Revised and updated, with previously unpublished material, and a new Introduction and Afterword
A young Polish diplomat turned cavalry officer, Jan Karski joined the Polish Underground movement in 1939. He became a courier for the Underground, crossing enemy lines to serve as a liaison between occupied Poland and the free world.
In 1942, Jewish leaders asked him to carry a desperate message to Allied leaders: the news of Hitler's effort to exterminate the Jews of Europe. To be able to deliver an authentic report, Karski twice toured the Warsaw Ghetto in disguise and later volunteered to be smuggled into a camp that was part of the Nazi murder machine.
Carrying searing tales of inhumanity, Karski set out to alert the world to the emerging Holocaust, meeting with top Allied officials and later President Roosevelt, to deliver his descriptions of genocide.
Part spy thriller and part compelling story of moral courage against all odds, Karski is the first definitive account of perhaps the most significant warning of the impending Holocaust to reach the free world.
Co-published with Gihon River Press
About the Author
E. Thomas Wood’s investigative, business, and historical journalism has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and numerous other newspapers and magazines. He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and holds an M.Phil. degree in European Studies from the University of Cambridge.
Historian Stanislaw M. Jankowski is a leading authority on Poland’s underground movement during the Second World War. He is a graduate of Jagiellonian University in Krakow and the author of more than 20 books. For his historical work related to the Katyn massacre, he has been awarded the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta.
Table of Contents
Introduction Michael Berenbaum ix
Foreword Elie Wiesel xv
Rites of Initiation: August 1939-June 1940
1 Autumn of Flight 3
2 Apprentice to the Underground 23
3 Off to the Phony War 39
Life On the Edge: June 1940-September 1942
4 Sacrifice 61
5 A Routine Existence 80
6 Witness 99
Terrible Secrets: October 1942-September 1943
7 Carrying the Message 121
8 In Official Circles 141
9 Defeat in Victory 162
Hearts and Minds: September 1943-July 1945
10 Unmasked 183
11 Fame in Vain 198
Epilogue: Silence Vowed, Silence Broken 217
Afterword: Message Delivered 233
Glossary of Names 247
Sources and Notes 255