Józef Orzeł – przewodniczący

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Józef Orzeł

Graduated in 1968 from the Econometrics Department of the Main School of Planning and Statistics in Warsaw. In 1978 he obtained a doctoral degree in philosophy. He conducted publishing activities and managed the joint-stock company Municipium. In 1990 he was among the founders of the political party “Porozumienie Centrum”. In 1991 he was elected as a member of the Polish Parliament, from the list of the “Porozumienie Centrum” candidates. In 1993 he did not stand for re-election, and withdrew from the world of politics. He was the deputy editor-in-chief of the following newspapers: “Tygodnik Solidarność” and “Express Wieczorny”.

He expertise are in the promotion and management of projects in the field of “electronic” society and digital education. He is the Vice President of the “Cities in the Internet” Association and the Chairman of the “Coalition for the Development of the Information Society”. He is a co-founder (together with Rafał Ziemkiewicz) of the Ronin Club and its Chairman. He is also one of the two founders (together with Maciej Świrski) of “Reduta Dobrego Imienia” – The Polish League Against Defamation Foundation.

Prof. Andrzej Nowak

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Professor Andrzej Nowak

A Professor of the Institute of History of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw, head of the Department of East European History and Studies of the Empires of the 19th and 20th centuries (employed at the Polish Academy of Sciences since 1991); from 2004 also a Professor and head of Department of History of Eastern Europe in the Institute of History of the Jagiellonian University in Kraków; from the end of 1994 to 2013, the Editor-in-Chief of the bimonthly “Arcana”. He specializes in the political and intellectual history of Eastern Europe, Polish-Russian relations and comparative studies of the empires of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He has lectured on the history of Poland and Russia in the following universities: Columbia, Harvard, Rice – in the U.S. The University of Cambridge, University College London in the U.K., as well as universities in Brno (Masaryk), Tokyo and Dublin (Univ. College Dublin).

In the years 1996–2005 he was employed as a Professor – lecturer in the history of international relations at the University of Business in Nowy Sącz; in the years 2000–2002 he was a lecturer in the University of Warsaw in the field of Eastern European Studies. In the years 2003–2008 he lectured in the Centre for European Studies at the Jagiellonian University; he also lectured in Collegium Civitas. He is a member of the Polish-Russian Historical Commission of the Polish Academy of Sciences, and on the editorial board of “Kwartalnik Historyczny”, “Dzieje Najnowsze”, and he is also the Editor-in-Chief of “Studia z Dziejów Rosji i Europy Środkowo-Wschodniej”.

From 1980 (the beginnings of the Solidarity movement), he was a journalist. Initially, in the 1980s under the so-called “underground press”, devoted mainly to Poland’s relations with its eastern neighbours (he wrote for the following publications: “Arka”, “Miesięcznik Małopolski”, “Alternatywy”, “Tumult”). From 1988 to 1991, the secretary of the editor, and in 1991-1994 the Editor-in-Chief of the  initially”underground” bimonthly “Arka”.

Publications:

He has published 29 books (including 20, where he is the author, and 9 under his editorship or where he has co-edited), as well as nearly 200 articles and reviews in academic journals, conference materials and collective works in Poland, Russia, the United States, Italy, Lithuania, the Czech Republic, Belarus, Ukraine, Hungary, Slovakia, Romania, Serbia and Germany. He is the author of over 500 articles.

The more important of Professor Nowak’s books: Polska I “trzy” Rosje. Studium polityki wschodniej Józefa Piłsudskiego (Poland and the “three” Russias. A study of the eastern policy of Józef Piłsudski (up till April 1920), Kraków 2001 (2nd edition: Kraków 2009); “Karol Wojtyła – Jan Paweł II kronika życia i pontyfikatu” (Karol Wojtyła – John Paul II: a chronicle of his life and pontificate) Kraków 2005; “Historie politycznych tradycji. Piłsudski, Putin i inni (Tales of political traditions. Piłsudski, Putin et al.) Kraków 2007; (History and Geopolitics: A Contest for Eastern Europe), Warsaw 2008; “Imperium a ti druzi. Rusko, Polsko a moderni dĕjiny východni Evropy” Brno 2010; “Od Polski do post-polityki. Intelektualna historia zapaści RP” (From Poland to post-politics. An intellectual history of the collapse of the Republic of Poland), Kraków 2010; “Imperiological Studies. A Polish Perspective”, Kraków 2011; “Czas walki z Bogiem. Kościół na straży wolności Polaków” (A period of fighting God. The Church guarding the freedom of Poles) Kraków 2011; “Strachy i Lachy. Przemiany polskiej pamięci 1982-2012” (Fears and the Poles. The Transformations of the Poles’ memories (1982-2012), Kraków 2012; “Intelektualna historia III RP. Rozmowy z lat 1991-2012” (Intellectual history of the Third Polish Republic. Discussions from 1991-2012) Warsaw 2013.

