On April 23, 1987, the Anti-Defamation League created a unique award called “Courage to Care” to honor rescuers of Jews during the Holocaust era. The ADL Courage to Care Award was renamed in 2011 in honor of one of its first recipients, Jan Karski, a Polish diplomat and righteous gentile who provided the West with one of the first eyewitness accounts of Hitler's Final Solution.
The award is a plaque with miniature bas-reliefs that depicts the horrifying context – the Nazis’ persecution, deportation and murder of millions of Jews – that served as a backdrop for the rescuers’ exceptional deeds. It is a replica of the plaques that constitute the Holocaust Memorial Wall created by noted sculptor Arbit Blatas, who also created the Holocaust Memorial in Paris and the display in the old ghetto of Venice, Italy.
The award, based on ADL’s evaluation of the rescuers’ acts, is given during specific programs and ceremonies sponsored by ADL, which often occur several times a year.
The Courage to Care program is made possible through a generous grant from Eileen Ludwig Greenland.