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 Karski My Hero website shows a fascinating map of European locations that were part of Karski's life and missions, along with pictures from places where many of his adventures took place. Its main goal is to promote the values of courage, respect for human dignity, responsibility, and inter-cultural dialogue.
Commemorations of the 75th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising include Chairman of the World Jewish Congress and representatives of Fundacja Edukacyjna Jana Karskiego.
Students and teachers of the Jan Karski Polish School in Palos Heights, IL, celebrate Jan Karski’s birthday.
On the Holocaust Remembrance Day, Ambassador of the Republic of Poland Piotr Wilczek pays tribute to the Holocaust victims and opens an exhibition about diplomatic efforts to save Jews during WWII.