Unsung Hero Essay

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Unsung Hero Defining the word hero is difficult. The dictionary states that a hero is any person admired for courage, nobility, or exploits, especially in war. For most people, the definition of hero is left to interpretation. Some people believe a hero is an exceptional athlete, but others think it is the local cop that made the news for a job well done. It is all up to the individual who is defining what a hero is. Jan Karski is a hero for several reasons; he proved to be courageous, demonstrated his intelligence, and he lived to tell his story. It is often said that Karski tried to stop the war himself and failed (O'Keefe). His attempt to stop the war did fail but his voice was heard. Through his efforts, other countries…show more content…
As the war became more of a threat, Karski took on new roles. Karski started in the military when the Nazis invaded Poland. After the military he serviced as a propagandist and Polish spy during the war. He later fell into the role of courier for the Polish Underground. Here, his courage became obvious. Karski, who had been a practicing Catholic, converted to the Jewish religion. He stated: "Like the family of my wife—all of them perished in the ghettos, in the concentration camps, in the gas chambers—so all murdered Jews became my family" (Wood). Though Karski witnessed some of the most horrific acts in history, he managed to stand up for himself and for the millions of other people who died in vain during the holocaust. The victims of the Holocaust died in vain because at the time millions of people were being secretly murdered. Upon observation, Karski realized that the government and civilians honestly had no idea of what was going on. They knew very little about the horrendace acts that were taking place during the war. Those who did know, turned the other cheek because they did not want to get involved. Karski proved his courage by risking his life. He endured the torture of the death camps in order to find out what was going on inside. He would then demonstrate his intelligence by surviving the camps and in the end, being sane enough to tell about

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