Poland has issued a special commemorative stamp on 2nd October 2014 celebrating the 100th birthday of Jan Nowak-Jeziorański. The international community was given a detailed account of the extermination of Jews in ghettos and in Holocaust camps by Jan Karski, born in Łódź, who became a famous WW II envoy carrying messages between the Polish government-in-exile and the Polish Underground State. After the war, the anti-communist Karski remained in the US where he lectured at Georgetown University.
In 1982 he was honored with the title Righteous Among the Nations and in 1998 nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Today, almost 14 years after his death, he remains one of the best known Poles in the US and Israel. 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of his birth.
His coeval Jan Nowak-Jeziorański, a professional diplomat and scholar, in 1943 volunteered to serve as a Home Army courier for the Polish government-in-exile. In 1943, Nowak-Jeziorański embarked on a mission to London, where in 1944 he held talks with representatives of the Polish and British governments, Prime Minister Winston Churchill among them. Later he was sent to Italy and from there to Warsaw. He was the last emissary to reach the capital before the outbreak of the Warsaw Uprising. On the eve of the Uprising’s surrender, Home Army General Tadeusz Bór-Komorowski ordered Jeziorański to take hundreds of documents and photographs to London.
After the war, the anti-communist Jan Nowak-Jeziorański emigrated to the West and set up the Radio Free Europe broadcasting service. He also played a key role in Poland’s accession to NATO.