2014: Year of Jan Karski

20 Feb 2014 11:29 AM | Anonymous

2014:  Year of Jan Karski

The year 2014 marks the centennial of the birth of Jan Karski, the Pole who gave the Western Allies the first eyewitness account of the Holocaust in 1942. On the occasion of the Year of Jan Karski, declared by the Sejm of the Republic of Poland, the accomplishments of the heroic Home Army emissary are recalled.    

The 28-year-old Karski, an eye witness of the Holocaust as a courier for the Polish Underground State, personally delivered detailed reports of the German Nazi actions taken against the Jewish population to representatives of the British authorities and he appealed to the British Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden and the media to stop the Holocaust.


In July 1943, following the destruction of the Warsaw Ghetto by the German Nazis, Jan Karski went to Washington where he met with President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Karski’s actions and his report presenting his findings from the Warsaw Ghetto, which he infiltrated twice, and from the German transit camp in Izbica, where he posed as a guard, did not lead to an Allied  intervention. After World War II Jan Karski came to live in the US.





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