The Institute of National Remembrance (IPN) hereby announces the second edition of the international „Witness of History" award. This is an honorary distinction established in March 2009 by ordinance of the IPN's President and conferred by the Institute. 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 education and research. The laureates comprise a large group of combatants, teachers, social activists and local government officials. Since 2015, by decision of the President of the Institute, the award may also be granted to persons active abroad.
Nominations are welcomed for individuals and institutions active outside Poland and especially involved in cultivating Polish historical memory, committed to preserving, promoting, and enhancing the knowledge of the recent history of our country, and to uncovering forgotten facts and persons who have rendered great services to the Polish Nation. Since the activity of the IPN focuses solely on modern Polish history, namely the years between 1918 and 1989, the award acknowledges activities related to that historical period.
Posthumous decoration may also be requested.
Award proposal should include: information about the candidate, a description of the merits that may constitute ground for granting the distinction, and copies of any documents certifying the candidate's achievements that are available to the applicant. 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 July 2016 (as per postmark) to the following address:
Instytut Pamięci Narodowej
ul. Wołoska 7
(BEP „Świadek Historii”)