Westchester County, New York – The Holocaust and Human Rights Education Center (HHREC) hosted Wanda Urbanska, President of the Jan Karski Educational Foundation, in Westchester County, New York on December 4 and 5, 2014. On Friday, December 5, Wanda Urbanska presented the workshop, Karski: Why He Matters, at the Westchester Lower Hudson Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference to middle and high school teachers. Her presentation focused on Jan Karski’s life and the impact of his legacy, and was extremely well received, with numerous teachers eager to consider bringing his story to their classrooms.
Julie Scallero, Co-Director of Education of HHREC, who introduced Ms. Urbanska, passed along comments from several participants, none of whom had heard about Karski before the workshop.
“We learned so much about the remarkable work of a truly courageous man.”
“Ms. Urbanska gave a passionate explanation of Jan Karski’s work and legacy which resulted in an awesome conversation. I only wish we could have had more time.”
“Ms. Urbanska provided us a thorough overview of Polish history and the German occupation as well as a real understanding of the incredible life of Jan Karski, someone I knew nothing about prior to the workshop. I cannot wait to read Story of a Secret State!"
Additionally, Ms. Urbanska met with Millie Jasper, HHREC Executive Director, Julie Scallero, Co-Director of Education of HHREC, and Dr. Elena Procario-Foley, Chair of the Religious Studies Department at Iona College, to discuss bringing the Jan Karski Exhibition, The World Knew: Jan Karski's Mission for Humanity to Iona College in the fall of 2015. Plans for this project are already well underway. In addition to Iona students, the exhibition would be made available to middle and high schools students, as well as the general public, in the area.