News Foreign policy Ministry Travel to Poland
1 April 2014
In relation to the media reports regarding the sale at auction in Paris of the so-called Karski Report, the Archives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs provide the full text of the publication put to auction.
This publication - imprecisely referred to as Karski Report - is a 16-page booklet consisting of an introduction and four documents relating to the extermination of Jewish people on Polish territory under German occupation.
Most of the documents contained in the brochure can be found in a note of the Polish Government in Exile signed by the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Edward Raczynski. On December 10, 1942 the note was sent to the governments signatories of the Declaration of the United Nations.
The note that Edward Raczynski drew up on the basis of data brought by Jan Karski , contains the information on the current situation of Jews in occupied Poland and pointed to the German crimes. It includes a list of facts and a protest of the Polish government on the issue and urges Western countries to stop crime.
The Polish authorities trying to publicize the facts relating to the genocide of the Jews in occupied Poland ( outside of the official filing notes ) decided to publish a brochure in the mass circulation in English and distribute it among others through Polish diplomatic and consular channels .
Apart the note, the brochure contained a joint declaration of the Allies of December 17, 1942, a fragment of a statement of the deputy prime minister, Stanislaw Mikolajczyk of 27 November 1942 and the text of Edward Raczynski’s speech from December 17, 1942.
Up to the present, many copies of the brochure apart from that which was sold at auction in Paris, have been preserved in several libraries (e.g. 3 copies are in the collections of the National Library, 2 more are available in the Library of the University of Warsaw).
The copy published by us was originally in the collection of the Polish Consulate in New York. In 1955 it was donated to the Library of the Polish Institute of International Affairs in Warsaw.
Full text of the brochure in PDF format: The Mass Extermination of Jews in German Occupied Poland.
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