Exhibition

The Enigma Cipher Centre is an extraordinary place – a unique exhibition which engages visitors and presents the story of the breaking of the Enigma code and the ways of encrypting messages developed over the centuries. It is mystery and adventure in one.

An open mind and the willingness to test oneself by solving cipher mysteries are important to us. Our visitors will face an intellectual challenge prepared for them at an innovative, multimedia exhibition. It will be an engaging introduction to the tale about the events that changed the course of the Second World War and paved the way for the digital world we live in.

Enigma Timeline

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23 February

Enigma’s inventor applies for a patent for a cipher machine

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11 May

Polish Cipher Section is established

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09 February

Enigma is introduced in the German Navy

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15 January

course on cryptology begins in Poznań

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01 June

the Cipher Bureau is established

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31 December

Enigma is cracked

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24 - 27 July

meeting in Pyry

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01 September

outbreak of the Second World War

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17 January

Rejewski meets Turing. The Allies crack the Enigma code for the first time

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08 May

the end of the Second World War

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01 January

G. Bertrand’s book on Enigma is published in France

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Escaping the bombs. September 1939 in Henryk Zygalski’s life

At the end of August 1939, upon leaving his home city of Poznań, Henryk Zygalski said to his sister Monika’s husband ‘There will be a world war. Look after my mum and sister.’ This proves that the cryptologist was perfectly aware of the inevitability of the armed conflict with Germany.

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Henryk Zyglaski in comparison with Polish emigration in post-war Great Britain

After the Second World War many officers and soldiers who were staying abroad either did not want to or could not return to Poland.

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