Dr. Jarosław Szarek (b. in 1963 in Czechowice-Dziedzice) – historian (Ph.D. in history) and journalist.
From 1981 he worked with the Municipal Coordination Commission of "Solidarity" in Czechowice-Dziedzice. During martial law he participated in assistance to the internees and imprisoned; he printed and distributed underground newspapers. In 1985-1989 he was a printer of the Bielski Committee of Social Resistance (and originator of issuing the "Solidarni" magazine) and collaborator of the Civic Committee of "Solidarity" in Czechowice-Dziedzice. In 2009-2012 he was a member of the programming board of Radio Krakow (along with three other members he left it in protest against not granting space on the multiplex for TV Trwam).
A graduate of the Faculty of History at the Jagiellonian University (1991). He obtained his doctoral degree in history at the Department of History and Cultural Heritage at the Pontifical University of John Paul II in Cracow in 2011, on the basis of the thesis "The activity of the Security Service among university students of Cracow in the years 1970-1980", prepared under the guidance of Prof. Ryszard Terlecki, the reviewers being Prof. Andrzej Nowak and Father Prof. Jan Szczepaniak. In 1992-1997 he was an employee of journal "Czas Krakowski", in the following years he published, among others, in "Gazeta Polska", "Nowe Państwo", "Gość Niedzielny", "Dziennik Polski"," London-based “Tydzień Polski”, “Polonia Christiana "(constant collaborator)," Gazeta Polska Codziennie "," Nasz Dziennik ", Źródło" magazine (member of the editorial board), the bimonthly "Arcana" (member of the editorial board). In 1998-1999 editor-in-chief of Kronika XX wieku: Polska i świat.
Since 2000 employee of the Branch of the Institute of National Remembrance in Cracow, author of scientific articles, popular science articles, historical exhibitions, workshops for teachers and young people, historical supplements to the press, organizer of historical competitions, scenarios for programs popularizing history, etc. Co-author of a series of popular science books Z archiwów bezpieki – nieznane karty PRL (2006-2010) and a series of children's books Kocham Polskę (2007-2016).
In 2007 he was awarded the Gold Cross of Merit for his contribution in documenting the truth about recent Polish history by the President of Poland Lech Kaczynski.
On 22 July 2016 Dr. Jarosław Szarek, elected by the Parliament, was appointed President of the Institute of National Remembrance.