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The Auschwitz Volunteer: Beyond Bravery by Captain Witold Pilecki (Hardcover)

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The Auschwitz Volunteer: Beyond Bravery 
by Captain Witold Pilecki (Author), 
Jarek Garlinski (Translator) 
 
A dramatic and often harrowing eyewitness account of life, death and resistance inside the infamous Nazi German concentration camp by Captain Witold Pilecki...
 
...the only man to volunteer to be captured and imprisoned in Auschwitz to bring out the story of the camp!
 
 
September 1940. With calm deliberation, Polish Army officer Witold Pilecki walked into a Nazi German street round-up in Warsaw… and became Auschwitz Prisoner No. 4859.
 
Pilecki had volunteered for a secret mission: smuggle out intelligence about this new German concentration camp at Oświęcim (known as Auschwitz by the Germans) in occupied Poland, and build a resistance organisation amongst the prisoners. He barely survived more than two years of hunger, disease and brutality, having accomplished most of his mission at Auschwitz before escaping in April 1943. Pilecki's clandestine intelligence reports from Auschwitz, received by the Allies in 1941, were amongst the earliest. Pilecki's camp-wide resistance organisation in Auschwitz had been smuggling out regular reports describing the full horrors of daily life inside the camp, the building of the gas chambers and the mass-extermination of the Jews arriving at the camp. 
 
Although Pilecki had first started to write-up his experiences at Auschwitz in an eleven page document entitled Raport 'W' shortly after his escape in 1943, The Auschwitz Volunteer: Beyond Bravery; is based on Pilecki’s extensive Auschwitz report or Raport 'Witolda' written in 1945 for his Polish Army superiors. This seminal primary source is published in English for the first time and describes Auschwitz concentration camp from its early days in September 1940 through to April 1943 by which time the Auschwitz camp complex had been greatly expanded and transformed into an extermination camp.
 
In the report, Pilecki also tells of his bold plan to liberate Auschwitz with Allied support—a plan that was deemed too ambitious to succeed so did not come to fruition.
 
Pilecki even describes the operation of a secret radio transmitter built by the prisoners and hidden in the camp's hospital block!
 
The Auschwitz Volunteer: Beyond Bravery is translated into English for the first time from Pilecki's original 1945 Polish report by Jarek Garliński.
 
On February 7, 2013, "The Auschwitz Volunteer: Beyond Bravery" was one of five works to be awarded tbe PROSE Award by the American Publishers Awards for Professional and Scholarly Excellence.
 
The PROSE Awards annually recognize the very best in professional and scholarly publishing by bringing attention to distinguished books, journals, and electronic content in over 40 categories. Judged by peer publishers, librarians, and medical professionals since 1976, the PROSE Awards are extraordinary for their breadth and depth. Each year, publishers and authors are recognized at the PSP Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., for their commitment to pioneering works of research and for contributing to the conception, production, and design of landmark works in their fields. 
 
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