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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 McCain to Receive Spirit of Jan Karski Award

October 22, 2014

The Jan Karski Educational Foundation announced today that Senator John McCain has been chosen as the 2014 recipient of the Spirit of Jan Karski Award. This award -- the foundation's highest honor -- is presented annually to an individual who has distinguished himself in defending human rights, speaking out against aggression, and on behalf of the integrity of ethnic and religious groups and sovereign nations. »

Karski Exhibit Opens in Buffalo with Speech, Fanfare

October 21, 2014

A diverse group gathered at the Central Branch of the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library on October 16 to celebrate the opening of The World Knew: Jan Karski's Mission for Humanity, which will be on display until November 16. »

Buy tickets to the second JKEF Reception in New York

October 19, 2014

There are two ticket choices for our exciting November 20th reception this year. »

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