Prisoner No. 4859
Poland Searches for Remains of WW2 Hero
Witold Pilecki fought in three wars and even volunteered to be imprisoned at Auschwitz to send out intelligence reports. But, after the war, he was executed for opposing Poland's new communist leaders.
Communist regime was nothing but a form of foreign domination by the Russians. Leaders in Warsaw had members of the former underground arrested and, in many cases, executed.
Pilecki began gathering information about the regime and its crimes, including information on the trials of opposition members, executions and deportations.
The secret police arrested Pilecki on May 8, 1947, and he was quickly convicted in a show trial. Former concentration camp inmates begged the new prime minister, Józef Cyrankiewicz, who had survived Auschwitz himself, to pardon Pilecki. Cyrankiewicz, though ackowledging Pilecki's meritorious deeds, made it clear to the judge that he was not to use them as mitigating circumstances in favor of the defendant. In the end, Pilecki was sentenced to death for espionage.
On May 25, 1948, Pilecki was taken from his cell and executed in a manner referred to in Poland today as the "Katyn method," in which the executioner fires a pistol into the back of the convicted prisoner's head at close range. It was the method used by Soviet intelligence to murder 22,000 captured Poles in the forests near Katyn in 1940.
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