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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

“I like to imagine Karski”— Family Past Revealed

June 15, 2016

On May 19, 2016, the Jan Karski Educational Foundation proudly hosted a reading by writer, poet and journalist, Agata Tuszyńska, author of "Family History of Fear: A Memoir" at the home of philanthropist Patti Kenner. »

Protest against Devastation of the Concentration Camp Site

June 9, 2016

Polish and Polish-Jewish leaders and representatives of organizations related to the history and commemoration of World War II have addressed the issue of the deterioration of historical remnants of Konzentrationslager Gusen, a part of a former KZ Doppellager Mauthausen-Gusen concentration camp. »

The Karski Legacy Beyond the Obvious – Towards Reconciliation and Tolerance

May 31, 2016

Representatives of the Jan Karski Educational Foundation and its sister organization in Warsaw, Fundacja Edukacyjna Jana Karskiego, participated in recent conferences that covered a wide range of current issues, such as European identity, human rights and anti-Semitism. »

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