Polish Historians Hope Secret Mass Grave Will Yield Hero of Auschwitz Who Volunteerd to Enter Death Camp and Chronicle Exterminations

Posted by admin on Aug 31, 2012

It could hardly have been a riskier mission – to infiltrate Auschwitz and chronicle Nazi atrocities. Witold Pilecki survived nearly three years as an inmate in the death camp, managing to smuggle out word of executions before making a daring escape.

But the Polish resistance hero was crushed by the post-war communist regime tried on trumped-up charges and executed. Six decades on, Poland hopes Pilecki’s remains will be identified among the entangled skeletons and shattered skulls of resistance fighters being excavated from a mass grave on the edge of Warsaw’s Powazki Military Cemetery.

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