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Witold Pilecki (amazing life of the Polish hero that too few know about)
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Posted on 05/15/2006 2:26:03 PM PDT by lizol

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Witold Pilecki


Pilecki in Polish Army uniform (prewar photo).





Witold Pilecki photos from Auschwitz



Photos of Pilecki from Warsaw's Mokotow communist prison (1947).



Pilecki at his "trial".



Pilecki's symbolic gravestone at Powazki Cemetery, Warsaw. Buried here is his widow, Maria, née Ostrowska (1906–2002).

1 posted on 05/15/2006 2:26:08 PM PDT by lizol
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To: Hoodat; redgirlinabluestate; Rushmore Rocks; Jack Black; peter the great; opocno; gadrael; ...
Eastern European ping list


FRmail me to be added or removed from this Eastern European ping list

2 posted on 05/15/2006 2:26:41 PM PDT by lizol (Liberal - a man with his mind open ... at both ends)
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To: SAMWolf

Ping


3 posted on 05/15/2006 2:27:15 PM PDT by lizol (Liberal - a man with his mind open ... at both ends)
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To: lizol
The Bravest Man Who Ever Died
4 posted on 05/15/2006 2:27:48 PM PDT by lizol (Liberal - a man with his mind open ... at both ends)
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To: lizol

VOLUNTEERED FOR Auschwitz!!!???

Dang, that takes some B**Ls!


5 posted on 05/15/2006 2:29:05 PM PDT by taxcontrol
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To: lizol

Thanks for posting.


6 posted on 05/15/2006 2:29:55 PM PDT by NutCrackerBoy
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To: NutCrackerBoy

I've just finished watching an amazing movie about him on Polish TV and couldn't resist from posting something dedicated to this great man.


7 posted on 05/15/2006 2:31:36 PM PDT by lizol (Liberal - a man with his mind open ... at both ends)
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To: lizol
I always thought that the US would have been better served to publicly offer Poland Statehood..... even if I knew it would be rejected. Sure would have tweaked the noses of the EU and Brussels.
8 posted on 05/15/2006 2:36:39 PM PDT by taxcontrol
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To: lizol
FIGHTING AUSCHWITZ by Jozef Garlinski, published in 1975 has a lot of information about the penetration of Auschwitz by the Polish resistance movement. Used copies of the paperback version are pretty easy to find on the net. I strongly recommend this book.
9 posted on 05/15/2006 2:40:16 PM PDT by robowombat
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To: taxcontrol
"interbellum" - there's a term you don't see very often. Thank God we've had only one major conflict fought on our soil.

Yes - what an amazing fellow. Imagine - volunteered for Auschwitz, served as a valuable intelligence operative while there and then escaped from same!
10 posted on 05/15/2006 2:43:32 PM PDT by Wally_Kalbacken
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To: lizol

An astonishing brave man: standing for freedom against the National Socialists and the Communists.


11 posted on 05/15/2006 2:44:22 PM PDT by FormerACLUmember (No program, no ideas, no clue: The democrats!)
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To: lizol
When I read accounts such as this, I am always reminded of a line by the ancient Greek poet Pindar: "The long toil of the brave is not lost in darkness." When I am next in Warsaw, I will go to Powazki, seek out his memorial grave, and light a candle.
12 posted on 05/15/2006 2:53:20 PM PDT by Malesherbes
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To: lizol

ping


13 posted on 05/15/2006 2:55:31 PM PDT by ocr1
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To: lizol
The Poles have been with us since the beginning. It is to our shame that we chose not to recropricate after we essentially conquered the world.

Thaddeus Kosciuszko, Polish patriot, fortifications engineer for the Continental Army 1776-1783, during his tour of duty for the purpose of constructing fortifications at West Point. From: http://www.revolutionaryday.com/usroute9w/westpoint/

His statue stands at West Point today, as their people stand with the US today. Regardless of our treachery against their very lives, liberties and pursuit of happiness; Poland is a rock solid Christian nation that will fight the evil.

I have a French last name and am ethnically Irish by birth; I have a Pole via a great grandmother who got lucky with a guy from County Kler hanging on within me.

This makes me the classic American Mutt, one who would pi$$ on those who sold out a noble people in the guise of political expedience.

I can rant on this subject further, but will not; out of expedience

14 posted on 05/15/2006 3:10:21 PM PDT by mmercier (A nation under God.)
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To: lizol; Mia T

Absolutely inspiring.


15 posted on 05/15/2006 3:38:33 PM PDT by jla
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To: All
These are vidcaps from the movie about Pilecki, that I watched today.
























16 posted on 05/15/2006 3:39:12 PM PDT by lizol (Liberal - a man with his mind open ... at both ends)
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To: Malesherbes
And can you imagine that this character (Czeslaw Lapinski, the procecutor, accusing Pilecki and demanding death penalty fo him)



and this one (Jan Hryckowian, the judge, sentencing him for death penalty)



both used to be officers of the Polish underground Home Army during WW2? Just like Pilecki.

