Acclaimed Eyewitness Report of Undercover Auschwitz Mission Focus of 11/3 Holocaust Education Week

"The Auschwitz Volunteer: Beyond Bravery" is the focus of a Holocaust Education Week kick-off event in Toronto, Ontario, on Nov. 3.

Online PR News – 15-October-2013 – Los Angeles, California – The award-winning book "The Auschwitz Volunteer: Beyond Bravery" is the focus of one of the kick-off events of Holocaust Education Week, sponsored by the Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre, UJA Federation of Greater Toronto.

"The Auschwitz Volunteer" is the firsthand report of Polish Army officer Witold Pilecki, who volunteered for an almost certainly suicidal secret undercover mission as a prisoner at Auschwitz in order to tell the world what was happening there and to build a resistance organization among the prisoners. This important primary source on Auschwitz was suppressed by the postwar communist regime in Poland for more than 50 years, and has been published in English for the first time in The Auschwitz Volunteer.

The event will be held at the George Ignatieff Theatre, Trinity College, University of Toronto, Sunday, November 3 at 4 p.m., and features Professors Piotr Wróbel and Tamara Trojanowska.

Piotr Wróbel holds the Konstanty Reynert Chair of Polish History at the University of Toronto. During his long academic career in Europe and North America, he wrote and edited many books on Polish history and the history of Polish Jews. Piotr Wróbel is a board member of The Polish–Jewish Heritage Foundation of Canada.

Tamara Trojanowska is a director of the Polish Language and Literature Program in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at University of Toronto where she teaches courses in Polish literature and culture. Her research and publications focus on discourses of modernity with particular interest in issues of identity.

The book will be available for purchase following the program.

This event is co-presented by the Polish–Jewish Heritage Foundation of Canada and the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Toronto, with the support of the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Toronto.

"The Auschwitz Volunteer" has been acclaimed by reviewers in numerous publications, including the New York Times, the Atlantic and the Los Angeles Jewish Journal. Writing in The New Republic, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Anne Applebaum noted, “Pilecki’s depiction of life in Auschwitz and his description of opposition in Auschwitz deserves to be read alongside the accounts of Primo Levi and Elie Wiesel.”

"The Auschwitz Volunteer" won the 2012 PROSE Award for Biography & Autobiography, given by the Association of American Publishers to honor excellence in scholarly and professional publishing. Aquila Polonica was the only independent publisher to win a PROSE Award out of more than 40 categories. This book also won the 2013 Silver Award for Autobiography/Memoir in the Benjamin Franklin Awards, the premier awards competition for independent publishers.

It is a Featured Selection of the History Book Club, and a Selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club and the Military Book Club.

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