Story of a Secret State My Report to the World

ISBN-10: 1589019830
ISBN-13: 9781589019836
Edition: 2013
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Description: Jan Karski's Story of a Secret State stands as one of the most poignant and inspiring memoirs of World War II and the Holocaust. With elements of a spy thriller, documenting his experiences in the Polish Underground, and as one of the first accounts  More...

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List price: $20.50
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Georgetown University Press
Publication date: 2/22/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 464
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.914
Language: English

Jan Karski's Story of a Secret State stands as one of the most poignant and inspiring memoirs of World War II and the Holocaust. With elements of a spy thriller, documenting his experiences in the Polish Underground, and as one of the first accounts of the systematic slaughter of the Jews by the German Nazis, this volume is a remarkable testimony of one man's courage and a nation's struggle for resistance against overwhelming oppression. Karski was a brilliant young student, training to be a diplomat, when war broke out in 1939 with Hitler's invasion of Poland. Taken prisoner by the Soviet Red Army, which had simultaneously invaded from the East, Karski narrowly escaped the subsequent Katyn Forest Massacre. He became a member of the Polish Underground, the most significant resistance movement in occupied Europe, acting as a liaison and courier between the Underground and the Polish government-in-exile. He was twice smuggled into the Warsaw Ghetto, and entered the Nazi's Izbica transit camp disguised as a guard, witnessing first-hand the horrors of the Holocaust.Karski's courage and testimony, conveyed in a breathtaking manner in Story of a Secret State, offer the narrative of one of the world's greatest eyewitnesses and an inspiration for all of humanity, emboldening each of us to rise to the challenge of standing up against evil and for human rights. This definitive edition?which includes a foreword by Madeleine Albright, a biographical essay by Yale historian Timothy Snyder, an afterword by Zbigniew Brzezinski, previously unpublished photos, notes, further reading, and a glossary?is an apt legacy for this hero of conscience during the most fraught and fragile moment in modern history.

Madeleine Korbelov� Albright was born May 15, 1937 in the Sm�chov district of Prague, Czechoslovakia. She attended Wellesley College, in Wellesley, Massachusetts, on a full scholarship, majoring in political science and graduated in 1959. Her senior thesis was written on Czech Communist Zdenek Fierlinger Her PhD is from Columbia University. She holds honorary degrees from Brandeis University; the University of Washington; Smith College; University of Winnipeg; the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill , and Knox College. Albright worked as an intern for The Denver Post and as a picture editor for Encyclop�dia Britannica. She was invited to organize a fund-raising dinner for the 1972 presidential campaign of U.S. Senator Ed Muskie of Maine.This association with Muskie led to a position as his chief legislative assistant in 1976. However, after the 1976 U.S. presidential election of Jimmy Carter, Albright's former professor Brzezinski was named National Security Advisor, and recruited Albright from Muskie in 1978 to work in the West Wing as the National Security Council's congressional liaison. Albright joined the academic staff at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., in 1982, specializing in Eastern European studies. In 1992, Bill Clinton returned the White House to the Democratic Party, and Albright was employed to handle the transition to a new administration at the National Security Council. In January 1993, Clinton nominated her to be U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. Albright soon took office as the 64th U.S. Secretary of State on January 23, 1997 and she became the first female U.S. Secretary of State and the highest-ranking woman in the history of the U.S. government. Albright now serves as a Professor of International Relations at Georgetown University's Walsh School of Foreign Service. Her title Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948 made The New York Times Best Seller list for 2012.

Note on the Text
Publisher's Note
Preface
Foreword
Biographical Essay of Jan Karski
Defeat
Prisoner in Russia
Exchange and Escape
Devastated Poland
The Beginning
Transformation
Initiation
Borecki
Contact between Cells
Mission to France
The Underground State
Caught by the Gestapo
Torture
The SS Hospital
Rescue
The "Gardener"
Propaganda from the Country
Execution of a Traitor
The Four Branches of the Underground
The Laskowa Apartment
Assignment in Lublin
Retribution
The Secret Press
My "Conspiratorial Apparatus"
The Liaison Women
Marriage per Procuram
School-Underground
Parliament in Poland
The Ghetto
"To Die in Agony…"
Unter den Linden Revisited
Journey through France and Spain
My Report to the World
Notes
Glossary
Further Reading
Afterword
Index
Illustrations follow page

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