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  • 10 September 2018

    The launch of Sir Dermot Turing's book X, Y & Z: The Real Story of How Enigma Was Broken, which highlights the contribution of the Polish codebreakers in deciphering the Enigma code as well as details of their cooperation with the British and French intelligence, took place at Bletchley Park on 10 September 2018.


    The book, authored by Alan Turing’s nephew, significantly emphasises that accomplishments of the famous British cryptologist would have been considerably slowed down – if not impossible – without the vital accomplishments of the Polish School of Mathematics. It also admits that Alan Turing has been praised to such an extent that he has overshadowed the role of the Polish cryptologists.


    Speaking ahead of the launch, Sir Dermot Turing noted: “Within a matter of weeks after the Polish codebreakers handed their know-how to the British and the French, their country was invaded and they were forced to flee into exile. They spent the war working undercover in France and Britain and had to endure repeated escapes, robbery at gunpoint, imprisonment and even a Gestapo interrogation about the security of Enigma. Despite all that the Enigma secret remained a secret, allowing Bletchley Park to go on providing priceless information to commanders at the front. We owe these incredible people a very great debt, and their vital role in the story deserves to be better known.”


    Ambassador Rzegocki, who provided a foreword for the book, emphasised that by highlighting the contribution of Poles to the work of Alan Turing, Sir Dermot has managed to alter the existing discourse, “for which we, the Polish nation, will remain eternally grateful”.


    “Thanks to your book and efforts of other scholars, as well as our Embassy, Bletchley Park, families of the cryptographers, the media and many other individuals, the Polish scientists will finally get the recognition they deserve, not only in Britain, but also worldwide,” he said.


    The guests gathered at Bletchley Park included representatives of the Polish Embassy in London and families of Polish codebreakers Marian Rejewski, Jerzy Różycki and Henryk Zygalski, who appreciated Sir Dermot’s efforts in acknowledging the achievements of their relatives.


    After a presentation from the author, a panel discussion took place, with historian Tony Comer from GCHQ and Nathalie Genet-Rouffiac, Chief Archivist at the French Ministry of Defence, focusing on the British and the French aspects of the Enigma story.


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