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Thursday, October 14, 2021

A Rebel in Auschwitz by Jack Fairweather - Book Tour & Review + Giveaway

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the A REBEL IN AUSCHWITZ by Jack Fairweather Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

 

About the Book:

Title: A REBEL IN AUSCHWITZ: The True Story of the Resistance Hero who Fought the Nazis from Inside the Camp

Author: Jack Fairweather

Pub. Date: October 19, 2021

Publisher:  Scholastic Focus

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, Audiobook

Pages: 352

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, Audible, B&N, iBooks (audiobook), Kobo (audiobook), TBD, Bookshop.org

With exclusive access to previously hidden diaries, family and camp survivor accounts, and recently declassified files, critically acclaimed and award-winning journalist Jack Fairweather brilliantly portrays the remarkable man who volunteered to face the unknown in the name of truth and country. This extraordinary and eye-opening account of the Holocaust invites us all to bear witness.


Occupied Warsaw, Summer 1940:

Witold Pilecki, a Polish underground operative, accepted a mission to uncover the fate of thousands interned at a new concentration camp, report on Nazi crimes, raise a secret army, and stage an uprising. The name of the camp -- Auschwitz.

Over the next two and half years, and under the cruellest of conditions, Pilecki's underground sabotaged facilities, assassinated Nazi officers, and gathered evidence of terrifying abuse and mass murder. But as he pieced together the horrifying Nazi plans to exterminate Europe's Jews, Pilecki realized he would have to risk his men, his life, and his family to warn the West before all was lost. To do so meant attempting the impossible -- but first he would have to escape from Auschwitz itself...



Praise for The Volunteer (adult edition):

"This is a story that has long deserved a robust, faithful telling, and [Fairweather] has delivered it." -- Wall Street Journal

"An extraordinary story." -- The Times

* "A forceful narrative with unstoppable reading momentum, Fairweather has created an insightful biography of a covert war hero and an extraordinary contribution to the history of the Holocaust." -- Booklist, starred review

"Witold Pilecki is one of the great -- perhaps the greatest -- unsung heroes of the second world war... Jack Fairweather's meticulous and insightful book is likely to be the definitive version of this extraordinary life." -- Economist

 

MY REVIEW
**This review is courtesy of my 15 year old son (paraphrased by me to clean it up a little) who happens to be fascinated with researching and learning about all things WWII/Holocaust**

This book is eye-opening. The Holocaust was a terrible time in history, and this book showcases just how awful it really was. This isn't the same sort of information we learn about and receive in school. This is an in-depth account of a real-life hero who risked everything to gather information about the Nazis and the horrific things they were doing so he could warn others. This man, Witold Pilecki, should be known by so many more people. This book also includes photographs that bring the Holocaust to life. They're stark, bold, and depressing. It's a realistic look at something that never, ever should have happened, and it forces readers to acknowledge just how terrible things were. 
The book, while showcasing a horrible tragedy, is done so in a way that is still tame enough for teen readers. I enjoyed learning about this man who risked his life to bring the atrocities of the Holocaust to light. 
5 stars.


About Jack Fairweather:

Jack Fairweather is a former war reporter in Iraq and Afghanistan and the author of A War of Choice and The Good War. The adult edition that tells this story is titled The Volunteer: The True Story of the Resistance Hero Who Infiltrated Auschwitz, which was named winner of the Costa Award and a #1 Sunday Times bestseller. Jack has served as the Daily Telegraph’s Baghdad bureau chief, and as a video journalist for the Washington Post in Afghanistan. His war coverage has won a British Press Award and an Overseas Press Club award citation.


 

Giveaway Details:

3 winners will receive a finished copy of A REBEL IN AUSCHWITZ, US Only.

Tour Schedule:

Week One:

10/11/2021

Fire and Ice

Review

10/11/2021

BookHounds ya

Excerpt

10/12/2021

Lexijava_Bookish/Lexijava

Review

10/12/2021

@minnesota_mailer

IG Post

10/13/2021

@curlygrannylovestoread

Review

10/13/2021

Pick a good book

Excerpt

10/14/2021

Jazzy Book Reviews

Review

10/14/2021

Nerdophiles

Review

10/15/2021

Books Are Magic Too

Review

10/15/2021

Lifestyle of Me

Review

Week Two:

10/18/2021

Locks, Hooks and Books

Review

10/18/2021

Nikki's Book reviews

Review

10/19/2021

Books and Kats

Excerpt

10/19/2021

Simply Daniel Radcliffe

Review

10/20/2021

@coffeebooksandmascara

Review

10/20/2021

Readingmurakami

Review

10/21/2021

The Momma Spot

Excerpt

10/21/2021

Coffee and Wander Book Reviews

Review

10/22/2021

Popthebutterfly Reads

Review

10/22/2021

@jypsylynn

Review


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