The Volunteer: A True Tale of a Courageous Man and Auschwitz

To the people that say the Holocaust never happened, get your head out of whichever orifice or subterranean location you have parked it. DC Gilbert has written a book review of Witold PIlecki, a Polish hero who infiltrated Auschwitz at the possible cost of his own life to find out what was going on and to let the world know what was going on.

D.C. Gilbert

German soldiers crossed the border into Poland on September 1, 1939, triggering the beginning of World War II. In response to the German invasion of Poland, Great Britain and France declared war on Germany. However, it would be several very long years before Poland would see any kind of relief from Allied action.

The Volunteer

The Volunteer: One Man, an Underground Army, and the Secret Mission to Destroy Auschwitz by Jack Fairweather is an almost unfathomable true story of courage and sacrifice. It is a story that would make most of us ask the question of ourselves, “Is there any way I could possibly do what this man did?”

This is the incredible story of a courageous Polish national who volunteered to infiltrate Auschwitz in an attempt to sabotage the camp from the inside, and his extremely dangerous attempt to warn the Allies of Hitler’s “Final Solution.”

Would you volunteer?

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14 thoughts on “The Volunteer: A True Tale of a Courageous Man and Auschwitz”

  1. Most of my wife’s family perished at Auschwitz so books like these have a special meaning to us. I totally concur with your opening statement and yet there are dullards out there who insist it never happened. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Allen, I’m sorry to hear about your wife’s family. Of all of the conspiracy theorists and truth deniers, denying or justifying the Holocaust as taking care of people who could not take care of themselves, I find that to be the most appalling. What will happen after the last survivor passes away, I do not know.

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  2. Amazing story – thank you EQ. Of course there may be many other stories which will never be told. It’s very difficult though to criticise certain decisions (in this case by Allied leaders) after the event. Who knows what the author’s decisions would have been, put in the same position.

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  3. Thanks for commenting Roy. As much as I would like to think we would have done better now, the way the U.S. is currently treating refugees does not argue that we have done better. I’m sure there are a lot of WWII stories that we will never know. After 74-80 years, it’s still fascinating how many new stories are still coming out.

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