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The Volunteer: The True Story of the Resistance Hero who Infiltrated Auschwitz
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Jack Fairweather
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The Volunteer: The True Story of the Resistance Hero who Infiltrated Auschwitz

Jack Fairweather


9780753545171

W H ALLEN


Biography: historical, political & military;
True stories of heroism, endurance & survival;
History;
The Holocaust


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400 pages

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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 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 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major account of his amazing journey, drawing on exclusive family papers and recently declassified files as well as unpublished accounts from the camp's fighters to show how he saved hundreds of thousands of lives.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.

By:   Jack Fairweather
Imprint:   W H ALLEN
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm,  Spine: 32mm
Weight:   586g
ISBN:   9780753545171
ISBN 10:   0753545179
Pages:   400
Publication Date:   June 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Jack Fairweather is a former war reporter in Iraq and Afghanistan and the author of A War of Choice and The Good War.


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 * Times of truly monstrous evil bring forth people of remarkable courage, and there is no more extraordinary example of this than the story of Witold Pilecki. Well-researched, well-written and searingly memorable, Jack Fairweather's book reminds us of the capacity for nobility in the human soul in times of unimaginable peril * Andrew Roberts, bestselling author of `Churchill: Walking with Destiny' * 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 * An outstanding achievement ... a harrowing tale, revealing the depths of human depravity, redeemed by the shining courage and nobility of one of humanity's heroes. * Patrick Bishop, bestselling author FIGHTER BOYS * 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, bestselling author of BLACK HAWK DOWN *

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