by Jim Ridley
We propose a film about Jan Karski — an emissary of the Polish underground government during World War II whose most prominent mission was to inform the allied powers of Nazi crimes against the Jews of Europe in order to try to prevent the Holocaust as we know it.
This film will tell an incredible story of a single life joggled between life and death while fulfilling a desperate mission to stop the annihilation of European Jews. It will be a story of a man who infiltrated both the Warsaw Ghetto and a Nazi concentration camp and carried out eyewitness accounts of the atrocities to the West, where the report was met mostly with disbelief and no concrete action was undertaken in order to prevent the Holocaust.
The good news is that the project entitled Karski and the Lords of Humanity — featuring the participation of Emmy-winning documentarian Slawomir Grunberg, Waltz with Bashir animator Yoni Goodman and Karski's biographer E. Thomas Wood — is on a roll, having raised more than $41,000 of its $45,000 Kickstarter campaign (and $8,000 of that since Sunday, according to Wood). But the clock runs out tomorrow night, Thursday, Feb. 7, at 7:30 p.m. CST.
That means the project is less than 10 percent away from its goal — and if the entire amount isn't raised, none of it comes through. Not to get all PBS pledge-drive on you, but you still have about 36 hours to make it happen. Click here for more information, and best of luck to the filmmakers on their worthy endeavor.