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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.

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National Endowment For The Humanities
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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.

Karski My Hero

Karski My Hero

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.

Latest News & Events

The Everlasting Dichotomy

The Everlasting Dichotomy

June 13, 2018

Polish-American artist, Anna VanMatre, who befriended Karski in late 1990’s, talks to JKEF about her installation devoted to Karski. It is on display at Int’l Youth Meeting Ctr. in Oswiecim/Auschwitz.

The Karski Boulevard and Chess for All

The Karski Boulevard and Chess for All

June 8, 2018

Karski's passion for chess is being recognized through a chess project created by the City of Warsaw and initiated on the Karski Boulevard.

Karski: Acts of Perseverance and Selflessness

Karski: Acts of Perseverance and Selflessness

May 29, 2018

A former student of Dr. Jan Karski hosted a book club meeting devoted to Karski biography "How One Man Tried to Stop the Holocaust" by E. Thomas Wood and Stanislaw M. Jankowski.