Paris Honours Karski

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Paris Honours Karski

Post by henryk » 17 Jun 2019 18:06 ... d-in-Paris
Polish WWII hero commemorated in Paris

Polish Radio 17.06.2019 16:10

A city square in Paris was on Monday set to be named after Jan Karski, a Polish WWII courier who brought extensive reports of the Nazi German Holocaust from Warsaw to the West.

Jan Karski. Photo: Muzeum Historii Polski

The square is located in the 10th district of Paris at the intersection of Cail and Louis Blanc streets. Rafał Trzaskowski, the mayor of Warsaw, and Patrick Klugman, deputy mayor of Paris, were among the guests scheduled to attend the ceremony in the French capital.

Karski, a Polish underground courier known as “the man who tried to stop the Holocaust,” was an emissary of the Polish Underground State and a link with the Polish government-in-exile, which was initially based in France, before it moved to London in 1940. As a result of his wartime record, Karski (whose real name was Jan Kozielewski) was declared a Righteous Among the Nations by Israel's Yad Vashem Institute, and he was given honorary Israeli citizenship. He settled in the US after the war, and worked as a professor at the University of Georgetown, Washington, for over 40 years. He died in 2000.

Source: PAP

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