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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 Coin Receives a Prestigious Award

November 10, 2015

The 10-Złoty silver commemorative coin issued by The National Bank of Poland (NBP) to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Jan Karski’s birth has won The Coin of the Year Award (COTY) in the Most Inspirational Coin of the Year 2016 category (for coins minted in 2014) »

American Premiere of the New Karski Documentary

November 10, 2015

The American premiere showing of the documentary "Karski & The Lords of Humanity" was held on November 5 at Georgetown University’s Lohrfink Auditorium, with several hundred people getting their first glimpse of the new film at the University where Karski spent 40 years of his life. »

Building Responsibility and Civic Duty

October 1, 2015

The opening of the widely admired and sought-after exhibition "The World Knew: Jan Karski’s Mission for Humanity" at St. Louis University on September 24, 2015 inaugurated Jan Karski Days in Saint Louis, which will run until November 15 and will include an opening of the same exhibition at Lindenwood University and two seminars devoted to Karski. »

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