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THE AUSCHWITZ VOLUNTEER: BEYOND BRAVERY

A New York Times Editors' Choice

"This remarkable book...may shock but will surely enlighten."
             — Professor Gerhard L. Weinberg, author of
               A World at Arms: A Global History of World War II

 

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 theiceroad-coverartTuesday, February 11, 2014, 4 p.m. - Richmond, VA - Alice Waydenfeld Faintich is invited to give a presentation about her father's experiences as described in his book The Ice Road: An Epic Journey from the Stalinist Labor Camps to Freedom, for the 5100 Monument Avenue Book Club in Richmond, VA.

- See more at: http://www.polandww2.com/upcoming/upcoming-events#sthash.XgOEZh26.dpuf

 theiceroad-coverartTuesday, February 11, 2014, 4 p.m. - Richmond, VA - Alice Waydenfeld Faintich is invited to give a presentation about her father's experiences as described in his book The Ice Road: An Epic Journey from the Stalinist Labor Camps to Freedom, for the 5100 Monument Avenue Book Club in Richmond, VA.

- See more at: http://www.polandww2.com/upcoming/upcoming-events#sthash.XgOEZh26.dpuf

 theiceroad-coverartTuesday, February 11, 2014, 4 p.m. - Richmond, VA - Alice Waydenfeld Faintich is invited to give a presentation about her father's experiences as described in his book The Ice Road: An Epic Journey from the Stalinist Labor Camps to Freedom, for the 5100 Monument Avenue Book Club in Richmond, VA.

- See more at: http://www.polandww2.com/upcoming/upcoming-events#sthash.XgOEZh26.dpuf
esday, March 4, 2014, 3 p.m. - Los Angeles, CA - Actor Marek Probosz, who played Captain Witold Pilecki in the film The Death of Captain Pilecki and Aquila Polonica president Terry Tegnazian will present a multimedia program about The Auschwitz Volunteer and Pilecki, including dramatic readings, at Belmont Village Westwood. In addition to his film portrayal of Pilecki, Probosz was also the narrator of the audiobook of The Auschwitz Volunteer available from Audible.com. - See more at: http://www.polandww2.com/upcoming/upcoming-events#sthash.NSSh9wWn.dpuf
ay, March 4, 2014, 3 p.m. - Los Angeles, CA - Actor Marek Probosz, who played Captain Witold Pilecki in the film The Death of Captain Pilecki and Aquila Polonica president Terry Tegnazian will present a multimedia program about The Auschwitz Volunteer and Pilecki, including dramatic readings, at Belmont Village Westwood. In addition to his film portrayal of Pilecki, Probosz was also the narrator of the audiobook of The Auschwitz Volunteer available from Audible.com. - See more at: http://www.polandww2.com/upcoming/upcoming-events#sthash.NSSh9wWn.dpuf

IMG 1186-rMarch 18 & 20, 2014 - Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA - Aquila Polonica president Terry Tegnazian gave a multimedia presentation about The Mermaid and the Messerschmitt to two sections of Professor Pat Oliver's Women's Rhetoric course. Each day, Terry worked with one of the students in the class, who did dramatic readings from the book in coordination with Terry's presentation. This is the second time Professor Oliver has adopted The Mermaid as required reading for this course, which also requires an analytical paper about the book before semester's end.

alice faintich november2009-rMarch 13, 2014 - Charlottesville, VA - Alice Waydenfeld Faintich gave a multimedia presentation to the Charlottesville Newcomers' Book Club about her father's book The Ice Road and the Soviet deportations of 1.5 million Polish civilians to Siberian forced labor camps.

Thursday, March 13, 2014 & Tuesday, March 18, 2014, both at 4:30 p.m. - Los Angeles, CA - Aquila Polonica president Terry Tegnazian will give presentations at Loyola Marymount University on The Mermaid and the Messerschmitt by Rulka Langer, to two sections of Professor Pat Oliver's course "Women's Rhetoric."  This is the second time Professor Oliver adopted The Mermaid  as the featured assigned reading for her Women's Rhetoric course, which requires an analytical paper about the book at semester's end. - See more at: http://www.polandww2.com/upcoming/upcoming-events#sthash.N5eBjBf5.dpuf
Thursday, March 13, 2014 & Tuesday, March 18, 2014, both at 4:30 p.m. - Los Angeles, CA - Aquila Polonica president Terry Tegnazian will give presentations at Loyola Marymount University on The Mermaid and the Messerschmitt by Rulka Langer, to two sections of Professor Pat Oliver's course "Women's Rhetoric."  This is the second time Professor Oliver adopted The Mermaid  as the featured assigned reading for her Women's Rhetoric course, which requires an analytical paper about the book at semester's end. - See more at: http://www.polandww2.com/upcoming/upcoming-events#sthash.N5eBjBf5.dpuf

