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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Hitlers propaganda stressed the importance of keeping fit and abstaining from drink and tobacco to keep the Aryan race strong and pure.But in reality his soldiers were taking addictive and damaging chemicals to make them fight longer and more fiercely.A study of medicines used by the Third Reich exposes how Nazi doctors and officers issued recruits with pills to help them fight longer and without rest.The German armys drug of choice as it overran Poland, Holland, Belgium and France was Pervitin – pills made from methamphetamine, commonly known today as crystal meth.
Judge Ismael Moreno, who was investigating the deaths of 60 Spaniards in the German concentration camp of Flossenburg, charged the 90-year-old with contributing to genocide and with crimes against humanity.
A total of 155 Spaniards were held at the Flossenburg camp. Many of them had fought against dictator-to-be Francisco Franco in Spain’s 1936-39 civil war. They then fled to France and joined resistance against the German occupation.
Spanish concentration camp survivors had lodged complaints against Demjanjuk and three other alleged Nazis, for whom arrest warrants had already been issued.
Demjanjuk cannot be handed over to Spain as long as he is on trial in Munich.
In Germany, the Ukrainian-born former US car industry worker is accused of having volunteered as a Soviet prisoner of war to work for the Nazis as an SS guard at Sobibor death camp in occupied Poland.
He is charged as an accessory in the murder of 27,900 Jews in the camp’s gas chambers during his service there.
- Spain indicts Demjanjuk for crimes against humanity (jta.org)
- Spain wants to put Demjanjuk on trial (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Spain seeks arrest of Demjanjuk (bbc.co.uk)