Georgetown University News Service
Georgetown College (1789-1815)
Born in Poland, Professor Karski joined the anti-Nazi underground after the Germans invaded his country. Because of his knowledge of languages, his photographic memory, and extensive training as a diplomat, he was frequently used as a courier. Captured by the Gestapo in 1940 and severely tortured, he was rescued by the underground. In 1942-1943, he provided some of the first accounts of the Holocaust to the West, when he reported to the Polish government-in-exile and the British and American governments about what he had seen in Poland. Professor Karski earned a doctorate from Georgetown in 1952 and taught at the University for over four decades. He kept a low public profile about his past until Claude Lanzmann interviewed him for the documentary, 'Shoah,' which was released in 1985. He received multiple honors from Poland for his wartime role, a tree bearing his name was planted on the Avenue of the Righteous Among the Nations in Jerusalem, and he was made an honorary Israeli citizen in 1994.
All Rights Reserved by Georgetown University Library.