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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.
The Karski My Hero website shows a fascinating map of European locations that were part of Karski's life and missions, along with pictures from places where many of his adventures took place.
Zbigniew Brzeziński, a Polish American statesman who served as a National Security Advisor under President Jimmy Carter, an intellectual, brilliant speaker, and an important voice in international affairs, as well as an admirer of Karski and supporter of the Karski legacy, died on Friday, May 26 at the age of 89. »