|Pilecki before 1939|
Assuming a false identity using found papers, Pilecki passed himself off as "Tomasz Serafiński," the commanding officer of the Nowy Wiśnicz region unit of the underground Polish Home Army (Armia Krajowa, or AK). He remained in Auschwitz for nearly there years and wrote reports for the underground that were smuggled to London and Washington.
At Easter in 1943, Pilecki and compatriots made a daring escape from Auschwitz. Hunted by the Gestapo, they made their way through the Polish countryside and ultimately found refuge with the real Tomasz Serafiński, his wife, Ludmiła, their children, and their underground network. Amid their run, the escapees had become suspected by the underground of being German spies. As he grew close to his unexpected namesake, Serafiński found himself at odds with the AK, ultimately depending on Ludmiła to protect both men against underground suspicion and Nazi hunters. Pilecki and Serafiński each had a grim fate yet in store.
|Pilecki at Auschwitz|
I was privileged to learn about Elizabeth's work through membership in JLS ("open to any legal professional who shares [JLS] interests and goals") and my work in the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, American Law and LL.M. program with Jagiellonian University (not associated with JLS) in Kraków, Poland, and Washington, D.C.