'Totally gripping'-- Simon Sebag Montefiore 'Pilecki is perhaps one of the
greatest unsung heroes of the second world war ... this insightful book is
likely to be the definitive version of this extraordinary life' --
Economist Would you sacrifice yourself to save thousands of others? In the
Summer of 1940, after the Nazi occupation of Poland, an underground
operative called Witold Pilecki accepted a mission to uncover the fate of
thousands of people being interned at a new concentration camp on the
border of the Reich. His mission was to report on Nazi crimes and raise a
secret army to stage an uprising. The name of the detention centre --
Auschwitz. It was only after arriving at the camp that he started to
discover the Nazi's terrifying plans. Over the next two and half years,
Witold forged an underground army that smuggled evidence of Nazi atrocities
out of Auschwitz. His reports from the camp were to shape the Allies
response to the Holocaust - yet his story was all but forgotten for
decades. This is the first major account to draw on unpublished family
papers, newly released archival documents and exclusive interviews with
surviving resistance fighters to show how he brought the fight to the Nazis
at the heart of their evil designs. The result is an enthralling story of
resistance and heroism against the most horrific circumstances, and one
man's attempt to change the course of history.

Jack Fairweather—The Volunteer - The True Story Of The Resistance Hero Who Infi

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