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Holy See embassy hid top secret Polish documents for decades

July 14, 2010

During the transition between the surrender of Nazi Germany and the installation of a Communist regime in Waraw, members of the Polish diplomatic mission in Canada smuggled archival material-- 10% of it marked “top secret”-- out of their embassy and entrusted it to the Holy See’s nunciature in Ottawa.

The archives-- most discovered by a priest in 1997, the rest in 2006-- discussed Canadian Communist activities as well as contemporary events such as the Warsaw Uprising. The documents have since been returned to Poland.

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