Wielun: the first civilian casualties of Nazi Germany | AFP

The city of Wielun is claimed to be the first civilian target of the Second World War. On the same day, on September 1, 1939, as Nazi Germany attacked Gdansk in the north of Poland, the Luftwaffe bombed Wielun killing over a hundred civilians and destroying nearly three quarters of the town. Despite not having any military targets historians claim Nazi Germany decided to bomb Wielun because it was home to a significant Polish community and no German diaspora, unlike other towns near the border.

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Rare white penguin in Poland makes media debut

An unique albino penguin made his media debut on Friday at a zoo in Poland. According to the director of Gdansk zoo the shy white chick is the only albino penguin in the world. (March 22)

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Gdansk locals in shock after brutal public murder of mayor

Gdansk locals pray after the shocking public murder of their mayor Pawel Adamowicz. The Polish politician, who had been mayor for more than 20 years, was brutally stabbed in front of crowds of people at a fundraising charity event and died in hospital after suffering from the fatal wounds.

Mourners gather in Gdansk to honour slain MP Adamowicz

Mourners including European Council President Donald Tusk, gather in the Polish city of Gdansk to pay tribute to the city’s centrist mayor Pawel Adamowicz who died, a day after being stabbed in the heart at a charity event. IMAGES

Polish mayor Adamowicz stabbed on stage during charity event in Gdansk

The mayor of Poland’s northern city of Gdansk is in critical condition after a brutal knife attack during a charity concert performance. A man ran to the stage and stabbed the official, claiming it was revenge for an injustice. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/9m8m

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RAW: Vast amount of US military hardware arrives in Poland for NATO op

A huge shipment of US military equipment, including tanks and armored jeeps, arrived in the northern Polish port city of Gdansk on Wednesday as part of NATO’s Operation Atlantic Resolve.

The operation aims to reinforce NATO’s military presence in north-eastern Europe, particularly Poland and the Baltic states of Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, following the 2014 Ukrainian Crisis.

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Poland: Reviving the ancient tradition of timber floating

A group in Poland are reviving the ancient tradition of timber floating by assembling tree trunks and sending them down the Vistula river to Gdansk port in the south of Poland. For centuries, their ancestors used this method to send wood from the pine forests of this region to port cities for exportation throughout Europe. This method of transportation disappeared in 1939 after it was replaced by trucks and trains.

Poland: Kate and William meet Lech Walesa in Gdansk

Prince William and his wife Kate meet Polish freedom icon Lech Walesa in Gdansk in the north of Poland on the second day of their visit. Walesa won the Nobel Peace Prize as the leader of the Solidarity trade union and later became Poland’s first democratically elected president after negotiating a bloodless end to communism for the country in 1989.