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Oral history interview with Jan Karski

Oral History | Accession Number: 1989.67.44 | RG Number: RG-50.012.0044

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Jan Karski, born in 1914 in Lauch, Poland, describes the terrible situation of the Jews in Europe in the 1930s and his interest in the mechanisms of the Holocaust and how it happened; his parents and joining a semi-religious semi-secret organization the Sodlezia Marinaskia and following the teachings of the Jesuits; his education and his Jewish classmates; being a second lieutenant in the war; being taken as a prisoner of war by the Soviets and escaping their camp; joining the Polish underground movement and working as a courier; bringing the Jewish demands to the Allies and getting President Roosevelt to give the Polish underground twelve million dollars; being attached to the American embassy and writing to magazines about what was happening to the Jews in Europe; meeting his wife in the United States in 1949; Jewish children escaping from the Warsaw ghetto in 1942; the helplessness of the Jews in Poland; working at Georgetown University as a professor; being honored at Yad Vashem in 1982; and his childhood and family background.

Interviewee
Jan Karski
Interviewer
Gay Block
Malka Drucker
Date
1988 February 22  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
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