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(Polski) Konkurs Ministra Spraw Zagranicznych na najlepsze publikacje promujące historię Polski i historię polskiej dyplomacji


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25 rugsėjo

The International Cryptology Game „Codebreakers“


Dear Sir or Madam,

We are pleased to announce that a new edition of The International Cryptology Game dedicated to Polish mathematicians who broke the Enigma Code 85 years ago has started. Their great secret work contributed to the success of the Allies during World War II.
The game is released in English (Codebreakers) and in Polish (Łamacze szyfrów).
It combines elements of history, mathematics and logic.  Teams of three are involved in the contest, learning about encryption and decryption methods to solve virtual puzzles and break more and more difficult messages.
Anyone can become a cryptologist because the game involves three levels of difficulty – basic (where you do not need any knowledge of breaking ciphers), advanced, and Enigma level, where participants will face the famous encrypting machine.
Up to now over 6000 participants from all over the world have participated in the previous editions of the game.

In brief:

  • TEAM REGISTRATION from now to November 24 at www.codebreakers.eu!
  • BASIC LEVEL starts on September 25 (decisive challenge October 13),
  • ADVANCED LEVEL starts on October 16 (decisive challenge November 3),
  • ENIGMA LEVEL starts on November 6 (decisive challenge November 24).

Details at www.lamaczeszyfrow.pl, www.codebreakers.eu and in the attachments.

Project is co-financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland within the contest Public Diplomacy 2017 – component „Cooperation in Public Diplomacy 2017”.

Yours faithfully,
Szymon Dąbrowski – the CODEBREAKERS staff

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(Polski) Razem stwórzmy kolekcję Muzeum Historii Polski!


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3 spalio

Animacinis filmas apie Lenkijos istoriją „Nenugalėtieji”


Lenkijos Tautos atminties institutas sukūrė filmą „Nenugalėtieji”. Tai animacinis filmas apie naujausią Lenkijos istoriją.

Neįtikėtinas filmas apie lenkų heroizmą parodantis, lenkų kovą už laisvę nuo pirmosios Antrojo pasaulinio karo dienos iki komunizmo žlugimo Europoje 1989 metais.

Kviečiame susipažinti!

The Unconquered – animation about Poland’s recent history

Made at the initiative of the Institute of National Remembrance, the film shows Poles’ struggle for freedom from the first day of WWII until the fall of communism in Europe in 1989. The animation presents the turning points and the heroes of Poles’ fifty-year-long struggle for freedom.

History is presented by one protagonist, who on the one hand is a symbol of the Polish struggle for a free state, and on the other uses each scene to talk about historical figures such as Cavalry Captain Witold Pilecki, the co-founder of the Polish Underground Army, Irena Sendler, who saved over 2,500 Jewish children during WWII, and Witold Urbanowicz, the commander of 303 Squadron. The production also tells the story of General Stanisław Maczek, the 1st Armoured Division commander during the campaign to free Western Europe from the German occupation in 1944, Jan Karski, the first person to deliver a report on the Holocaust to the Allied Powers, and Marian Rejewski, a Polish mathematician and cryptologist who broke the Enigma code.
“With this film we want to start an international educational campaign presenting the 1939–1989 period from a Polish historical perspective. I have a feeling that with The Unconqueredwe have returned to the perspective embraced by soldiers of General Władysław Anders’ 2nd Polish Corps, that is to an uncompromising struggle for our country’s freedom” says Adam Hlebowicz, Vice-Director of the Office of National Education of the Institute of National Remembrance. “It is the voice of a sovereign state which had mustered the fourth largest army for this war, made the greatest sacrifices, and was the only state to have fought in this war from day one. Without the Polish perspective it is not possible to fully grasp the course as well as the consequences of WWII,” he adds.
Once they have seen the film, viewers are directed to a website especially designed for this purpose which presents facts and personal histories of the Poles featured in the animation. The Unconqueredwas for the first time presented before the 78th anniversary of the Soviet invasion of Poland. The film’s English version narrated by the British actor Sean Bean, and the Polish version by Mirosław Zbrojewicz.

MFA Press Office 




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27 sausio

International Day of Remembrance for the Victims of the Holocaust


International Day of Remembrance for the Victims of the Holocaust

The German Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau is the most recognizable symbol of the Holocaust and the most well-known site of genocide in the world. In 2005, on the 60. anniversary of the liberation of the camp, the UN General Assembly established January 27th as the International Day of Remembrance for the Victims of the Holocaust.

The Auschwitz camp was the largest German concentration and extermination camp. It was created as a result of the growing number of mass arrests of Poles by the occupying force and the overcrowding of existing prisons in German-occupied Poland.

Two years later, the camp also became one of the centres used for the implementation of the Endlösung der Judenfrage (the ‘final solution’ to the Jewish question) – the Nazi plan to murder Jews who inhabited the areas occupied by Nazi Germany.

In Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp alone, the German criminals murdered between 1 and 1.5 million people, including about one million Jews, many of whom were citizens of the Republic of Poland.

The German apparatus of terror carried out the Holocaust not only in Auschwitz but also in hundreds of other concentration camps across Germany, allied Axis states and in areas occupied by them, in ghettos as well as during executions carried out on the streets of many European villages and towns. It is estimated that 6 million Jews were killed during World War II.

