Chepstow

Reading (Non-Fiction)

Convener

Alistair Wylie 0787 948 3489

Meeting
On the 3rd Thursday of the month at 3pm.

We discuss non-fiction books we've recently read and would recommend. Usually we agree to read the same book over the coming month and compare impressions at the next meeting.

The next meeting is on August 20th at 3pm, and will be conducted remotely via Zoom.

The book to be discussed is:

The Volunteer: The True Story of the Resistance Hero who Infiltrated Auschwitz, by Jack Fairweather

Would you sacrifice yourself to save thousands of others?

In the Summer of 1940, after the Nazi occupation of Poland, an underground operative called Witold Pilecki accepted a mission to uncover the fate of thousands of people being interned at a new concentration camp on the border of the Reich.

His mission was to report on Nazi crimes and raise a secret army to stage an uprising. The name of the detention centre -- Auschwitz.

It was only after arriving at the camp that he started to discover the Nazi’s terrifying plans. Over the next two and half years, Witold forged an underground army that smuggled evidence of Nazi atrocities out of Auschwitz. His reports from the camp were to shape the Allies response to the Holocaust - yet his story was all but forgotten for decades.

This is the first major account to draw on unpublished family papers, newly released archival documents and exclusive interviews with surviving resistance fighters to show how he brought the fight to the Nazis at the heart of their evil designs.

The result is an enthralling story of resistance and heroism against the most horrific circumstances, and one man’s attempt to change the course of history.

Please note: The Chepstow Bookshop offer a 10% reduction on the cost of this book. Just tell them you're a member of a U3A book club.
Also, during the Coronavirus crisis, the bookshop are taking orders and payment by phone on 01291 625011

Click here for group members' suggestions for books to read in future: Reading suggestions
Click here for an archive of the books we've read so far: Non-fiction archive

Contact Alistair for more details.

Dates for your Diary
Thu Aug 20th We plan to meet remotely using Zoom.
Thu Sep 17th We plan to meet remotely using Zoom.
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