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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.

Upcoming Events

Oct 06
Karski at Shakespeare Theatre Company

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

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

“Karski’s Gene” – Ceremony of the Spirit of Jan Karski and Karski2020 Awards

“Karski’s Gene” – Ceremony of the Spirit of Jan Karski and Karski2020 Awards

June 26, 2021

Report from the ceremony of bestowing the Spirit of Jan Karski Award and Karski2020 for Youth Award by the Jan Karski Educational Foundation and Fundacja Edukacyjna Jana Karskiego

Announcing the Recipient of the Spirit of Jan Karski Award

Announcing the Recipient of the Spirit of Jan Karski Award

June 10, 2021

The Jan Karski Educational Foundation announces the recipient of the 2021 Spirit of Jan Karski Award.

Why We Need Karski Today

Why We Need Karski Today

May 10, 2021

An online panel discussion organized by the University of Warsaw and Fundacja Edukacyjna Jana Karskiego focused on the contemporary implications of the Karski legacy.

Let Future Generations Listen to Karski’s Voice

Let Future Generations Listen to Karski’s Voice

March 29, 2021

Polish students are inspired by Karski's testimony to participate in the 2021 Annual Holocaust Art & Writing Contest, “Sharing Strength and Sustaining Humanity."

The Sudden Loss of a Karski Supporter

The Sudden Loss of a Karski Supporter

March 24, 2021

The Jan Karski Educational Foundation mourns the loss of Leonard Kniffel, a Polish-American writer, former publishing executive for the American Library Association in Chicago, and a JKEF supporter.