 

Belmont-r  March 4, 2014 - Los Angeles, CA - Actor Marek Probosz, who played Captain Witold Pilecki in the film The Death of Captain Pilecki and Aquila Polonica president Terry Tegnazian presented a multimedia program about The Auschwitz Volunteer and Pilecki, including dramatic readings, at Belmont Village Westwood. In addition to his film portrayal of Pilecki, Probosz was also the narrator of the audiobook of The Auschwitz Volunteer available from Audible.com.

February 11theiceroad-coverart, 2014 - Richmond, VA - Alice Waydenfeld Faintich gave a multimedia presentation about her father's experience as described in his book The Ice Road, for the 5100 Monument Avenue Book Talk group in Richmond, VA.

TerryAcceptanceSpeech-IMG 1122-r January 12, 2014 - Los Angeles, CA - Terry Tegnazian honored with 2013 Polonia Award - The Polish American Congress of Southern California honored Aquila Polonica president Terry Tegnazian with the 2013 Polonia Award for her work in bringing the Polish World War II experience to a wider English-speaking audience. More info...

 

2013AquilaPolonicaPrizeAwardedtoKateLebow-2013-11-22-Final2013-12-4-RNovember 22, 2013 - Boston, MA - The 2013 Aquila Polonica Prize is awarded to Dr. Katherine Lebow, for her article "The Conscience of the Skin: Interwar Autobiography and Social Rights" (Humanity 3:3 [Winter 2012] 297-319. The biennial Aquila Polonica Prize is administered by the Polish Studies Association and awarded at the ASEEES convention in alternate years.  For more info...

 

IMG 1049-r November 21-November 24, 2013 - Boston, MA - Aquila Polonica was one of the exhibitors at the 2013 Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies Conference, which was held in Boston at the Marriott Copley Plaza.

 

 

 

NatlCouncilSocialStudies photo-2013-11-21-CorrectedAquila Polonica books displayed at NCSSNovember 22-November 24, 2013 - St. Louis, MO - Aquila Polonica titles were showcased at the Polish Perspectives booth at the 2013 Annual Conference of the National Council for the Social Studies, held this year in St. Louis. As in past years, the Polish Perspectives booth at NCSS was beautifully coordinated and run by Cecilia Glembocki, from Virginia, who volunteers her time every year to organize the booth and attend the conference. 

 

PosterforEvent-2013-10-30-RDSC01344-Speakers-RNovember 3, 2013 - Toronto, Canada - The Auschwitz Volunteer was the focus of one of the kick-off events of Holocaust Education Week, sponsored by the Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre, UJA Federation of Greater Toronto. The well-attended event was held at the George Ignatieff Theatre, Trinity College, University of Toronto, and featured University of Toronto Professors Piotr Wrobel and Tamar Trojanowska together with Auschwitz survivor Natan Leipciger, past member of the International Auschwitz Council. Dramatic readings from the book were done by actor/director Rafal Sokolowski, a clip from the film The Death of Captain Pilecki and numerous slides of photos and other illustrations were shown. For more info...

  

GivingFlowersOctober 21, 2013 - Warsaw, Poland - Witold Pilecki posthumously promoted to Colonel - In a ceremony at the Polish Ministry of Defense on October 21, 2013, Minister of Defense Tomasz Siemoniak presented to Pilecki's son and daughter the formal order promoting their father from Captain to Colonel in the Polish Army. The order was signed by the Minister of Defense on September 6, 2013.  English translation of the article on the Ministry of Defense website in pdf, OR read the article online in its original Polish... Pilecki's most comprehensive report on his secret undercover mission as a prisoner at Auschwitz, written in 1945, was published in  English for the first time by Aquila Polonica under the title The Auschwitz Volunteer.

 

2013-10-23LMU-IMG 1046-Rmmcover2008-12-11c-final-rOctober 21 & 23, 2013 - Los Angeles, CA - Aquila Polonica president Terry Tegnazian gave a presentation about The Mermaid and the Messerschmitt by Rulka Langer, for two classes in "Women's Rhetoric" taught by Professor Patricia Oliver at Loyola Marymount University. Terry was joined by the author's daughter, Barbara Langer, who flew in from her home in Northern California.

