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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

Carrying on the Responsibility to Honor and Promote

February 10, 2016

Another monument to Karski, the so-called Karski Bench, was unveiled on January 26 in front of the historic Remuh Synagogue in Kazimierz, a former Jewish district of Kraków. »

"Karski & The Lords of Humanity" Educational DVDs and HD Streaming are Now Available

January 22, 2016

As a supporter of the new film “Karski & The Lords of Humanity,” the Jan Karski Educational Foundation is proud to offer the DVD of the film for purchase for educational purposes. The glowing reviews of this film speak volumes about its powerful themes of tolerance and the courage of Jan Karski and his place in history. »

Georgetown Leadership Grantees Tell Their Stories

January 6, 2016

Last fall, two young Polish men, Andrzej Fąfara and Szymon Pawlak, were chosen to attend the Georgetown University Leadership Seminar, on scholarships awarded by the Jan Karski Educational Foundation and its sister foundation, Fundacja Edukacyjna Jana Karskiego. Each of them, in gratitude for their tremendous experience in Washington, has written a brief essay about their time at Georgetown. »

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