In the late summer of 1942 an estimated 1.8 million Jews had been killed by
the Germans and 300,000 of the 500,000 Jews jammed in the Warsaw ghetto had
been deported to a small villages where Germans set up death camps. What if all of
this could have been prevented? Prevented by one man by the name of Jan Karski,
a liason officers of the Polish underground who infiltarted both the Warsawr Ghetto
and a German concentration camp. He made one of the first eye witness accounts
of the Holocaust to a most desbilieving west. What if people had believed him?
would the Holocaust have continued? I believe Western leaders ignored there
He was born Jan Kozielewski,the youngest of eight children,In Lodz,Poland's
second largest city,on April 24,1914. He was a prize student and he was recruited
into the polish diplomatic service,where he was given assignments to London and
Paris. But as war approached,he enlisted in the army and was serving as a calvalry
officer in 1939 when German soldiers invaded Poland and divided the country. Mr.
Karski was captured by the Soviets and place in a detention camp. He escaped
and joined the polish underground; most of the polish officers imprisoned with him
were later executed by Soviet troops.
Mr.Karski became skilled at crossing enemy lines as a liason between the
Polish fighters and the west. He was capture by the Gestapo while on a mission in
Slovakia and savagely tortured. He was afraid that he might reveal secrets so he
slashed his wrists and was put into a hospital. An underground Commando team
helped him escape and he continued his work.
In 1942,Mr, Karski,then a 28 year old diplomat in Warsaw for the polish
government prepared for a secret mission to carry information from Nazi-occupied...