The Volunteer: The True Story of the Resistance Hero who Infiltrated Auschwitz (Hardback)Jack Fairweather (author)
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Former war reporter and author of The Good War, Jack Fairweather brings an expert’s understanding to the first history of Witold Pilecki, the Polish resistance agent who infiltrated Auschwitz, feeding back vital intelligence to the Allied forces. Impeccably researched and grippingly written, Fairweather’s important book illuminates the life of a forgotten hero, providing a significant new perspective on the horrors of the final solution and those who fought to prevent it.
How do you keep fighting in the face of unimaginable horror?
This is untold story of one of the greatest heroes of the Second World War.
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 interred 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 designs. 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major account of his amazing journey, drawing on exclusive family papers and recently declassified files as well as unpublished accounts from the camp's fighters to show how he saved hundreds of thousands of lives.
The 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.
Publisher: Ebury Publishing
Number of pages: 528
Weight: 731 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 39 mm
'Totally gripping... A fascinating, revelatory and surreal WWII story of almost incredible courage and unspeakable horror - how a Polish resistance fighter helped reveal the secret of the final solution from inside Auschwitz.' - Simon Sebag Montefiore
'Superbly written and breathtakingly researched... a story of incalculable value delivered in the most compelling prose I have read in a long time.' - Sebastian Junger
'Impossible to believe if it were not so meticulously researched... a page-turner, a remarkable inside-view of the Holocaust, and also as a testament to all that is best in the human spirit.' - Mark Bowden, author of Black Hawk Down
'As riveting as any page-turner and as profound as any great work of literature as it reveals humanity's capacity for both courage and savagery.' - Elliot Ackerman
'A riveting account of human heroism in the face of overwhelming odds ... Fairweather's storytelling is simply masterful.' - Jon-Lee Anderson
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