Statue of Jan Karski

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Statue of Jan Karski
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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands2,648 contributions
Statue of a brave man
Oct 2020
Sculpture of a pensive man sitting on a bench in front of a tree near Remuh synagogue in central Krakow. Karski was one of the many Poles who fought against fascism. Special about him was that he tried to find out about the truth by going on the spot. During Nazi occupation of Poland he travelled from Britain into the occupied zone. He was smuggled into the Warsaw ghetto to gather intelligence. His reports about the ongoing Holocaust were largely ignored by the allied leaders both in London and Washington.

Karski is on his bench in Krakow since 2016. There are similar statues of him in other Polish cities, Tel Aviv and in front of the Polish consulate in New York, perhaps to underscore the attempts of the authorities to foster a more balanced view of history, as if to say 'there were also brave Polish men who opposed the slaughter of fellow Jewish citizens' and 'not just communists fought against the Nazis'. Karski opposed Sowjet occupation of eastern Poland in 1939 and after the war did not return.
Written January 30, 2021
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pawel_hbg
Sopot, Poland9,252 contributions
Dedicated to man who tried to stop the Holocaust
Jun 2020 • Couples
Jan Karski Bench is located next to the Remuh Synagogue. Jan Karski was a member of the Polish underground army, known to the history books as the "man who tried to stop the Holocaust." 
Written June 15, 2020
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Adrian W
Krakow, Poland3 contributions
Good art
Feb 2020 • Couples
Very interesting bronze sculpture but i deffinitely dont want to take a picture with :) this is one of several statues and landart in lodz i like it
Written February 22, 2020
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tushar_pai
Milton Keynes, UK2,707 contributions
What a beautiful sculpture
Oct 2019 • Friends
While walking around Kazimierz after having dinner at Hamsa, this beautiful statue of Jan Karski sitting on a bench carved out of the same metal, complimenting and completing this piece, sits on the side of a square across from the Old Synagogue.

A plaque commemorating his achievement is on the wall nearby.
Written October 6, 2019
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HCovik
Atlanta, GA3,299 contributions
Here sits a BRAVE man!!!!!
Sep 2019
The name is more important than the object i.e. the statue can't do right to the man no matter how beautiful the statue. The man is immortal. Read his life story. The disbelief he encountered as to what was going on in the death camps, the disbelief he received from the highest levels including the US president may have hurt him more than the treatment he had received in a Russian camp and the torture he endured from the German Gestapo. On this bench sits a brave man.
Written September 26, 2019
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Israel R
Ra'anana, Israel16,126 contributions
The Polish "Hero of the Righteous among the Nations" who sought to reveal the Jewish Holocaust to whole world.
Oct 2018
The bench statue dedicated to Jan Karski is located in the center of old Krakow’s Jewish Quarter near the synagogue and the Jewish cemetery.
Jan Karski was the nickname of Jan Kozielewski in the Polish underground that has been adopted by him as his name after the Second World War.
Jan has been taken prisoner by the Red Army. After escaping the POW camp, he returned to the "General Administration" alias for a German-controlled area in central Poland. There he joined the “Homeland Army”, a Polish underground organization that obeyed the orders of the Polish government in exile in London.
During 1942, the Germans began evacuating the Jews of the Warsaw ghetto to extermination camps. In April 1943, the Germans wanted to completely eliminate the ghetto. During 1942, Karski sneaked twice into the Warsaw ghetto, where he was smuggled in by the Jewish underground.
Its purpose was to experience firsthand the events that took place inside the ghettos, and to expose the “Jewish Holocaust” to the world.
Written September 10, 2019
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Hawk470
Baltimore, MD2,544 contributions
One of the Righteous Among the Nations
Jun 2019
On a bench just outside the atmospheric Remuh Synagogue and Old Jewish Cemetery in the heart of Kazimierz, looking contemplative, but determined, sits a bronze statue of Jan Karski, a hero of the Polish Resistance in World War II. At great personal risk, he filed reports from within Poland to the Polish Government-in-Exile and the Allies about the situation under German occupation, including the Warsaw Ghetto, the extermination camps and the murder of Jews, Poles and other nationalities. For this work, Karski was recognized as Righteous Among the Nations by Yad Vashem and honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Barack Obama, among many other honors. Similar commemorative statues honor Karski in New York, Tel Aviv, Warsaw, Łódź, and other cities.

The statue itself is interesting enough, but it is his story and what he accomplished that makes sitting beside such a hero in the heart of a Jewish community being reborn after the unspeakable tragedy of the Holocaust truly memorable.
Written August 24, 2019
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Tom J
London, UK1,364 contributions
Interesting Statue of A Selfless and Brave Individual
Aug 2019
The statue dedicated to Jan Karski in the main square on Szeroka street is a very interesting one and is easily seen when in the area. The man himself was a very brave and selfless individual, a member of the Polish Underground Army took it upon himself to infiltrate concentration camps and the ghetto in order to report the horrific treatment to the rest of the world.

A subtle and fitting monument for a man who risked it all for the best of the Jewish population.
Written August 12, 2019
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Neckargemund, Germany303 contributions
Monument of an honorable Man - Jan Karski
Jul 2019 • Couples
The statue was installed in 2016, that takes form of a bench seated in deep thought... it’s next to the old synagogue so very easily seen.
Written July 11, 2019
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Wendy Rattray
Aberdeen, UK67 contributions
Famous square - if your a film watcher
Jun 2019 • Couples
The statue is a lovely tribute to what this man did for the people of his country. The statue is situated looking into the Square (Szeroka Street) that Steven Spielberg used in the film Schindlers List!
Written June 26, 2019
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