 

dartheiceroad-coverartOctober 12, 2013 - Gordonsville, VA Alice Waydenfeld Faintich gave a presentation about the World War II Soviet deportations of Polish civilians to Siberia, including the experiences of her father as described in his book The Ice Road: An Epic Journey from the Stalinist Labor Camps to Freedom, to an enthusiastic group of the Montpelier DAR at a well-attended luncheon meeting.

 

polishstudiesassn logo-2011-6-7October 8, 2013 - Aquila Polonica Prize Nominees Announced - Fifty-four nominees—more than any previous year—will compete for the 2013 Aquila Polonica Prize, which is awarded every two years under the auspices of the Polish Studies Association to the author of the best article published in English dealing with any aspect of Polish studies. The winner of this year’s prize, which carries a $500 honorarium, will be announced during the November 2013 National Convention of the Association for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies in Boston, MA. More info here...   For a complete list of the nominees in pdf...

WashingtonPostOctober 7, 2013 - The Washington Post - General Stefan Baluk, author of our forthcoming book Sikorski: No Simple Soldier, today dedicated a new monument in Warsaw, Poland to the cichociemni, the "Unseen and Silent" Polish resistance fighters who were trained in the UK and parachuted back into Poland to work with the Underground. Read the article online or in pdf...

InsideStoryAustralia October 3, 2013 - Inside Story Review of The Auschwitz Volunteer - A thoughtful, erudite and comprehensive review of The Auschwitz Volunteer by Professor John Besemeres, published in Australia by Inside Story. Read the review online or in pdf...

 

 AuschwitzVol-GermanCoverArtBorderAugust 2013 - German edition of The Auschwitz Volunteer - Zurich-based publisher Orell Füssli, which licensed German-language translation rights from Aquila Polonica for The Auschwitz Volunteer, has just released the German edition under the title Freiwillig nach Auschwitz. It has garnered great reviews in major German media, including in Der Spiegel and Die Welt

 

IMG 0993-R July 24, 2013 - Long Beach, CA - Aquila Polonica president Terry Tegnazian gave a presentation "Extraordinary Heroes, Desperate Times"— about the legendary Polish fighter pilots of 303 Squadron, the highest-scoring Allied fighter squadron in the Battle of Britain—to a packed room of more than 100 people at the Long Beach Rotary Club.

publishers-weeklyJuly 18, 2013 - Publisher's Weekly "Behind the Audio" Blog - The Audible.com audiobook of The Auschwitz Volunteer: Beyond Bravery  is featured today in Publisher's Weekly's "Behind the Audio" blog. Actor and audiobook narrator Marek Probosz talks about the making of the Audible.com audiobook, which will be released on July 19, 2013. audible

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 June 26, 2013 - The Mermaid and the Messerschmitt Audiobook - Audible.com, leading downloadable audiobook publisher, releases The Mermaid and the Messerschmitt in audiobook. Listen to a sample, and for more info...

 

theiceroad-coverartaudible June 25, 2013 - The Ice Road Audiobook Audible.com, leading downloadable audiobook publisher, releases The Ice Road in audiobook. Listen to a sample, and for more info...

 

marekproboszrecordingaudiobookatpopstudio June 21, 2013 - Santa Monica, CA - Actor Marek Probosz completes recording the audiobook of The Auschwitz Volunteer for Audible.com—soon to be released! 

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June 13, 2013 - Charlottesville, VA - Alice Waydenfeld Faintich gave a presentation about the World War II Soviet deportations of Polish civilians to Siberia and led a book group discussion on her father's book  The Ice Road: An Epic Journey from the Stalinist Labor Camps to Freedom, at the Westminster Canterbury retirement community.

   ibpa-benfranklinaward-label-silver-finalist-2010-6-4May 29, 2013 - Benjamin Franklin Awards, New York City - We're proud to announce that The Auschwitz Volunteer won the Silver Award for Autobiography/Memoir at the 2013 Benjamin Franklin Awards. Sponsored by the Independent Book Publishers Association and now in its 25th year, the Ben Franklins are the premier awards competition in independent publishing. More...

witold pilecki 1witold pilecki 1Three Extraordinary Things About Pilecki's Report - Yale University Professor Timothy Snyder, in concluding his remarks at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum event honoring Captain Witold Pilecki and The Auschwitz Volunteer: Beyond Bravery, sums up three extraordinary things about Pilecki's report in the video excerpt below. For more info on the event...  

