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The volunteer one man, an underground army, and the secret mission to destroy Auschwitz

by Fairweather, Jack,

Format: OverDrive MP3 Audiobook 2019 2019
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Documents the true story of an ill-fated Polish resistance fighter's infiltration of Auschwitz to sabotage the camp from within, chronicling his daring escape to smuggle evidence of murderous Nazi activities to Allied forces.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Following the German conquest of Poland in 1939, officers of the defeated country's army coalesced into an underground resistance organization. When they learned of a mysterious camp in which the Nazis imprisoned their compatriots, they decided to collect intelligence by infiltrating the place with an operative. Witold Pilecki volunteered and contrived to be arrested and sent to Auschwitz. When he arrived in late 1940, it was not yet a murder factory, though its expansion into such a hideous facility is hinted at in various reports that Pilecki smuggled out to the Polish underground. Of more immediate importance to Pilecki was preparing his fellow Poles for a breakout and documenting Nazi atrocities inside the camp. Only a few Poles escaped, including Pilecki, and they then fought in the tragic Warsaw uprising of 1944. Pilecki survived, continued an underground life of resistance in postwar Poland, wrote a memoir about his experiences in Auschwitz, and was arrested by the communist regime, which put him to death in 1948. Drawing Pilecki's witnessing of appalling crimes into a forceful narrative with unstoppable reading momentum, Fairweather has created an insightful biography of a covert war hero and an extraordinary contribution to the history of the Holocaust.--Gilbert Taylor Copyright 2019 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: ""Witold Pilecki volunteered to be imprisoned in Auschwitz," writes former war correspondent Fairweather in this immaculately detailed history, and rather than being heralded as a hero, he was tried, executed, and "effectively deleted from history" by his country. Fairweather mines letters, coded diaries, and personal interviews to tell the story of how Pilecki, a gentleman farmer and Polish cavalry officer, left his family, assumed a false identity, and handed himself over to the Gestapo for imprisonment at Auschwitz along with all the other military-age men in Warsaw. For two and a half years, he endured torture, starvation, and disease, witnessing Jewish families being led to the gas chambers and choking on the fumes from burning bodies, all the while risking his life to collect information on death tolls and building plans for death chambers and crematoriums that would be smuggled out by released upper-class prisoners. Pilecki was devastated when the Polish resistance and the Allies refused to believe that Auschwitz had become the center of the "final solution." After escaping on his own, Pilecki returned to a Poland decimated by the fleeing Germans and seized by the encroaching Communist forces, which labeled him a traitor for opposing them and executed him. Fairweather tells this tragic tale in gripping fashion, bringing a new angle to the literature of the Holocaust. Illus. Agent: Larry Weissman, Larry Weissman Literary. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."

Additional Information
Subjects Pilecki, Witold, 1901-1948
Auschwitz (Concentration camp)
World War, 1939-1945 Underground movements Poland
Poland Armed Forces Officers Biography.
Publisher [Place of publication not identified] :HarperAudio2019
Edition Unabridged.
Other Titles One man, an underground army, and the secret mission to destroy Auschwitz
Contributors OverDrive, Inc.
Participants/Performers David Rintoul.
Language English
System Details Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Format: OverDrive Listen
Format: OverDrive MP3 Audiobook
Requires OverDrive app 3.0 (Windows) / 1.0 (Mac) / 1.0 (Windows Mobile)
Description 1 audio file : digital
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages [461]-486) and index.
ISBN 9780062899071
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