Thousands of graves, monuments and other places of remembrance pay tribute to the memory of the mass genocide. During the war, Auschwitz-Birkenau was particularly infamous. Although many victims of the Holocaust do not even have their own graves, their memory is kept alive by people, institutions and events such as the International Day of Remembrance for the Victims of the Holocaust.

During the Second World War, the Polish government-in-exile and thousands of Poles, guided by their sense of shared human solidarity, were involved in helping Jews, despite the fact that the punishment for doing so in occupied Poland was the death penalty. Operating under the auspices of the Polish Government in Exile, the Council to Aid Jews „Żegota“ was the only state organization in occupied Europe which was established specifically to save Jews. Poles also constitute the largest group to be awarded the Righteous Among the Nations title, bestowed by Yad Vashem’s Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority.

One of the Righteous Among the Nations is Irena Sendler. While working at the City of Warsaw’s Department of Social Welfare, in 1939-1942 Sendler and her colleagues saved almost 2,500 Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto. The Sejm of the Republic of Poland established 2018 as the Year of Irena Sendler.

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GermanDeathCamps.info – Polish Radio’s educational website

german death camp info

GermanDeathCamps.info – Polish Radio’s educational website

The new GermanDeathCamps.info website is a collection of information related to German, Nazi concentration and extermination camps in the Second World War. The site is available in three languages – English, German and Polish.

“In the face of attempts to falsify history, Polish Radio has a duty to defend the truth. This is our obvious duty as a public broadcaster, but we owe it to the victims – especially those who during the German occupation sacrificed their lives and those of their loved ones in order to save Jews. We want there to be no doubt in the world regarding who is responsible for the creation of the concentration camps in the area of German-occupied Poland,” Director of Polish Radio Jacek Sobala said.

The website was created using archival recordings from Polish Radio, as well as materials collected by historians from Poland, Germany and Israel, with whom the creators of the website cooperate. Based on these resources film sketches were created bearing historical accounts of witnesses – prisoners of German concentration and extermination camps.

The site includes an interactive map of Europe occupied by Nazi Germany, marked with the largest extermination camps, their commanders’ names, the dates they were operational and the number of victims.


Also presented are examples of contemporary falsifications regarding the history of the camps, including press, television and Internet publications. The website contains expert statements, including those of Prof. Chodakiewicz, Prof. Martin Schulze Wessel, the last „Nazi hunter“ Efraim Zuroff and Prof. Jerzy Eisler.

25 vasario

(Polski) Nagroda „Kustosz Pamięci Narodowej”

Kustosze Pamięci Narodowej 2014. fot. Piotr Gajewski

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27 vasario

(Polski) Konkurs na polski eksponat do Kwatery Głównej NATO


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1 kovo

„Cursed Soldiers“ National Remembrance Day

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„Cursed Soldiers“ National Remembrance Day 

For many soldiers, the dissolution of the Home Army in 1945 did not mean the end of the struggle for a just cause. On the contrary, the Red Army’s occupation of the territories of the Republic of Poland, resulting in the disbanding of the Polish Underground State, was the beginning of a new battle for a free Poland and its good name as well as, in time, a struggle to preserve historical truth.
„The war is not over [...]. We will never agree to a different life, except in a completely sovereign, independent and just Polish State [...]. I give you my last order. Continue your work and activities in the spirit of regaining full independence of the state”, the last commander of the Home Army, General Leopold Okulicki wrote in a farewell order to Home Army officers and soldiers in January 1945.
The first structures in the East, created in the event of the occupation of Polish territories by the Red Army, were established in 1943. The year 1945 brought with it such intense armed resistance to the violence imposed by the state that in many areas it assumed the scale of an anti-communist uprising. Joint efforts by civilian and military organizations, including the famous „Freedom and Independence“ group, aimed at providing the necessary measures for self-defence and maintaining morale in the nation. The purpose of the Underground was to ensure the implementation of the Yalta arrangements concerning Poland, including those regarding the conduct of democratic, free elections.
It is estimated that close to 200,000 people were active in the armed underground during the next years of the resistance activity. Only some of them fought in partisan units, the rest provided food, intelligence, shelter and communications. The soldiers died not only in battle – many were murdered in prisons, following death sentences issued by the Stalinist authorities.
Punishment was applied without respect for the right to a fair and impartial trial, without any chance to defend oneself. The detained soldiers were convicted on fake charges: collaboration with the German invader. The authorities fought against the anti-communist underground not only by means of the army and militia, but also propaganda.
Tired of a prolonged war, deprived of their commanding officerswho were shot or taken to the East, exposed to cruel punishments, most soldiers came out of hiding in February 1947. A select few kept on fighting – up until the 1950s. The last “Cursed Soldier” Józef Franczak aka „Laluś“ was shot during a raid in the autumn of 1963. It wasn’t until the 1960s that many former soldiers were released from prisons and Soviet labour camps, others hid under false names until the end of the Polish People’s Republic. Poland’s communist regime soughtto completely erase the anti-Communist underground from the nation’s collective memory.
The memory, however, survived and was revived in the 1990s. It was then that the “Cursed Soldiers“ concept was born, and historians began undertaking serious research. Since 2011, on the anniversary of the death of seven members of the last Main Leadership of the „Freedom and Independence“ Association, executed in a Mokotow prison, we mark National Remembrance Day of the „Cursed Soldiers.“ Erased from memory or depicted as individual raids and crimes for decades, today the history of the Cursed Soldiers is a story of the struggle for the right to self-determination, a symbol of bravery and of a desire for freedom.

MFA Press Office