There is a movie in production in Poland now about this character. No doubt they'll leave out details of what he supposedly claimed about Auschwitz.
The tale is packed with the usual bizarre and irrational nonsense, AND contradicting stories.
- He intentionally got arrested with the intent of getting information about Auschwitz, he received tatoo no. 4859.
- The Allies didn't believe his 'reports'.
- He escaped a bakery that he was working in that was curiously outside of Auschwitz.
- No, he escaped the Auschwitz hospital where he faked having typhus.
- After escaping he fought in the Warsaw uprising of 1944, was caught by the Germans and sat out the rest of the war unharmed, but yet he was supposedly an Auschwitx escapee with tattoo no. 4859 and was not executed as we all would have expected .... if the tall tales were true.
- Pilecki was arrested in 1948 by the communists and executed as an anti-communist spy. Wow! The man is just incredible.
In 1942 Pilecki discovered that new windowless concrete huts were being built with nozzles in their ceilings. Soon afterwards he heard that that prisoners were being herded into these huts and that the nozzles were being used to feed cyanide gas into the building. Afterwards the bodies were taken to the building next door where they were cremated.
"During the first 3 years, at Auschwitz there perished 2 million people; in the next 2 years 3 million". [There you have it, 5,000,000! Oops.]
He and two comrades overpowered a guard, cut the phone line and escaped on the night of April 26 April 27, 1943, taking along documents stolen from the Germans. [Anyone seen the 'documents'?]
Pilecki had already arranged his escape route and after feigning typhus, he escaped from the hospital on 24th April, 1943. After hiding in the local forest, Pilecki reached his unit of the Tajna Armia Polska on 2nd May. He returned to normal duties and fought during the Warsaw Uprising in the summer of 1944. Although captured by the German Army he was eventually released by Allied troops in April, 1945.
"Street roundup in northern Warsaw's Zoliborz district, 1941" ... curious the soldiers are wearing Polish uniforms.
http://www.absoluteastronomy.com/encycl ... ilecki.htm