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Polish WW2 Resistance Fighter Jan Karski Remembered in Budapest

admin 2014.10.17.

Jan Karski, a Polish World War II resistance movement fighter who later emigrated to the United States, was commemorated in the Holocaust Memorial Centre in Budapest on Thursday. Jan Karski is best known for reporting to the Polish, British and US governments in 1942 and 1943 on the destruction of the Warsaw Ghetto and the Polish Holocaust.

At the event, Polish ambassador to Budapest Roman Kowalski said that Karski had bravely spoken up for the cessation of genocide even though, for many, he had been the conveyor of uncomfortable truths. He had stood up for human dignity and freedom in an era of inhumanity, he added.

André Goodfriend, the US chargé d’affaires at the US embassy, said it had been an honor that Karski had decided to turn to the United States, and at the same time they would have to live with the fact that Washington had not acted sooner. Karski’s example also shows that the actions of a single man and his life can restore faith in humanity, he added.

Jan Karski (24 June 1914 – 13 July 2000) after emigrating to the USA received a Ph.D from Georgetown University. In 1954, Karski became a naturalized citizen of the United States, and taught at the same institution for 40 years in the areas of East European affairs, comparative government and international affairs. Among his students was Bill Clinton.

via HungaryMatters, MTI Photo Lajos Soós