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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

Georgetown Leadership Seminar Participant Selected

September 13, 2014

A young Polish diplomat, Rafał Siemianowski, has been selected to participate in the annual Georgetown Leadership Seminar at the Georgetown School of Foreign Service this fall as the recipient of the first annual Jan Karski scholarship for the program that will take place in October 26-31, 2014 in Washington, DC. »

Story of a Secret State Called Best Book at Raleigh Club

September 10, 2014

Jan Karski's depiction of the anti-Nazi Polish Underground Resistance in Story of a Secret State fascinated members of the GRITS book club in Raleigh, NC at its first meeting of the season. »

“Jan Karski Way” Designated in Chicago

September 7, 2014

Chicago – A ceremony of naming “Jan Karski Way” took place on Labor Day, September 1, 2014 under blazing hot sun at noon. Milwaukee Avenue between Lawrence and Higgins Avenue now bears the legendary emissary’s name. »

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