In the summer of 1940, a Polish underground operative named Witold Pilecki accepted a mission to uncover the fate of thousands interred at a new concentration camp on the border of the Reich. His task was to report on Nazi crimes, raise a secret army and strage an uprising. The name of the detention centre – Auschwitz.
Over the next two and half years, Pilecki forged an underground force within Auschwitz that sabotaged facilities, assassinated Nazi officers, and gathered evidence of terrifying abuse and mass murder. But as he pieced together the horrifying 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.
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