The U-shaped, underground brick corridor, which is now home to a protected colony of bats, is dug into Warsaw’s escarpment in the south of the city. But although its existence has been known for a long time, what it actually was, when exactly it was built and who built it remain unknown.
The find, which was made by staff from the Mamerki museum in northeast Poland and a group of volunteer historical searchers, is described as the biggest discovery ever made at the 200-hectare forest headquarters.
Compiled as a warning about today’s internet surveillance, the 150 never-before-seen photos cover a wide range of Poland’s communist secret police activities between 1944 and 1989 and reveal the sometimes drastic measures authorities took to keep ‘enemies of the state’ under control.
The surprising find was made after expert cavers began exploring a network of passages that had been constructed during WWII.
VIDEO: Included among the haul seized by customs officers at Warsaw’s Chopin airport were 11 folders containing 250 documents each and over 100 electronic files in both digital formats and on cassettes.
Investigators from the Institute of National Remembrance (IPN) and the Internal Security Agency (ABW) raided the property of the former high ranking officer in Poland’s communist-era security service where they found files detailing the activities of communist-era agents operating overseas.
Written by an AK soldier in the camp the messages provide priceless information on the workings of one of the Nazi’s most notorious facilities.
Dating back to 1408, New Town has a plethora of curious details, stunning building facades and a fascinating history waiting to be explored.
In addition to remains of 18th century housing, the archaeologists discovered that the inhabitants of the city were probably heavy smokers as they found a few pipes in every house.