A special viewing of a documentary on the heroic life of Witold Pilecki, an Auschwitz volunteer, will be brought to the Texas A&M University campus “to continue educating our youth about history.”
Jim Mazurkiewicz, Ph.D., director of the Gov. Dolph Briscoe Jr. Texas Agricultural Lifetime Leadership, TALL, program with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, traces his Polish heritage to the early 1800s of the Republic of Texas.
Through the years, he’s facilitated several academic exchange activities among TALL program students, Texas and Poland business groups with interests in both agricultural and energy sectors. His efforts culminated in September when he received an honorary doctorate degree from Warsaw University of Life Sciences in Warsaw.
Now, he’s wanting the Brazos Valley, Bryan-College Station community and Texas A&M University and Blinn College students to learn more about Poland and the heroic efforts of Pilecki. The “Death of Captain Pilecki” depicts the actions of a Polish cavalry officer and intelligence agent, who in 1940 was captured by Germans and held in the Auschwitz concentration camp.
The documentary will air at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 11 at the Texas A&M University Bush School of Government and Public Service Conference Center in Frymire Auditorium. The event is free.