Jack Fairweather: The Volunteer, One Man, an Underground Army, and the Secret Mission to Destroy Auschwitz.
Author Jack Fairweather in conversation with Dr. Michael Berenbaum, Director, Sigi Ziering Institute for Holocaust Studies and Professor of Jewish Studies, AJU
The little-known story of Witold Pilecki, who spent three years in Auschwitz clandestinely working to undermine the Germans and inform the Allies of Nazi crimes. Pilecki’s exploits were suppressed for decades by Poland’s Communist government, but with the collapse of the Soviet Union and the opening of archives in Warsaw, the story of his heroic mission emerged. The author draws on Pilecki’s own accounts, prisoners’ testimonies and interviews with those who fought beside him to tell about this hero who risked everything to bring the horrors of Auschwitz to light.
Jack Fairweather is a correspondent for the Washington Post and the Bagdad and Persian Gulf bureau chief for the Daily Telegraph. As an embedded reporter during the Iraq invasion, he won the British Press Award (the British equivalent to the Pulitzer Prize). He is the author of A War of Choice and The Good War.
Meet the author at the book sale and signing to follow.
Presented with Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Los Angeles