Awards: the Jerzy Giedroyc Prize – for defending the Polish “raison d’etat”: 2012; The Wacław Jędrzejewicz History Medal – awarded by the Józef Piłsudski Institute in New York: 2011; The Włodzimierz Pietrzak Award – for research into the history of Eastern Europe: 2011; The Jagiellonian University Rector’s Award for outstanding achievements in the years 2009, 2010, 2011; KLIO Awards – for the best book on history: for 1995 (for “How to Make a Russian Empire”), for 1998 (for “Poland’s Chronicle”) and for 2001 (for “Poland and the Three Russias…”); the Jerzy Łojek Prize for works devoted to the tradition of struggle for independence: 1999; The “Przegląd Wschodni” award: for the best history book on Eastern Europe: 1995 (for “Between the Tsar and the revolution …”)

The POLCUL Foundation Award – for journalistic activity in the “underground press”1989.

Jan Pietrzak

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Jan Pietrzak

The creator and leader of two satirical cabarets: the student cabaret in “Hybrydy” (1960-1967) and the “Kabaret pod Egidą” (from 1967 to …?). Author of thousands of songs, monologues and articles, reflecting the moods of Poles and Polish reality in the last half-century. The unquestionable leading commentator on the Polish social and political scene during the period when the Poles were breaking free from Communism. His patriotic song “Let Poland be Poland” became the spontaneous anthem of the Solidarity movement in the 1980’s. “Pan Janek’s” sayings, choruses and “mental shortcuts” are remembered by millions of his fans. He introduced a new narrative style to cabaret, a style that later found many followers. He was called the “godfather” of cabaret. He was the patron of many talented people, whom he helped along the road to success and popularity. He also made powerful enemies who did not make his life easy. It is a fact, that a real satirist has to pay a high price for the courage to joke about inflated egos.

He is the Founder of the “Patriotic Society”, in which initially “Reduta Dobrego Imenia” found a formal organization framework. For this we thank you!

Tadeusz M. Płużański

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A journalist – historical and political commentator. He specializes in post-war Polish history. He has worked and cooperated with the World Association of Home Army Soldiers for many years. His articles appear in, among others “Gazeta Polska” and “Gazeta Polska Codziennie”, “W Sieci”, “Do Rzeczy”, “Nasza Polska”, “W Najwyższym Czasie!”, “Tygodnik Solidarność”, and the following portals www.wpolityce.pl, http:// rebelya.com

Head of the Opinions Department of the daily newspaper “Super Express”. Author of the book “Bestie” (Beasts) – in which he investigates and writes about unresolved communist crimes in Poland. In 2012 this book received the Józef Mackiewicz’s literary award. His subsequent books are: “Bestie 2” (Beasts 2) and “Oprawcy. Zbrodnie bez kary” (Executioners. Crimes without punishment).

He was the author of the appeal to ex-President Bronisław Komorowski for a dignified burial for the remains of the “Żołnierze Wyklęci” (the Banished/Cursed Soldiers), murdered by the Communists in the Rakowiecka prison in Warsaw, and whose remains were thrown into unmarked death pits, later known as “Kwatera Ł” in the Wojskowy Powązki Cemetery. From December 2012, the President of “Fundacja Łączka”.

He is the son of the philosopher, prof. Tadeusz Płużański, who was – during the German occupation of Poland (1939-1945), a member of the Tajna Armia Polska (Secret Polish Army) and AK (Home Army). After 1945 a Banished/Cursed Soldier, a close associate of Captain Witold Pilecki, and a prisoner of both German and Stalinist torture chambers.

Marcin Wolski

Writer, journalist and satirist. He writes a regular column for “Gazeta Polska” and “Tygodnik Solidarność”. Since January 2013 he writes a weekly column for “Do Rzeczy”. He is a member of the Polish Writers’ Association and the Free Word Association. Since April 2016, he is the head of the editorial team and one of the presenters of the week-day satirical program “W tyle wizji” (Behind the scenes) broadcast on TVP Info. In July 2016, he became the Director of Polish Television’s second channel (TVP2).