Almost beyond my comprehension.
17 posted on 05/15/2006 3:55:11 PM PDT by lizol (Liberal - a man with his mind open ... at both ends)
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To: lizol; aculeus; Senator Bedfellow; Billthedrill

Bump for a truly astonishing story.


18 posted on 05/15/2006 4:03:19 PM PDT by dighton
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To: lizol
Image hosted by Photobucket.com he looked a hell of a lot better when he was held by the germans than he did by the russians...

i haven't gotten any reply's back from my emails to Dr. Rudolph Verba in a long time and am affraid he has finally expired also. he too was one of the first to escape from Auschwitz and bring word to the west/england. RIP

Konstanty Piekarski 1915-1990, another Fine Man, also survived and here is his outstanding free on line book.
http://members.shaw.ca/escapinghell/kon2.htm

19 posted on 05/15/2006 4:22:46 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist )
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To: lizol

Is there a translation of this into English?

http://members.shaw.ca/escapinghell/witold.htm

I was looking for it, but if there's an English version, I couldn't find it.

Thanks for the Witold Pilecki info.


20 posted on 05/15/2006 4:40:49 PM PDT by SaltyJoe (A mother's sorrowful heart and personal sacrifice redeems her lost child's soul.)
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To: lizol

I pray for the day that the story of the Polish Freedom Fighters becomes known - instead we have the usual BS from Hollywho and the MSM.


21 posted on 05/15/2006 4:46:18 PM PDT by spanalot
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To: dighton

Many thanks for the ping. Courage at this level is incomprehensible to those of us lucky enough to live ordinary lives. BTT.


22 posted on 05/15/2006 4:55:51 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: lizol

Bump-ski


23 posted on 05/15/2006 5:11:13 PM PDT by XR7
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To: lizol; dighton; Senator Bedfellow; Billthedrill
Bump for a truly astonishing story.
26 posted on 05/15/2006 5:49:43 PM PDT by aculeus
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To: lizol
I've just finished watching an amazing movie about him on Polish TV and couldn't resist from posting something dedicated to this great man.

His story is almost unbelievable, were it not true! The Black Book of Communism gives him a fair amount of coverage. Great thread!
28 posted on 05/15/2006 7:10:04 PM PDT by Das Outsider (Can you think of the last regime to order the removal of crosses from the public square?)
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To: lizol

Astonishing. Thanks for posting.


29 posted on 05/15/2006 10:11:22 PM PDT by Auntie Mame ("If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all." --Grandma)
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To: SaltyJoe

Sorry, I have not seen in English either.

But you'll find pretty interesting text in English about Witold Pilecki when you follow the link posted by me in #4 (including fragments of Pilecki's diary translated to English).


30 posted on 05/16/2006 3:18:49 AM PDT by lizol (Liberal - a man with his mind open ... at both ends)
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To: lizol

This post deserves not to disappear, so one more bump . . .


31 posted on 05/18/2006 2:47:07 PM PDT by dighton
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To: lizol

BUMP.


32 posted on 05/18/2006 2:54:17 PM PDT by Revolting cat! ("In the end, nothing explains anything.")
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To: lizol

What's astonishing to me is our continued misperception, reflected here and elsewhere, that Nazism was so much worse than Stalinism. Volunteered for Auschwitz? And escaped? So it wasn't like in a Spielberg movie, was it? Did he volunteer for the Communist prison? We know he didn't escape. Did anyone ever volunteer for gulag? This misperception makes us yawn at the Stalinists in our midst and get hysterical when a dozen inconsequential fools in nazi costumes march on Main Street in some mid-Western suburb. Hellllooooo!


33 posted on 05/18/2006 3:00:03 PM PDT by Revolting cat! ("In the end, nothing explains anything.")
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To: Revolting cat!
Did he volunteer for the Communist prison?

Well, he did in a way.

As you can see, the above article says: In September 1945 Pilecki was ordered by General Wladyslaw Anders to return to Poland and gather intelligence to be sent west.

He went back and proceeded to organize his intelligence network, while also writing a monograph on Auschwitz. In the spring of 1946, however, the Polish Government in Exile decided that the postwar political situation afforded no hope of Poland's liberation and ordered all partisans still in the forests either to return to their normal civilian lives or to escape to the west. Pilecki declined to leave, but proceeded to dismantle the partisan forces in eastern Poland.


He had a chance to leave communist Poland, but stayed - being almost sure, that it's only a matter of time when gets caught and arrested.
34 posted on 05/18/2006 3:16:15 PM PDT by lizol (Liberal - a man with his mind open ... at both ends)
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To: lizol

BUMP

*sorry had to do this.... there is a documentary movie about this Brave Man on Polish TV right now, it’ 15th or 25th [date is unknown] of May that is the annual of his death*


35 posted on 05/14/2007 12:51:49 PM PDT by Verdelet (Part of the team of University Football Champions 2007... check profile...)
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