“The Volunteer” with author Jack Fairweather and Clare Mulley

Date: 06-05-2021 Hour: 19:00

Event place: online

Writer and broadcaster, Clare Mulley, joins the Costa Prize award–winning author and journalist Jack Fairweather, to discuss the story of Witold Pilecki, a Polish cavalry officer and resistance leader during the Second World War. Pilecki was an amazing character whose life we should all know more about; a man who willingly volunteered to be imprisoned in the death camp Auschwitz in order to put together an underground resistance within the fences of the camp.
This event is co-organised with Poles in South London – Local Heroes Archive and Pilecki Institute, supported by Polish Embassy and Polish Cultural Institute in London.
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JACK FAIRWEATHER is the bestselling author of The Volunteer, the Costa Prize winning account of a Polish underground officer who volunteered to report on Nazi crimes in Auschwitz. The book has been translated into 25 languages and forms the basis of a major exhibition in Berlin. He has served as the Daily Telegraph’s Baghdad bureau chief, and as a video journalist for the Washington Post in Afghanistan. His war coverage has won a British Press Award and an Overseas Press Club award citation. He divides his time between the UK and Vermont.

CLARE MULLEY is the award-winning author of The Woman Who Saved the Children, about the pioneering champion of child rights, Eglantyne Jebb, The Spy Who Loved which tells the story of Polish-born British Second World War special agent Krystyna Skarbek, and The Women Who Flew for Hitler, about fanatical Nazi Hanna Reitsch and her nemesis Melitta von Stauffenberg, who had secret Jewish heritage and was involved in the most famous assassination attempt on Hitler.

ABOUT POLES IN SOUTH LONON – LOCAL HEROES ARCHIVE, LONDON:

The project focuses on a critical but neglected part of the Poles’ story in London – the growth and decline of the ‘Gmina Polska Londyn-Południe’ (GPL-P), the Polish Community Association of South London. The project is run by the Stockwell Partnership, funded by Heritage Fund and Polish Embassy in London. More info: https://www.facebook.com/PolesInSouthLondon

ABOUT THE PILECKI INSTITUTE, POLAND:

The Pilecki Institute is a modern scholarly institution engaged in a broad range of research, exhibitions, educational and cultural initiatives. “Called by the Name”, the Virtus et Fraternitas Medal, the Berlin exhibition devoted to Witold Pilecki, and the “Chronicles of Terror” are only some of its undertakings. Each of these projects, however, encourages a deeper reflection on the impact which the long-term criminal presence of German and Soviet totalitarianism had on Polish society and the Polish state. The mission of the Pilecki Institute also includes the organization of activities and events outside the borders of Poland. More info: https://instytutpileckiego.pl/en/instytut

WHEN: Thursday, 6 May 2021 at 19:00 UTC+01
WHERE: online
TICKETS: free
REGISTRATION: here
FACEBOOK EVENT: here

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