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Poland launches exhibition to address Oscar movie snub

Following Benedict Cumberbatch’s Oscar nomination for his role as Alan Turing in The Imitation Game, the Polish government has launched an exhibition to celebrate the ‘important contribution’ of Polish mathematicians in cracking the Enigma Code.

Enigma coding machines.
Enigma coding machines. Image by Steve Elliott / CC BY-SA 2.0

Authorities say that mathematicians such as Marian Rejewski, Jerzy Rozycki and Henryk Zygalski succeeded in breaking several versions of the code leading up to the start of WWII, and also taught Turing how to build code-breaking machines; they are therefore disappointed that this fact was neglected in the recent movie. It’s hoped that the exhibition Enigma: Decipher Victory will serve to highlight Poland’s successes and its strong cooperation with Britain to help defeat the Nazis. Read more: independent.co.uk