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Costa Book of the Year, Jack Fairweather draws on exclusive family papers and recently declassified files as well as unpublished accounts from the camp’s fighters, to show how Witold attempted to save hundreds of thousands of lives.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


Historian Dr Helen Fry has written over 25 books on the Second World War with particular reference to British intelligence, espionage, prisoners of war and the secret war. She has also written a number of books about the 10,000 Germans who fought for Britain in WWII. Her acclaimed book The Walls Have Ears became a bestseller and was in the Daily Mail’s Top 8 Books of the Year on War. Her latest book MI9: A History of the British Secret Service for Escape and Evasion has attracted widespread media attention. Helen has appeared in numerous TV documentaries as well as live BBC news interviews. She is an Ambassador for The Museum of Military Intelligence and President of the Friends of the National Archives. Image cr. Greg Morrison

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