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OCTOBER 20, 2021 | 7:00 PM

The Volunteer - Jack Fairweather introduces his book

Occupied Poland, September 1940: 39-year-old Polish underground activist Witold Pilecki volunteers for a secret mission to infiltrate Auschwitz and uncover the fate of thousands of his countrymen interned in the camp. His mission: to report to Warsaw on the situation and, if possible, stage an attack on the Germans from inside the camp – where […]

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Occupied Poland, September 1940: 39-year-old Polish underground activist Witold Pilecki volunteers for a secret mission to infiltrate Auschwitz and uncover the fate of thousands of his countrymen interned in the camp.

His mission: to report to Warsaw on the situation and, if possible, stage an attack on the Germans from inside the camp – where they would least expect it.

Over the next two and a half years, Pilecki built an underground army at Auschwitz, sabotaging facilities, assassinating Nazi informants and officers, and gathering evidence of horrific abuses and mass murders. But when he learned the terrifying truth that the camp was to become the epicenter of Nazi plans to exterminate Europe’s Jews, Pilecki realized he had to risk his men, his life, and his family to warn the West before all was lost. To that end, he had to dare the impossible – escape from Auschwitz itself….

Completely erased from the historical record by Poland’s communist government, Pilecki has remained virtually unknown to the world. With exclusive access to previously hidden diaries, accounts from family members and camp survivors, and recently declassified files, Jack Fairweather reveals Witold’s exploits with vivid, cinematic bravura. He also reveals the tragic outcome of Pilecki’s mission, in which the ultimate betrayal took place not on the Continent but in England.

THE AUTHOR.

Jack Fairweather is the bestselling author of The Volunteer, the Costa Prize-winning account of an underground Polish officer who volunteered to report on Nazi crimes at Auschwitz. The book has been translated into 25 languages and is the basis for a major exhibition in Berlin. He worked as a bureau chief for the Daily Telegraph in Baghdad and as a video journalist for the Washington Post in Afghanistan. He has won the British Press Award and an Overseas Press Club award for his war reporting. He divides his time between the United Kingdom and Vermont.

 

Source: http://www.jackfairweather.com/


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