Jan Karski

more than a year ago

‘Every government and church says, “We tried to help the Jews,” because they are ashamed, they want to keep their reputations. They didn’t help, because six million Jews perished, but those in the government, in the churches - they survived. No one did enough.’

Born in Łódź in 1914, and originally named Jan Kozielewski, Jan Karski is remembered in the history books as the man who tried to stop the Holocaust. The son of a local factory owner and the youngest of eight children, Karski read law at the University of Lviv, from which he graduated with flying colours. Gifted with a photographic memory and a fluent command of foreign languages he soon came to the attention of the Polish diplomatic services, landing prestigious posts in London and Paris. With Europe gearing up for war, Karski joined the horse artillery, and his unit found itself shunted across Poland as the nation made a desperate bid to defend its borders from Nazi and Soviet invasion. Captured by the Red Army, Karski avoided certain death in the forests of Katyń when his Soviet captors handed him over in an exchange of prisoners with the Germans. Escaping from a train bound for a POW camp, Karski headed to Warsaw where he quickly made contact with the Polish underground.

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Over a year ago
Read about his unique story in his book the "Story of the Secret State" More like a fast moving spy story but it a full and honest account of his experiences as a member of the (AK) Home Army. Highly recommended and I defy you to put it down.
Over a year ago
kathleen muirhead
I have read this book twice and recommended it to others who have gone on to reccomend it to others who lecture at the University of Dundee.The Polish people as a nation have tenacity, bravery, ingenuity, and national pride that surpass any other nation who have been subjected to the same brutality and centuries of invasion with the most recent being Germany and the USSR. The Holocaust which forms the main focus of the book affected me deeply and I will continue to recommend it to my students and colleagues at the University of Dundee
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