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Lert #1 Posted May 13 2014 - 16:41

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On this day in 1901 polish citizen Witold Pilecki was born in Karelia.

 

 

He was a Polish Cavalry officer during the Second Polish Republic, the founder of the Secret Polish Army (Tajna Armia Polska) resistance group in November 1939, a member of the underground Home Army (Armia Krajowa) and author of Witold's Report, the first intelligence report on the goings-on at Auschwitz concentration camp.

 

During the second world war, Witold tried to lay bare what was happening in Auschwitz, and to this end he volunteered to be interned.

 

 

During his nearly three-year stay at the camp he helped organize several resistances in the camp, smuggled out reports on the activities in the camp and, in 1943, escaped. After returning to Warsaw he took part in the ill-fated and very brutal Warsaw Uprising.

 

Witold Pilecki remained loyal to the Polish government-in-exile in London. For this he was executed by the 'Ministry of Public Security', a KGB-esque communist polish secret service, on charges of working for "Foreign Imperialism", believed to be a euphemism for British intelligence agency MI6. Until 1989, information on his exploits were suppressed by the Communist Polish regime of the time.

 

After information about Pilecki's exploits and endeavours was released and became public, he was hailed as "one of the greatest wartime heroes" by the Chief Rabbi of Poland, who added "when God created the human being, God had in mind that we should all be like Captain Witold Pilecki, of blessed memory" in his book 'The Auschwitz Volunteer: Beyond Bravery'. Of Witold Pilecki a British historian wrote "If there was an Allied hero who deserved to be remembered and celebrated, this was a person with few peers".

 

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... Happy birthday, Mr Pilecki. And thank you.

 



TheBravestTaco #2 Posted May 13 2014 - 16:47

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A man who fought the greatest tyranny of the last millennium to save thousands of others and expose the atrocities committed by Nazi Germany dies to paranoia of others.

 

How depressing, but to this I applaud his efforts for he was a true hero to world.



1Sherman #3 Posted May 13 2014 - 16:48

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Jingles mentioned this guy in one of his Mingles. This guy was [edited].

HowitzerBlitzer #4 Posted May 13 2014 - 16:49

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isn't this the guy who killed 30 German soldiers with his pistol?

okjoek #5 Posted May 13 2014 - 16:50

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Happy Birthday



Grimfantanko #6 Posted May 13 2014 - 16:51

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That was very interesting, thank you for the info!

ladybug33 #7 Posted May 13 2014 - 16:56

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Respect. 

 

 



Lert #8 Posted May 13 2014 - 18:36

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So, Sabaton wrote a song about Witold Pilecki. It appears on their new album, 'Heroes', out this month.



SoftRM #9 Posted May 14 2014 - 07:06

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+1 

Decos #10 Posted May 14 2014 - 09:09

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Thanks Lert.  Wasn't aware of this bit of history.

OwenGlendower #11 Posted May 14 2014 - 13:06

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God Bless his brave soul.

 

:honoring:



1Sherman #12 Posted May 14 2014 - 21:26

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View PostHowitzerBlitzer, on May 13 2014 - 16:49, said:

isn't this the guy who killed 30 German soldiers with his pistol?

Don't know about that, but he was the guy who got himself purposefully thrown into Auschwitz in order to cause insurrections, made a radio in said death camp using stolen parts, participated in the Warsaw Uprising, and after Hitler died, he started causing insurrections against Stalin until he was executed by the Red Army. If that isn't awesome I don't know what is.



Red_Ensign #13 Posted May 14 2014 - 21:37

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I watched a show (youtube?) about him, and it's really amazing everything he did.

 

a lot of people throw the word hero around, but I don't.  this guy was a true hero.






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