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The main target of the Janusz Kurtyka Foundation is to disseminate information on Polish history and historiography in Poland and abroad. Another of the Foundation’s aims is to commemorate the scholarship and activities of Professor Janusz Kurtyka. 

Our activities

1. The Competition for the Janusz Kurtyka Award.

The Foundation organizes an annual scholarly Competition for the Janusz Kurtyka Award. The winner of the Award has their book translated and published abroad.

2. The Janusz Kurtyka Library in Warsaw.

 The Foundation runs one of the very few private libraries in Poland accessible to the public. Our Library has been created thanks to Professor Janusz Kurtyka’s private collection made available by the donors, the Professor’s Family, to the public at large. Its aims are to spread knowledge and promote the study of Polish history. It comprises rare publications on the Middle Ages and the history of the 20th century.

3. Talks, discussions, and conferences. 

The Foundation organizes academic, educational, popularizing and cultural projects and events, e.g. academic conferences, meetings, lectures, discussions, seminars, and workshops. Most of them are held in our Library’s reading room, which makes the Foundation a regular contributor to the academic and cultural life of Warsaw.

4. The Indomitable Soldiers’ Rallies and other projects.

The Foundation also organizes the Indomitable Soldiers’ Rallies, a series of tours to disseminate information on the Indomitable Soldiers and their mass anti-Communist movement against the Soviets. These rallies offer the opportunity to see the places and learn about the people involved in the historical events connected with the history of the Indomitable Soldiers.

Our goals abroad 

Promotion of knowledge of the history of Poland
Promotion of Poland abroad and upholding its good reputation
Action for better international relations

Our goals in Poland

Supporting the development of a civil society in Poland through a volunteer program
Disseminating knowledge on Poland and Polish society through education and scholarship
Protecting tangible and intangible assets of culture and national heritage
Promoting patriotic attitudes

Our plans 

Helping to integrate the Polish American community
Spreading awareness in the USA and in Poland of the dangers and consequences of totalitarianisms and imperialisms
Underlining the meaning of freedom for society and public affairs and the dangers connected with totalitarian movements like Fascism, Nazism and Communism   

 

Patron

Professor Janusz Kurtyka The Foundation’s Patron Janusz Kurtyka was born on August 13, 1960 in Kraków, Poland. He was a historian specializing in the Middle Ages and contemporary history. His interest in medieval studies was primarily concerned with genealogy, social elites, power structures and border regions.

In contemporary history, his work focused especially on the problems facing the anti-Communist opposition movement. In the 1980s he became involved in anti-Communist activities in Poland, particularly in the activities of the independent students’ union known as the NZS (Niezależne Zrzeszenie Studentów). Professor Kurtyka delivered lectures for the Underground Jagiellonian University, the Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński Christian Workers’ University at Mistrzejowice, the State Higher Vocational School (State Higher School of Eastern Europe) at Przemyśl, and the Ignatianum Jesuit University of Philosophy and Education, Kraków. He was an associate of the Institute of History of the Polish Academy of Sciences and the Kraków branch of the Institute of National Remembrance. In 2005-2010 he was President of the Institute of National Remembrance and served in this offi ce until his death.

Professor Kurtyka helped to launch research on the history of the anti-Communist resistance movement in Poland after the Second World War. He was committed to the campaign to establish March 1 (the anniversary of the murder of activists of the Fourth Central Board of the Freedom and Independence in 1951) as the National Day of Remembrance for the Indomitable Soldiers. He cooperated with President Lech Kaczyński in drafting the bill for the establishment of this national day of remembrance. The choice of the date was his original idea, and he was one of the pioneers of the campaign in 2009. These endeavors were successful, and the Parliament of the Republic of Poland passed the bill in 2011. Professor Kurtyka also initiated the work of the Investigative Division of the Institute for the accountability of the Communist perpetrators for their crimes. He advocated the de-communization process of public space (streets, squares, monuments), and bringing to light the names of public fi gures who had cooperated with the Communist secret police and denounced other people.

He received several national decorations: the Commander’s Cross and Star of the Order of Polonia Restituta (2009), the Grand Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta (2010, posthumously), the Custodian of National Memory Award (2010, posthumously), the Cross of Freedom and Solidarity (2015, posthumously) and the Ukrainian Order of Merit (2007). He died on April 10, 2010 in the Smolensk plane crash in Russia, in which the Polish government aircraft carrying the Polish delegation to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Katyn Massacre crashed, killing all on board. The incident occurred right next to the site of the Massacre, the destination to which the passengers were fl ying to pay tribute to the victims of Katyn.

Contact

Register address                     Mailing address

ul. Wysłouchów 4/20           Ul. Rakowiecka 37
30-611 Kraków                      02-521 Warszawa

contacnt(office): +48 516 478 224

contact (media): +48 694 320 294

e-mail contacts:

President of the Board: prezes@fundacjakurtyki.pl

Vice-president for resarch: nauka@fundacjakurtyki.pl

Promotion Manager: media@fundacjakurtyki.pl

Bank account number:
SWIFT BPKOPLPW 46 1020 3378 0000 1702 0303 3305

 

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