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Jan Karski on: Informing the American People
Jan Karski The most prominent Allied leaders, they did not have discussion with me. I was not a negotiator. But then I began to report to the second echelon. Mostly intelligence officers, officers of the so-called psychological warfare, how to give morale of the Allied nations etc. They did discuss with me. One of my messages was, let the Allied leaders make a public declaration that stopping extermination of the Jews became a part of the Allied military strategy.

To this everyone would comment --impossible, counterproductive. First, Goebbels is saying all the time that this war was provoked by the Jews, is managed by the Jews in behalf of the Jews. If our leaders would make such a declaration, it might confuse even our own people, perhaps Goebbels is right.

Secondly, it would be counterproductive in Europe itself. French also suffer. Belgians. Dutch. What would they say? They would resent? I remember one gentleman looking straight into my eyes, asked rather angrily, Mr Karski, can you assure us that your own people would not resent such a declaration. This is impossible!

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