The Volunteer with author Jack Fairweather and Clare Mulley

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.


Witold Pilecki (public domain)


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.

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.

The online meeting takes place on 6 May 2021 at 8 pm CEST.


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