International Conference 'Jan Karski – Witness, Emissary, Man’

The Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland, The Polish-Jewish Literature Studies Center at the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Poland and The Union of Jewish Communities in Poland

are pleased to announce an






which will take place on November 6-8, 2013

in Zamość, Poland at the 'Synagogue' Center

of the Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland

During World War II, Jan Karski – an emissary of the Polish Secret State – was the first to inform the Allies about the tragedy of European Jewry. Karski entered the Warsaw Ghetto and a transit ghetto, where he witnessed Jews being sent to the death camp in Bełżec. He then traveled to London and Washington to tell world leaders about what he had seen. It is thanks to him that the world first learned about the Holocaust.


His book ’Story of a Secret State’, in which he described his mission, was published in the United States in 1944. After the war Karski could not return to Communist Poland and stayed in Washington where for many years…

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