USA: A monodrama about Jan Karski on PBS

USA: A monodrama about Jan Karski on PBS

The monodrama about Jan Karski was broadcast by the American public broadcaster PBS, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported. A film version of the monodrama “Remember This: The Lesson of Jan Karski” by Clark Young and Derek Goldman was presented.

The role of Karski was played by David Straitharn, nominated for an Oscar for his leading role in the film “Good Night, and Good Luck” (2005).

Jan Karski provided the West with one of the first eyewitness accounts of the Holocaust. Despite the talks he had with leading US and British politicians, he failed to provoke a decisive reaction from the Allies. Karski spent the post-war years in the USA, where he lectured at Georgetown University in Washington.

He died in 2000 at the age of 86. US President Barack Obama posthumously awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

“Karski’s story is so great because it is a story about an alliance. About individual responsibility for the world,” notes Goldman.

The monodrama was also staged in London, Bilbao, Washington DC, Chicago and New York.

PBS is a network of 354 public television stations. It is a non-profit organization financed by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and television fundraisers (so-called pledge drives). (PAP)

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