On Sunday evening, the Warsaw Uprising Museum will host the Courier’s Medal from Warsaw gala. The broadcast will be available on TVN24. The medal is awarded in recognition of outstanding contributions to strengthening Poland’s ties with the West, maintaining good Euro-Atlantic relations, as well as disseminating ideas and attitudes close to those of the Warsaw insurgents. Museum director Jan Ołdakowski talked about the gala on TVN24.
As Ołdakowski recalled, there are two institutions in Poland: the Ossolineum in Wrocław and the Warsaw Uprising Museum, which have the mission of commemorating Jan Nowak-Jeziorański.
– The Courier Medal from Warsaw commemorates Nowak for his mission. That he was always the courier between the free world and those who needed it. He was able to do exceptional things, but after his first mission, with which he came here to Warsaw to say that the West would not help Poland during the Warsaw Uprising, he understood that we cannot fight for freedom on our own – explained Ołdakowski. He added that all Nowak’s subsequent missions “were missions in which he fought to get help, so that Poland would not be alone and that we would be part of the Western community.”
“He’s the perfect hero”
Who selects the award winner and what are the criteria? – The medal is awarded by a jury which, which we were very pleased with, agreed to include last year’s winner, Daniel Fried, a long-time employee of the Department of State. The man who worked with Jan Nowak-Jeziorański to introduce Poland to NATO. This chapter, which also includes: former ambassadors to the United States, such as Koźmiński (Jerzy – ed.), the current head of Ossolineum (Łukasz Kamiński – ed.) and the former head of Ossolineum Adolf Juzwenko. These are people who appreciate Nowak’s mission and remember it. And what we all have in common is that we believe that Nowak is an ideal hero, an ideal example for today’s times – said Ołdakowski.
According to the director of MPW, the war taking place in Ukraine has shown that such missions “are still needed in the world.” – This was Nowak’s mission, so that the countries of Central and Eastern Europe could be free and self-determined. They could have been part of the European community and had support from the United States, he said.
Last year’s winner, Daniel Fried, will congratulate the person who receives the medal on Sunday evening.
The Kurier z Warszawy medal presentation gala will be broadcast on TVN24 at 8 p.m.
Jan Nowak-Jeziorański, real name: Zdzisław Jeziorański (1914-2005) – politician, social activist; director of the Polish Broadcasting Station of Radio Free Europe, officer of the Polish Army and Home Army, Warsaw Insurgent, legendary courier and emissary of the Home Army Headquarters and the government of the Republic of Poland, knight of the Order of the White Eagle.
When Poland regained freedom in 1989, Jan Nowak-Jeziorański devoted all his energy to ensuring its international security and anchoring it in the transatlantic community. He worked intensively for Poland’s membership in NATO, even though initially this project may have seemed unrealistic. Thanks to the determination of the courier from Warsaw, the goal was finally achieved in 1999, thus ending the insurgent’s efforts to ensure Poland’s place among the free, independent and safe Western countries.
The first winner of the Courier Medal from Warsaw (2023) was Daniel Fried – an outstanding specialist in Sovietology, Russian studies and issues related to Central and Eastern Europe. Fried played a key role in the admission of new members to NATO, including Poland, which contributed to the stabilization of this region of Europe and the exit from the gray security zone of countries that rejected the communist yoke. Thanks to his activities, it was possible to eliminate the Cold War divisions and strengthen the transatlantic community. While performing these tasks, he worked closely with the patron of the Medal, Jan Nowak-Jeziorański.
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