Statue of legendary WWII courier Karski installed in Kraków 26.01.2016 17:39 A statue of Jan Karski, 'the man who tried to stop the Holocaust', was officially unveiled in Kraków, southern Poland, on Tuesday afternoon. Mayor of Kraków Jacek Majchrowski and head of the Krakow Jewish Community Tadeusz Jakubowicz on the 'Karski Bench.' Photo: PAP/Jacek BednarczykMayor of Kraków Jacek Majchrowski and head of the Krakow Jewish Community Tadeusz Jakubowicz on the 'Karski Bench.'
The ceremony was attended by figures including Mayor of Kraków Jacek Majchrowski, head of the Kraków Jewish Community Tadeusz Jakubowicz and former Polish consul in New York Ewa Junczyk-Ziomecka.
The bronze monument, which was sculpted by Karol Badyna, takes the form of a bench, and it is the seventh in the world to be dedicated to the courier, following those in Washington, New York and Tel Aviv, as well those in the Polish cities of Warsaw, Kielce and Łódż.
The statue has been installed on Szeroka Street in Kraków's Kazimierz district, once the heart of Jewish life in the city.
As an emissary of the Polish Underground State, Karski was a link with the Polish government-in-exile, which was initially based in France, before it moved to London in 1940.
He later brought extensive reports of the Holocaust from Warsaw to the West.
As a result of his wartime record, Karski (whose real name was Jan Kozielewski) was declared a 'righteous gentile' by Israel's Yad Vashem Institute, and he was given honorary Israeli citizenship.
He settled in the US after the war, and he worked as a professor at the University of Georgetown, Washington, for over 40 years, and died in 2000. - See more at: www.thenews.pl/1/11/Artykul/238154,Statue-of-legendary-WWII-courier-Karski-installed-in-Krakow#sthash.iYHVJ1BU.dpuf
Two brilliant mathematicians` conversation on a bench in the park 100 years ago has been commemorated in Krakow - Stefan Banach, Otton Nikodym.
Otto Marcin Nikodym (3 August 1887 – 4 May 1974) was a Polish mathematician. He was educated at the Universities of Lwow and Warsaw, and the Sorbonne. Nikodym taught at the Universities of Kraków and Warsaw and at the Akademia Górnicza in Kraków. He came to the United States in 1948 to join the faculty of Kenyon College. He retired in 1966 and moved to Utica, N.Y., where he continued his research. Nikodym died in 1974.
Nikodym worked in a wide range of areas, but his best-known early work was his contribution to the development of the Lebesgue–Radon–Nikodym integral (see Radon–Nikodym theorem). His work in measure theory led him to an interest in abstract Boolean lattices. His work after coming to the United States centered on the theory of operators in Hilbert space, based on Boolean lattices, culminating in his The Mathematical Apparatus for Quantum-Theories. He was also interested in the teaching of mathematics.