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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

“It was war. It was normal.”

May 5, 2015

Andrew Nagorski, a renowned author and journalist, gave an engaging presentation on Jan Karski at the United States Military Academy (USMA) in West Point, NY, at the 2015 Annual Kosciuszko Conference on May 1. »

Promoting Karski to New Generations

May 1, 2015

The Board of Directors of Jan Karski Educational Foundation is happy to announce the expansion of its advisory body. »

Hannah Senesh School Presentations Bring in New "Karskites"

March 31, 2015

A flurry of raised hands from fourth and fifth graders at the Hannah Senesh School in Brooklyn last week demonstrated an enormous interest in the legacy of Jan Karski, the Polish Catholic hero of World War II known as “one man who tried to stop the Holocaust.” »

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