History of the project

The idea to create an institution in Poznań which would commemorate the intellectual achievement of the three graduates of the University of Poznań: Marian Rejewski, Henryk Zygalski and Jerzy Różycki, was first suggested in 2010 on Radio Merkury by Szymon Mazur, the station’s journalist at the time. He drew attention to the fact that these three men studied mathematics and cryptology in Poznań under the guidance of Prof. Zdzisław Krygowski. Then, in the Poznań branch of the Polish Army’s Cipher Bureau, located at what was then known as Kościuszki Ramparts, they began work on the new German Enigma codes.

In January 2011 Szymon Mazur drew the attention of Poznań and Wielkopolska councillors as well as of the city and region authorities to this idea. In 2012 and 2013 he filed an application to Poznań Participatory Budget. He also carried out a project titled ‘Living Enigma at St Martin’s Day Parade’ – a float with scouts from Poznań’s 100th Troop who marched dressed as keys of a cipher machine. The float joined the parade two times.

The first symbol commemorating Polish cryptologists in the city space was a monument in the shape of a monolithic triangular prism whose walls were covered in sequences of numbers and letters.