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Karski: How One Man Tried to Stop the Holocaust
     

Karski: How One Man Tried to Stop the Holocaust

by E. Thomas Wood, Stanislaw M. Jankowski
 

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The story of a man who risked life and limb to expose the atrocities of the Holocaust to the world

"I had the feeling from the moment I saw Karski that he carried secret, invisible wounds in him...I saw he was fighting back the memories."––Elie Wiesel

"A significant account of personal heroism—not only dramatic as a

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The story of a man who risked life and limb to expose the atrocities of the Holocaust to the world

"I had the feeling from the moment I saw Karski that he carried secret, invisible wounds in him...I saw he was fighting back the memories."––Elie Wiesel

"A significant account of personal heroism—not only dramatic as a story but also a compelling moral message regarding the human condition . . . a superb read."––Zbigniew Brezinski

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Working for the Polish Underground, Jan Karski witnessed first hand the horrors of the Holocaust. Surviving Soviet captivity and Gestapo torture, he escaped Poland in 1942 and embarked on a heroic crusade to give Allied leaders his eye witness report of Nazi extermination of European Jews. Karski is the first definitive account of the little-known episode—one of the earliest documentations of atrocities to reach the west and perhaps the most significant warning of the genocide to come. Karski's story introduces vital new insights about the Polish Underground, and about the Allies' reaction to the Holocaust.

E. THOMAS WOOD (Nashville, Tennessee) is a reporter for the Tennessean in Nashville. STANISLAW M. JANKOWSKI (Cracow, Poland) is a journalist and historian. He is the leading authority on the Polish Underground.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Jan Karski's brother, a police official, recruited him into the Polish underground, where he became a courier. Captured by the Gestapo, Karski escaped to bear witness of Nazi atrocities in the Warsaw Ghetto and elsewhere. Because written reports of the Germans' systematic attempt to destroy Polish Jewry were ignored in London and Washington, D.C., Karski went to both capitals, where he met Allied leaders. But his testimony was not taken seriously. Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter, for example, said he simply didn't believe Karski. Karski became an American citizen after the war and pursued an academic career (he is now professor emeritus at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service). In 1982 he was made an honorary citizen of Israel and recognized as one of the Righteous Among Nations. His engrossing biography is valuable, for it tempers the widespread contention that Gentile Poland was indifferent to the plight of the Jews. Wood is a Tennessee journalist, Jankowski a Polish journalist. (Oct.)

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ISBN-13:
9780471018568
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
10/01/1994
Pages:
316
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.65(h) x 1.02(d)

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