Beyond bravery – the Auschwitz volunteer (Episode 49)


This story is featured in Episode 49

Marek Probosz is one of the few Poles who made it in Hollywood – actor, director, screenplay writer, university lecturer, who is passionate about history.

Marek ProboszA hero from zero Part 1A hero from zero Part 2

Among dozens of roles he played, there was one that was very special because the character was a truly extraordinary and heroic human being – captain Witold Pilecki. 

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Captain Witold Pilecki  was the author of Witold’s Report, also known as Pilecki’s Report, an official report written in 1943 after he entered and escaped from the Auschwitz concentration camp. It was the first comprehensive record of a Holocaust death camp to be obtained by the Allies.

The report includes details about the gas chambers, “selektion”, and the sterilization experiments. It states that there were three crematoria in Birkenau able to burn 8000 people daily. Raul Hilberg wrote that the Office of Strategic Services in London, which received the report, filed it away with a note that there was no indication as to its reliability.

Photos of Witold Pilecki:

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Book “‘The Auschwitz Volunteer: Beyond Bravery”

by Jarek Garlinski

Hardcover: ISBN 978-1-60772-009-6 
Trade Paperback: ISBN 978-1-60772-010-2 
 ISBN 978-1-6-772-014-0 (all major formats) 
Available from and Brilliance – recorded by Marek Probosz

Review in “The New York Times” by Tomothy Snyder

Review in “Maclean’s”



O Autorze:

POLcast is an English language podcast, a colourful audio magazine delivered directly to your smartphone, computer or tablet. POLcast is created for everybody interested in Poland. If you have a Polish customer, colleague, girlfriend or grandmother - you will hear something helping you to enrich these relations. Each episode brings you interesting interviews, historical facts, trivia and more.

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