The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded a Chairman's Grant to the Jan Karski Educational Foundation, to support the traveling exhibition entitled THE WORLD KNEW: Jan Karski's Mission for Humanity. The grant award is for $30,000.
"The Jan Karski Educational Foundation is elated to receive this prestigious award which will help us achieve our mission of promoting the legacy of the great hero from the Polish Underground, Jan Karski," said Foundation President Wanda Urbanska. "We are especially gratified to receive this grant to support an exhibition for 2014 -- the Centennial of Karski's birth," commented Foundation Chairman of the Board Andrzej Rojek.
Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation.
The Jan Karski exhibition, which will travel throughout the United States, includes background materials about Poland's role in World War II, Jan Karski's mission of courage, and his subsequent life and testimony. He has been called "one man who tried to stop the Holocaust." The exhibit, which is expected to reach an audience of thousands on its travels, was inaugurated at the United Nations in New York as part of the commemoration of Holocaust Remembrance Day in January, 2013. The idea for the exhibit came from Ewa Wierzynska at the Polish History Museum in Warsaw. It was funded by the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and produced by the Polish History Museum in partnership with the Jan Karski Educational Foundation.
"We wish to salute former NEH Chairman James A Leach for his vision in designating this grant," Urbanska said.
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