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writes from Europe, Monday, August 7, 2000
Was Jan Karski raised as a Jew?
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JAN KARSKI was obviously Jewish. Ever since 1949 every major figure of Polish public life whose image was peddled by the media (both communist and western) was.
The only person I heard of, who at least really tried to "drill down deeper into Jan Karski" without having based himself on the sanctified official version of his story, is someone whose real name I am not even sure of and who writes (in a somewhat hillbilly style) in various Usenet groups as Jozef Pawlikowski, Miroslaw Dragan, Irena Zdziarska and - most recently - Polina Borowska.* [ His e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org] This person claims to have had access to Karski's grammar-school records, where his religion was apparently recorded as Mosaic. The school in question was Pilsudski Memorial School (presently Kosciuszko Memorial) at Sienkiewicza Street in Lodz, Poland. The archives of the school are apparently accessible to researchers.
According to the same source:
* Dragan is the real name.
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