The Volunteer – Virtual Event

Jack Fairweather

09/06/2020 7:00 pm
Online Event, Virtual Event

‘Combines the verve of a thriller with the detailed evidence of the sober, hideous truth.’The Telegraph

In the summer of 1940, after the Nazi occupation of Poland, an underground operative called Witold Pilecki accepted a mission to uncover the fate of thousands of people being interred at a new concentration camp on the border of the Reich. His mission was to report on Nazi crimes and raise a secret army to stage an uprising. The name of the detention centre was Auschwitz.

In this 2019 Costa Book of the Year, Jack Fairweather draws on exclusive family papers and recently declassified files as well as unpublished accounts from the camp’s fighters, to show how Witold attempted to save hundreds of thousands of lives.

Jack Fairweather will speak with historian and author Helen Fry.

Click here to buy the book from Blackwell’s.

Jack Fairweather


Jack Fairweather is a former war reporter in Iraq and Afghanistan and the author of A War of Choice and The Good War. After graduating from Oxford University, Jack joined the Daily Telegraph in 2002 as the paper’s Kuwait correspondent and took part in the invasion of Iraq with British troops as an embedded reporter.

Helen Fry


Helen Fry is a specialist in the history of British Intelligence. She is the author of The Walls Have EarsThe London Cage, and over twenty books focusing on intelligence and POWs in World War II. She lives in London.

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