Text: “The Man Who Volunteered for Auschwitz.” The Atlantic.com
Extract: “The Polish resistance had been hearing horrific first- or second-hand accounts about the conditions inside Auschwitz. These early accounts came primarily from released prisoners, but also from casual observers like railway employees and residents of the nearby village of Oswiecim. The resistance decided they needed someone on the inside.
It is into this environment that Witold Pilecki, a 39-year old veteran of the Polish-Soviet War of 1919-1921 who fought against the initial Nazi invasion and a member of the Polish resistance, volunteered himself in 1940. Pilecki’s mission was to allow himself to be arrested and, once inside Auschwitz, to collect intelligence for the Polish resistance in the country and the government-in-exile in London, and to organize a resistance from inside the camp.” https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2012/10/the-man-who-volunteered-for-auschwitz/263083/
This specific example highlights a kind of “boundary of acceptable investigation” that was not in fact a boundary to Pilecki.