Jan Karski, A True Hero of Humanity

April 21, 2014 - New York – The AJC weekly radio messages are broadcast on the CBS radio network, before The Osgood File. All AJC radio commentaries since 2001 are available at www.ajc.org/radiocommentary.


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This year would have marked the 100th birthday of Jan Karski.

Karski died in 2000, but his name deserves to live on for generations to come.

He was a Polish Catholic who fought the Nazi occupation of his native country.

He personally witnessed the Holocaust and, as a brave courier for the Polish underground, risked his life to alert the world.

He traveled to London and Washington, where he met with often skeptical leaders.

He pleaded for their help – in vain, he feared.

After the war, he settled in America and taught at Georgetown.

But he never forgot the wartime horrors he had seen.

He defended the cause of freedom.

He spoke out against anti-Semitism.

And he stood up for Israel.

Jan Karski is a name to cherish.

And his towering example of moral and physical courage should be an inspiration for all.

Jan Karski, a true hero of humanity.

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This is David Harris of AJC.