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The Spirit of Jan Karski Award 2016

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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

“Karski My Hero” Website Launched

October 17, 2016

The Jan Karski Educational Foundation is proud to announce the launching of the long-anticipated project – the new “Karski My Hero” website. »

"Too Distant to Care?"— Interview with Nicholas Kristof

September 27, 2016

Nicholas Kristof, New York Times columnist, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, and recipient of the 2016 Spirit of Jan Karski Award talks in this exclusive interview about his journalism and current pressing issues, and reflects upon the Karski legacy . »

Students Inspired by the Heroic Story of Jan Karski

August 26, 2016

Loyola University Chicago students are commenting on the graphic novel "Karski’s Mission: To Stop the Holocaust" that they have been reading in LITR 200 European Masterpieces class. »

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