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Holocaust, Genocide And Interfaith
Education Center Hosts Jan Karski Exhibit

The World Knew: Jan Karski’s Mission for Humanity opened on February 9.

NEW YORK – Manhattan College’s Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith (HGI) Education Center is hosting an ongoing exhibit forThe World Knew: Jan Karski’s Mission for Humanity in the Alumni Room of the Mary Alice and Thomas O’Malley Library.

The exhibit celebrates the life of Jan Karski, a Polish resistance emissary, and his efforts to alert the world to the atrocities committed by the Nazis prior to and during World War II. On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of his birth, celebrated in 2014, the Polish History Museum created this exhibit of 22 panels that tell the story with gripping text and vivid images.

Karski entered Nazi extermination camps and the Warsaw Ghetto in disguise to provide firsthand accounts of the Holocaust to Allied leaders. Karski’s wartime memoir Story of a Secret State showcases his courage and integrity in the midst of the horror of the Holocaust.

After the war, Karski earned his Ph.D. at Georgetown University and later became a professor at the University’s School of Foreign Service. He taught subjects such as East European affairs, comparative government and international affairs for 40 years at Georgetown. Karski received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012.

On Monday, Feb. 29 at 7 p.m., Manhattan College will host E. Thomas Wood, an investigative journalist who has written for the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, to discuss Karski’s work and life in the Alumni Room of O’Malley Library. Wood is the author of Karski: How One Man Tried to Stop the Holocaust and served as a writer and principal narrator of the 2015 documentary Karski & The Lords of Humanity.

The tour of The World Knew: Jan Karski’s Mission for Humanity traveling exhibition is organized by the Jan Karski Educational Foundation. The exhibition was created by the Polish History Museum with a major support from the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Additional funding was provided by the National Endowment for HumanitiesAny views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this exhibition publication do not necessarily reflect those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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