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Jack Fairweather


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PUBLISHED: 6th June 2019 NEW RELEASE
ISBN: 9780753545164
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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.
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  • Hardcover
    $35.76
PUBLISHED: 6th June 2019 NEW RELEASE
ISBN: 9780753545164
ANNOTATION:
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.

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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.

Publisher Description

Totally gripping ... fascinating, revelatory and surreal -- Simon Sebag Montefiore

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major account of his amazing journey, drawing on exclusive family papers and recently declassified files as well as unpublished accounts from the camp's fighters to show how he saved hundreds of thousands of lives.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

Author Biography

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

Review

"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 "A remarkable book. Fairweather's account is often harrowing; but it is an important account of the suffering and tragedy in Nazi death camps, told using many previously unpublished sources - and from a new perspective." Peter Frankopan "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 "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 "Witold Pilecki is one of the unsung heroes of World War II. Jack Fairweather has brought Pilecki's story to life with a rich array of primary sources that reveal his role alerting the world to Auschwitz's horrors and its transformation from a concentration camp to the epicenter of the Holocaust. In doing so, Fairweather reminds us that the Nazi leadership didn't start the war with the idea of the Holocaust fully formed - its policy emerged through a series of experiments in mass murder, which Pilecki was able to witness and report on with remarkable courage and tenacity." Antony Polonsky, Chief Historian, Polin Museum of the History of Polish Jews

Product Details

Author
Jack Fairweather
Publisher
Ebury Publishing
Year
2019
ISBN-10
0753545160
ISBN-13
9780753545164
Format
Hardcover
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Publication Date
2019-06-06
Subtitle
The True Story of the Resistance Hero who Infiltrated Auschwitz
Pages
528