10 Złotych 2017 - The Enduring Soldiers Accursed by the Communists - Witold Pilecki


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General Description Witold Pilecki (13 May 1901 – 25 May 1948; codenames Roman Jezierski, Tomasz Serafiński, Druh, Witold) was a Polish cavalryman, intelligence officer, and patriot. He served as a rotmistrz with the Polish Army in the Polish-Soviet War, Second Polish Republic, and World War II.
He was the author of Witold's Report, the first comprehensive Allied intelligence report on Auschwitz concentration camp and the Holocaust.
During World War II, he volunteered for a Polish resistance operation that involved being imprisoned in the Auschwitz death camp in order to gather intelligence and later escape. While in the camp, Pilecki organized a resistance movement and, as early as 1941, informed the Western Allies of Nazi Germany's Auschwitz atrocities.
He remained loyal to the London-based Polish government-in-exile after the Soviet-backed communist takeover of Poland and was arrested for espionage in 1947 by the Stalinist secret police (Urząd Bezpieczeństwa) on charges of working for "foreign imperialism", thought to be a euphemism for British Intelligence. He was executed after a show trial in 1948.
Mintage 15,000
Diameter 32.00 mm
Weight 14.1400 g
Material Silver 0.9250
Orientation Medal
Mint Poland - Warsaw (MV, MW, BM)
Edge Type plain
Designer Obvers: Dobrochna Surajewska ; Revers: Urszula Walerzak
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