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Marian Pawlik, the President of the Australian Polish Community Council of Victoria, has passed away

On 31 July, Marian Pawlik, President of the Polish Community Council of Victoria, who had been associated with this organization for over 20 years, died at the age of 65. He was a very active member of the Polish community in Australia. He popularized Polish culture and history among the Australian public. He was a great supporter of Polish-Jewish dialogue, for which, he and the Federation he was managing, received the Henryk Sławik Award from the Australian Society of Polish Jews.

 

Marian Pawlik had good contacts with the Institute of National Remembrance. Thanks to his contribution, it was possible to organize an exhibition devoted to Captain Witold Pilecki, prepared by the Board of the Pilecki Project Committee and the Institute of National Remembrance, which had provided archival materials, at the Kadimah Center in Melbourne in November 2017.

In May 2018, he co-organized, together with the Board of the Pilecki Project Committee and the Ex-Home Army Servicemen Association, an exhibition about Captain Pilecki, the Ulma Family from Markowa and the "Żegota" Council for Aid the Jews in the State Parliament of Victoria.

In 2018, for popularizing Polish culture and history he was decorated with the Commander's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta by the President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda.

He was also awarded with Australia's highest national decoration, Knight of the Order of Australia (OAM).

We at the IPN will all remember him dearly.

 

https://ipn.gov.pl/en/news/1348,A-visit-of-representatives-of-the-Polish-community-institutions-from-Australia-1.html

https://ipn.gov.pl/en/news/959,IPN-representatives-at-the-opening-of-an-exhibition-devoted-to-Captain-Witold-Pi.html

https://ipn.gov.pl/en/news/1135,The-official-opening-of-the-exhibition-devoted-to-Captain-Witold-Pilecki-the-War.html

 

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