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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.
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!
Many cultural events that accompanied the Loyola Conference in Chicago allowed everyone to reflect and enjoy. The conference included the screening of two films about WWII and a splendid concert of Polish classical and cabaret music. A new play about Karski followed the next day. »
Chicago, IL – The Jan Karski 2014 International Conference on Memory and Responsibility, organized by Loyola University Chicago in cooperation with the Jan Karski Educational Foundation, was deemed "a remarkable success" by conference participants who spoke enthusiastically about the caliber of the presentations and discussions. »
Jan Karski Educational Foundation President Wanda Urbanska shared the foundation's mission at the regular monthly membership mixer of the Polish American Chamber of Commerce (PACC) as part of Jan Karski Days in Chicago. »