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Karski's Story

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

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.

Karski's Exhibit

Google Cultural Institute partners with institutions to host the world's cultural treasures online. One of its first virtual exhibitions commemorates the heroism of Jan Karski. Information about his family, childhood and education are included in this intriguing historical treasure trove, so be sure to dive in!

News & Events

Centennial Edition of Karski Biography Released

August 12, 2014

The new centennial edition of Karski: How One Man Tried to Stop the Holocaust was released last month by Texas Tech University Press and Gihon River Press. Written by Nashville journalist E. Thomas Wood and Polish historian Stanisław M. Jankowski, this updated version of the 1994 biography incorporates new material, including an account of the international campaign to celebrate the Karski legacy, led by the Jan Karski Educational Foundation and the Polish History Museum, as well as previously unpublished material from Karski's historic and eventful life. »

American Debut of Karski Play Draws Raves

July 28, 2014

Coming to See Aunt Sophie, an original new production dramatizing Jan Karski's historical mission during World War II along with his lifelong agony over his perceived failure to compel the Allies to intervene on behalf of the doomed Jews of occupied Poland, finished a three-week run at Indiana State University's Crossroads Repertory Theatre on July 22. »

Ambassadors Get Personal About Jan Karski

July 3, 2014

The former Ambassador of the Republic of Poland to Israel, Maciej Kozlowski, and Israel’s Ambassador to Poland, Zvi Rav-Ner, remembered Jan Karski during a panel discussion organized by the Stradom Center for Dialogue in Krakow, Poland on June 30. »

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