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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

102th Anniversary of Karski’s Birth Celebrated by Polish Youth

April 27, 2016

The promotion of the “Karski My Hero” project was the focus of the special event to mark the 102th anniversary of Jan Karski birth. »

Karski Documentary Moves and Shakes Chicagoans

April 25, 2016

"Karski and The Lords of Humanity" is continuing its successful US and international tour. This documentary about Karski and his mission to alert the Western leaders about the ongoing mass murder of the Jews in the Nazi occupied Poland was recently presented in Chicago in connection with the Third International Polish Jewish Studies Workshop organized by the University of Illinois at Chicago. »

Imagining Polish-Jewish Territories

April 25, 2016

“Doikeyt, Diaspora, Borderlands: Imagining Polish Jewish Territories” was the subject of the Third International Polish Jewish Studies Workshop, organized by the University of Illinois at Chicago on April 10-12. It gathered many distinguished scholars from around the U.S., Poland and Israel, who presented their recent papers on the subject. »

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