Although the horror stories of extermination camp Auschwitz are widely known, many resistance stories are more unknown. This includes the story of Polish intelligence agent Witold Pilecki: he volunteered for a Polish resistance operation that involved being imprisoned in Auschwitz in order to gather intelligence. During this lecture, the Polish historian Mared Kornat will present this little known story.
Risking his own life, Pilecki organized a resistance movement and escaped the camp in 1943, in order to inform the Western world about what happened behind the closed gates of the camp. The result of this operation was the Witold’s Report: the first comprehensive Allied intelligence report on Auschwitz, and the atrocities of Nazi Germany.
The distinguished Polish Professor Mared Kornat (Historic Institute of the Polish Academy of Science) will give a lecture on the story of Pilecki and confront the audience with the choices people had to make during the horrors of the Second World War.
ORGANIZERS: the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in cooperation with the Pilecki Institute.
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Professor Kornat is a historian, specialized in modern history and foreign policy of Poland. Being the author of various publications, books, and articles, he is known as a well-known historian in diplomacy, international relations, and foreign policy of Poland.