It is into this environment that Witold Pilecki, a 39-year old veteran of the Polish-Soviet War of 1919-1921 who fought against the initial Nazi invasion and a member of the Polish resistance, volunteered himself in 1940. Pilecki’s mission was to allow himself to be arrested and, once inside Auschwitz, to collect intelligence for the Polish resistance in the country and the government-in-exile in London, and to organize a resistance from inside the camp.
- Poland Hopes to Identify Remains of Auschwitz Hero (abcnews.go.com)
- The Man Who Volunteered for Auschwitz (theatlantic.com)
On a mountain-bike, the cyclist comes barreling through the Bavarian pine forest, racing along a rough alpine track straight through what would have been Adolf Hitler’s living room.
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New Zealand and Switzerland are similar in many aspects – both countries are considered reasonably well-developed and advanced in most social, economic and political spheres; both are comparatively neutral in world affairs; and are definitively (sometimes defiantly) independent, which may be seen as somewhat remarkable for the small size and population of both nations.
At the end of the Caucasus war Russians deported millions of Circassia natives, an area that has seen recent investment from ski resort businesses eager to profit from the upcoming Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.
Esto-Sadok — When Valter German’s ancestors came to the mountains above Sochi from impoverished Estonia, they found a bucolic valley with few traces of the indigenous people chased out by the Tsarist army.
But the history of Russia’s brutal deportation of the native tribes from the area some 150 years ago has stirred up international controversy and threatens to taint the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.
Russia is trying to promote the area as a skiing destination, with President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin regularly photographed sitting on ski lifts and chatting in cafes overlooking the slopes.
- 2014 Winter Olympics: Sochi Proposes to Take Olympic Torch to Space (bleacherreport.com)