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Talk and Book Signing by Jack Fairweather, Author of The Volunteer: One Man, An Underground Army, and the Secret Mission to Destroy Auschwitz

Sep 21, 2019 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Hear Author Jack Fairweather discuss his new biography, The Volunteer, at La Roche University – Ryan Room on Saturday, September 21 from 7 – 8:30 PM.

Jack Fairweather, the Charlotte-based author of a new book entitled The Volunteer: One Man, An Underground Army, and the Secret Mission to Destroy Auschwitz.

A talk and book signing for the new biography The Volunteer: One Man, An Underground Army and the Secret Mission to Destroy Auschwitz. This important book tells the gripping story of Witold Pilecki, the first person to alert the West about the horrors being perpetrated at Nazi Germany’s notorious Auschwitz Concentration Camp. At great personal risk Pilecki rescued hundreds of prisoners from Auschwitz through the anti-Nazi underground and sought to alert the world. 

Join us to hear the dramatic, untold story of one of World War Two’s greatest heroes. In the Summer of 1940 Pilecki launched his desperately dangerous mission to investigate the fate of thousands who had been interred at what the Nazi’s referred to as a new “detention” camp. His mission was to report on the terrible conditions and notorious crimes being committed on the border between Poland and the Nazi Germany. But he went on to raise a secret army and stage a prisoner uprising to liberate that death camp … called Auschwitz!

It was only after arriving to investigate the camp that Pilecki discovered the truly horrifying intentions of Germany’s Nazi rulers. Over the next two and half years Witold forged an underground network that smuggled to the West evidence of cruel Nazi atrocities and the mass murder of over a million Jews! His alarming reports from Auschwitz spurred the Allies to respond to the Holocaust, yet his story has been all but forgotten.

This is the first major account of his amazing story, drawn from exclusive family papers and recently declassified files. His depictions of the camp’s freedom fighters helped to save hundreds of thousands of lives. This engrossing book recounts a little-known story of epic heroism in the face of history’s most horrific tragedy. And it reflects one man’s valiant attempt to save lives and change the course of history!


Saturday September 21:

7:00 to 8:30 PM –at La Roche University in the Ryan Room in conjunction with Riverstone Books: Presentation by the author Jack Fairweather, book sale by Riverstone Books; Book signing.

These events are free and open to the public and are presented in partnership with The Kosciuszko Foundation Pittsburgh Chapter, La Roche University, Riverstone Books, Classrooms Without Borders, Rodef Shalom, The World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, Classic Lines Books, Mt. Lebanon Public Library.

For more information please check the specific websites or contact Robin (Riverstone Books – McCandless Crossing) at 412-366-1001 or Mary Louise Ellena-Wygonik (La Roche University) at

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