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.
While celebrating the 106th anniversary of Jan Karski's birth, let us reflect on the relevance of his legacy today and recognize those around us who demonstrate in action the values he represents.
On February 11, Professor Emeritus Peter F. Krogh, former Dean of the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and recipient of the 2019 Spirit of Jan Karski Award, celebrates his birthday.
The exhibition about Jan Karski's life and his courageous efforts to bring his eye-witness report to the West, "The World Knew: Jan Karski’s Mission for Humanity," has opened at the Miami University.