December 2010 - Gwido Karol LANGER - Enigma
In December 2010 we repatriated from Kinross in Scotland to Cieszyn the remains of Colonel Gwido Langer – the head of the cipher bureau attempting to break the Enigma code. He was the supervisor of Major Maksymilian Ciężki whose disinterred remains were repatriated by us in November 2008.
He cooperated with the cryptologists Marian Rejewski, Jerzy Rozycki and Henryk Zygalski, who under his direction broke in 1932 the ciphers of the German Enigma. In July 1939 he passed the Enigma codes to the Allies, thus much contributing to the victory in World War 2.
Colonel Gwido Langer - born on 2 September 1894 in Zylina (Poland), died on 30 March 1948 in Kinross (Scottland), graduate of the Theresia Military Academy in Wiener Neustadt (Austria) and the Higher Military School in Warsaw. He served Poland by being a soldier of the Siberian Division and the cipher bureau of 2nd radio counter-intelligence section. Twice awarded the Cross of Valour, the Gold Merit Cross, the Independence Medal and the Interally Medal.
Honored posthumously with the Grand Cross of the Order of Poland’s Rebirth.
Rests on the communal cemetery in Cieszyn, buried with due honors. May he rest in peace!