• Faithful to my Homeland, the Republic of Poland


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  • 12 September 2018

    During an evening celebrating Dermot Turing's new book "X, Y & Z: The Real Story of How Enigma Was Broken" – organised at the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in London – Alan Turing’s nephew received a letter from Polish President Andrzej Duda thanking him for his efforts to honour the achievements of Polish codebreakers in deciphering the Enigma code.


    In a letter addressed to the author, the President wrote: “I would like to express my gratitude for your work, which brought into the spotlight the important role that the exceptional Polish mathematicians and codebreakers – Marian Rejewski, Henryk Zygalski and Jerzy Różycki – played in deciphering the Enigma code. As we all know, it proved crucial in securing the Allies’ victory over Nazi Germany.


    “It makes me content that thanks to your efforts, as well as those of the families of the cryptographers, and other individuals, the Polish scientists will finally receive the recognition they so deserve.”


    Speaking at the event, Sir Dermot Turing emphasised: “I am thrilled to be launching my new book at the Polish Embassy. Without the work of Polish mathematicians and engineers, the codebreakers at Bletchley Park would have started World War Two on the back foot. It was because the Polish Military Intelligence service shared its most closely-guarded secrets in July 1939 that Bletchley Park, and Alan Turing, were given a head start.”


    The event, hosted by Ambassador of the Republic of Poland Arkady Rzegocki, saw a book presentation followed by a panel debate featuring Tony Comer from GCHQ, Gordon Corera from the BBC, Nathalie Genet-Rouffiac from the French Ministry of Defence, as well as moderator Jakub Krupa from the Polish Press Agency, focusing on the cooperation between French (X), British (Y) and Polish (Z) intelligence which led to the decrypting of the Enigma machine.


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