Jan Karski was born April 24, 1914, in Lodz, Poland. He received a masters degree in Law and Diplomatic Science at the University of Lwow in 1935 and then served in various diplomatic posts in Germany, Switzerland, and Great Britain between 1936 and 1938.
At the outbreak of World War II in 1939, he became a POW of the Red Army. Two months later he escaped and returned to occupied Poland, joining the Underground Polish Army.
As a member of the Polish underground resistance movement in World War II, Karski repeatedly crossed enemy lines to act as a courier between his occupied nation and the West. Prior to his last departure from Poland, he was smuggled into the Warsaw Ghetto in order to witness the horrendous conditions and report to the outside world.
After staying in the Warsaw Ghetto, he donned a disguise to enter a Nazi concentration camp in Eastern Poland, where he witnessed mass murder.
On July 28, 1943, in a lengthy White House meeting, he told President Franklin D. Roosevelt about the genocide in Europe.
Jan Karski - a young Roman Catholic Pole - tried to stop the attrocities and the mass murder.
His mission failure if it was not for the fact that we read these words - his message got to the mainstream media.
After World War II, he came to the United States and, in 1952, he received his Ph.D. from Georgetown University. Two years later, he became a U.S. citizen. After receiving his doctorate, Karski taught at Georgetown for 40 years, focusing on East European affairs, comparative government and international affairs. He also went on numerous international lecture tours, sponsored by the State Department and testified before Congress on numerous occasions about Eastern Europe. He received honorary doctorates from Warsaw University, Marie Curie-Sklodowska University, Lodz University, Georgetown University, Oregon State University, Baltimore Hebrew College, and Hebrew College of America. In 2002, a monument of Karski was unveiled at Georgetown University.
In 2012, the Polish Senate posthumously honored Karski as a World War II hero for working to reveal details of the Nazi genocide in Poland.
It is now more than 60 years after the Second World War in Europe ended.
This story is being written as a memorial deed, in memory of more than 60 million members of all nations of the world, 20 million Russians, almost 6 million Polish lives were lost, which means that every 6th Polish citizen was butchered during WWII - the highest blood price for this war among the world's nations! This hekatombe included those of Catholic, Orthodox, Jewish, Muslim and other religious backgrounds, and thousands of their priests.
During WWII 60+ million humans
were murdered, massacred, mutilated, raped, burnt alive, starved to death and humiliated in any possible way!
It is imperative to make sure the world never forgets, because there are some who would and could do it again.
Please send this story to people you know and ask them to keep it alive for future generations.