The overall winner of the Costa Prize 2019 is
The Volunteer: A True Story of the Resistance Hero Who Infiltrated Auschwitz by Jack Fairweather
In the Summer of 1940, after the Nazi occupation of Poland, an underground operative called Witold Pilecki accepted a mission to uncover the fate of thousands of people being interned at a new concentration camp on the border of the Reich. His mission was to report on Nazi crimes and raise a secret army to stage an uprising. His reports from Auschwitz were to shape the Allies response to the Holocaust – yet his story was all but forgotten for decades. This is the first major account to draw on unpublished family papers, newly released archival documents and exclusive interviews with surviving resistance fighters to show how he brought the fight to the Nazis at the heart of their evil designs. The result is an enthralling story of resistance and heroism against the most horrific circumstances, and one man’s attempt to change the course of history.
‘Totally gripping’– Simon Sebag Montefiore. ‘Pilecki is perhaps one of the greatest unsung heroes of the second world war … this insightful book is likely to be the definitive version of this extraordinary life’ — Economist. Would you sacrifice yourself to save thousands of others?
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