Karski, Jan, 1914-2000

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Liaison officer and courier of the Polish government-in-exile to the Polish underground, 1939-1943; author, Story of a Secret State (1944).

From the description of Jan Karski papers, 1922-2007. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 754868753

Biographical Note

  • 1914 June 24: Born Jan Kozielewski in Lodz
  • 1935: Law student at University of Lwow
  • 1939: Recruited into the Polish diplomatic service Mobilized, September campaign - escapes Soviet imprisonment First mission to the West, France
  • 1940: Second mission - Failed
  • 1942: Smuggled into Warsaw ghetto and a concentration camp to prepare a report on Nazi war crimes Reports on his mission to representatives of governments of Poland and Great Britain
  • 1943: Reports about situation in Poland to President Franklin D. Roosevelt and other U.S. officials
  • 1944: Publishes Story of a Secret State
  • 1952: Receives PhD from Georgetown University
  • 1953: Enrolls at School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University
  • 1954: Naturalized as American citizen. Works for United States Information Service
  • 1965: Marries Pola Nirenska
  • 1984: Retires from Georgetown University
  • 1985: Publishes The Great Powers and Poland
  • 1994: Made honorary citizen of Israel
  • 2000 July 13: Dies in Washington D.C.

From the guide to the Jan Karski papers, 1939-2007, (Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Jan Karski papers, 1939-2007 Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace
referencedIn Wood, E. Thomas, 1963-. E. Thomas Wood papers, 1939-2000. Stanford University, Hoover Institution Library
referencedIn Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences of America. Oral history collection, 1919-1986. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Poland. Ambasada (U.S.). Polish Embassy in the United States records, 1939-1945. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
creatorOf Karski, Jan, 1914-2000. Jan Karski papers, 1922-2007. Stanford University, Hoover Institution Library
referencedIn E. Thomas Wood papers, 1939-2000 Hoover Institution Archives.
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associatedWith Poland. Ambasada (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences of America. corporateBody
associatedWith Sikorski, Władysław, 1881-1943. person
associatedWith Wood, E. Thomas, 1963- person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Poland
Germany.
Poland.
Subject
Propaganda, German
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
World War, 1939-1945--Jews
Jews--Poland
World War, 1939-1945--Poland
Jews
World War, 1939-1945
World War, 1939-1945--Underground movements
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Birth 1914-06-24

Death 2000-07-13

Americans

English,

Polish

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