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The Messenger

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Jan Karski, a young Polish diplomat turned cavalry officer, joined the Polish underground movement after escaping from a Soviet detention camp in 1939. He served as a courier for the underground, ferrying messages between occupied Poland and the exiled Polish leaders, before he was captured and brutally tortured by the Gestapo.
Escaping from the Germans, Jan Karski was cha...more
ebook, 224 pages
Published April 1st 2012 by Counterpoint LLC (first published 2009)
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well, did that leave me with a bitter sweet taste? yes, it did. beautifully written, this recollection upon the Shoah of the XXth century is a literary gem. not only is the narrator's voice loud and clear, but his mind is sharp. i have read tons of books treating World War Two or, on a grander scheme, XXth century atrocities, but few have i enjoyed as much as this one. there are some affirmations in this book that kept me from giving it 5 stars but, nonetheless, i recommend it to anyone interest...more
I have been thinking about this book all day. I don't think I can come up with a good review but this perspective does sum up pretty well: "The extermination of the Jews of Europe was not a crime against humanity, it was a crime by humanity - by what can no longer be called humanity. Pretending that it was a crime against humanity means sparing a part of humanity, and naively leaving this part outside the crime. But the entirety of humanity was implicated in the extermination of the Jews of Euro...more
I could not put this down - I read it all in one go in a day.
It is the story of Jan Karski, a Polish Resistance operative who tried to bring to the world's attention what was happening to the Jews of Poland. A remarkable story, it tells how he became a member of the Resistance and was then tasked with travelling to the UK and USA to seek help for the Jews before it was too late.
He did not succeed, and has lived with the horror of having failed ever since.
But there is more to it than this. The...more
Although the format is a little strange the main section of the book grippingly tells the astonishing story of Polish resistance fighter Jan Karski who witnessed the fate of the Poles and Jews first hand and then escaped to meet a wall of indifference from the Allies. It is a tale of courage and forbearance and shockingly illustrates how "the very idea of humanity died."
Dieses Buch hat mir an manchen Stellen die Kehle zugeschnürt. Es erzählt die Geschichte von Jan Karski, der als polnischer Kurier im Widerstand versucht hat der Welt zu erzählen, wie auf polnischem Land die Juden vernichtet werden im 2.WK ... und keiner hat ihm zugehört und etwas dagegen getan.
Inge Vermeire
Soms gebeurt het dat je écht compleet ondersteboven bent van een boek en dan geef je dat boek 5 sterren... zo'n boek is 'Het zwijgen van Jan Karski' van Yannick Haenel. Het boek is een romanbiografie, een mengeling van fictie en non-fictie en toont vlijmscherp aan dat de schuld van de nazi's daarom niet de rest van Europa noch de geallieerden vrijpleit van schuld - de boodschap van Jan Karski is dat iedereen schuld heeft aan de uitroeiing van de joden en dat er in 1945 geen overwinnaars maar all...more
J'aimé ce livre tout d'abord car je ne connaissais pas Jan Karski et son rôle pendant la Seconde guerre mondiale et je ne savais que peu de choses sur la résistance polonaise. J'ai surtout aimé la dernière partie du livre dans laquelle Yannick Haenel imagine les pensées de Karski et qui concentre aujourd'hui les polémiques. Ce chapitre ne reflète peut-être pas la vérité historique mais je le trouve juste dans certaines réflexions que Haenel a imaginées.
Florence Carre
Un livre coup de poing... Yannick Haënel se fait la voix de Jan Karski pour raconter comment ce dernier a été missionné par des résistants polonais pour aller jusqu'aux alliés témoigner de l'extermination des juifs, et son horreur en découvrant que non seulement les alliés savaient, mais qu'ils n'ont rien fait sciemment, parce que cela servait leurs intérêts...Le prix Interallié 2009 couronne ce livre avec raison.
Amazing and totally human. The fact the Jan Karski was the messenger means there is hope for humanity. It would be pointless if there was no messenger - all we'd have is despair.
You can't really enjoy a books like this, but you must read them.
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