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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

Call for Georgetown Leadership Seminar Applications

May 25, 2016

The Jan Karski Educational Foundation is sponsoring two participants of the annual Georgetown Leadership Seminar at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, in cooperation with its sister foundation Fundacja Edukacyjna Jana Karskiego, which is administering the selection process. This year’s seminar will take place on October 23-28, 2016 in Washington, DC. »

Lessons of Resilience and Defiance

May 18, 2016

Students in Emmanuel College's History 2120 class “Europe in the Era of World War” have read the illustrated story "Karski’s Mission: To Stop the Holocaust" and their teacher, Melanie Murphy has shared with us their comments. »

102th Anniversary of Karski’s Birth Celebrated by Polish Youth

April 27, 2016

The promotion of the “Karski My Hero” project was the focus of the special event to mark the 102th anniversary of Jan Karski birth. »

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