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"X, Y & Z: The Real Story of How Enigma Was Broken"

Sir Dermot Turing* will deliver a talk at the Great Hall, Queen’s University Belfast at 7.00pm on 12th September 2019. He will provide an insight into how the intelligence services of three countries; France (X), Britain (Y) and Poland (Z), came together to unravel the enigma machine and explain how this unique collaboration was one of the most secret success stories that made the Second World War victory possible. And how code-breakers from Poland continued their work for Her Majesty’s Secret Service, watching the USSR’s first steps of the Cold War.

Sir Dermot Turing's uncle - Alan Turing, the computing pioneer who became one of the most influential code breakers of World War II, has been chosen by the Bank of England to be the new face of its 50-pound note.

Before the lecture, a new cross-community shared history educational programme will be launched. For Your Freedom & Ours in association with ACTInnitiative come together to tackle issues around discrimination and prejudice by establishing a twelve months educational project. Through a series of talks, events, study visits and arts initiatives, participants will explore the historical links between Poland, Northern Ireland, Ireland and the UK that was created in the past century.

Sir Dermot Turing's visit to Belfast is supported by Dr Terry Cross OBE and "The David Cross Foundation for Peace and Reconciliation".

*Dermot Turing is the acclaimed author of Prof, a biography of his famous uncle, The Story of Computing, and most recently X, Y and Z – the real story of how Enigma was broken. He is also a regular speaker at historical and other events. He began writing in 2014 after a career in law. Dermot Turing – like his celebrated uncle Alan Turing – was educated at Sherborne School and King’s College, Cambridge. After doing a D.Phil in Genetics at Oxford, he concluded that scientific research was not for him, and moved into the legal profession. Dermot worked for the Government Legal Service and then the international law firm Clifford Chance, where he was a partner until 2014. His specialism was financial sector regulation, particularly the problems associated with failed banks, and financial market infrastructure. As well as writing and speaking, Dermot is currently a trustee of Bletchley Park and of the Turing Trust. He is the Bletchley Park Visiting Fellow at Kellogg College, Oxford. He continues his interest in the financial world. Dermot lives in St Albans in Hertfordshire. He is married with two sons, and as well as history his interests include cooking, gardening, and opera.

For more information please contact project coordinator Maciek Bator at 07930476649 or maciek@foryourfreedomandours.com



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