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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

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. »

Claremont Conference on Karski Debates R2P

October 3, 2014

On September 26 and 27, 2014, The European Union Center of California hosted a lively international conference on the occasion of the Jan Karski centennial, called "Exploring the Concept and Application of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P)." »

Music and Theater Delight Loyola Conference Audience

September 29, 2014

Many cultural events that accompanied the Loyola Conference in Chicago allowed everyone to reflect and enjoy. The conference included the screening of two films about WWII and a splendid concert of Polish classical and cabaret music. A new play about Karski followed the next day. »

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