Launch of X, Y and Z at Bletchley Park

On 10th September 2018, Bletchley Park was host to representatives of the Polish Embassy in London and families of Polish codebreakers Marian Rejewski, Jerzy Różycki and Henryk Zygalski for the launch of Dermot Turing’s latest book, X, Y and Z: The Real Story of How Enigma Was Broken.  In the book Dermot Turing seeks to redress the balance and acknowledge the vital contribution of the Polish Codebreakers to the breaking of the Enigma code.

The Polish Ambassador, Dr Arkady Rzegocki, who provided a foreword to the book, said : ‘By highlighting the contribution of Poles to the work of Alan Turing, his nephew has managed to alter the existing discourse, for which we, the Polish nation, will remain eternally grateful. Thanks to his book and the efforts of other scholars, as well as Polish Embassy UK, 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.’

In his presentation, Dermot Turing highlighted the role of the Polish codebreakers in sharing their knowledge and expertise about Enigma with the British and the French just before the invasion of Poland. He also paid tribute to their ongoing role and contribution throughout the war and acknowledged that their work gave Alan Turing and the team at Bletchley Park a significant head-start and that without their contribution deciphering the Enigma code would have taken considerably longer.

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