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UC to Screen Film Highlighting Polish Holocaust Hero

Director to Give Intro, Answer Questions

Written By Kevin Montano '16, PR Intern

He knew that if he could alert Allied leaders - thousands, if not millions, would be saved.


Utica, NY (11/11/2015)
- He knew what was coming.

The efforts of Jan Karski to stop the Holocaust read like a spy novel, as he tried desperately to reach leaders in the U.S. and Britain. Twice captured and tortured by the Nazis, Karski told stories of death camps too heinous to believe – yet they were true.

The Utica College Department of Public Relations and Journalism and the Campus Theme Committee will host a screening of the documentary, "Karski & The Lords of Humanity," on Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. in Macfarlane Auditorium. The film highlights Jan Karski, an individual who worked underground and in secret in an attempt to stop the holocaust. Emmy award-winning director Slawomir Grünberg directed the film and will speak before the screening.

The documentary spotlights Karski’s efforts to inform leaders of the Allied powers of the atrocities being committed by the Nazis. Part of the Polish underground during World War II, Karski infiltrated the Warsaw Ghetto and a transit camp and carried his shocking eyewitness report of the atrocities to Britain and the United States, hoping that it would shake the conscience of the powerful leaders or – as Karski would call them - the Lords of Humanity. For his efforts, President Barrack Obama posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Karski in May 2012.

The film uses a mix of archival footage and animation to bring Karski’s harrowing tale to life. This unique fusion of technologies rarely seen in documentary filmmaking helps bring to light an incredibly powerful narrative. Grunberg will discuss this innovative method of storytelling prior to the screening.  

The screening is a free and open to the public. It will take place on Thursday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. in Macfarlane Auditorium, DePerno Hall, on the campus of Utica College.

About Utica College – Utica College, founded in 1946, is a comprehensive private institution offering bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees. The College, located in upstate central New York, approximately 90 miles west of Albany and 50 miles east of Syracuse, currently enrolls approximately 4,400 students in 44 undergraduate majors, 30 minors, 21 graduate programs and a number of pre-professional and special programs.


Robert Halliday, Ph.D.
Associate Provost
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