Andrzej Rojek, our Board Member and President of Jan Karski Educational Foundation received the 2017 FASPE Award for Ethical Leadership awarded posthumously to Jan Karski. The ceremony took place in New York City on January 30th.
The Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE) foundation presents its award annually to individuals who embrace the highest ethical principles in their professional service. The jury awarded this year’s award recognizing the heroic attitude and tasks undertaken by Jan Karski, a Polish courier during World War II. Karski informed the Western powers about the Nazi Germany genocide of the Jews, which later became known as the Holocaut.
According to David Goldman, a founder of FASPE and NAC Board Member, Jan Karski should serve as an example for modern American diplomats. Goldman emphasised that especially nowadays America should not give up its role of the world’s leader of and should continue to be a champion of ethical values that Jan Karski had represented.
– This is undoubtedly great news, considering that one of FASPE goals is to seek for the examples of highly ethical behavior among the leaders of the world today – said Andrzej Rojek. – The fact that the well-known organization within the professional and intellectual circles in the USA has decided to honor our patron Jan Karski, will contribute to a better understanding of his merits and actions by the American society.
The event was attended by the representatives of the Council and Board Members of the Jan Karski Educational Foundation operating in Warsaw, including its Director and former Consul General of Poland in the USA, Mrs. Ewa Junczyk-Ziomecka.