Flowers and candles are placed on the monument of the former Nazi death camp of Auschwitz Birkenau during the marking of the 67th anniversary of the liberation of the camp by Soviet troops and to remember the victims of the Holocaust, in Auschwitz Birkenau January 27, 2012. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel (POLAND - Tags: POLITICS ANNIVERSARY)
Warsaw, Poland, A child suffering from severe malnutrition. Walter Kostecki, A Catholic Polish man, was a member of the Polish underground, and assisted the rescue of Jews from Warsaw ghetto in Poland. He served in the Polish navy in exile (its center was located in London), and volunteered to parachute on the land of Poland and serve as a messenger for the Polish Government in Exile. As a part of this duty, He transferred microfilms of photographs from Poland.
Witold Pilecki was a soldier of the Second Polish Republic He was the author of the first Intelligence report on Auschwitz, which the Polish government-in-exile used to convince the Allies that the Germans were carrying out genocide of the Jewish people.Pilecki volunteered to work for a Polish resistance operation to get himself arrested and imprisoned in Auschwitz. He got his info & escaped.Stalin had him executed in 1948.
Witold Pilecki - To prove that Auschwitz was killing people, not a labor camp, forged papers,entered a ghetto roundup, and was sent to Auschwitz. He redistributed food to prisoners, trained them in martial arts, and passed news out. He & a few others beat up guards, stole their clothes and left the camp carrying the guard's stolen papers. They were in the woods for 3 days, til they met up with the Home Army and passed the info on. This was the first evidence of the existence of death camps.
"The Mass Extermination of Jews in German Occupied Poland", note of Republic of Poland addressed to the League of Nations, 1942. Based on Witold Pilecki's detailed report (Raport Witolda – Witold's Report) which was sent to London, where the scale of Nazi atrocities at Auschwitz was thought to be grossly exaggerated.
General Władysław Sikorski (1881-1943), Polish military and political leader. During World War II he became Prime Minister of the Polish Government in Exile, Commander-in-Chief of the Polish Armed Forces.
"Anonymous in Polish parliament". -- Lawmakers from the leftist Palikot's Movement cover their faces with masks as they protest against ACTA, or the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, during a parliament session, in Warsaw, Poland, on January 26, 2012, after the Polish government signed the agreement. Poland's plans to sign ACTA sparked attacks on Polish government websites and street protests in several Polish cities this week. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz) via theatlantic #Poland…
"Jan Karski (24 April 1914 – 13 July 2000) was a Polish World War II resistance fighter [...]. In 1942 and 1943, Karski reported to the Polish government in exile and the Western Allies on the situation in German-occupied Poland, especially the destruction of the Warsaw Ghetto, and the secretive Nazi extermination camps."