Date: Wednesday, November 9
Time: 8:00 PM
Location: National Museum of American Jewish History
Director: Slawomir Grünberg
Genre: Documentary Feature
Country: Poland, Russia and USA
Running Time: 72 min
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As a debonair trained diplomat with a worldly air about him, Jan Karski looked forward to a promising future in the Polish military. Unfortunately, his professional ambitions were cut short when Germany invaded his home country in 1939. Captured by the Red Army and transported to a labor camp in the Soviet Union, his life took an unprecedented turn.
Karski managed to escape Soviet imprisonment and returned to Poland to join the Resistance. Moving on to spy for the allied forces, he completed multiple undercover missions during World War II, including the infiltration of the Warsaw Ghetto and a Nazi Transit Camp. His missions succeeded in accelerating the flow of information coming out of occupied Europe to the Allies in both England and the United States, and ultimately supplied substantial proof early on that Polish Jews were being exterminated en masse.
In KARSKI & THE LORDS OF HUMANITY, Karski recounts his experiences in the Warsaw Ghetto, his witnessing of the brutal torture committed by the Gestapo, and the refusal of President Franklin D. Roosevelt to recognize his claims of Jewish extermination by the Third Reich. Karski’s courageous efforts during the war are explored through Emmy Award-winning director Slawomir Grünberg’s expert use of archival footage and interview segments taken from Karski’s testimony in Shoah, Claude Lanzmann’s 1985 documentary about the Holocaust, combined with brilliant animated sequences.
Guest Speakers: Rebecca Erbelding (Moderator), Curator/Research Historian at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum; Slawomir Grünberg, Director of film
Sponsors: National Museum of American Jewish History, David and Helen Pudlin, Pam and Tony Schneider
Awards and Honors: Official Selection of Boston Jewish Film Festival, Jewish International Film Festival in Australia, and Westchester Jewish Film Festival
Subjects: The Allies, espionage, Gestapo, the Holocaust, Holocaust testimony, human rights, Jan Karski, Polish Resistance, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Shoah, Warsaw Ghetto, World War II
For Fans Of: American history, espionage, Holocaust documentaries, Jan Karski, Polish Jewish history, Righteous Among the Nations, Schindler’s List, Shoah, spies, stories depicting heroism, World War II history