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Witold’s Report from Auschwitz
Witold’s Report from Auschwitz
The Honorary Patronage
of the President of the Republic of Poland
Mr. Andrzej Duda
Captain Witold Pilecki
Witold’s Report from Auschwitz
President of
the Republic of Poland
Warsaw, 29 November 2016
Foreword to
publication entitled
Witold’s Report
by the APOSTOLICUM Publishing House
Cavalry Captain Witold Pilecki was one of the greatest heroes of Poland, Europe and the entire free
world in the 20th century. He belonged to the bravest soldiers of the Republic of Poland and gave
countless examples of courage, fortitude and effectiveness. The services he rendered in the armed
struggle for independence of his Homeland during the 1920 War with the Bolsheviks, the 1939 Defen-
sive War and the Warsaw Uprising cannot be overestimated. His underground activity as ‘a volunteer
to Auschwitz’ and a participant of the second conspiracy, aimed against the post-WWII communist
regime creates both: a heroic and a tragic epic, which should be known by every person who holds
dear such values as the freedom of nations and human dignity.
Therefore, I am delighted that readers are now being introduced to the first critical edition of the
Witold’s Report.
It is the most exhaustive account from the German Extermination Camp Auschwitz
authored by Cavalry Captain Pilecki. The report describes one of the most horrific experiences
in the history of mankind: slave labour and mass extermination executed by Nazi Germany. The
cruelty of totalitarianism shows what man is capable of doing when Christian values and universal
ethical rules are rejected. It reveals fruits of racially motivated hatred and disdain. But at the same
time, the report proves that even amid such circumstances, it is up to our will whether we manage
to save our humanity and demonstrate solidarity with our neighbours. It is a wonderful testimony
of the triumph of the spirit of freedom and patriotism over brutal violence.
I am convinced that the
Witold’s Report
constitutes not only an invaluable historical document but
also that it sends an important message for the future. I believe that thanks to this publication, the
contemporary Poles, in particular the young ones, will have a chance to get to know better the his-
tory of our nation during WWII. I also trust that they will be inspired by the attitude adopted by the
author and many persons he described.
Andrzej Pilecki, son of the Cavalry Captain, repeatedly quoted the advice given by his father: ‘Love
your Homeland as much as your family. Love everyone, serve everyone.’ May, thanks to this book, the
timeless last will and testament of Witold Pilecki find heirs and followers for generations to come.
/-/ Andrzej Duda
Formal translation of the letter.
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