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My to stage an uprising The name of the detention centre AuschwitzIt was only after arriving at the camp that he started to discover the Nazi’s terrifying designs Over the next two and half years Witold forged an underground army that smuggled evidence of Nazi atrocities to the West culminating in the mass murder of over a million Jews His reports from the camp were to shape the Allies response to the Holocaust yet his s. This is the story of Witold Pilecki which remained lost for many years after the conclusion of WWII Pilecki was a member of the Polish resistance who volunteered to get arrested and sent to Auschwitz before anyone not even the Germans knew what Auschwitz was to become It recounts his years there organizing an underground and trying to alert the world then recounts his return to Warsaw to fight the Germans in their final stand in Poland only to see the Soviets stroll in afterwards to install a communist governmentHis years in Auschwitz were spent futilely trying to get anyone especially England and the USA to recognize what was happening there and to take action It s a remarkable story about a man who gave up everything to try to rescue Poland from the madness only to see his efforts time and again get ignored by those who could have done something about it It s heartbreaking in so many ways

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How do you keep fighting in the face of unimaginable horrorThis is untold story of one of the greatest heroes of the Second World WarIn the Summer of after the Nazi occupation of Poland an underground operative called Witold Pilecki accepted a mission to uncover the fate of thousands of people being interred at a new concentration camp on the border of the ReichHis mission was to report on Nazi crimes and raise a secret ar. In 2003 my wife and I visited Krakow Poland as part of a trip to locate where my father s family lived before immigrating to the United States in the 1930s to escape the dark clouds that were descending upon Europe During our visit I hired a driver and spent hours visiting Auschwitz and Birkenau the resting place for many relatives that I never was fortunate enough to meet Seventy five years after the conclusion of World War II numerous uestions abound concerning the then then crown jewel of Hitler s extermination machine Books continue to proliferate but what sets Jack Fairweather s new book THE VOLUNTEER ONE MAN AN UNDERGROUND ARMY AND THE SECRET MISSION TO DESTROY AUSCHWITZ apart is his discovery of the role of Witold Pilecki who volunteered to be imprisoned in Auschwitz in order to organize an underground resistance that would be part of a major revolt against the Germans Pilecki has becom

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Tory was all but forgotten for decadesThis is the first major account of his amazing journey drawing on exclusive family papers and recently declassified files as well as unpublished accounts from the camp’s fighters to show how he saved hundreds of thousands of livesThe result is a enthralling story of resistance and heroism against the most horrific circumstances and one man’s attempt to change the course of history.. For some people simply sitting by the sidelines and watching as things unfold is not in their blood For some the are compelled to act no matter the personal danger involved These men and women are all to often forgotten by history Their actions may save a few or thousands of lives but for some reason we all too often never know their names So it is for the thanks of books like The volunteer that not only do we get to learn their names but find out the brave actions they took When I saw this on the shelf at the book store I knew I would have to pick it up I was aware that someone had chosen to be sent to Auschwitz in the hopes of getting the story out to the rest of the world But this is where my knowledge ended Pilecki could have easily kept his head down in the hopes that the carnage being done to his country would pass him by But for this man that was never going to be an option When reading this book I


10 thoughts on “The Volunteer

  1. says:

    In 2003 my wife and I visited Krakow Poland as part of a trip to locate where my father’s family lived before immigrating to the United States in the 1930s to escape the dark clouds that were descending upon Europe During our visit I hired a driver and spent hours visiting Auschwitz and Birkenau the resting place for many relativ

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    Although it feels like events of the Holocaust and WWII have been comprehensively written about in numerous accounts it’s astounding that new stories continue to emerge which present a different angle on this complex history Virtually unknown accounts of heroism and tragic defeat continue to emerge and this new biographical account of Polish officer Witold Pilecki is one of the most shocking and heart breaking I’ve ever read

  3. says:

    In an act of near incomprehensible bravery Witold Pilecki volunteered to investigate Nazi crimes in Auschwitz His charge pr

  4. says:

    pretty ballsy move by the Costa Awards to name this 'book of the year' when it's essentially an account of the total incompetence displayed by the Allied powers and especially Britain

  5. says:

    This is the story of Witold Pilecki which remained lost for many years after the conclusion of WWII Pilecki was a member of the Polish resistance who volunteered to get arrested and sent to Auschwitz before anyone–not even the Germans–knew what Auschwitz was to become It recounts his years there organizing an undergr

  6. says:

    The Volunteer 2019 by Jack Fairweather is the incredibly moving account of Witold Pilecki a member of the Warsaw resistance during WW2 who voluntarily went into Auschwitz concentration camp in September 1940 to set up a resistance cell report back to the outside world and to incite a rebellion Conditions in Auschwitz were far worse than he

  7. says:

    WOWHonestly I didn’t think I would enjoy this book very much I mean I knew it would be a good educational book but I really wasn’t convinced I myself would enjoy it but boy I was wrong I opened this book to vivid detail and wri

  8. says:

    The Volunteer – A Gripping Story of ResistanceTo many of us in the Polish community the story of Witold Pilecki is a very well known story of resistance and heroism The problem has been the story has never been well known outside of that community Due to the Russian Occupation of Poland that lasted until 1989 it was not in their interest t

  9. says:

    For some people simply sitting by the sidelines and watching as things unfold is not in their blood For some the are compelled to act no matter the personal danger involved These men and women are all to often forgotten by history Their actions may save a few or thousands of lives but for some reason we all too often never know their names So it is for the thanks of books like The volunteer that not only do we get to learn their

  10. says:

    costa Award winner 2019