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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

Senator John McCain Accepts Award and Praises Karski

November 22, 2014

Senator John McCain accepted the Spirit of Jan Karski Award at the JKEF reception on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. Fox TV News also covered the speech in a nationwide broadcast. »

Karski Conference Tackles Tough Issues in Warsaw

November 16, 2014

Warsaw, Poland - The two-day conference "Jan Karski: Memory and Responsibility" held on November 5-6 at the University of Warsaw gathered an impressive group of scholars, political leaders, journalists and filmmakers to tackle numerous difficult themes including: Christians and the Holocaust; the evolution of Polish identity; and overcoming the taboo in Polish culture about the Holocaust. »

Strathairn as Karski Mesmerizes Theater-Goers in Poland

November 7, 2014

On October 29 and 30, Polish theatre-goers had the chance to see a new incarnation of "Remember This: Walking with Jan Karski," a dramatic reading starring Oscar-nominated actor David Strathairn as Karski. »

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