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History UK orders “Heroes of War”

Cable network History UK has commissioned the World War II doc-series Heroes of War (pictured) from Sky Vision.

The five x 60-minutes series will focus on unsung heroes from wartime Poland such as Witold Pilecki, a man who intentionally got arrested and sent to the Auschwitz concentration camp in order to witness the atrocities there, and exiled Polish commandos who trained in Britain and returned to fight in their homeland.

Episodes will feature a mix of interviews with experts and eyewitnesses, re-enactments and archival footage. “Heroes of War will take us back to a time when ordinary people became extraordinary heroes, freedom fighters, spies and code-breakers, often in deadly battles with Nazi forces,” Sky Vision head of programming Danny Tipping said in a statement.

The series will premiere this year on H2 in the UK and on History in select European countries. It will be distributed by Sky Vision.

April 25, 2013 Posted by | News | | Leave a comment

The Man Who Volunteered For Auschwitz

Reports by a Pole who got himself imprisoned in Auschwitz during WW II to see what conditions were like inside the Nazi death camp have won the prestigious THE PROSE award in the US.

Captain Witold Pilecki’s reports, published by the independent Aquila Polonica publishing house in the United States, received the award from the Association of American Publishers, which brings together over 300 large American publishing houses.

Pilecki’s reports, ‘The Auschwitz Volunteer: Beyond Bravery’, was awarded in the ‘biographies and autobiographies’ category.

The book has also been named Editor’s Choice by the New York Times.

Captain Pilecki’s reports have been translated by Jarek Garliński, the son of the historian and Auschwitz prisoner Józef Garliński.

The 400-page book has an introduction by the renowned historian Norman Davies and a foreword by Michael Schudrich, Chief Rabbi of Poland.

In September 1940 Witold Pilecki volunteered to be captured and imprisoned in Auschwitz to bring out the story of German atrocities.

In 1943 he escaped from the camp, reached Warsaw and a year later fought in the Warsaw Rising. After the war he went to Italy and joined the Second Corps but was subsequently sent by the Polish intelligence to Poland as a spy.

However, he was captured and executed by the communist authorities in 1948.

He was rehabilitated in 1990 and in 2008 received posthumously the Order of the White Eagle, the highest Polish state distinction.


A Diamond amongst heroes

February 24, 2013 Posted by | Auschwitz, News, Recommendations | , , , | Leave a comment


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