Journalist and award-winning author Jack Fairweather will discuss his book, The Volunteer: One Man, an Underground Army, and the Secret Mission to Destroy Auschwitz.
The incredible true story of a Polish resistance fighter’s infiltration of Auschwitz to sabotage the camp from within, and his death-defying attempt to warn the Allies about the Nazis’ plans for a “Final Solution” before it was too late. Thirty-nine-year-old Polish resistance fighter, Witold Pilecki volunteered for the daring mission to infiltrate Auschwitz and report back to the underground on conditions within the camp. Over the next two and half years, Pilecki forged an underground army within Auschwitz that sabotaged facilities, assassinated Nazi informants and officers, and gathered evidence of terrifying abuse and mass murder. With exclusive access to previously hidden diaries, family and camp survivor accounts, and recently declassified files, Jack Fairweather offers an unflinching portrayal of survival, revenge and betrayal in mankind’s darkest hour. And in uncovering the tragic outcome of Pilecki’s mission, he reveals that its ultimate defeat originated not in Auschwitz or Berlin, but in London and Washington.