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25.02.2021

The 7th edition of the international “Witness of History” award has been announced

The Institute of National Remembrance (IPN) hereby announces the 7th edition of the international “Witness of History” award. This is an honorary distinction established in March 2009 by the IPN's President. It is granted to individuals and organisations in recognition of their outstanding contribution to commemorating the history of the Polish Nation and supporting the IPN in its statutory activities in the field of research and education.

"Witness of History" decoration

 

Nominations are welcomed for individuals and institutions active outside Poland involved in cultivating Polish historical memory, and committed to preserving, promoting and enhancing the knowledge of the recent history of Poland, as well as to uncovering forgotten facts and persons who have rendered great services to the Polish Nation. The candidates do not have to be Polish descent. Posthumous decorations may also be requested.

The description (up to three pages long) should include the actions aimed at cultivating historical memory of Poland and Poles outside Poland and supporting the IPN in its activities in the field of education, research and publishing (e.g. collecting relics related to Polish history, searching for, collecting and archiving historical documents, taking care of cemeteries or memorials, initiating projects promoting modern history of Poland, etc.). Pursuant to the Act on the Institute of National Remembrance of 18/12/1998, the activity of the IPN focuses solely on modern Polish history, i.e. events from 8 November 1917 to 31 July 1990. Therefore, the award is given for actions related to that period.

The ward proposal should include: the information about the candidate, a description of the merits that may constitute ground for granting the distinction, and copies of any available documents certifying the candidate's achievements. The proposal should include a statement of consent by the nominee (not applicable to candidates proposed posthumously). Proposals should be made exclusively in writing and sent no later than 31 May 2021 (as per postmark) to the following addresses:

The address valid until 31 March 2021 is:

Instytut Pamięci Narodowej

Biuro Edukacji Narodowej
ul. Postępu 18
02-676 Warszawa

POLAND
(„Świadek Historii”)

 

The address valid from 1 April 2021 is:

Instytut Pamięci Narodowej
Biuro Edukacji Narodowej
ul. Janusza Kurtyki 1
02-676 Warszawa

POLAND
(„Świadek Historii”)

The list of laureates will be announced in October 2021.

In matters related to the award you may also contact Katarzyna Miśkiewicz via e-mail at: swiadek.historii@ipn.gov.pl.

 

 

PROPOSALS OF PERSONS - download

 

PROPOSALS OF INSTITUTIONS - download