Pilecki got himself arrested and sent to Auschwitz so that he could document the atrocities there.
On this day in 1943 'Defense de la France' publishes the first photographs of Nazi concentration camps pic.twitter.com/u2FVFTOzyK
— The History Press (@TheHistoryPress) September 30, 2014
Thanks to him the French Resistance paper today in 1943 published the first photographs in the press, and his Witold's Report to the Polish Government in Exile finally galvanised the Allies into action.
After the war the Soviets tried and executed him, largely because of his continued loyalty to the Polish Government in Exile.
I too held a passport from the Polish Government in Exile until it returned Poland's emblems to Lech Wałęsa in 1990, and I was given a Polish-Polish passport.
At this time of year, as so many people attend synagogues around the world, and as so many people in too many countries are still falling victim to religious and ethnic genocide, I hope people will take the time to remember one of the great heroes. Like them, he was buried in an unmarked grave and his killers hoped that his memory would be forgotten.