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Ian Dunn
746928.  Mon Sep 27, 2010 2:13 pm Reply with quote

One of the most important incarcerated people was Witold Pilecki, a captain in the Polish army. He was one of the first people to expose the horrors of Auschwitz.

At the time it was first thought that Auschwitz was an ordinary POW camp. Pilecki entered on 19th September, 1940, and secretly sent out messages to the Polish resistance telling them what was going on. At first, people did not believe him and thought he was exaggerating.

Pilecki escaped after spending two-and-a-half years at the camp. Not much was known about him until recently because he was shot by the occupying Soviets after the war.

Source: NPR

 
plinkplonk
748079.  Thu Sep 30, 2010 1:59 pm Reply with quote

You say that that Pileski was the first to expose the horrors of Auschwitz. Well according to Wikipedia, Auschwitz I only had prisoners from May 1940 (although nearby Jewish residents were 'employed' to lay foundations).

His heroic status should through his attempts to free the prisoners in the camp, rather than to tell the outside world, although this is obviously a brave thing to do.

It seems ironic that his death came about not by Germans, but by Soviets.

 
Ian Dunn
750782.  Sun Oct 10, 2010 8:13 am Reply with quote

The world's first POW camp was Norman Cross in Cambridgeshire. The site recently appeared on an episode of Time Team.

 
Zarafa
750912.  Sun Oct 10, 2010 5:18 pm Reply with quote

Just for fun had a peek in the old OED and learned that in addition to its usual sense, it also means:

Quote:
b. Path. Obstinate constriction or strangulation of a hernia (see INCARCERATED); retention of the placenta in parturition.

 
exnihilo
750996.  Mon Oct 11, 2010 3:10 am Reply with quote

Ian Dunn wrote:
The world's first POW camp was Norman Cross in Cambridgeshire. The site recently appeared on an episode of Time Team.


Arguably. It was perhaps the first purpose built camp that we have record of, but Albemarle Barracks was used as an internment camp twenty years earlier in the American War of Independence.

 

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