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November 10, 2015

Jan Karski is back in the news

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 2:51 pm
Jan Karski

Jan Karski, the hero who broke into Auschwitz

Jan Karski is mentioned in a recent news article, which you can read in full here.

A few months ago, I blogged about Jan Karski here:

This quote is from the news article:


A year-and-a-half has passed since Arthur Feinsod and Brad Venable saw World War II-era concentration camps in Poland, but the experience stuck with the Indiana State University faculty members.


Feinsod and Venable, art education coordinator for the Department of Art and Design, made the visit after staging a production of Feinsod’s play, “Coming to See Aunt Sophie,” in Germany.

The play tells the story of Jan Karski, who[m] Feinsod called a “hero of the Holocaust” for relaying information about the horrors committed by the Nazis in Poland. Vernable portrayed Karski as an older man.

Their trip sparked an idea for a week-long series of events remembering the Holocaust, particularly Kristallnacht or “The Night of Broken Glass,” the coordinated series of attacks against Jews in Nazi Germany and Austria in 1938.

This quote is from a previous blog post that I wrote:

Jan Karski was a Polish resistance fighter who was among the first to tell the world, in the Summer of 1942, that the Nazis were NOT “transporting the Jews to the East,” as they claimed, but were committing mass murder in occupied Poland.  At that time, Karski was a 33-year-old diplomat in the Polish government-in-exile in London; he was preparing for a secret mission to carry information about the massacre of the Jews in occupied Poland to America. Before leaving for Washington, DC, he met with two Jewish leaders from the Warsaw Ghetto. They briefed him on “Hitler’s war against the Polish Jews.”

During a ceremony at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum on April 23rd this year, President Obama spoke about Jan Karski as “a young Polish Catholic who witnessed Jews being put on cattle cars, who saw the killings, and who told the truth, all the way to President Roosevelt himself.”  Jan Karski had tried to tell the world the truth, while “so many others stood silent,” in the words of President Obama.

After coming to America in July 1943, Jan Karski got his PhD and then taught history at Georgetown University for many years.  He became an American citizen in 1954.  In the year 2000, Dr. Karski died at the age of 86.

Here is the back story on Jan Karski from a previous blog post:

On September 1, 1939, when Germany invaded Poland, Jan Karski (not his real name) was a young soldier in a horse-drawn artillery unit, which was hopelessly outdated compared to the well-equipped German army.  Karski deserted, running toward the East, but on September 17, 1939, the Soviet Union attacked Poland from the other side. Karski was captured by the Soviets; he barely escaped the Katyn Forest massacre which the Soviets blamed on the Germans at the Nuremberg IMT.

Karski fled into one of the many huge forests in Poland and joined the Polish Underground which continued to fight throughout World War II, although not on the battlefield.  Karski worked as a courier, carrying messages from Warsaw to the Polish government which was in exile in France at that time.  On one of his missions, he was captured by the German Gestapo and tortured.  To escape the torture, he pulled a razor blade out of the sole of his shoe and slashed his wrists.  The Germans took him to a hospital and he survived.

Karski escaped from the Germans and, posing as a Jew, wearing a yellow Star of David, he sneaked into the Warsaw Ghetto so that he could observe the horrible conditions there. He learned that the Jews were being sent from the Warsaw Ghetto to Treblinka, a death camp that was 60 miles to the East.

Next, Karski went to the Izbica Ghetto, which served as a transit camp for Jews who were being sent to the Belzec and Sobibor extermination camps.

After witnessing what was happening to the Jews in Poland, Karski went to England where he spoke to members of the British War Cabinet, but Winston Churchill refused to see him.  Then it was on to America, where Karski spoke with Secretary of State Cordell Hull, Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter, and finally with President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.  All of these men found his story difficult to believe.

In a secret meeting with President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Karski told Roosevelt about the Auschwitz death camp and that 1.8. million Jews had already been killed in Poland. He said that commanders of the Polish Home Army (a resistance group) had estimated that, without Allied intervention, the Jews of Poland would “cease to exist” in 18 months.  Still, Roosevelt refused to bomb the Auschwitz death camp.

After failing to impress any of the Allied leaders, Jan Karski went public with his story.  He delivered around 200 lectures and wrote a best-selling book entitled The Story of a Secret State.  Still, it was several years after the war until it became universally known that Treblinka, Belzec and Sobibor were death camps where the Jews were gassed.

So what did Jan Karski do to get the Presidential Medal of Freedom, if no one listened to him?  Although America did nothing to save the Jews from the gas chambers in what is now Poland, President Roosevelt did establish the War Refugee Board, a Federal agency that helped the Holocaust survivors to come to America. John Pehle, who became the head of the War Refugee Board, said that President Roosevelt decided to establish the board after his talks with Jan Karski.

