The World Knew: Jan Karski’s Mission for Humanity – Exhibit Opening
Tuesday, March 10, 2015 from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM in the Brooklyn College Library there was an art exhibit “The World Knew: Jan Karski’s Mission for Humanity”. The 22 panels are on display in the first floor art gallery (the back corridor) of the Brooklyn College Library in its only scheduled New York City showing through April 19.
Jan Karski’s life provides us all with a model of heroism, valor and moral righteousness. As an emissary for the Polish underground state during World War II, Karski escaped twice from the Nazis and carried classified information from the resistance on the ground in occupied Poland to the Polish government-in-exile. In 1942, in disguise, he twice entered the Warsaw Jewish Ghetto and later penetrated a Nazi transit camp to see Jews being herded to their deaths. His efforts to inform the Allies both in London and in Washington D.C. of the ongoing slaughter of the Jews in occupied Poland included a meeting with President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Tragically, the Allies choose not to act on his reports. Nonetheless, Karski remained committed to influencing world leaders, and after the war began teaching at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. His memoir Story of a Secret State is a captivating account of his courage and integrity in the midst of unspeakable horror. There is a Holocaust Memorial Park with granite stone markers at the end of Sheepshead Bay by Shore Blvd and Emmons Avenue.