Skolimowski’s ‘emotional’ donkey film nominated for 2023 Oscars

Jerzy Skolimowski's moving film about a donkey's adventures has become one of five nominees in this year's Best International Film category for the Academy Awards.

Chosen alongside the German production All Quiet on the Western Front, Santiago Mitre's Argentina 1985, relationship drama Close from Belgium and the Banshees of Inisherin featuring Colin Farrel and Brendan Gleeson, actors Riz Ahmed and Allison Williams revealed the nominees for the upcoming 2023 Academy Awards on Tuesday.

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Museum receives WWII war chest containing two tons of silverware

Two tons of silverware given by Poles as a war chest to help the country defend itself in the event of a conflict with Nazi Germany have been donated to the National Museum in Poznań.

The silver was part of the National Defence Fund, which was set up by President Mościcki in April 1936 to raise additional funds by way of contributions for the rearmament of the army in the face of the threat to the Polish state by Nazi Germany.

Poles contributed their personal silver, cash, real estate, grain,

Long-forgotten photos spark mission to find the people involved

A treasure trove of 500 negatives from the 1960s and 1970s found in the basement of a Youth Cultural Centre in Warsaw has sparked a mission to track down the people and stories behind the images.

The negatives discovered at the Łazienkowska centre and which have been lying hidden for over 50 years, depict people and events related to the centre's activities as well as scenes captured on the streets of Warsaw.

The discovery was made when workers were tidying up the basement and found sealed car

January Uprising 1863 laid foundations for Poland’s independence

This week marks the 160th anniversary of one of the most significant events in Polish history, the 1863-64 January Uprising.

Sparked by economic hardship, political repression and a growing sense of national identity among the Polish people, launched on the night of January 22 it laid the foundations for Poland regaining its independence over 50 years later.

For nearly a century, Poland had been under the rule of foreign powers, with the Russian Empire, Prussia and Austria partitioning the cou

‘James Bond gun’ found under palace floorboards

A World War Two-era German police pistol of a type famously used by super spy James Bond has been found hidden in a former Nazi women’s slave labour camp in the Opole province.

The Walther PPK was found in the attic of an abandoned apartment in the palace in Pawłowice, about 65 kilometres west of Częstochowa.

The 007 pistol was found with its holster and 50 rounds of 7.65 mm calibre ammunition on Tuesday, January 17, while workers were tearing up wooden floors in the attic of an apartment in t

Sundance documentary reveals Chopin Piano Comp’s harsh realities

A documentary film that transports viewers into the high-stakes world of the Chopin Piano Competition will receive its premiere at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival this Friday.

Directed by Polish filmmaker Jakub Piątek, the film offers an intimate and gripping portrait of young pianists' entry into adulthood as they compete in one of the world's most cutthroat piano competitions.

Directed by Polish filmmaker Jakub Piątek, viewers are given a rare opportunity to look behind the scenes of

Letter in a bottle sparks hunt for Polish teens

A Croatian woman has launched a hunt to find two Polish teenagers after finding their letter in a bottle over seven years after it was hidden on the holiday island of Pag.

Barbara Lazar had gone for a New Year’s Day stroll with her children along the island’s beach when she spotted the bottle lying between rocks and logs of wood.

Barbara Lazar had gone for a New Year’s Day stroll with her children along the island’s beach when she spotted the bottle lying between rocks and logs of wood.Barbara

Art historian and TV host to set up museum of looted WWII art

Art historian and popular TV host Magdalena Ogórek is making sure the stories of stolen Polish art are not forgotten with the construction of the Museum of Stolen Art in Lower Silesia.

The museum, set to open by the end of 2023, will feature a permanent exhibition on how the Germans stole an estimated USD 30 billion of Polish cultural goods.

The museum, set to open by the end of 2023 in Sulisławice near Ząbkowice Śląskie, will feature a permanent exhibition on how the Germans stole an estimate

Experts says WWII diary about lost Nazi millions is 'complete forgery'

Experts analysing a WWII diary said to reveal the location of hidden Nazi treasure in an 18th century palace in Poland have concluded it is a ‘complete forgery’.

Presenting their findings in their monthly magazine, the group said: ‘The War Diary is a Polish-German forgery likely produced some time after 1982.’

The diary, said to have been written by an SS officer who noted down the location of looted works of art and valuables hidden towards the end of WWII, was acquired by a group calling its

War Diary identifying hidden Nazi treasure a forgery

A War Diary claiming to contain information about places where valuables and works of art were hidden in Lower Silesia is a Polish-German forgery likely produced sometime after 1982, according to an analysis carried out by historical mystery researchers.

Historian Łukasz Orlicki from the Discoverer group which carried out a critical source analysis on the contents of the diary, said: “The result of our analysis unequivocally identifies the war diary as a fictional text created many years after

Builders find trove of WWII Jewish valuables hidden inside box

Workers in Łódź made a sensational discovery when they uncovered hundreds of Jewish valuables during renovations of a tenement house in the city centre.