 

 

the auschwitz volunteer-2011-8-13-rMay 6, 2013 - Benjamin Franklin Awards Finalist - We're thrilled to announce that our book, The Auschwitz Volunteer: Beyond Bravery, by Captain Witold Pilecki, is a finalist in the 2013 Benjamin Franklin Awards in the category of Autobiography/Memoirs! The Benjamin Franklin Awards are given annually by the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), and are regarded as one of the highest national honors in independent publishing. Award winners will be announced May 29th at a gala awards ceremony in New York City. We're very proud that each of Aquila Polonica's titles to date has won one or more Ben Franklin Awards!

 

weinsteinjccstefanwaydenfeldyoungphoto-rMay 6, 2013 - Richmond, VA - Alice Waydenfeld Faintich gave a presentation about the World War II Soviet deportations of Polish civilians to Siberia, including the experiences of her father Stefan Waydenfeld (pictured at right) as described in his book The Ice Road: An Epic Journey from the Stalinist Labor Camps to Freedom, to an audience of 50 to 60 people at the Weinstein Jewish Community Center. Marvin Rosman, Corresponding Secretary of the 5400 Mens' Club of the Weinstein JCC, emailed Alice after the presentation, "Your father's memorialization of this tragedy is extremely important and we appreciate your continuing his work."

 

img 0859-r-croppedApril 25, 2013 - Los Angeles, CA - Aquila Polonica president Terry Tegnazian joined actor/writer/director Marek Probosz in a multimedia presentation about Captain Witold Pilecki and The Auschwitz Volunteer: Beyond Bravery, at the Westwood Branch Library as part of the Friends of Westwood Library Book Talk series.

 

 theiceroad-coverartApril 22, 2013 - Ruckersville, VA - Alice Waydenfeld Faintich gave a presentation about the World War II Soviet deportations of Polish civilians to Siberia and led a book group discussion on her father's book The Ice Road: An Epic Journey from the Stalinist Labor Camps to Freedom, to an enthusiastic crowd at the Four Seasons retirement community.

  

audiblethe auschwitz volunteer-2011-8-13-rtheiceroad-coverartmmcover2008-12-11c-final-rMarch 27, 2013 - Audible.com acquires audio rights to three Aquila Polonica books - Audible, Inc., the leading provider of premium digital spoken audio information and entertainment on the Internet, will release three of Aquila Polonica's award-winning World War II titlesThe Auschwitz Volunteer, The Ice Road and The Mermaid and the Messerschmittin audio book form. Read more...

  alice faintich november2009-rTuesday, March 19, 2013 - James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA - Alice Waydenfeld Faintich gave a presentation for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at James Madison University, at its Brown Bag Lunch, about the World War II Soviet deportations of Polish civilians, including the experiences of her father as described in his book The Ice Road: An Epic Journey from the Stalinist Labor Camps to Freedom.

   

tabletmagMarch 12, 2013 - Tablet Magazine reviews The Auschwitz Volunteer - Vladislav Davidzon, Tablet's European culture correspondent, writes in an erudite and comprehensive review entitled "Undercover at Auschwitz" that The Auschwitz Volunteer "is a work of supreme importance." Among other things, he notes "the report is a schematic and meticulous accretion of facts charting the camp's transformation....written from an intelligence rather than memoiristic perspective....Pilecki's observations of the fate of the Roma and the Jews are particularly sympathetic, devoid of nationalism or condescension. He understood early on that a campaign of systematic annihilation was being waged....A great part of the literary interest of the book lies in the contradiction between the sensitive, civil, and humane part of Pilecki's character that we glean from the report and the unsentimental methods he and his cohort deployed in the ferocious battle for survival within the camp." Read the review online or pdf...

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cosmopolitanreviewMarch 1, 2013 - Cosmopolitan Review reviews The Auschwitz Volunteer - In a thoughtful, extremely well-written review Professor Michal Kasprzak of Ryerson University explores the major themes in Captain Witold Pilecki's report on his undercover mission as a prisoner at Auschwitz. He says Pilecki's report, which "has now been superbly translated and published in The Auschwitz Volunteer: Beyond Bravery" is "an important historical document that will join other first-hand accounts of life in concentration camps such as those of Tadeusz Borowski or Stanisław Grzesiuk." Read the review online or pdf...

