The competition for the post of Chairman of the Institute of National Remembrance was won yesterday by dr Karol Nawrocki, a graduate of the Institute of History of the Faculty of History of the University of Gdańsk, the former Director of the World War II Museum in Gdańsk.
There were 5 candidates for the post of the President of the Institute of National Remembrance: dr Adam Buława, dr Marek Chrzanowski, dr Karol Nawrocki, dr Jacek Wiatrowski and dr Paweł Zyzak.
The Board of the Institute of National Remembrance finally recommended dr Karol Nawrocki, who commented on the nomination as follows (source: trojmiasto.pl) - 'The endorsement of my candidature by the Board of the Institute of National Remembrance, which consists of eminent scientists, publicists and meritorious members of the anti-communist opposition in the People's Republic of Poland, is above all a great honour. I am glad that my and my team's four-year work in the Museum of the Second World War has been appreciated and that the experience gained will bear fruit in further service to Poland. However, the road to the position of the chairman of the Institute of National Remembrance is very long and complicated so one should move on it with proper calmness and prudence.'.
The candidacy of the new head of the Institute of National Remembrance must be approved by the Parliament and the Senate.
Read more on trojmiasto.pl: https://www.trojmiasto.pl/wiadomosci/Karol-Nawrocki-wygral-konkurs-na-prezesa-IPN-n155498.html
Website of dr Karol Nawrocki: http://www.karolnawrocki.pl/
The Institute of National Remembrance - Commission for the Prosecution of Crimes against the Polish Nation was established on 19 January 1999 under the Act of 18 December 1998.
Within the Institute operate:
- Main Commission for the Prosecution of Crimes against the Polish Nation,
- Lustration Bureau,
- IPN Archives,
- Bureau for Commemoration of Struggle and Martyrdom,
- Bureau of Tracking and Identification,
- Bureau of National Education,
- Bureau of Historical Research.
The Institute's tasks include the collection and management of documents of the state security organs produced between 22 July 1944 and 31 July 1990, as well as the investigation of Nazi and communist crimes, including crimes committed against people of Polish nationality or Polish citizens of other nationalities committed between 8 November 1917 and 31 July 1990. The IPN's statutory task is also to search for the resting places of those who died fighting for the independence and unification of the Polish State, those who died fighting against totalitarian systems or as a result of totalitarian repressions and ethnic cleansing in the period from 8 November 1917 to 31 July 1990. In addition, IPN is tasked with carrying out activities related to the commemoration of historical events, places and figures in the history of struggles and martyrdom of the Polish nation at home and abroad, as well as places of struggle and martyrdom of other nations on the territory of the Republic of Poland in the period from 8 November 1917 to 31 July 1990. The Act on IPN provides for making documents collected in the archives of the special services of the People's Republic of Poland available to persons about whom the state security organs collected information based on purposefully collected data, including in a secret manner.