Book — xxvi, 214 pages : maps, illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm.
The celebrated pianist Ignacy Jan Paderewski was the rave of Paris, London, and New York audiences in the early twentieth century, with annual concert tours across the continents. But during World War I, Paderewski set music aside and turned to politics, becoming an eloquent spokesman for the country of his birth, Poland, then occupied by the empires of Russia, Germany, and Austria. Through his fame as a musician, Paderewski gained access to the top political leadership of France, Britain, and the United States. His devoted wife and collaborator, Helena, facilitated and accompanied virtually his every move. She is one of the key sources on the historical events in which she participated or her husband told her about. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
Book — 324 pages, 8 pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm.
Varsovie, 19 septembre 1940: un officier de réserve polonais se fait volontairement arrêter lors d'une rafle par l'armée allemande. Son nom: Witold Polecki. Sa mission: être interné dans le camp d'Auschwitz pour y constituer un réseau de résistance. Témoin tragique d'une des pages les plus sombres de l'histoire de l'humanité, après presque mille jours passés dans l'antre du crime nazi, il est le premier homme à informer des conditions effroyables de détention à Auschwitz. Constatant qu'aucune intervention extérieur n'est menée, il s'évade au printemps 1943 pour raconter lui-même l'enfer qu'il vient de vivre.
Book — liv, 401 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
VII. Table of Contents CONTENTS Introduction by Norman Davies ... xi Foreword by Rabbi Michael Schudrich, Chief Rabbi of Poland ... xv Translator's Introductory Note ... xix Publisher's Note ... xxiii Selected Highlights from Pilecki's
1945 Report ... xxix List of Maps ... xxxi Historical Horizon Captain Witold Pilecki: The Report, the Mission, the Man ... xxxiii Captain Pilecki's Covering Letter to Major General Tadeusz Pelczynski ...
1 Captain Witold Pilecki's
1945 Auschwitz Report ...
1 Glossary of English, German and Polish Terms and Acronyms ...335
2 German-Language Positions and Ranks at Auschwitz Mentioned by Pilecki ...343
3 Index of People and Places Referred to by Pilecki with Either a Code Number or Letter ...345
4 Chronology of Pilecki's
1945 Report ...355 Index ...365 Discussion Questions ...397 LIST OF MAPS Europe
1939 ... vi Poland-September
1939 ... ix Occupied Poland 1939-1941 ... x Auschwitz and Environs-1944 ...
9 KL Auschwitz
10 Pilecki's Escape Route from Auschwitz ...300.
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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!" These remarkable revelations are amplified by 40 b&w photos, illus., and maps. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
Wallingford, Pa. : Pendle Hill Publications, 2007.
Book — 36 p. : ports. ; 19 cm.
Rebecca Janney Timbres Clark led a remarkable life that spanned all of the twentieth century. This pamphlet explores one year in that life, the year when a young, sheltered Quaker from Baltimore took the first steps toward a career of service that would take her around the world. "The forging of a person's character takes a lifetime, " writes Lyndon Back. "Yet there are periods along the way when outer circumstance and inner forces combine to form a crucible, a time of transformation. Rebecca's year as a volunteer for the American Friends Service Committee in Poland at the end of the First World War was one of those times. She was twenty-four years old, unmarried, and just out of nurses' training..." Based on diaries, letters, and other archival resources, a young woman's quest for faithfulness and meaning comes to life.--Publisher's description