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The Volunteer

The True Story of the Resistance Hero Who Infiltrated Auschwitz
Narrated by: David Rintoul
Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
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Summary

Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Volunteer, by Jack Fairweather.

How do you keep fighting in the face of unimaginable horror?

This is untold story of one of the greatest heroes of the Second World War.

In the summer of 1940, after the Nazi occupation of Poland, an underground operative called Witold Pilecki accepted a mission to uncover the fate of thousands of people being interred at a new concentration camp on the border of the Reich. 

His mission was to report on Nazi crimes and raise a secret army to stage an uprising. The name of the detention centre - Auschwitz.

It was only after arriving at the camp that he started to discover the Nazis' terrifying designs. Over the next two and a half years, Witold forged an underground army that smuggled evidence of Nazi atrocities, culminating in the mass murder of over a million Jews, to the West. His reports from the camp were to shape the Allies response to the Holocaust - yet his story was all but forgotten for decades. 

This is the first major account of his amazing journey, drawing on exclusive family papers and recently declassified files as well as unpublished accounts from the camp’s fighters to show how he saved hundreds of thousands of lives.

The result is a enthralling story of resistance and heroism against the most horrific circumstances and one man’s attempt to change the course of history.

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©2019 Jack Fairweather (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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It's a truth beyond belief and a hero who lived it

Ultimately it will show you how much good we are still capable of and how that is so important today.
if you have in any way come to contact wit concentration camps (German, Russian, Chinese or any other) topic or would like to know one of the least known but most unbelievable and amazing stories of the WW2, you need to read this.
This book will help you understand so much more about German Death Camps and will restore your faith in other people at the same time.
I would love to see a well made movie based on this book; it reads like a the best of page turner thrillers.

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Informative and very disturbing.

This was a great lsten in the sense that it is well written and well read. It is a true account of the extent of the sacrifices one man would make for his beloved Poland. Heartwrenchingly sad.

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Excellent!

An encompassing book, very well written and very well narrated.
Everyone should read this book.

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A hard dose of reality

This book is brilliantly structured and read, leading the reader not only chronologically through the facts of the story, but engaging the reader emotionally to the horror of what happened in Auschwitz. Additionally, the story reflects the realities of the human condition, not only the inherent desire to protect and help fellow humans, but the darker reality that almost anyone is capable of unspeakable cruelty, and that the most dedicated and selfless individuals are often abandoned by the very people they sacrificed everything for once circumstances demand their leaders show the same level of sacrifice.

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Great story, well told.

I found this to be a compelling and insightful account. I have read a number of Jewish accounts of Auschwitz so it was fascinating to read a different perspective. Witold Pilecki, the hero of this account, was a Catholic Pole, and so his experience of the horrors of Auschwitz was necessarily different from that of Jewish victims, to whose murder he was a crucial witness. I learnt a great deal about daily life in the camp and about Poland's experience of occupation. Anyone with an interest in Nazi Germany, the Second World War, Polish history or the Holocaust will appreciate this book. The narrator also does an excellent job.

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Awesome Book

This is a superb listen

Brilliantly written

I was truly engaged through out

The horrors endured and the bravery of individuals

A story of a man who loved his country and stood up against tyranny

David Rintoul narrates this book wonderfully

I shall be seeking out other books he has narrated

You won’t be disappointed

Sit down relax and enjoy

Witold’s story needs to be heard

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Compelling and harrowing to listen to.

Amazing account of the horrors of Auschwitz and the bravery of individuals.
Excellently narrated and

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Absolutely brilliant

A gripping and unique narrative brilliantly wending the story of an incredible man at the epicentre of one of the darkest times of human history with the broader political setting. And a call to moral courage which surpasses history.