The opening of the 2x3.5-metre cell where Pilecki awaited execution at the hands of the Soviet-installed communists coincides with the 75th anniversary of his execution at the prison in 1948.
VIDEO: Having engineered his own arrest so that he would be imprisoned in the camp, Pilecki’s escape was one of the most important, if not the most important, of all the nearly 1,000 escapes undertaken by Auschwitz prisoners.
The son of Captain Witold Pilecki, a Polish war hero who volunteered to be sent to Auschwitz but was later executed by Poland’s communist government, has been awarded PLN 1.5 million (EUR 320,000) for the harm suffered by his father.
The son of war hero Witold Pilecki has brought a legal case against the State Treasury for PLN 26 million (EUR 5.53 million) for the harm his father suffered under communism.
Killed on this day in 1944, Kocjan played a vital role in demystifying Nazi wonder weapons and is credited with saving London from further destruction.
The haul of 383 ID cards and three insurgent passes is more than twice as many as the entire collection that the museum has built up over several decades, with museum sources saying the batch may be worth as much as one million złotys. But the identity of the donor remains a mystery.
Aid to Jews in German-occupied Poland during World War Two is one of the finest pages in Polish history, PM Mateusz Morawiecki wrote in a letter accompanying the Friday opening of an exhibition devoted to Poles executed by the Germans for helping Jews.
British journalist and writer Jack Fairweather, who visited Warsaw to promote his book "The Volunteer: The True Story of the Resistance Hero Who Infiltrated Auschwitz," noted that the first reports about the horrors in Auschwitz were prepared by Witold Pilecki.
Researchers from the Institute of National Remembrance’s Search and Identification Bureau will now use DNA samples to try and determine if the remains found at the prison belong to Pilecki who was executed at the prison in 1948.
President Andrzej Duda spoke on Monday with Zofia Pilecka, daughter of Polish WW2 hero Witold Pilecki, to mark the 72nd anniversary of Pilecki's execution by Poland's post-war communist regime. Pilecki was executed in a Warsaw prison on May 25, 1948.