THE WORLD KNEW – Jan Karski’s Mission for Humanity

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Polish-born Jan Karski carried out one of the most daring missions attempted in the Second World War ― a 1942 trek across Nazi-occupied Europe to inform western leaders that the Holocaust was underway. Karski’s trip was planned and prepared by the largest anti-Nazi resistance movement in occupied Europe ― the Polish Secret State, a resistance movement with its own army, courts, schools and newspapers. This special exhibition presents the story of Jan Karski and the events that led to Holocaust survivor and author Elie Wiesel’s assertion that “Thanks to him, more than one generation continues to believe in humanity.”

This exhibition was created by the Polish History Museum in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland and the Jan Karski Educational Foundation. It is presented by the Embassy of the Republic of Poland at the Canadian War Museum as part of the Holocaust Education Month in Ottawa, from November 14 to 29, 2013.

Partners: the Canadian Chairmanship of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, the Shoah Committee of the Jewish Federation of Ottawa, the Embassy of Israel, the Embassy of the United States of America, the Canadian Polish Congress, and the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs.