From Publishers Weekly
Jan Karski's brother, a police official, recruited him into the Polish underground, where he became a courier. Captured by the Gestapo, Karski escaped to bear witness of Nazi atrocities in the Warsaw Ghetto and elsewhere. Because written reports of the Germans' systematic attempt to destroy Polish Jewry were ignored in London and Washington, D.C., Karski went to both capitals, where he met Allied leaders. But his testimony was not taken seriously. Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter, for example, said he simply didn't believe Karski. Karski became an American citizen after the war and pursued an academic career (he is now professor emeritus at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service). In 1982 he was made an honorary citizen of Israel and recognized as one of the Righteous Among Nations. His engrossing biography is valuable, for it tempers the widespread contention that Gentile Poland was indifferent to the plight of the Jews. Wood is a Tennessee journalist, Jankowski a Polish journalist.
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"A book that is more than just an agent-thriller: Karski's report raises anew the question of why the Allies didn't make ending the mass-murder of the Jews a war aim." -- Der Spiegel (Germany), 27 January 1997
"A gripping biography.... worthy of the life it depicts. The authors write without jargon and with a breeziness that permits quick reading, but they have done their homework. Historians cannot answer 'what if,' but the question burns through each page of this book." -- Michael Berenbaum, President and Chief Executive Officer, Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation, in Polin, 1996
"A gripping documentary, which expresses the complexity of Polish politics under the Nazi regime and the dilemma of one of Poland's great heroes." -- Jewish Chronicle (London) 17 February 1995
"A record of extreme courage, desperate survival and moral heroism that is also a burning and all-too-relevant indictment of the world's ability to avert its eyes.... Read it." -- The Good Book Guide (England), March 1995
"An adventure... retold in a first-rate scholarly manner. It is a book all teachers of the period should read.... If a gentile hero is necessary, then the unqualified honor should go to Jan Karski and not to the one-dimensional, hollow persona that was Oskar Schindler.... Jan Karski ranks with the Wallenbergs and Bernadottes, those who actively intervened in the Holocaust and actually saved lives at enormous risk to their own." -- The Genocide Forum, November 1995
"Karski is the remarkable story of a modest man who has become a 'professional hero,' which the authors tell with sympathy and verve.... Economically written and well-researched. -- The Times Literary Supplement (London), 5 May 1995
"Karski's is a fantastic story and the authors tell it well. This is a riveting as well as a harrowing read." -- The Times (London), 26 Jan. 1995
"The biography of one Polish Catholic, Jan Karski, will enrich and edify anyone who reads it... highly dramatic... compelling and filled with moral lessons for today." -- Commonweal, 5 April 1996
"This book is a must for any student of history who wishes to have some understanding of how the British and the Americans reacted to the news of the Holocaust, of what was done or not done to try and stop it, and of Polish-Jewish relations during the war." -- Australian Jewish News, 12 April 1996
"Well-researched and unfailingly interesting." -- The American Spectator, April 1995