Clip From the Film "Against The Odds"
Before and during the Second World War Nazi Germany has constructed a number of concentration camps. First in Germany proper to imprison both criminals and those considered undesirable by the Nazi regime - political oponents, pacifists, homosexuals and others. After the conquest of Poland more camps were built on occupied Polish territory to imprison Polish patriots, intellectuals and anybody suspected of being in the underground. Entire Polish families were imprisoned for helping Jews and countless civilians randomly taken off the streets ended up in the camps. Eventually, as Germany conquered more territories, people from all over Europe were being deported to the camps.
Conditions in the camps became increasingly brutal - designed to break the spirit of the prisoners and force them to meekly submit. However this often did not succeed and prisoners in all of the camps found a way to resist and fight back.
The suffering of concentration camp prisoners is very well documented in writing and on film but the phenomenon of resistance in the camps is not and this is the aim of the Capital j. Films documentary Against The Odds and of this website. Featured are the photographs and stories of 5 men who took part in the concentration camp resistance. At the time of this writing, four of them lived in Warsaw and they were some of the most remarkable men we have met - full of energy and with an extremely positive outlook on life. The fifth one, Capt. Witold Pilecki, was the central figure of one of the least known and yet most remarkable secret operations in history - probably the only man to ever voluntarily enter a concentration camp on a mission to create an underground organization there. Murdered by the Communists after the war he was a true hero of the Second World War.