My home town was part of Germany to the end of World War II; after the war Poland as a country was ‘shifted’ westward as a result of the agreements between Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin. In such a way previously eastern frontiers of Germany became western frontiers of Poland. During World War II Nazis built a massive POWs camp a couple of miles south of the railway station, where Allied Airmen were held. On the night of 24/25 March 1944 76 prisoners escaped from the camp – the operation was nicknamed ‘The Great Escape’. More can be found here. In recent years some works were made to commemorate that event: a replica of the camp hut was built near the existing museum, a curbed path was made to show  the actual tunnel ‘Harry’, and The Great Escape Walking Route was created.