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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (146 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jan Karski Narrator: Janusz Guttner Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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I do not pretend to have given an exhaustive picture of the Polish Underground, its organization and its activities. Because of our methods, I believe that there is no one today who could give an all-embracing recital...This book is a purely personal story, my story.

Jan Karski's Second World War memoir is a heroic act of witness: the courageous testimony of a man who risked everything for his country. First published in 1944, the book became an instant bestseller in the US while the war still raged in Europe. At times overwhelming in the details it reveals of the suffering of ordinary people, it is an unforgettable and deeply affecting record of brutality, courage, and survival under conditions of extreme bleakness.

During the first four years of World War II, Karski worked as a messenger for the underground, risking his life in secret missions. He was captured, tortured, rescued, smuggled through a tunnel into the Warsaw ghetto and, finally, disguised himself as a guard to infiltrate a Nazi death camp. Then, travelling across occupied Europe to England, with his eye-witness report smuggled on microfilm in the handle of a razor, he became the first man to tell the Allies about the Holocaust - only to be ignored.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Allison | 1/28/2014

    " fabulous book! I would highly recommend. Such an amazingly interesting story, it could easily have been fiction. The fact that it's a true story bad it all the better! You don't need to be a history lover to get sucked in. I won this book as a first reads giveaway book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Onno Koper | 1/11/2014

    " Great book, describing WW2 from Polish perspective. Technically an autobiography, but reads like a thriller. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Nigel | 12/27/2013

    " What a man, what a time to be such a man, and thank God for such men "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Alisha Daniels | 11/10/2013

    " An amazing account of a courier of the Polish Underground Resistance during WWII. Karski's story is one, along with Unbroken, that should be read by younger generations as a reminder of what those before had to endure and suffer. "

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