting out of its head.
After months of meticulous research, author Sylwia Winnik gathered together eight accounts of children who spent part of their childhood in the German prison in occupied Warsaw for her new book Dzieci z Pawiaka (The Children from Pawiak). TFN’s Stuart Dowell met her to find out more.
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