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Tribute to Jan Karski
December 21, 2012   
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The Museum of Polish History has joined forces with the Google Cultural Institute to put together an online exhibition entitled Jan Karski. Humanity’s Hero. It is a tribute to Jan Karski who, as a member of the Polish World War II resistance movement, raised the alarm about the mass murder of Jews in German Nazi-run death camps in occupied Poland.

The exhibition comprises source materials provided by the Museum of the City of £ód¼, the Jewish Historical Institute, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the Hoover Institution Archives. Available in over a dozen languages, the exhibition can be easily viewed by visitors from across the globe.

Jan Karski was born as Jan Kozielewski April 24, 1914, in £ód¼. On a mission for the Polish resistance movement, he managed to enter the Warsaw ghetto twice in 1942 and he also visited the internment camp in Izbica. He then embarked on a mission to make the Allies aware of the ongoing extermination of Jews by the Nazis. He even got through to U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, but the report he produced failed to bring the anticipated result. After the war, Karski remained in the United States and went on to work as a professor at Georgetown University. His service during and after the war earned him a number of honors, including the Order of the White Eagle and recognition from the Yad Vashem center for Holocaust research in Israel, which named him as one of the Righteous Among the Nations. Karski died July 13, 2000, in Washington, D.C.

Historical exhibitions are a new undertaking by the Google Cultural Institute, whose earlier projects included putting the Yad Vashem archives online and the digitization of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the archives of Nelson Mandela. The institute is also behind the Art Project, which allows internet users to explore the collections of over 150 museums and galleries around the world.
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