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The Auschwitz Volunteer: Beyond Bravery
September 1940: with calm deliberation, Polish Army officer Pilecki walked into a Nazi German street round-up in Warsaw...and became Auschwitz Prisoner No. 4859.


 
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September 1940: with calm deliberation, Polish Army officer Pilecki walked into a Nazi German street round-up in Warsaw...and became Auschwitz Prisoner No. 4859.

Pilecki had volunteered for a potentially suicidal secret undercover mission for the Polish Underground—to get himself arrested by the Germans and sent to Auschwitz as a prisoner.

His mission: smuggle out intelligence about this new German concentration camp, and build a resistance organization among prisoners with the ultimate goal of liberating the camp.

Barely surviving nearly three years of starvation, disease and brutality, Pilecki accomplished his mission before escaping in April 1943.

His clandestine intelligence reports from the camp, received by the Allies as early as 1941, were among the first eyewitness evidence of what was going on at Auschwitz.

Pilecki's most comprehensive report on Auschwitz, written in 1945 and suppressed by the postwar Polish communist regime for nearly fifty years, is being published here in English for the first time.
The Auschwitz Volunteer: Beyond Bravery
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  • Softcover
    Author: Captain Witold Pilecki
  • Translator: Jarek Garlinski
  • Introduction: Norman Davies, FBA
  • Foreword: Rabbi Michael Schudrich, Chief Rabbi of Poland
  • Publisher: Aquila Polonica Publishing 2012
  • Language: English
  • Page Count: 401
  • Size: 6" x 9"
  • Includes more than 80 black and white photos, maps and illustrations; contextualizing historical material; brief Selected Highlights of the Report; four appendices: Glossary, list of German-Language Ranks and Positions at Auschwitz mentioned by Pilecki, identification of most of the people and places for which Pilecki used code numbers or letters, and a Chronology of the Report; Discussion Questions; Index.


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