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JAN KARSKI In the late summer of 1942 an estimated 18 million Jews had been killed by the Germans and 300000 of the 500000 Jews jammed in the Warsaw ghetto had been deported to a small villages where Germans set up death camps What if all of this could have been prevented Prevented by one man by the name of Jan Karski a liason officers of the Polish underground who infiltarted both the Warsawr Ghetto and a German concentration camp He made one of the first eye witness accounts of the Holocaust to a most desbilieving west What if people had believed him would the Holocaust have continued I believe Western leaders ignored there conscience He was born Jan Kozielewskithe youngest of eight childrenIn LodzPolands second largest cityon April 241914 He was a prize student and he was recruited into the polish diplomatic servicewhere he was given assignments to London and Paris But as war approachedhe enlisted in the army and was serving as a calvalry officer in 1939 when German soldiers invaded Poland and divided the country Mr Karski was captured by the Soviets and place in a detention camp He escaped and joined the polish underground most of the polish officers imprisoned with him were later executed by Soviet troops MrKarski became skilled at crossing enemy lines as a liason between the Polish fighters and the west He was capture by the Gestapo while on a mission in Slovakia and savagely tortured He was afraid that he might reveal secrets so he slashed his wrists and was put into a hospital An underground Commando team helped him escape and he continued his work In 1942Mr Karskithen a 28 year old diplomat in Warsaw for the polish government prepared for a secret mission to carry information from Nazi-occupied Poland
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