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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.
The Jan Karski Educational Foundation is sponsoring two participants of the annual Georgetown Leadership Seminar (October 22-27, 2017) at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service in Washington, DC, in cooperation with its sister foundation Fundacja Edukacyjna Jana Karskiego. »
The 4th annual Polish Jewish Studies Workshop took place on April 2-4 at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor and gathered distinguished and aspiring scholars in the field of the humanities and social sciences from top universities in America, Poland, Canada, and Israel, who presented their papers on recent advances in research and teaching at the crossroads of the Polish and Jewish studies. »
The graphic novel "Karski’s Mission: To Stop the Holocaust," published by the Jan Karski Educational Foundation in 2015, has been awarded a Silver Medal by the 21st annual 2017 Independent Publisher Book Awards in the Graphic Novel/Drawn Book – Drama/Documentary category. »