The Volunteer: The True Story of the Resistance Hero who Infiltrated Auschwitz – Costa Book of the Year 2019
- Amazon Kindle Edition
- Fairweather, Jack (Author)
- English (Publication Language)
- 501 Pages - 06/27/2019 (Publication Date) - Virgin Digital (Publisher)
The Volunteer: The True Story of the Resistance Hero who Infiltrated Auschwitz – Costa Book of the Year 2019 @ Amazon UK Deals
“Totally gripping … A fascinating, revelatory and surreal WWII story of almost incredible courage and unspeakable horror – how a Polish resistance fighter helped reveal the secret of the final solution from inside Auschwitz” (Simon Sebag Montefiore)”A remarkable book. Fairweather’s account is often harrowing; but it is an important account of the suffering and tragedy in Nazi death camps, told using many previously unpublished sources – and from a new perspective.” (Peter Frankopan)”Well-researched, well-written and searingly memorable, Jack Fairweather’s book reminds us of the capacity for nobility in the human soul in times of unimaginable peril” (Andrew Roberts, bestselling author of ‘Churchill: Walking with Destiny’)”Few books have enthralled, incensed and haunted me as “The Volunteer” has done. There were times I felt compelled to set it aside. There were others when hours of reading passed in what felt like moments … This is a story that has long deserved a robust, faithful telling, and he has delivered it” (Wall Street Journal)”An extraordinary story” (The Times)”Superbly written and breathtakingly researched … a story of incalculable value delivered in the most compelling prose I have read in a long time” (Sebastian Junger, #1 New York Times bestselling author and award-winning journalist)”What distinguishes The Volunteer is Fairweather’s meticulous attention to accuracy … if it sometimes seems as though there is nothing left to uncover about the Holocaust, Fairweather’s gripping book proves otherwise” (The Spectator)”Combines the verve of a thriller with the detailed evidence of the sober, hideous truth” (Anne de Courcy The Telegraph)”A searing account … a fitting memorial to one of Poland’s greatest war heroes and a shaming indictment of the western allies’ failure to act” (Sunday Times)”A forceful narrative with unstoppable reading momentum, Fairweather has created an insightful biography of a covert war hero and an extraordinary contribution to the history of the Holocaust.” (Starred booklist review) –This text refers to the hardcover edition.
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
To uncover the fate of the thousands being interred at a mysterious Nazi camp on the border of the Reich, a thirty-nine-year-old Polish resistance fighter named Witold Pilecki volunteered for an audacious mission: assume a fake identity, intentionally get captured and sent to the new camp, and then report back to the underground on what had happened to his compatriots there. But gathering information was not his only task: he was to execute an attack from inside–where the Germans would least expect it.
The name of the camp was Auschwitz.
Over the next two and half years, Pilecki forged an underground army within Auschwitz that sabotaged facilities, assassinated Nazi informants and officers, and amassed evidence of shocking abuse and mass murder. But as he pieced together the horrifying truth that the camp was to become the epicenter of Nazi plans to exterminate Europe’s Jews, Pilecki realized he would have to risk his men, his life, and his family to warn the West before all was lost. To do so meant attempting the impossible–an escape from Auschwitz itself.
Completely erased from the historical record by Poland’s postwar Communist government, Pilecki remains almost unknown to the world. Now, 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.
–This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition. Jack Fairweather is a British writer and former war reporter in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the author of A War of Choice, The Good War and The Volunteer. He splits his time between the UK and Vermont. –This text refers to the hardcover edition. Read more
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