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Bletchley Park
September 10th, 2018

X,Y & Z: THE REAL STORY OF HOW ENIGMA WAS BROKEN

Bletchley Park hosted 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.

Dermot’s presentation was introduced by the Polish Ambassador Dr Arkady Rzegocki, who also provided a foreword to the book.

Dr Arkady Rzegocki, the Polish Ambassador
The Polish Ambassador, Dr Arkady Rzegocki introducing X,Y and Z at Bletchley Park

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.

Guests were also treated to a tour of Bletchley Park, including the exhibition in Hut 11A “The Bombe Breakthrough” where they were able to see a replica of the Polish Bomba, the precursor to the Turing-Welchman Bombe. The tour also included the memorial to the Polish codebreakers.