Sorry, but I don’t believe the story told by Jan Karski. I think that his story is just another case of “liar, liar, pants on fire.”


  1. Thank goodness the gestapo rushed Mr Karski to the hospital to save his life. Let’s face it, if they hadn’t taken this humanitarian, life-saving action then the world would have missed out on his gloriously imaginative fairy tales. And wouldn’t that have have been tragic?

    Comment by Talbot — November 11, 2015 @ 7:24 am

  2. FURTHERGLORY, Commentators. 1. Jan Karski left Poland at the end of 1942 when Polish Resistance had had already reliable informations about things going on in the Death Camps. So at London as at Washington no qualified police maker had been interested to learn his informations. 2. After reading comments here I guess that so in UK as in USA some persons were happy see Hitler perform the “dirty work” and now regret that some Jews survived. 3. In September 1939 France and England did nothing on the West Front to help Poland; so how could the Polish Resistance believe that the same Western Allies would care about the fate of the Jews and Polish fighters? 4. As there had been no official Polish Surrender in 1939 – the Government went in exile – the Polish Resistance simply continued to combat in the new battlefield conditions. 5. On this site I find more and more times hypocrite, puritan fault searching comments as my survival seems deeply regretted.

    Comment by Wolf MURNELSTEIN — November 11, 2015 @ 2:33 am

  3. “John Pehle, who became the head of the War Refugee Board, said that President Roosevelt decided to establish the board after his talks with Jan Karski.”

    What a joke! Roosevelt met Karski 6 months before the establishment of the War Refugee Board. In fact, Roosevelt established the War Refugee Board because of strong pressures by the “Bergson Group” and other Zionist organizations, with the ‘help’ of Zionist Congressmen, Senators and Ministers such as Robert Wagner, Robert Taft, Guy Gillette and Henry Morgenthau Jr.

    Comment by hermie — November 10, 2015 @ 11:54 pm

  4. I seem to remember that the dates of his reports didn’t match the supposed time line or were too early. He’s a fake and well shown to be.

    Comment by Mr B — November 10, 2015 @ 11:41 pm

  5. Obama should rather focus on his American uncle liberating Auschwitz. Karski’s ‘death trains’ (where Jews were killed by quicklime and chlorine) and failure to mention any gas chamber are a source of embarrassment for today’s Zionist academia. Holo-scholars now even say that Karski was in fact not in Belzec (unlike what he claimed) but in another camp.

    And I don’t remember hearing Karski talk about Auschwitz during WW2. Has anybody information on Karski talking about Auschwitz during WW2?

    Comment by hermie — November 10, 2015 @ 10:46 pm

    • I wrote about Obama’s uncle on this blog post:

      Comment by furtherglory — November 11, 2015 @ 7:11 am

      • A version of the foto below is found in your linked post — as can be seen, burning corpses in the open air is not very effective. It is now pretty much accepted that the Russians found Hitler’s — and Eva Braun’s — charred corpse outside the Reichskanzlei in Berlin, and that there was enough left to somehow identify him — even though, per interrogation of those in the Führerbunker at the time, the bodies were almost immersed in a shallow pool of petrol and then set alight — in an attempt to destroy them completely.

        Comment by eah — November 11, 2015 @ 8:25 am

        • The above photo was obviously a propaganda stunt by the Americans. Its probably not even taken in Germany – but on a stage-set in California. Would the Nazis have built a funeral pyre out on an open plain, where there are no security fences or trees to hide what’s taking place. In addition, any wind or light breeze across such a vast open area would prevent the heat from the fire burning the bodies evenly or efficiently.

          No, the stage-set manager has ensured that the pyre was built in a shambles, and then left purposely half-burnt to increase the “horror quotient” for the viewers to gaze in disgust at the despicable savage Germans. He’s then had three truck-loads of cut timber dumped nearby; asked the nearby army barracks to supply military vehicles and some men dressed in battlefield gear – and then placed them strategically around the scene. He himself as then scurried out of shot to allow the jolly-old photographer to record the scene.

          Brilliant – but fake!

          Comment by Talbot — November 11, 2015 @ 10:37 am

          • It could have been Germans in that fire. There have been many reports of atrocities against the German people and against German POWs. Why does everyone always assume it is a Jew in these heaps of bodies?

            Comment by Hermes — November 11, 2015 @ 9:02 pm

            • Easy way to find out is if the men were circumcised.

              Comment by SMac — November 13, 2015 @ 9:18 am

  6. Just another story from a man who try to capitalize on a lie. The bigger the lie the more people will believe it so I guess he has a great audience of fools.
    So maybe he can show us how they died was there a homicidal gas chamber involve?

    Comment by jrizoli — November 10, 2015 @ 2:58 pm

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