Like Elie Weisels "night" This is the story of a man with compassion during the Holocaust. There are a couple spelling mistakes

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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...