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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

The World Needs to Be Reminded of Karski’s Warning

The World Needs to Be Reminded of Karski’s Warning

July 20, 2020

The Galicia Jewish Museum in Kraków, Poland, has opened a new exhibition by a Polish-American artist Anna VanMatre, which includes an artwork dedicated to Jan Karski.

Chicago Remembers Jan Karski on the 20th Anniversary of His Death

Chicago Remembers Jan Karski on the 20th Anniversary of His Death

July 16, 2020

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of Jan Karski's death, the City of Chicago hosted events to honor his legacy.

Jan Karski: A Lighthouse in a Storm

Jan Karski: A Lighthouse in a Storm

July 16, 2020

The 20th anniversary of Jan Karski’s death was commemorated in Warsaw, Poland, on July 11-12, 2020, with several events honoring the emissary of the Polish Underground.