Veteran decodes secrets of the Enigma
A 27-year-old Polish man cracked the coding on the Enigma machine, seen
here, which gave the Allies a tremendous advantage in World War II.
By: Chris Clay
November 12, 2008 01:56 PM - A retired World War II veteran comes to the
Central Library this Friday to speak about the work of a young Polish man
that helped turn the tide of war in favour of the Allies.
Nick Ziemnicki, a retired engineer and veteran, hosts a talk about the
Enigma encoding machine and the historical events that led to the cracking
of its code.
In the winter of 1932, Marian Rejewski - an analyst working for the Polish
Intelligence Service in Warsaw - mathematically determined the wiring of the
Enigma machine's first rotor. This information helped crack the coded
messages the Germans were sending and gave the Allies first-hand knowledge
of German military movements during World War II.
The 90-minute event starts at 7 p.m. in the library's meeting room CL3.
Admission is free.
For more information, call 905-615-3200, ext. 3660.
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