Remains of Polish saint discovered in ‘the Hungarian Taj Mahal’

Archaeologists in Hungary have discovered the remains of the early Polish saint Władysław I the Holy among a huge pile of bones in a Hungarian castle. According to Hungarian news site Telex.hu, the bones of the 11th-century Kraków-born saint were found in an ossuary in Bory Castle in Székesfehérvár, a stunning complex which is known as the Hungarian Taj Mahal. The bones of the 11th-century Kraków-born saint were found in an ossuary in Bory Castle in Székesfehérvár.bory-var.hu The remains were

Campaign to save Kashubian language gathers steam

A foundation in Kashubia is seeking to create the first professional online dictionary dedicated to the endangered Kashubian language. The Internet Dictionary of the Kashubian Language, or Jinternetowi Słowôrz Kaszebsczégò Jãzeka, is needed, say the Kaszuby Foundation, to keep the language alive. Though dictionaries of the regional language exist in book form, the foundation says that the world has changed so much that an online dictionary is now required to serve the interests of younger gene

New monument honours “largest cavalry battle of 20th century”

A huge monument commemorating one of the last ever mass cavalry charges in history was unveiled yesterday in Wolica Śniatycka near Zamość. In this way, one of the most important clashes in Poland's struggle for independence, the Battle of Komarów in 1920, was remembered on its 102nd anniversary. On August 31st, 1920, the Poles, commanded by Colonel Juliusz Rommel, defeated Semyon Budyonny's 1st Cavalry Army. The clash between the Polish Army and the Red Army at Komarów in 1920 is described as

Emotional donkey film chosen as Poland’s Oscar nomination

A film in which the main role is played by a sad-eyed donkey will be the Polish candidate for the Best International Film at next year’s Oscars. Announced yesterday, the film named EO by veteran filmmaker Jerzy Skolimowski was selected from among seven other titles: The Balcony Movie, Illusion, Silent Earth, Woman on the Roof, Broad Peak, Fucking Bornholm and Filip. The Polish-Italian co-production tells the story of a donkey, who, wandering around the world, suffers cruelty at the hands of ma

Remains of ‘female vampire’ found with sickle across her neck

The skeleton of what archaeologists believe may have been a 17th-century female vampire has been discovered near Bydgoszcz. The team of researchers from the Nicholas Copernicus University in Toruń found that the body in the village of Pień had a sickle placed over its neck, which they say would have been to prevent her from returning to mortality, and a padlock on the big toe of her left foot. According to expedition member Magdalena Zagrodzka, the find is a first for Poland. “This is a unique

Powerful images reveal ordinary lives in war torn Ukraine

An exhibition of photographs showing Russia’s war in Ukraine through the eyes of ordinary Ukrainians has opened on Kraków's market square. Over 90 photos by award-winning photographer Justyna Mielnikiewicz focus on the emotions of ordinary people. Many of Mielnikiewicz’s photographs show people who, after much personal drama, managed to escape from Mariupol.Łukasz Gągulski/PAP In the photographs at the International Culture Center, viewers will not see blood, destruction or burnt-out Russian

Zofia Posmysz: acclaimed writer and Auschwitz survivor laid to rest in Oświęcim

The funeral took place today in Oświęcim of Zofia Posmysz, the acclaimed writer, Auschwitz survivor and holder of Poland’s highest honour, the Order of the White Eagle. The funeral mass was held at noon at the Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Oświęcim after the writer passed away last Monday at a hospice in the town at the age of 98. Zofia Posmysz was one of Poland’s major chroniclers of the Holocaust, which she explored through fiction and drama. The funeral mass was held at noon at the

The Polish Titanic: TFN explores the sinking of the MS Piłsudski

As the pride of the Polish passenger fleet, the MS Piłsudski became a symbol of the country’s access to the sea following independence – however, for many others it will irrevocably be known as ‘the Polish Titanic’. During the interwar years, it was regarded as Poland’s floating embassy, carrying passengers to New York in state-of-the-art luxury. After the outbreak of World War II, it was fitted out to serve as a transport ship but sank during its first military voyage. It was the largest Poli

The horror of WWII through children's eyes

Harrowing children’s drawings recalling their memories of the Second World War have been discovered in long-forgotten archives in Poland. Drawn in 1946 just one year after the war ended, the horrifying pencil and crayon illustrations show Nazi Germany’s occupying forces killing families, carrying out public hangings, executing civilians and deporting people to death and labour camps. One of the drawings by a schoolchild named A. Taborek shows two men hanging by the neck from a tree which has b

