WARSAW, Poland (AP) – Warsaw’s mayor has unveiled a monument to a World War II hero who volunteered to go to Auschwitz and informed firsthand on the atrocities there but later was killed by the communist regime.
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The memorial for Capt. Witold Pilecki is located near the place where in 1940 he let himself be caught by the occupying Nazi Germans. It was a step toward becoming an inmate of the Auschwitz death camp.
Pilecki’s descendants joined hundreds of Warsaw residents and authorities at the ceremony Saturday.
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Pilecki wrote reports from Auschwitz before fleeing in 1943. As a freedom fighter, he was caught and executed by the communist government imposed on Poland after the war.