(CNN) – Speaking at the United States Holocaust Museum, President Obama announced on Monday he will award a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom to Jan Karski, the former Polish officer who escaped Nazi imprisonment and provided first-hand accounts to the Western Allies of atrocities he witnessed in Warsaw.
“We must tell our children about how this evil was allowed to happen—because so many people succumbed to their darkest instincts; because so many others stood silent. But let us also tell our children about the Righteous Among the Nations. Among them was Jan Karski—a young Polish Catholic—who witnessed Jews being put on cattle cars, who saw the killings, and who told the truth, all the way to President Roosevelt himself,” Obama said in remarks observing Holocaust Remembrance day.
Karski, who later immigrated to the United States and earned a Ph.D from Georgetown University, died in 2000.
The Medal of Freedom is the highest honor a president can bestow on a civilian and is awarded to individuals “who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors,” according to the White House.
Last week, the White House announced it will also award the Medal of Freedom to former Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summit. Summit retired from her post this month after 38 seasons because she was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.
Other 2012 Medal of Freedom recipients will be announced later this year.
Obama giving The Medal of Freedom to a Jew. How ironic..
I think you missed the whole point of this article, which is about Jan Karski and resistance to the Nazis.
Firstly, the article makes it plain that Dr. Karski was a Catholic.
Secondly, there's nothing 'ironic' about honoring someone's achievements in fighting evil and furthering freedom, regardless of religion.
Perhaps you should reflect a little on the content before you write.
Really? What's ironic about it?
The Medal of Freedom is given by the President. Obama is the President.
The Medal of Freedom is given to civilians. Jan Karski was a civilian.
Neither of these imparts any irony to the situation.
Oh, and Mr. Karski was Catholic...
And even if he was Jewish, why would it be ironic?
Mr. Obama must must be getting REALLY desperate as the 2012 election nears. As most intelligent Americans know, he has no REAL record to run on. So, he is just trying to stay relevant and continuing the process of buying people off so that they will support his presidential candidacy.
Mr. Obama, you will be unable to "BUY" the 2012 elections. The American people have become wise to your lies, smoke and mirrors.
You must first learn to respect the American populace. We are not as stupid as you and your clueless administration consider us to be.
Jerry.....I must correct you. Some of you are even more stupid than any of us could ever have considered possible.
Oh boy here we go again. The negative comments from the haters. I can't wait to hear what Howard have to say.
This is a good thing on the day of an anniversary. Lighten up Jerry, Howard, Joe.
Latinos for Obama 2012
Last year, anybody who opposed your empty suit messiah was called a racist, by Obama stooges, like you. This year, anybody who opposes your empty suit messiah is called a hater, by Obama stooges, like you.
Most Latinos are too smart to fall for Obama's B.S. ... apparently, you're not one of them.
IT'S NOT A CRIME TO CALL PEOPLE FOR WHAT THEY ARE, IF THE SHOE FITS THEN YOU MUST BE A TEA PARTY REPUBLITARD. LATINOS ARE INDEED SMART ENOUGH TO GET THE HECK AWAY FROM THE FAR RIGHT GOP UNLESS THEY ARE AMBITIOUS ENOUGH TO SWALLOW THEIR PRINCIPLES FOR A CHANCE AT HIGHER OFFICE.
December 2012, My Man!
No it's not a crime to call people what they are BUT even you have to admit, it is really funny when the left shoe calls the right shoe..a shoe!
Jerry, I can understand if you don't like the President's actions or policies but nothing to run on? Really?
Kept us out the 2nd great depression
Fair wage act
9 out of 10 top Al Queda leaders killed.
Osama Bin Laden kiled
Detroit, very much not killed.
Healthcare to millions of Americans who had none.
# of abortions down
Unemployment not there yet but getting better (no thanks to the GOP)
So maybe you don't agree with what he has done if you think he has "done nothing " perhaps you should introduce yourself to the facts.
Bravo Charlie from the North!
I wish there was a daily prize for the stupidest and most pointless off topic commentary on a news article. You would win hands down. Probably the only instance in which you would be considered a winner.
@jerky...The last time I saw lies, smoke and mirrors coming from the White House was from 2001-2008...your glasses must have permanently smoked up so much you think we are all still living in the same fog.
I doubt very much if Jerry, Howie, joe or Billie know how to be reflective.
Wasn't John Huntsman uninvited from a Republican Party fundraiser for comparing the Republican Party to communist China? Maybe he should have been more honest and referred to them as the Nazi Party.
Obama lost a lot of the Jewish vote, when he disrespected the Prime Minister of Israel ... leaked their plans regarding an attack on Iran ... demanded that they go back to their 1967 boundries ... and threw them under the bus. Now, his feeble attempts to court the Jewish vote are laughable.
"Obama giving The Medal of Freedom to a Jew. How ironic.."
dude!, read the article and then post a comment, or just tur over to the FOX tv
Central planning will bring us utopia, states will be counties and governors will be done away with. The central planners will ensure property and food are divided equally. Once Obama bankrupts the country our goals will come to fruition.........Muhuhahahahahaha
Once Obama gets rid of the constitution we can rebuild the system. There's no use in resisting, we're half way there already.....................Muhuhahahhahaha
We have to loosen the standards so Bil Ayers and Co. can have their day in the sun. For instance, an award to George W. Bush for not showing up for his flight physical while in the Texas Air National Guard after missing duty for a year, dodging the draft by Cheney and Gingrich, placing amputees in the Walter Reed amputee ward overridden by cockroaches, rats, understaffed because the KBR sub who "managed" the amputee ward fired 250 out of 300 interns and nurses, starting the Iraq war for no valid reason with too few troops and no follow up planning. You get the jist.
Some people will look for any excuse to bash our President. Awarding a posthumous medal of freedom is part of a President's duties, and I am proud that he is doing so.
You should not forget that nazi is really mean german. Check on wiki "nur fur deutsche" (not nazi)...
AMERICAN PRESIDENT DOING WHAT AMERICAN PRESIDENTS DO. NOTHING NEW HERE SINCE OBAMA IS A GREAT AND RESPONSIBLE AMERICAN PRESIDENT.
Mr. Obama – shame on you! I do mean your speach. There were NO Polish death camps during second World War. All these camps were run by Germans on ocupied Polish territory !!! Do remember, always !!! Go back to primary school Mr. Obama !
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