A message from our President, General Lord Guthrie of Craigiebank
'I am delighted to be associated with the work of the Polish Heritage Society and very honoured to serve as its President. The Society's work highlights the enormous contribution which generations of Poles have made to their adopted country. Preserving and celebrating that heritage will only further strengthen the ties between Poland and the United Kingdom.
I worked closely with the Society on the project to build a memorial to the Polish Forces at the National Memorial Arboretum and saw at first hand the energy and dedication of those involved.
I encourage you to explore this website and learn about the many other projects the Society has sponsored. Do please contact us if you would like to be involved in any way'.
General The Lord Guthrie of Craigiebank GCB LVO OBE
A Debt of Dishonour is a unique documentary film dedicated Major General Sosabowski and all ranks who served in the 1st Polish Independent Parachute Brigade Group and to their Comrades-in-Arms of the 1st British Airborne Division that fought in the ill-fated “Operation Market Garden” at Arnhem and Driel during September 1944.
Huffington Post: Posted: 19/01/2015
Ambassador of the Republic of Poland
Eight Oscar nominations, including for the Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for Benedict Cumberbatch, and Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role for Keira Knightley. I congratulate the British film industry on The Imitation Game - another outstanding, world-class production.
There is no doubt that the film has done wonders for bringing to the popular attention worldwide the significance of the work carried out at Bletchley Park by thousands of people throughout the war, day in, day out, in complete secrecy. However, while bearing in mind that the film is, ultimately, a work of fiction, and many simplifications had to be made in order to fit the storyline, within the screen time available, I cannot help but feel disappointed that the Polish contribution to breaking the Enigma code was not more prominently highlighted. Marian Rejewski, Jerzy Różycki and Henryk Zygalski, three brilliant Polish mathematicians, must be credited with the first breaking of the Enigma codes…