Paul Warren

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War - Ww2 - Witold Pilecki, Great Polish Hero - Poem by Paul Warren

Witold Pilecki was a Polish Calvary Officer in the Second World War
Who founded the Secret Polish Army fighting the Nazis knowing the score
In 1942 he decided the Auschwitz concentration camp needed to be found out
So he made sure that he was taken as a worker by the SS in their sweeps about

He was an inmate of Auschwitz for two and a half terrible years
Organising a resistance inside against the Germans without any peers
Once he had gathered enough information to convince the Allies
He organised a couple of fellows to escape and make them wise

He stayed behind to continue with the resistance against the Germans
And waited for the Allies to condemn and do something to make it all end
When they did nothing about it he decided to escape and deliver the message again
And so he did becoming the only one to escape from Auschwitz to the war's end

He wrote the information to the Allies that became the Witold Report
That finally made the Allies release a statement against the Nazi's in their retort
But no action was taken to stop them murdering Jews, Gypsies and others then
The deaths went on until they were made to surrender unconditionally in the end

He took part in the Warsaw Uprising in August 1944 as a true Polish patriot
And was there in the end as the Russians swept through Poland to end the hate
But the Russian Secret Police had a different view of things for Pilecki's fate
And after a show trial he was executed as a foreign imperialist in 1948

His exploits were suppressed until 1989 by the Polish Communist authorities
Until the 27 January 2013 on Holocaust Remembrance Day Internationally
Ryszard Schnepf, US Polish ambassador said he was a diamond among heroes in the war
And was the highest example of Polish patriotism who should be celebrated forever more.

© Paul Warren Poetry

Topic(s) of this poem: war

Form: Ode

Poet's Notes about The Poem

Witold Pilecki not only survived Auschwitz Concentration Camp but reported it to the Allies and then escaped. He was murdered by the Russians at the end of WW 2. A true hero who should be remembered as a fighter against evil up until the day he was killed.

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, January 30, 2016

Poem Edited: Sunday, February 5, 2017

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