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PROMOTION OF PATRIOTIC VALUES Krzysztof Szwagrzyk, Ph.D., Deputy Head, Institute of National Remembrance, acting director of the Office of Search and Identification Polish historian and Vice-President of the Institute of National Remembrance, head of its Office of Search and Investigation. Professor Szwagrzyk is in charge of a team which looks for mass graves of victims of Stalinist era massacres at the Powązki Military Cemetery, the Służewiec cemetery and the Bródno cemetery in Warsaw. A team headed by Professor Szwagrzyk also conducted exploratory work at the Osobowice cemetery in Wrocław, Dworzyska in Nysa district, Białystok, Rzeszów, the Garrison Cemetery in Gdańsk and in many other places.

When I receive awards, I feel embarrassed, because it seems to me that they come too soon. Together with my team I am involved in work of a special kind, whose results take a lot of time to bring results. We look for places where the remains of our heroes executed between 1917 and 1990 rest, having been concealed not just by the country’s erstwhile communist rulers. One place that comes to mind is what is known as ‘The Meadow’, a lawn adjoining the wall of the Powązki Military Cemetery in Warsaw. There are dozens of other such locations throughout Poland. Our intention is to keep memory alive in modern Polish society. Those who buried the bodies in unmarked mass graves intended to erase the memory of the victims. We want to find the remains and to bury our heroes. We are now at the starting point, and all forms of recognition seem to come too early. But nevertheless, I am accepting this award with satisfaction.”

Reduta Dobrego Imienia Foundation – Polish Anti-Defamation League Mira Wszelaka, President Founded to initiate and support undertakings aimed at straightening false information about Polish history, especially concerning the course of the second world war, the organisation’s goal is also to promote knowledge about Polish history and culture and present-day Poland. The foundation also conducts campaigns directed against racism and xenophobia aimed against Polish citizens irrespective of their origins.

I would like to express my gratitude for this award. It is an award for Maciej Świrski, the founder and president of the Foundation of many years; for a small, but very committed team; and above all, for thousands of our volunteers and sympathisers who support us in our campaigns. For instance during online campaigns directed against those who make defamatory remarks on the web. We mainly rely on donations, so I would like to thank all our donors. Thank you all once again.”

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Published on Jul 13, 2017 "Polish Market” is a prestigious English-language magazine published since 1996. In its pages, it promotes the Pol...

Polish Market No.12 (266)/2017  

Published on Jul 13, 2017 "Polish Market” is a prestigious English-language magazine published since 1996. In its pages, it promotes the Pol...

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