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Our Mission

To instill in people - especially youth - the values of leadership, courage and integrity, as exemplified by the life of Jan Karski.

Our Generous Supporters

National Endowment For The Humanities
Polish History Museum
Consulate General of Poland in New York
Karski's Story

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 Karski Foundation

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.

Spirit Award

Spirit Award

The Jan Karski Educational Foundation presents the Spirit of Jan Karski Award to individuals who through their actions have demonstrated the values represented by Jan Karski and have distinguished themselves by defending human rights, speaking out against aggression and on behalf of the integrity of ethnic and religious groups and sovereign nations.

Latest News & Events

There Is Still Work to Be Done

There Is Still Work to Be Done

November 13, 2018

Florida Social Studies teachers learned about Jan Karski at the 2018 Florida Council for the Social Studies Conference, that took place on October 19-21 in Orlando, FL.

The Polish Predicament and Response in World War II

The Polish Predicament and Response in World War II

October 24, 2018

Former Jan Karski Educational Foundation President, Wanda Urbanska, briefs U.S. Ambassadors in Warsaw.

Karski: A Pillar of Modern Civil Service

Karski: A Pillar of Modern Civil Service

September 4, 2018

We are happy to announce the winners of the scholarship funded annually by the Jan Karski Educational Foundation to participate in the Georgetown Leadership Seminar.