Invitation to the lecture and concert dedicated to Witold Pilecki one of the greatest wartime heroes.
Captain Witold Pilecki – member of the underground Home Army (Armia Krajowa) in German-occupied Poland. He was the author of Witold’s Report, the first comprehensive Allied intelligence report on Auschwitz concentration camp and the Holocaust. During World War II, Pilecki volunteered for a Polish resistance operation that involved being imprisoned in the Auschwitz death camp in order to gather intelligence and later escape. While in the camp, he organized a resistance movement and informed the Western Allies of Nazi Germany’s Auschwitz atrocities as early as 1941. He escaped from the camp in 1943 after nearly 2½ years of imprisonment. He took part as a combatant in the Warsaw Uprising in August–October 1944. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
Witold Pilecki was murdered by communist authorities after the war in 1948.
British historian Norman Davies writes: „If there was an Allied hero who deserved to be remembered and celebrated, this was a person with few peers.”
historian, president of Lączka (Meadow) Foundation dedicated to finding graves and honoring of
thousands Polish heroes murdered by the communists after the WWII in Poland. www.fundacjalaczka.pl
Music concert by Pawel Piekarczyk (vocal/guitar).
Free Admission. Lecture in Polish language.
Silver Spring MD Saturday Nov 3, Wellington NJ Oct 28, Green Point NY Oct 29, Linden NJ Oct 30, Clark NJ Nov 1 , Philadelphia PA Nov 2, Newark NJ Nov 3
Zapraszamy na cykl spotkań „Żołnierze Niezłomni – Witold Pilecki” w metropolii New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia: wykłady Tadeusza Płużańskiego wraz z koncertami Pawła Piekarczyka, w dniach 29 października – 4 listopada:
Greenpoint, NY – Klub Seniora Amber – 29 października (poniedziałek) – 1 pm
Witold Pilecki was murdered in the prison on Rakowiecka Street in Warsaw. He was a Polish officer, a member of the Polish Underground State, the only voluntary prisoner of the Nazi German concentration camp Auschwitz as well as the author of the so-called Pilecki Reports.
Witold Pilecki served in the Home Army and took part in the Warsaw Uprising. After the war he continued to work towards creating a free Poland – in 1947 he was arrested and tortured by the Soviet authorities, after which he was tried and executed in 1948. After Poland regained independence, he was rehabilitated by the Supreme Court’s judgment in 1990, given the rank of colonel and awarded with the Order of the White Eagle. British historian Prof. Michael Foot named Pilecki as one of the six bravest people in the resistance movement of World War II.
Witold Pilecki presented the authorities of the Polish Underground State with the idea of getting in to the German Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau. Pilecki’s task was to gather information about the conditions prevailing in the camp and dispatch them to the outside world. While in the camp he also established the Union of Military Organisations, which was to prepare the uprising and the liberation of the camp. After escaping from Auschwitz, he created reports documenting the crimes of Nazi Germany that he had witnessed. Reports were passed on to the Allies and, along with Jan Karski’s activities, constitute the world’s first source on the Holocaust.
“What can humanity say today, this humanity which wants to prove the progress of culture, and set the 20th century to much higher standards compared to past centuries. Can we, people of the twentieth century, look at the faces of those who once lived and – amusingly – prove our superiority, when in our day the armed mass destroys not the hostile army, but whole nations, defenceless societies, applying the latest technological achievements,” Captain Pilecki stated in a report from 1945, described his time in the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. (…)
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The Auschwitz Volunteer: Witold Pilecki (4859)
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Witold’s Report, also known as Pilecki’s Report, is an official report of over 100 pages (in its final version) written in 1943 by Witold Pilecki, a Polish soldier and agent of the Polish resistance, who entered and escaped from the Auschwitz concentration camp. It was the first comprehensive record of a Holocaust death camp to be obtained by the Allies.
The report includes details about the gas chambers, „selektion”, and the sterilization experiments. It states that there were three crematoria in Birkenau able to burn 8000 people daily. Raul Hilberg wrote that the Office of Strategic Services in London, which received the report, filed it away with a note that there was no indication as to its reliability.
Pilecki’s Report preceded and supplemented the „Polish Major’s Report” by Jerzy Tabeau (who escaped with Roman Cieliczko on 19 November 1943 and compiled the report between December 1943 and January 1944), the earliest of the three eyewitness reports known jointly as the Auschwitz Protocols which warned about the mass murder and other atrocities that were taking place inside the camp.
Source: en.wikipedia.org .
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