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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

Ambassadors of the Karski Legacy

Ambassadors of the Karski Legacy

July 6, 2020

Honoring the Jan Karski legacy on the 20th anniversary of his death

Karskis Among Us

Karskis Among Us

April 24, 2020

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.

Happy Birthday to Professor Peter F. Krogh

Happy Birthday to Professor Peter F. Krogh

February 11, 2020

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.