Researchers: Nazi volcano tunnels could be hiding secret Gestapo files

Nazi tunnels inside an old volcano could be hiding top secret Gestapo documents, say a group of historical researchers in Poland. The Association of Lovers of Upper Lusatia say they discovered a document in a local archive which is a blueprint for the tunnels in the town of Luban in southern Poland. But although several attempts have been made to explore the tunnels with expeditions revealing several shafts going down into the inactive volcano, many have remained inaccessible. This has now ra

Treasure hunters are a step closer to finding the Amber Room

A secret network of WWII tunnels thought to contain the long-lost Amber Room or other wartime treasures has been discovered at the site of Nazi Germany’s former eastern army HQ. The five entrances leading to the previously undiscovered system of underground corridors in what is now northeast Poland, has been described as the biggest discovery ever made at the 200-hectare forest headquarters. Bartlomiej Plebanczyk from the Mamerki museum bunker complex where the discovery was made told Mailonli

Dig for Nazi gold BEGINS: Hunters start excavating at Polish palace

Treasure hunters have started digging for 10 tonnes of Nazi gold at an 18th century palace in southern Poland. Led by the Silesian Bridge Foundation, the dig in the village of Minkowskie is concentrating on an old orangery in a small area of the 14-hectare palace park. It is thought treasures, stolen on the orders of SS boss Heinrich Himmler to set up a Fourth Reich, are buried there. A team of specialists will carefully remove layers of earth by hand as it is also being treated as an archaeo

Treasure hunters plan to dig up 48 crates of Hitler's gold

Treasure hunters are planning to dig up what they say could be 48 crates of Nazi gold worth nearly half a billion pounds at a palace used by Hitler's SS as a brothel. The dig, which starts next week, is hoped to uncover 10 tonnes of gold along with other valuables in the grounds of the 18th century palace in the village of Minkowskie in southern Poland. The treasure was stolen on the orders of SS boss Heinrich Himmler towards the end of WWII to set up a Fourth Reich. It is thought to include

‘She escaped from a death camp by hiding under dead bodies:’ UK newspaper readers uncover extraordinary past of local woman known fondly as ‘Polish Anna’

The extraordinary life of a Polish women fondly known as ‘Polish Anna’ has been uncovered by readers in the UK after a local paper ran a series of photos of her found in an old skip. Publishing a feature inviting readers to share their memories, the Telegraph & Argus newspaper in the city of Bradford, West Yorkshire, was quickly inundated with fond reminiscences. After a local newspaper published a series of photos inviting readers to share their memories of ‘Polish Anna’, no one expected it w

28 tonnes of Nazi gold could be hidden under a palace in Poland

Twenty eight tonnes of Nazi gold worth more than £1billion may have been traced to the grounds of a palace in Poland after the location was mentioned in an SS diary. The stash of gold bars, jewellery and coins is believed to be sitting 200ft down at the bottom of a destroyed well shaft in the grounds of the Hochberg Palace, near the city of Wroclaw. Researchers from the Polish-German Silesian Bridge Foundation, who claim to have acquired the diary from a masonic lodge, say the treasure was bur

Remains of Polish women killed at Ravensbruck concentration camp found

Remains of Polish women killed in the all-female Ravensbruck concentration camp have been discovered at a nearby cemetery in northern Germany. A team from Poland's Institute of National Remembrance, which was set up to investigate Germany's WWII-era crimes, made the discovery of their remains in urns at the Furstenberg cemetery. Nine urns and two metal plaques were uncovered at the cemetery. It is believed they contain the remains of Polish women who had been killed at a site near Ravensbruck

Nazi diary 'reveals ELEVEN secret treasure hauls hidden in Poland'

The wartime diary of a Nazi officer which claims hundreds of trucks filled with gold, looted art and valuables are hidden across Poland has been unveiled. The diary, written by SS officer Egon Ollenhauer, claims Adolf Hitler ordered 260 trucks laden with treasures to be hidden away in 11 locations in Poland to keep them safe from the advancing Soviet Red Army. Ollenhauer was a key figure in the operation, acting as a link between other SS officers and local aristocrats who wanted to hide their