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    In 1940, the Polish Underground wanted to know what was happening inside the recently opened Auschwitz concentration camp. Polish army officer Witold Pilecki volunteered to be arrested by the Germans and report from inside the camp. His intelligence reports, smuggled out in 1941, were among the first eyewitness accounts of Auschwitz atrocities: the extermination of Soviet POWs, its function as a camp for Polish political prisoners, and the "final solution" for Jews. Pilecki received brutal treatment until he escaped in April 1943; soon after, he wrote a brief report. This book is the first English translation of a 1945 expanded version. In the foreword, Poland's chief rabbi states, "If heeded, Pilecki's early warnings might have changed the course of history." Pilecki's story was suppressed for half a century after his 1948 arrest by the Polish Communist regime as a "Western spy". He was executed and expunged from Polish history. Pilecki writes in staccato style but also interjects his observations on humankind's lack of progress: "We have strayed, my friends, we have strayed dreadfully.... We are a whole level of hell worse than animals!"

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    ©2012 Jarsolaw Garlinski and Aquila Polonica (U.S.) Ltd. (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    • Rhea
    • 22/09/2013

    The bar of manhood

    When I first began this book I was some what disappointed. The reader at times can be hard to understand. The book is all so written as an account in some ones life and therefore has had little effort put in to creating a gripping story line. However getting further in to the book I realised what this book really is, a story of one of the bravest and best of the species called human beings. Durring a time when any normal person would have done anything possable not to go and anything else to leave Mr. Pilecki volunteered to go and choose to stay, in order to complete his work. He is the bar in which any man should strive to reach. I feel as I shall try harder to be a stronger better human,man, after listening to this book. I recommened this book highly for a few different reasons but mainly because it has changed my perspective.

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    • Adam
    • 10/08/2013

    Worth every minute for a glimpse of Auschwitz

    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Provides a captivating first hand account of time a prisoners life and trials in a concentration camp...all while organizing and eventually escaping the horrible conditions. Only to be murdered after the war was over.

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    • Jimmy Naraine
    • 04/04/2018

    It’s a MUST read

    I’ve just finished listening and I’m lost for words. It’s a must read. The bravery of Witold Pilecki and his comrades is hard to fathom. It’s not only a very detailed account of what happened in Auschwitz, but also a good reminder for us what true bravery and sacrifice means. Finally, the narration is very compelling and makes you feel like you are listening to Pilecki himself.

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    • Branson
    • 11/01/2017

    Great story , mediocre book

    The story is absolutely fascinating, my only complaint is that because his situation this is basically what amounts to a rough draft. I would love to see someone else come in and gather all the information from this book and put it in a more clear and interesting fashion

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    • Inga Elizondo
    • 08/01/2016

    Captain Witold Pilecki is a man of honor!!

    I wish everybody would read or listen to this book. What Witold Pilecki has done for his country is unimaginable and he will be honored for this for eternity. History books about WWII focus more on the holocaust and barely anything is mentioned to what has happened to millions of poles. Anybody who wants to hear a true patriot, a pure from heart and soul patriot should listen to this book.

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    • DSYY
    • 24/07/2019

    very good

    I thought this book was great. I would recommend to anyone interested in that era. be warned not the audiobook to listen to if you are going out to a party. I found this book to be really humbling.

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    • Stephen V.
    • 17/07/2019

    A first person view of hell & 1 who survived it

    The deeper I went into the book, the more I wondered how anyone could survive such hell, and who besides one with great courage and strength would ever volunteer for such a mission.

    I wondered why I had never heard of Witold Pilecki and what he did. Now I can never forget.

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    • michael kuszynski
    • 22/04/2021

    True experience

    As a Polish born immigrant, I find this an extremely powerful and profound experience.

    The reading by a Polish person with an accent in English makes this more authentic. Their intonation during some painful moments shows the shared suffering of the Polish people and the depth of their soul.

    I am surprised this is written so well, even with some diary like phrasing or repetition, it is an understatement to say this was written under duress.

    Bless Poland and our people. Bless all peoples who suffer and live with the consequences and leftovers of great past and present suffering.

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    • Anonymous User
    • 11/02/2021

    Wow!

    Some very insightful lessons! Especially in today's current divisive climate- it gives one pause- are we doing it again?

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    • Ethan
    • 04/06/2019

    Incredible Story

    I was absolutely amazed by this story a d wish that they would make a movie about this book it is incredible