|About the Book|
Witold Pilecki was a soldier of the Second Polish Republic, the founder of the Secret Polish Army (Tajna Armia Polska) and a member of the Home Army (Armia Krajowa). As the author of Witolds Report, the first intelligence report on AuschwitzMoreWitold Pilecki was a soldier of the Second Polish Republic, the founder of the Secret Polish Army (Tajna Armia Polska) and a member of the Home Army (Armia Krajowa). As the author of Witolds Report, the first intelligence report on Auschwitz concentration camp, Pilecki enabled the Polish government-in-exile to convince the Allies that the Holocaust was taking place. During WWII, he volunteered for a Polish resistance operation to get imprisoned at Auschwitz in order to gather intelligence and escape. While in the camp, Pilecki organized a resistance movement and as early as 1941, informed the Western Allies of Nazi Germanys Auschwitz atrocities. He escaped from the camp in 1943 and took part in the Warsaw Uprising.He remained loyal to the London-based Polish government-in-exile and was executed in 1948 by the Stalinist secret police on charges of working for foreign imperialism, thought to be a euphemism for MI6. Until 1989, information on his exploits and fate was suppressed by the Polish communist regime.This album is an extraordinary publication. Its very form, which is reminiscent of a family photograph album, introduces the reader to the spiritual climate of the bygone world of our forefathers. It enables an outlook of Pileckis parents and grandparents, and shows the places that are associated with the Pilecki family. The successive sections of the album portray the life of Witold Pilecki. First, we see him as a Boy Scout and schoolboy, then as a soldier of the Vilnius Self-Defence, and eventually as a volunteer in the Polish-Bolshevik war in the years 1919-1920. We get to know him - in the time of the independent Poland - not only as a model father, householder and landlord, but also a citizen. We witness his heroic, voluntary mission to the Auschwitz concentration camp, fighting in the Warsaw Uprising. And the final stage: his imprisonment, investigation, sentencing, and subsequent martyrs death.