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The Auschwitz Volunteer

News, Reviews & Events — 2013


This page contains News, Reviews & Events from 2013 dealing with The Auschwitz Volunteer, either in whole or in part. It is a subset of the complete year listings to be found in the News, Reviews & Events Archive under Media Room in the main menu.


 MilitaryReviewNov-Dec2013 November-December 2013 - Military Review reviews The Auschwitz Volunteer - In its November-December 2013 issue, Military Review, the Professional Journal of the U.S. Army, reviews The Auschwitz Volunteer in an extensive piece by Daniel Paliwoda, Ph.D. — "This exceptional book's value is obvious...The Auschwitz Volunteer is truly a gift." Read the review...


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. Aquila Polonica president Terry Tegnazian was joined in Boston by colleagues Justine Jablonska, Ewa Wojciak and Jarek Garlinski. This was one of the best-attended ASEEES conferences—Boston is always a favorite venue! It was a great opportunity to see old friends and make new ones. All our titles released through that time were on display and available for sale, including The Auschwitz Volunteer.



NatlCouncilSocialStudies photo-2013-11-21-CorrectedAquila Polonica titles displayed at NCSS.November 22-24, 2013 - St. Louis, MO - Polish Perspectives at National Council for Social Studies - The Auschwitz Volunteer was among the Aquila Polonica titles showcased at the Polish Perspectives booth at the 2013 Annual Conference of the National Council for the Social Studies, held November 22-24, 2013 in St. Louis. MO. 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, see the Aquila Polonica press release...


 the auschwitz volunteer-2011-8-13-rOctober 29, 2013 - Aquila Polonica Press Release - "Acclaimed Eyewitness Report of Undercover Mission in Auschwitz Focus of Nov. 3 Holocaust Education Week Event in Toronto" announcing the upcoming program at the University of Toronto focusing on Witold Pilecki's secret undercover mission at Auschwitz. His most comprehensive report on his Auschwitz mission has been published in English for the first time by Aquila Polonica under the title The Auschwitz Volunteer. Read the press release...



PortugueseCoverFRONT-ReducedFall 2013 - Portuguese edition of The Auschwitz Volunteer - Portuguese publisher Vogais, an imprint of 20/20 Editora, which licensed Portuguese-language translation rights for The Auschwitz Volunteer from Aquila Polonica, releases its edition under the title O voluntário de Auschwitz


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.  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 VolunteerEnglish translation of the article on the Ministry of Defense website in pdf, OR read the article online in its original Polish...


 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 (read online pdf...) and Die Welt (read online pdf...)


  publishers-weeklyJuly 18, 2013 - Publisher's Weekly "Behind the Audio" Blog - The 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 audiobook, which will be released on July 19, 2013. audible



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


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...



Three 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 - Aquila Polonica Press Release - 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! Read the press release...



 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.



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March 27, 2013 - 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...



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...



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 proseawardauschwitzvolunteerproseawardplaqueFebruary 7, 2013 - PROSE Awards, Washington, D.C. - Aquila Polonica Press Release - 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 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 2012 winners...  Read more about Aquila Polonica's PROSE award...



ushmmpolishembassywashdcJanuary 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…



img 0721-rmuseumofjewishheritageJanuary 9, 2013, 7 p.m. - New York City -The Museum of Jewish Heritagein cooperation with the Polish Cultural Institute of New Yorkpresented "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




 ritacosby 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 OR pdf...







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