Courage Under Fire: Unsung Heroes

Published on June 7, 2017

Witold Pilecki

Probably the most unknown of the bunch but very likely the craziest, Pilecki intentionally got himself imprisoned in the Auschwitz concentration camp during WWII. His mission from the Polish resistance was to gather intelligence of the extermination happening at the camps in order to expose it to allied forces. He transmitted his information to the resistance from inside the camp via laundry transports which eventually led to the allies finally comprehending the need for intervention. After successfully escaping in 1943 as well as being a hero to the allied effort and resistance, he was executed by the Russians for disloyalty to the communist regime.

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Pilecki Auschwitz


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