ePuB edition of Fowl Play out now via Draft2Digital and Playster. Kindle edition set for release on February 10 (all stores). Paperback due out in the spring.
via Beat the Flock! — Jay Spencer Green
What da cover says: 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 reported 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!”
What I says: I had never heard of Witold Pilecki, it’s not something I was taught about at school. I’ve mentioned him to my friends and nobody had heard of him. I work at a school and mentioned him to the history teacher, she didn’t know the name either. I find that quite shocking, one of the biggest heroes from WW2 and he is unknown by many.
Pilecki volunteered to get arrested and sent to Auschwitz and report back the goings on in there. He succeeded on gaining access and whilst there he built up an resistance network of over 150 prisoners. They kept themselves alive, they helped who they could, either with food, jobs or escape. They managed to create a radio and they also sent many reports to Warsaw describing what was happening and how many people were murdered. They managed all this while faced everyday with the possibility of death. Eventually things became too hot for Pilecki and after 2 1/2 years in Auschwitz he decided it was time to escape. The scenes described are predictably brutal but still it makes you ill just reading about what the victims went through.
When I finished the book I made the mistake of googling Pilecki to see how he enjoyed living his heroes’ life after the war, amazingly soon after the war he was arrested by the Stalinist Secret Police and executed. It took many many years before he finally got the recognition he deserved.
Brilliant book that everybody should check out.
This is my blog. Not sure what I’m gonna put on it yet and whether it will last longer than a week. First blog is for saying hello and seeing what I can put on here….
….That’s me. Super handsome.
Roight that’s it for now. Might put a book review up next.