An evening with Jack Fairweather - "The Volunteer"
Wednesday 3rd July 18:30 at London - Hampstead
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 was Auschwitz.
Drawing on exclusive family papers and recently declassified files as well as unpublished accounts from the camp’s fighters, Jack Fairweather shows how Witold attempted to save hundreds of thousands of lives.
How does an ordinary man, a farmer and father, find the moral capacity to piece together, and expose the Nazis greatest crimes while others turned away? 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. 'The Volunteer' is an incredible true story of survival and heroism that will add a provocative new chapter in the history of the mass murder of the Jews.
Advance Praise for The Volunteer
‘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, #1 New York Times bestselling author and award-winning journalist
‘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, ex-Marine, novelist and finalist for the National Book Award
‘A riveting account of human heroism in the face of overwhelming odds … Fairweather’s storytelling is simply masterful’ - Jon-Lee Anderson, writer for the New Yorker
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