Obama to award Medal of Freedom to Holocaust resistance figure
Jan Karski (pictured in 2000)
April 23rd, 2012
11:16 AM ET
10 years ago

Obama to award Medal of Freedom to Holocaust resistance figure

(CNN) - Speaking at the United States Holocaust Museum, President Obama announced on Monday he will award a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom to Jan Karski, the former Polish officer who escaped Nazi imprisonment and provided first-hand accounts to the Western Allies of atrocities he witnessed in Warsaw.

“We must tell our children about how this evil was allowed to happen-because so many people succumbed to their darkest instincts; because so many others stood silent. But let us also tell our children about the Righteous Among the Nations. Among them was Jan Karski–a young Polish Catholic-who witnessed Jews being put on cattle cars, who saw the killings, and who told the truth, all the way to President Roosevelt himself,” Obama said in remarks observing Holocaust Remembrance day.


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  1. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    It makes me sick to my stomach the mention of what these men, women and children endured and the World did nothing. Never, again, we must all standup for the human rights of others and not look the other way because if it weren't for the grace of God there goes you or I.

    April 23, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |

    WWII = War funded by the two most powerful families in the world(The Rockefellers and the Rothchild's). Both families supporting the Jews and the Nazis all in attempt to make Israel the homeland of the Jews so they may have control over Jerusalem. Call it conspiracy, but it is what it is. I find it ironic that the people responsible for the death of Christ happen to control Jerusalem and the Roman Catholic church.

    April 23, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  3. Romney is not My Hero

    The Holocaust is one of the most horrible times in world history. Millions of people were executed. It's amazing to me that some people still do not accept that it actually happened. Most people do not even talk about it anymore. I'm very proud of people who have survived and tell their stories. My heart goes out to all those who lost their lives and their families. Shalom.

    April 23, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  4. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    @ Claudia, Houston Tx:
    I couldn't agree with you more. Many decades ago I took a course in college called The Holocaust. Good God the atrocities perpetrated by men onto other men in the twentieth century no less! Acts of incredible barbarism, as well as endurance, faith, and bravery all there for the documenting. Dachau. Treblinka. Auschwitz. We must be vigilant to this type of insidious evil bourne out of economic crisis, a country's need for redemption and an incredible willingness to turn a blind eye to what we must've known in our hearts was wrong.
    if you're ever in the DC area be sure to visit the Holocaust Museum. Help ensure that this happens Never Again.

    April 23, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  5. judy

    ever viligent. Hate has no place in our society yesterday or today. Obama 2012

    April 23, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    The Holocaust was horrific. But, it was not the only horrific atrocity man has committed against a race or a religion. It is simply the most recent of the very large scale atrocities that have occurred over the course of history. Slaves were taken from Africa for hundreds of years. The Holocause cost 6 million lives. It is nearly impossible to estimate how millions of lives were destroyed by black slave traders.

    April 23, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |