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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!
On Wednesday February 11th the Jewish Federation of Raleigh-Cary hosted Wanda Urbanska, President of the Jan Karski Educational Foundation, to speak on the life and legacy of Jan Karski over luncheon. »
Rafał Siemianowski, a young Polish diplomat working at the Polish Embassy in London, was the first recipient of the Jan Karski scholarship sponsored by the Jan Karski Educational Foundation to participate in the Georgetown Leadership Seminar 2014 organized by the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. »