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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

Spirit of Jan Karski Award Ceremony 2016: Nicholas Kristof VIDEO

December 1, 2016

We are presenting the footage of the 2016 Spirit of Jan Karski Award ceremony. »

“Oddly relatable today"

November 18, 2016

The graphic novel "Karski's Mission: To Stop the Holocaust" is being reviewed by a Loyola University Chicago student. »

Nicholas Kristof Receives the 2016 Spirit of Jan Karski Award

November 6, 2016

The Jan Karski Educational Foundation awarded the 2016 Spirit of Jan Karski Award to Nicholas Kristof, during the ceremony on November 1, at the New School for Social Research in New York City. »

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