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.
The moving entries written on scraps, notebooks and loose sheets of paper, reveal the everyday lives of the victims, revealing their thoughts, plans and dreams unaware of their fate.
VIDEO: Directed by award-winning Jan P. Matuszyński, the film Leave No Traces tells the story of the murder of Grzegorz Przemyk, a teenage who died shortly after receiving a severe beating in a police station in 1983.
Designed by Nizio Design International studio, the Mausoleum of Martyrdom of Polish Villages in Michniów covers over 1,700 m2 and has 11 concrete segments, five of which are closed off to the elements by glass while the other six remain open structures.
Irmgard Dirksen who lives in a nursing home in Pinneberg in the Schleswig Holstein region, was a teenager when she worked at the Stutthof concentration camp where over 11,000 Jews, Poles and Russians were murdered by the SS.
WARNING! GRAPHIC IMAGES: The remains of three bodies belonging to victims judged to be around 19-20 years old were found by the Search and Identification Bureau of the Institute of National Remembrance.
According to Mirosław Nizio, the principal architect and designer, the museum will follow “a timeless form” that will enable people to “nurture” the memory and spiritual heritage of the priest.”
Erected at the end of March 1942, the canteen was where members of the SS garrison would go to eat, drink and be entertained after clocking off from killing shifts. Dagmar Kopijasz from the foundation that is trying to save the building, said it was an integral part of the camp as much as the red-brick buildings of the Auschwitz main camp and the wooden barracks of Birkenau.
British police have detained a man in connection with the murder of a Polish woman in Cambridgeshire in eastern England.
Tomasz Komenda, a Pole that was wrongly-sentenced to 25 years in prison for a murder he had not committed, will get a total of PLN 12.8 million (EUR 2.86 million) in compensation, a court has ruled.