The Auschwitz Volunteer

The Auschwitz Volunteer

Beyond Bravery

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September 1940. Polish Army officer Witold Pilecki deliberately walked into a Nazi German street round-up in Warsaw and became Auschwitz Prisoner No. 4859. He had volunteered for a secret undercover mission: smuggle out intelligence about the new German concentration camp, and build a resistance organization among prisoners. Pilecki's clandestine intelligence, received by the Allies in 1941, was among earliest. He escaped in 1943 after accomplishing his mission. Dramatic eyewitness report, written in 1945 for Pilecki's Polish Army superiors, published in English for first time.
Publisher: Los Angeles, CA : Aquila Polonica, 2012
Description: liv, 401 p. : ill., maps ; 23 cm
ISBN: 9781607720096
Branch Call Number: D805.P7 .P55 2012
940.53185 Pil
Additional Contributors: Garlinski, Jarek.


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bookfanatic1979 Feb 11, 2013

This book reads--and in fact probably is--much closer to a military dispatch (or debriefing if you will) than a cohesive narrative. It's a cut and dried "I recruited X,Y,Z and we infiltratated 1,2 and 3 then I recruited A, B, and C and they infiltrated 4, 5, and 6...". The terms glossaries in the back of the book, as well as copious translator's notes, went a long way toward clarification of some of Pilecki's comments.

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