The Scout who escaped Auschwitz


Scouts from across the UK were recently treated to an unforgettable experience as they met a man who was imprisoned in one of the most notorious places in history for being a Scout.

Kazimierz Piechowski, or Kazik as he prefers to be known, was guest of honour at a special event at Baden-Powell House in London.

The 91-year-old recalled how Scouts in Poland were captured by the Nazis during the Second World War as they were seen as a threat to the invading force.

Most of the young people who met Kazik are part of Jamboree units who will visit his home town in Poland as part of Home Hospitality.

Global example

The enraptured audience listened as he recounted his daring escape from Auschwitz, achieved thanks to stolen uniforms, the acquisition of the camp commandant’s car and Kazik’s quick thinking when stopped at the gate.

His inspiring story is an example to us all of Scouting spirit at a time when Scouts in Libya, Japan and other countries are doing their duty in times of conflict and disaster.

Read Kazik’s incredible story (Guardian)

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