Polish captain Witold Pilecki's remarkable infiltratation into the infamous Nazi German concentration camp Auschwitz is being retold in a dramatic reading with theatrical performances.
The inspiring story of how Pilecki volunteered for a dangerous mission to gather information and organise resistance cells in the concentration camp will be related through a live performance in Chandler, Arizona. The performance will be accompanied by two exhibitions. The event will be titled They Risked Their Lives.
Based on Pilecki’s firsthand account of the camp’s cruelties, Pilecki will be portrayed by Marek Probosz, who also played the captain in the 2006 film The Death of Captain Pilecki. Terry Tegnazian, president of Aquila Polonica Publishing in Los Angeles, will introduce and narrate the performance.
There will also be two exhibits on view at the event. They Risked Their Lives: Poles Who Saved Jews During the Holocaust consists of eighteen display panels sharing the stories of Poles who have been honored with Righteous Among the Nations status.
The second exhibit, The World Knew: Jan Karski’s Mission for Humanity, explores the heroic acts of the eponymous Polish underground agent, who was the first to let Churchill and Roosevelt know what was really happening during the Holocaust. Notably, the Allied powers failed to act on his information.
Finally, a World War II-era railcar owned by the East Valley JCC will be put on display outside the venue.
Event partners: POLIN Museum of the History of the Jews in Poland, the Polish History Museum in Warsaw, Poland's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Jan Karski Educational Foundation. The Pilecki performance is being organised by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute.
Source: jewishaz.com; edited by AZ, 8 Jan 2018