While digging to insulate the foundations, they stumbled upon a wooden box filled with over 400 antique objects, including candlesticks, cutlery, glasses, and other utensils.

It is believed that the objects, which include Hanukkah candlesticks and personal items such as perfume bottles and a cigarette case, were hidden by a Jewish family at th

Fury as ‘Polish king’s sword’ goes up for auction in Germany

A sword thought to have belonged to Polish king Sigismund III Vasa has been put up for sale in Germany.

Posting photos of the weapon on its website, Berlin auction house Carsten Zeige said that the sword “probably belonged to Sigismund III Vasa and came from a pre-war Polish collection.”

Although the seller did not inform how the sword came into its possession, the asking price is EUR 30,

It added that the sword dated from 1592 is 97.5 cm, the blade measures 83.5 cm, the width of

New hotel to symbolise ‘courage and determination’ of Ukrainians

Polish architects are behind a new hotel being built in Lviv in a show of defiance to Russia’s ongoing war.

In 2019, architects from Kuryłowicz & Associates came up with the winning design for the four-star hotel, which Ukrainian contractors are now building on the famous Mickiewicz Square UNESCO World Heritage Site, which sits on one of the main traffic routes leading to Lviv's Old Town.

Jakub Lewkowicz, an architect and management board member at Kuryłowicz & Associates, told TFN: “The proje

Experts searching for Hitler's gold say letter may uncover treasure

Experts searching for £200million of Hitler's gold in the grounds of an 18th-century palace in Poland have said Nazi descendants have handed over a letter written by an SS officer that could uncover another lost treasure.

A team from the Silesian Bridge Foundation said the fragment of an ageing letter, seen exclusively by MailOnline, could reveal the mystery behind one of the Second World War's most valuable pieces of looted art.

The letter references the long-lost 16th-century painting Portra

True story of doomed Auschwitz love turned into haunting new book

When Wawrzyniec Kulig volunteered to be sent to Auschwitz to save his pregnant wife, he knew he was facing certain death.

Learning of her arrest for helping a camp escapee, the desperate 36-year-old did the only thing he could think of - offered himself in exchange for her release.

The Germans agreed, his wife was released and gave birth to a baby girl a few days after.

But less than three months later, Wawrzyniec was taken to the camp’s execution wall and shot dead.

An escapee from Auschwit

Artist whose paintings helped resurrect Warsaw goes on show in stunning new exhibition

To celebrate the 300th anniversary of the birth of Warsaw’s best-known city portraitist Bernardo Bellotto, the Royal Castle in Warsaw is hosting an exhibition about him on a scale never seen before in the country.

There is no other source that reveals more about how the capital looked during the boom-time of the reign of the last king of Poland in the late eighteenth century.

Bellotto's city landscapes, or vedutes, let us see Warsaw how it really looked in astonishing photographic detail.


Govt. launches ‘Empty Frames’ campaign to help regain WWII looted art

With an estimated half a million works of art destroyed or stolen from Poland during World War Two by Germany and the Soviets, the ministry of culture is doubling up on its efforts to regain some of Poland’s lost heritage.

Empty Frames, a campaign that aims to remind people about Polish works of art and culture stolen during World War II by both the German and Soviet occupiers, was launched today by culture minister Piotr Gliński.

As part of the campaign, special plaques providing information

Recipes and memories of Holocaust survivors shared in new cookbook

The miserable rations of food prisoners received at Germany’s extermination camp Auschwitz were poor quality, insufficient for life and often withheld from starving inmates for even minor infringements of petty camp rules.

According to the Auschwitz Museum, prisoners received three meals per day. In the morning, they were given only half a litre of a liquid euphemistically called coffee.

The noon meal consisted of about a litre of thin ‘soup’ with a few chunks of vegetables normally used to fe

Tallest building in EU officially opens to become ‘new symbol of Warsaw’

Warsaw now officially has the tallest building in the European Union.

Work on Varso Tower, which stands at 310 metres and eclipses the Palace of Culture and Science, has been completed and is waiting for its first tenants to move in.

Standing in the centre of the capital, as many as 16 trees have been planted on a terrace 206 meters high, making it the highest garden in Warsaw.

Tall trees are also inside the building in the spacious 10-metre-high lobby. Kalbar/TFN

Tall trees are also inside

Poland to open new waterway in move to bypass Russia

A new navigation channel that allows ships to pass easily from the Gulf of Gdańsk to the Vistula Lagoon is to be officially opened at the weekend.

The opening of the Vistula Spit Crossing on Saturday 17 September means that for the first time in Poland's post-war history, it will be possible for vessels to enter the Vistula Lagoon bypassing the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad.

The Vistula Spit is a sandy embankment on the southeastern shore of the Gulf of Gdańsk, stretching from Gdańsk in the w
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