The Volunteer : One Man, An Underground Army, And The Secret Mission To Destroy Auschwitz

The Volunteer : One Man, An Underground Army, And The Secret Mission To Destroy Auschwitz



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Summary: To uncover the fate of the thousands being interred at a mysterious Nazi camp on the border of the Reich, a thirty-nine-year-old Polish resistance fighter named Witold Pilecki volunteered for an audacious mission: assume a fake identity, intentionally get captured and sent to the new camp, and then report back to the underground on what had happened to his compatriots there. But gathering information was not his only task: he was to execute an attack from inside -- where the Germans would least expect it. The name of the camp was Auschwitz. Over the next two and half years, Pilecki forged an underground army within Auschwitz that sabotaged facilities, assassinated Nazi informants and officers, and gathered evidence of shocking abuse and mass murder. But as he pieced together the horrifying truth that the camp was to become the epicenter of Nazi plans to exterminate Europe's Jews, Pilecki realized he would have to risk his men, his life, and his family to warn the West before all was...  more »
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940.5318 FAIAdult NonfictionIn

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Edition Statement :

First edition.

Content :

Invasion -- Occupation -- Arrival -- Survivors -- Resistance -- Bomber command -- Radio -- Experiments -- Shifts -- Paradise -- Napoleon -- Deadline -- Paperwork -- Fever -- Declaration -- Breakdown -- Impact -- Flight -- Alone -- Uprising -- Return.

Publication, Distribution, etc. :

New York : Custom House, [2019]



Physical Description :

xvi, 505 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm

Notes :
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 461-486) and index.
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