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 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.
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.
Members of three civic clubs in North Carolina recently learned about the remarkable legacy of Jan Karski in presentations given by Wanda Urbanska, former president of the Jan Karski Edu. Fnd.
On April 30, Andrew Nagorski, an award-winning journalist, author, and former foreign correspondent and editor for Newsweek, spoke about Karski to the University of California Davis students.
Wanda Urbanska, former president of the Jan Karski Educational Foundation, addressed an engaged audience at Beth Meyer Synagogue in Raleigh, NC, to talk about Jan Karski and his courageous mission.