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  • EMBASSY NEWS & EVENTS

  • 28 June 2019

    On June 26 an event for the new book “The Volunteer” by Jack Fairweather was held at the Polish Ambassador’s Residence in Washington, DC. “The Volunteer” recounts the heroism of Witold Pilecki, a Polish Army officer, member of the underground resistance and soldier in the Home Army who reported on the German concentration camp Auschwitz.

    The event’s guests were greeted by the head of our Embassy’s Culture, Science and Information Department Dr. Urszula Horoszko, who emphasized how Pilecki “is a truly larger-than-life figure, a seemingly ordinary man of unbelievable courage, personal integrity and valor.” The book’s author, Jack Fairweather, presented on Pilecki’s deeds during World War II, including his greatest act of heroism: volunteering to go to the German concentration camp Auschwitz to witness the atrocities of the German occupier on the camp’s prisoners. Pilecki also built a resistance movement in Auschwitz and organized an escape from the camp. During the question-and-answer session the book’s author also discussed Pilecki’s fate after the war, when he was arrested by the communists and sentenced to death.

     

    Following the presentation guests had the opportunity to speak with the author and purchase the book. The event was organized in cooperation with the Pilecki Institute with the participation of our Embassy’s Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Paweł Kotowski and Director of the Pilecki Institute Dr. Wojciech Kozłowski. It brought together around 150 guests, among whom were members of the diplomatic corps, journalists, and representatives of academic groups, the Polonia community and Jewish organizations.

     

    Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Washington, DC

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