 

ninepilotswalkingrw777-rFebruary 25, 2013 - Los Angeles, CA - Aquila Polonica president and co-founder Terry Tegnazian gave a presentation at Belmont Village Westwood on 303 Squadron, entitled "Extraordinary Heroes, Desperate Times."

 

 

 

proseawardauschwitzvolunteerproseawardplaqueFebruary 7, 2013 - PROSE Awards, Washington, D.C. - We're excited to announce that The Auschwitz Volunteer   won the prestigious 2012 PROSE Award for Biography & Autobiography awarded by the Association of American Publishers for excellence in scholarly and professional publishing. Aquila Polonica was the only independent publisher to win a PROSE Award this year. President Terry Tegnazian said, "As a young independent publisher, we were honored to be in competition with major university presses and large established publishing companies. This award is confirmation for us that we are doing something right!" In his remarks at the awards luncheon, John Jenkins, Chairman of the PROSE Awards, said, "If you are one of our winners...you have achieved something that is a very big deal. We have more entries in PROSE this year than in any other point in the history of our awards. We have more publishers than ever participating....if you won this award, you have won an award that really rewards the whole package of the book. Not only the content, but the scholarship, the design, the functionality...."  For a complete list of winners, click here.  Read more about Aquila Polonica's PROSE award...

 terryspeakingwestwoodrotary-img 0765-rFebruary 7, 2013 - Los Angeles, CA - Aquila Polonica president Terry Tegnazian was invited to speak to the Westwood Village Rotary Club about Aquila Polonica Publishing. 

 

January 27, 2013 - Polish Embassy Interview with Jarek Garlinski - Mr. Garlinski, translator of The Auschwitz Volunteer, was interviewed by the Polish Embassy about translating Witold Pilecki's report at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum's 2013 International Holocaust Remembrance Day event in Washington, D.C. More info about Mr. Garlinski...

 

 

ushmmpolishembassywashdcSunday, January 27, 2013 - Washington, D.C. - In commemoration of the 2013 International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in cooperation with the Polish Embassy hosted an event about the incredible story of Witold Pilecki, whose report on Auschwitz has been published in English for the first time as The Auschwitz Volunteer: Beyond Bravery. "It was of tremendous importance for us—Polish diplomats—to see Witold Pilecki being commemorated in such a highly symbolic place... More…

 

heritagebaybookclub2013-1-21theiceroad-coverartMonday, January 21, 2013, 4 p.m. - Naples, FL - Alice Waydenfeld Faintich gave a presentation at the Heritage Bay Book Club for more than fifty attendees, about the World War II Soviet deportations of Polish civilians, including the experiences of her father as described in his book, The Ice Road: An Epic Journey from the Stalinist Labor Camps to Freedom.

     

img 0721-rmuseumofjewishheritageWednesday, January 9, 2013, 7 p.m. - New York City -The Museum of Jewish Heritage  in cooperation with the  Polish Cultural Institute of New York presented "The Auschwitz Volunteer: Historian Timothy Snyder, Yale University, in conversation with Dr. David G. Marwell, Director of the Museum of Jewish Heritage." Aquila Polonica publisher Terry Tegnazian joined Professor Snyder and Dr. Marwell onstage to discuss The Auschwitz Volunteer. More...polishculturalinstnyc

  wor710radioJanuary 9, 2013 - WOR 710 AM, New York City - Journalist Rita Cosby interviews Yale Professor Timothy Snyder about Witold Pilecki and The Auschwitz Volunteer on New York City radio WOR 710 AM prior to the event at the Museum of Jewish Heritage later that evening (approx. 10 minutes)

  jewishweek the auschwitz volunteer-2011-8-13-rJanuary 2, 2013 - The Jewish Week, New York City, reviews The Auschwitz Volunteer - "Suspenseful, inspiring, recounting bravery that few of us can imagine. His words are of extreme importance to Jews and to any other community that suffered at the hands of the Nazis." Read the review – online link OR pdf of online review...January 11-13, 2012 - performances of The Invisible Army, Cambridge, England -  "Your father's book [The Ice Road] helped to inspire the young people involved in the play and we have acknowledged that in the programme. We owe him a debt of gratitude." Read more about this original play based on the World War II Soviet deportations of Polish civilians...

  

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Witold Pilecki's 1945 eyewitness report on Auschwitz, published in English for the first time.

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