The Auschwitz Volunteer: Captain Witold Pilecki on Broadway
One man volunteered for Auschwitz. This is his story.
Called "one of the great heroes of the 20th century" by Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times, Pilecki's bravery has few rivals. His story has been almost completely unknown, until now.
Starring and directed by Marek Probosz, with narration appearance by Terry Tegnazian, the show was adapted for the stage by Terry Tegnazian and Debra Gendel from The Auschwitz Volunteer: Beyond Bravery by Captain Witold Pilecki (Aquila Polonica 2012). This book was the first time that Pilecki's most comprehensive report on his Auschwitz mission was translated and published in English.
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In September 1940, Polish army officer Witold Pilecki volunteered for a secret undercover mission: get himself arrested by the Germans and sent to Auschwitz as a prisoner, in order to smuggle out intelligence to the Allies, and build a resistance organization among the prisoners. Pilecki accomplished this "mission impossible"—barely surviving nearly three years of brutality, starvation and disease before escaping.
The book received accolades from the New York Times Sunday Book Review, where it was named an Editors' Choice, the Wall St. Journal, the New Republic, the Atlantic, Tablet Magazine, Publishers Weekly, the Jewish Journal, and numerous other sources. More info at www.polww2.com/
Marek Probosz, a preeminent figure in European stage, television and film, has starred in over 50 films competing at key international festivals including Cannes, Venice and San Sebastian. He maintains a busy career as an actor, writer, director and producer in TV, film and stage in both Poland and the U.S., and also as Adjunct Associate Professor of Theater and Film Acting at UCLA in Los Angeles. Mr. Probosz earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Acting from the prestigious Polish National Film, TV and Theater School in Łódź, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Directing from the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. More info at www.polww2.com/
Terry Tegnazian is president and founder of Aquila Polonica Publishing, http://www.polandww2.com, an award-winning independent publisher based in Los Angeles, specializing in publishing the Polish WWII experience in English. The company is a member of the Association of American Publishers (AAP) and the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA). Aquila Polonica's titles are distributed to the trade in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Europe, Australia and New Zealand by National Book Network, www.nbnbooks.com, and are available from fine bookstores, online retailers, and all major wholesalers. More info at www.polww2.com/
Co-sponsored by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute operating under the Culture.pl brand, the Polish Consulate of Los Angeles, the Polish Consulate of New York, and the Polish Cultural Institute in New York. Co-financed in part with Polish diaspora funds of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland.