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75th Anniversary of 'The Great Escape' from Stalag Luft III, Zagan, Poland

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Today is the 75th Anniversary of 'The Great Escape'

There was a BBC2 Documentary in the series 'Going Underground' broadcast on the 50th Anniversary of the Escape, 29th March 1994. This revisited the site and the local railway station with some of the survivors, retracing their steps.
I was present during the visit and filming as I was working in Warsaw at the time
The site is now a large developed tourist attraction - 25 years ago there was scarcely anything there or initiatives to commemorate this heroism.
One must reflect in 2019 on the exponential changes in Poland and knowledge of the history of the country since those far off days
This is my memory of the event in 1994 taken from my book 

A Country in the Moon: Travels in Search of the Heart of Poland

As dusk fell and it being a Sunday, vodka drunks were oscillating to and fro into the path of the oncoming traffic. One I noticed in my mirrors fell over the parapet of a bridge into the river below. Two men stumbled out o…

Ewa Pobłocka recording of Das Wohltemperierte Klavier I - National Fryderyk Chopin Institute

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Grammophone Magazine Recording of the Month JS Bach Das Wohltemperirte Clavier, Book 1 Ewa Pobłockapf  (Fryderyk Chopin Institute NIFCCD 062-063)  Ewa Pobłocka may not be among the most familiar names, but this is simply wonderful Bach-playing, by turns effervescent and consoling, musically imaginative and pianistically resourceful. Click to Read the review I would wish to endorse and congratulate Ewa Pobłocka onthis proud award. I agree with many of the above reviewer's comments (do read it) and encourage you to add this superb account to your music collection. The present recording has been superbly engineered the the outstanding sound man Lech Dudzik and Gabriela Blicharz on a glorious JapaneseShigeru Kawai SK-EX. I would also wish to remind readers of the remarkable birthday recital Ewa Pobłocka gave on 22 November 2017 at the Filharmonia in Warsaw. I re-post this as I was fortunate enough to be able to attend this magnificent live recital of Das Wohltemperirte Klavier, Book 1and …

Fryderyk Chopin's Birthday - 1 March 1810 - Wszystkiego najlepszego Frycek! (Happy Birthday Fryderyk!)

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For a fascinating detailed examination in English of the originally disputed date of his birth  http://en.chopin.nifc.pl/chopin/life/biography/page/2