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Yannick Haenel: Jan Karski, The Messenger


Published to immense acclaim in France, under the title Jan Karski, The Messenger is a compelling and tragic story. An extraordinary novelised biography by Yannick Haenel about a man’s moral courage and our collective humanity, with parallels to Thomas Keneally’s Schindler’s Ark and WG Sebald’s Austerlitz. Yannick Haenel speaks with Mark Baker, Director of the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation, Monash University.

Presented with the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation, Monash University.


Yannick Haenel

Yannick Haenel is an award winning French novelist. Yannick Haenel is the author of several novels, including Introduction à la mort française and Évoluer parmi les avalanches. In Paris in 1997 he co-founded the avant-garde journal for literature, Ligne de risque. The Messenger (published in Fren... Read more

Mark Baker

Mark Baker is director of the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation and an associate professor at Monash University. For more than a decade he has taught at the University of Melbourne and lectures widely in the fields of the Holocaust and genocide, the Arab-Israel Conflict, and terrorism in mod... Read more


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