During World War II, Jan Karski was the legendary, political emissary of the Polish Underground State and the Polish Government-in-Exile. He carried out three successful missions, between occupied Poland and the headquarters of Polish government in France and Great Britain, in order to pass on messages and documents. In 1942, as an eyewitness to the liquidation of the Warsaw Ghetto, he informed the Polish authorities and Allied politicians of this and of the extermination of the Jews. After the War, he was honoured with the title of Righteous Among the Nation and with the Order of the White Eagle. He was also nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
To mark the 20th anniversary of the passing of Jan Karski (1914–2000), we present his story in the light of new academic research. Learn about Karski’s life, read about his activities aimed at informing the world about the extermination of the Jews, see how Karski is honoured in Poland and around the world, and view a guided walk through the Core Exhibition of the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, which contains an important artefact connected to Karski.
The Story of Jan Karski
Learn more about Jan Karski’s story, in the light of new academic research of the biography of this emissary of the Polish Underground State and the Polish Government-in-Exile during World War II ➔
Jan Karski at POLIN Museum
Watch a virtual guided walk through the core exhibition of POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews. You will get to know the history of Jan Karski better and see a unique memento associated with this hero ➔
Commemorations of Jan Karski
Read commemorations of Jan Karski in Poland and around the world. It takes various forms – from the names of streets and schools, through monuments in the form of benches, to awards named after him ➔