31 January 2020

Witold Pilecki, the Man Who Volunteered to Become a Prisoner in Auschwitz

The story of Rotmistrz (Captain of Cavalry) Witold Pilecki of the Polish Army. He fought the Reds in the Polish Soviet War and the National Socialists in the 1939-45 War. He was a co-founder of Tajna Armia Polska, TAP (Secret Polish Army), and later a member of Armia Krajowa, AK (Home Army) which fought both the Red and Brown socialists.

Pilecki is now considered "one of the greatest wartime heroes". Poland's Chief Rabbi Michael Schudrich writes in the forward to The Auschwitz Volunteer: Beyond Bravery: "When God created the human being, God had in mind that we should all be like Captain Witold Pilecki, of blessed memory." 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." Ryszard Schnepf, Polish ambassador to the United States, described Pilecki as a "diamond among Poland's heroes" and "the highest example of Polish patriotism" in 2013.

After the War? Oh, he was arrested by the Communists, tortured, given a show trial on trumped-up charges, convicted and executed. May his memory be eternal!

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