To instill in people - especially youth - the values of leadership, courage and integrity, as exemplified by the life of Jan Karski.
In the midst of World War II, Jan Karski was dispatched by the Polish Underground to inform Western Allies about the reign of terror in German Nazi-occupied Poland and to seek intervention. Karski’s courageous mission, against all odds in the darkest of hours, qualifies him as Humanity's Hero.
The Foundation grew out of the successful Jan Karski US Centennial Campaign, which placed Dr. Karski's name in nomination for the Presidential Medal of Freedom in December 2011. President Obama awarded the posthumous Medal on May 29, 2012 at a White House ceremony.
The Karski My Hero website shows a fascinating map of European locations that were part of Karski's life and missions, along with pictures from places where many of his adventures took place. Its main goal is to promote the values of courage, respect for human dignity, responsibility, and inter-cultural dialogue.
Dr. Richard Brown, who played an enormous and instrumental role in JKEF’s work to preserve the legacy of the late Jan Karski, has just stepped down as Director of Georgetown University Press .
A free “WarsawTour” app created by the Warsaw Tourist Bureau will enable you to walk the streets o Warsaw in Karski's footsteps.
Magdalena Brzozowska and Piotr Zygadło are this year's recipients of the scholarship funded annually by the Jan Karski Educational Foundation to participate in the 2017 Georgetown Leadership Seminar.