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Embassy Row sculptures

Massachusetts Ave., NW is lined with former turn of the century (19th into 20th centuries) mansions that are now rather forbidding embassies, with lots of security cameras and barred windows and doors.  But the addition of sculpture celebrating the founders of the countries, their religions, or in one case, memorializing the assassination of a former Chilean diplomat and his aide by car bomb as they drive on Mass. Ave. has made Embassy Row more interesting,more informative,ImageImageImageImageImage and more attractive.

©Bill Lebovich, all rights reserved, 2014.

Washington Monument, flanked by East Wing of National Gallery of Art.

IMG_0031Robert Mills won the competition for the Washington Monument in 1836, but it was not until the late 19th century that construction was completed, delayed by various problems, especially raising money for construction.

I.M. Pei designed the second building for the National Gallery of Art in the late 1960s.  Its modernist architecture of flat facades and sharp angles is in marked contrast to John Russell Pope’s Classical Revival building, started in the late 1930s and finished in the 1940s, after his death, by his associates.

(c)Bill Lebovich, all rights reserved, 2013

Jan Karski sculpture, East 37th St., outside Polish Consulate

Polish Consulate 2Story of a Secret State
My Report to the World
Jan Karski
Foreword by Madeleine Albright
Jan Karski’s Story of a Secret State stands as one of the most poignant and inspiring memoirs of World War II and the Holocaust. With elements of a spy thriller, documenting his experiences in the Polish Underground, and as one of the first accounts of the systematic slaughter of the Jews by the German Nazis, this volume is a remarkable testimony of one man’s courage and a nation’s struggle for resistance against overwhelming oppression.Karski was a brilliant young diplomat when war broke out in 1939 with Hitler’s invasion of Poland. Taken prisoner by the Soviet Red Army, which had simultaneously invaded from the East, Karski narrowly escaped the subsequent Katyn Forest Massacre. He became a member of the Polish Underground, the most significant resistance movement in occupied Europe, acting as a liaison and courier between the Underground and the Polish government-in-exile. He was twice smuggled into the Warsaw Ghetto, and entered the Nazi’s Izbica transit camp disguised as a guard, witnessing first-hand the horrors of the Holocaust.

Karski’s courage and testimony, conveyed in a breathtaking manner in Story of a Secret State, offer the narrative of one of the world’s greatest eyewitnesses and an inspiration for all of humanity, emboldening each of us to rise to the challenge of standing up against evil and for human rights. This definitive edition—which includes a foreword by Madeleine Albright, a biographical essay by Yale historian Timothy Snyder, an afterword by Zbigniew Brzezinski, previously unpublished photos, notes, further reading, and a glossary—is an apt legacy for this hero of conscience during the most fraught and fragile moment in modern history.


Jan Karski was born in Lódz, Poland, in 1914. He received a degree in Law and Diplomatic Science in 1935 and served as a liaison officer of the Polish Underground during World War II. He carried the first eyewitness report of the Holocaust to a mostly unbelieving West, meeting with President Roosevelt in 1943 to plead for Allied intervention. Story of a Secret State was originally published in 1944, becoming a bestseller and Book of the Month Club selection. After the war, Karski earned his PhD at Georgetown University, where he served as a distinguished professor in the School of Foreign Service for forty years. He died in Washington, DC, in 2000. Karski has been recognized as Righteous Among the Nations by Yad Vashem. In 2012, he was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama.

– See more at: http://press.georgetown.edu/book/georgetown/story-secret-state#sthash.yYVVLP5q.dpuf

Above quoted from Georgetwon Un. Press website.

Sculpture by Karol Badyna.

Photograph (c) Bill Lebovich, all rights reserved, 2013.