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Professor Jan Karski (1914-2000)

This guide highlights primary and secondary sources available in or through the Georgetown University Library for research on Jan Karski.

Video Recordings


  • Jan Karski oral history (interview code: 1085), 10 Mar 1995.  Los Angeles, CA : USC Shoah Foundation, 1995 (Available online - GU NetID login required)


  • Zygielbojm's death. New York, NY : Filmakers Library, 2001 (Available online - GU NetID login required)

    Szmul Arthur Zygielbojm was a brilliant Polish Jew, an important member of Warsaw's Jewish Bund in the years leading up to the Nazi occupation. In 1942 he was smuggled to Belgium, New York and London as the Jewish representative of the Polish Government-in-exile. His mission was to inform those governments of the Nazi horrors in Poland. His extensive efforts to influence high ranking members of each government were futile. Frustrated, he considered his efforts a failure. On May 12, 1943, one day after the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising ended, Zygielbojm committed suicide, to shock the world out of its indifference. This tragic story is related by Zygielbojm's brother Reuven, who travels to today's Warsaw and London exploring the facts of Zygielbojm's life and the significance of his death. Among those interviewed are Jan Karski, the famous "Messenger from Poland" and Marek Edelman, the doctor who organized the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.


  • Messengers without an audience. New York, NY : Filmakers Library, 2003 (Available online - GU NetID login required)

    A documentary which uses interviews with four men who tried to warn the world about Nazi atrocities: Jan Karski, Gerhart Riegner, Jan Nowak and Wladislav Bartoszewski.


  • Messenger from Poland. New York? Jan Karski relates his World War II experience as a resistance fighter who tried to convince allied leaders to intervene on behalf of European Jews who were being exterminated in the Nazi death camps

    VHS tape (ca. 40 min.) : sd., col. and b&w ; 1/2 in


  • A different world [Poland's Jews 1919-1943] . DNA 'Poland' Ltd; WNET (Television station : New York, N.Y.); Channel Four (Great Britain); Norddeutscher Rundfunk, 2013, c1986

    DVD of two restored tapes of films produced as part of documentary series "The Struggles for Poland" in 1986 by DNA 'Poland' Ltd. with WNET/New York in association with Channel 4/UK and Norddeutscher Rundfunk/Hamburg.  "A different world: offers a nuanced and subtle look into interwar Poland and the relationship between Jews and Poles”. "Messenger from Poland: Jan Karski witnessed the Holocaust first hand. He sought to alert the West to the slaughter while it was happening and while they could make a difference."


  • Shoah. Hollywood, CA : New Yorker Video, 2003.  DVD


  • Shoah. Director-approved six-DVD special edition. New York : The Criterion Collection, 2013


  • Also note that videos of Jan Karski can be found on YouTube including:


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