Remember This: Walking with Jan Karski

Jan Karski, a hero of the Polish Underground Resistance who tried to shake the conscience of the world in 1942 when there was still time to act to stop the Holocaust. 

A Roman Catholic, Karski volunteered at great risk to undertake a mission on behalf of the underground government to carry eyewitness reports to the free world about the destruction of the Jewish people of Poland. In this politically-charged play, Karski, who after the publication of his best-selling book Story of a Secret State became a legendary Georgetown University Professor, engages with a chorus of students who urge him to reckon with the ghosts of his past and to "go back" in his memory to revisit the episodes and memories that haunt him in order to bear witness for future generations. The chorus then begins to enact that history, filled with episodes of political intrigue, physical courage, harrowing escapes, tenderness, and devastation.
Format: Staged reading
Notes:

A workshop staged reading, My Report to the World: The Story of Jan Karski, with David Strathairn as Jan Karski, was also presented by Derek Goldman and Clark Young in Battery Park, New York City on July 15–25, 2015.

Snapshot

Original or Prominent Production:
October 2014, staged reading in Warsaw, Poland; world premiere on April 24, 2014 in Gaston Hall at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.; December 9, 2014, The Davis Performing Arts Center’s Gonda Theatre, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.; December 11, 2014, The Clurman Theatre, New York.
Original Source Material: Jan Karski (1914–2000), a hero of the Polish Underground Resistance.
Nationality of Author: U.S.
Original Language: English
Experience(s) Chronicled: Righteous Gentiles | Resistance

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