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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 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.
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!
The former Ambassador of the Republic of Poland to Israel, Maciej Kozlowski, and Israel’s Ambassador to Poland, Zvi Rav-Ner, remembered Jan Karski during a panel discussion organized by the Stradom Center for Dialogue in Krakow, Poland on June 30. »
“An Appreciation of Jan Karski” plenary session organized by the Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences of America (PIASA) was held on June 21, 2014 at the Fifth World Congress on Polish Studies on the campus of Warsaw University. »
After two weeks on display at the State Capitol in Hartford, CT, the travelling exhibition, The World Knew: Jan Karski’s Mission for Humanity – created by the Polish History Museum with assistance from the Jan Karski Educational Foundation – has opened at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain. »