Ian von Heintze was born in England and is the son of Polish parents who fled Poland to Britain either during or immediately after the Second World War. His father, detained in Warsaw by means of the notorious Nazi lapanka (random street arrests), was among those Polish political prisoners able to remarkably achieve release from the camp at Auschwitz towards the end of 1940. A language graduate and former Member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists, Ian retired in 2001 following a career in London's Metropolitan Police, attaining the rank of Inspector attached to Scotland Yard's Specialist Operations Directorate. He maintains his keen interest in Polish history today and in 2009 published the story about the lives of his Polish family in his book "To Remain on File"
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