“Szmalcownik”: The story of blackmail and extortion

E. Thomas Wood1996

Polish History Museum

Polish History Museum
Warszawa, Poland

Jan Karski recalls his meeting with the Wertheims, a Jewish family, and how he pretended to be a “szmalcownik” in order to rescue them. Interview conducted by E. Thomas Wood, author of the biography “Karski: How One Man Tried to Stop the Holocaust”.


  • Title: “Szmalcownik”: The story of blackmail and extortion
  • Creator: E. Thomas Wood
  • Date: 1996
  • Location: USA
  • Contributor: E. Thomas Wood
  • Original Source: E. Thomas Wood
  • Event date: 1942
  • Copyright: E. Thomas Wood
  • Collection: Jan Karski

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