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

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

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major account of his amazing journey, drawing on exclusive family papers and recently declassified files as well as unpublished accounts from the camp’s fighters to show how he saved hundreds of thousands of lives.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

Title:The Volunteer: The True Story of the Resistance Hero who Infiltrated Auschwitz
ISBN:9780753545164
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    The Volunteer: The True Story of the Resistance Hero who Infiltrated Auschwitz Reviews

  • Steven Z.

    In 2003 my wife and I visited Krakow, Poland as part of a trip to locate where my father’s family lived before immigrating to the United States in the 1930s to escape the dark clouds that were desce...

  • Eric Anderson

    Although it feels like events of the Holocaust and WWII have been comprehensively written about in numerous accounts, it’s astounding that new stories continue to emerge which present a different an...

  • Emma

    In an act of near-incomprehensible bravery, Witold Pilecki volunteered to investigate Nazi crimes in Auschwitz. His charge: provide the intelligence that would force the Allied powers to pay attention...

  • Robert Sheard

    This is the story of Witold Pilecki, which remained lost for many years after the conclusion of WWII. Pilecki was a member of the Polish resistance who volunteered to get arrested and sent to Auschwit...

  • Barry Pierce

    pretty ballsy move by the Costa Awards to name this 'book of the year' when it's essentially an account of the total incompetence displayed by the Allied powers and, especially, Britain....

  • Nigeyb

    The Volunteer (2019) by Jack Fairweather is the incredibly moving account of Witold Pilecki, a member of the Warsaw resistance during WW2 who voluntarily went into Auschwitz concentration camp in Sept...

  • Joey T

    WOWHonestly I didn’t think I would enjoy this book very much. I mean, I knew it would be a good educational book but I really wasn’t convinced I myself would enjoy it, but boy I was wrong. I opene...

  • Dem

    costa Award winner 2019....

  • Paul

    The Volunteer – A Gripping Story of ResistanceTo many of us in the Polish community the story of Witold Pilecki is a very well known story of resistance and heroism. The problem has been the story h...

  • Paul

    For some people simply sitting by the sidelines and watching as things unfold is not in their blood. For some the are compelled to act no matter the personal danger involved. These men and women are ...