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His Honor Mayor Edward Koch

 

His Honor Mayor Edward Koch

 
His Honor Mayor Edward Koch.    Photos by: Ann Watt
 
 

Krzysztof Kasprzyk, Rita Cosb, Maciej Kozlowski and

Krzysztof Kasprzyk, Rita Cosby, Maciej Kozlowski and
Tomaczek Bednarek

 

_Ireneusz Rajchowski (R)_Krystyna Budnicka (S)_Barbara Gora (S)_Tadeusz Stankiewicz (R behind her)_ Jozef Walaszczyk (R)_Alicja Schnepf (R)_Anna Bando (R)

Righteous Among the Nations  & Survivors of the Holocaust:
 Ireneusz Rajchowski, Krystyna Budnicka, Barbara Gora,
Tadeusz Stankiewicz (behind her), Jozef Walaszczyk,
Alicja Schnepf, Anna Bando

 
 

Street Corner Renamed for Hero of the Holocaust

Street Corner Renamed for Hero of the Holocaust

Street Corner Renamed for Hero of the Holocaust

Unsung Man of Courage Jan Karski Remembered

By Edward Callaghan

 

                              

Some 500 invited guests from around the world gathered to witness the simple unveiling of a street sign in New York’s tony Murray Hill enclave. Henceforth, the corner of Madison Avenue and 37th Street directly across from the historic De Lamar Beaux Art mansion home to the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland will be known forever as Jan Karski Corner or as one observer dubbed it  the “Street Corner of Courage”.

 

Unanimously approved by New York’s City Council and happily assented to by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the renaming honors for all time Jan Karski the Polish diplomat who infiltrated a Nazi concentration camp and was the first to bring to the West word of the Holocaust's horrors. His pleadings to the British and Americans went unheeded. For his bravery and selflessness, Karski is listed in the temple in Jerusalem as one of the “Righteous Among the Nations” which honors the humanitarian efforts of Polish men and women who have been recognized by Yad Vashem for saving Jews from certain death during the Holocaust.

 

Quite a number of Polish, Jewish and American dignitaries
 were on hand including
The Honorable Ewa JunczykZiomecka, Secretary of State at the Chancellery of the
President of the Republic of Poland; The Honorable
Edward Koch
, former New York City Mayor; His
Excellency
Maciej Kozlowski of the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs in Warsaw; former Ambassador of Poland to Israel ;
John De Gioia
, the President of Georgetown University;
Robert Gallucci
, the Dean of Walsh School of Foreign
Service at Georgetown; and Robert Billingsley, the chair
of Georgetown University John Carroll Weekend.

 

They were welcomed by Poland’s Consul General Krzysztof Kasprzyk, a driving force behind the Karski recognition, who stated “Jan Karski was a legendary Polish underground courier in World War II, the first person to tell the Allies about the Holocaust when there might have been time to stop it.  He is a real hero of the Polish and Jewish people."

 

Ed Koch who was for years a close friend and chess playing partner of Karski’s was like many of the guests tremendously moved by the respect and honor to a man of extreme courage. Minutes before the new street sign was unveiled, in the shadow of the Polish Consulate, the former Mayor extolled Karski for his bravery and compassion. "We are here to honor a hero, a saint," Koch said. Koch also

As minister Ewa Junczyk-Ziomecka said, “Remembering the Righteous among Nations is not only important because of
 the thousands of people who were saved but also because
they saved us all from utter disgrace.”

 

Following the ceremony there as a panel discussion that
included other Karski’s former Georgetown colleagues,
Righteous Among the Nations as well as a number of
Holocaust survivors. Masha Leon, Cultural Editor of The Forward, New York’s first Jewish newspaper, knew Karski
as a young girl and was also grateful to The Righteous who
 hid her and her mother and saved her from certain death in
the camps. She wonders to this day who it was. Sitting in the audience renowned filmmaker Albert Maysles nodded sadly.

 

 

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