Captain Witold Pilecki, who had the distinction of being the only known person to smuggle into Auschwitz, so he could report back to the Allies about the conditions there. They didn’t listen. They thought he was exaggerating.
Since 1989, Poles, too, have been learning about him, thanks to a 2006 movie, The Death of Witold Pilecki, with Marek Probosz portraying the hero. The movie, with English subtitles, hasn’t had wide circulation. Your better chance might be a new book: The Auschwitz Volunteer: Beyond Bravery. It’s been published by Aquila Polonica in Los Angeles. That means it’s probably not going to get much mainstream publicity. (NPR did a 2010 broadcast about him – it’s here.) This heavily illustrated, 400-page book is the first translation into English of his report.
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