BohaterON Awards presented at grand gala

The awards went to individuals, companies, journalists and institutions who helped popularise Poland’s 20th century history through educational initiatives implemented in 2018.

Zofia Pilecka-Optułowicz and Andrzej Pilecki received a special award for the pursuit of truth and perseverance in the memory of Captain Witold Pilecki.

The Golden BohaterON award in the "Journalist" category was collected by Tadeusz Płużański - journalist, historian, publicist, and president of the Łączka Foundation, which looks after the Łączka Quarter in Powązki Military Cemetery in Warsaw. Tadeusz Płużański specialises in the post-war history of Poland and touches on this subject in his articles and programs on Polish Radio and Polish Television.

In the “Teacher” category the statuette went to Przemysław Szota who initiated a project in which 1,500 medals were awarded to living heroes of the Warsaw Rising.

Dariusz “Maleo” Malejonek was awarded in the “Public Figure” category. The rock musician in 2018 released an album titled “Righteous Maidens Among the Nations” telling the stories of Polish women who were helping Jews during World War II.

In the “Enthusiast" category the statuette was awarded to a British filmmaker settled in Poland, Patrick Ney, who helped popularise Polish history in english language.

In the 'Institution' category, the award was given to the Pilecki Institute for its overall activity in 2018, and in particular for the dissemination of individual testimonies of witnesses to crimes in occupied Poland during World War II.

In the "Non-Profit Organisation" category, the main prize was awarded to the Willa Jasny Dom Foundation for commemorating the dark past of Willa Jasny Dom, a building which was used by the communists as a detention centre, as well as the implementation of the educational project Sessions in Jasna.

Polish Oil Mining and Gas Extraction Company (PGNiG) was awarded the Golden BohaterON in the "Company" category. It was honoured for the 'Gratitude Account' project implemented in 2018 and support for activities commemorating the 100th anniversary of Poland regaining independence.

During the ceremony, the Warsaw insurgents received parcels with cards and letters sent to them by Poles from home and abroad as part of the 4th BohaterON campaign - turn history on!

The BohaterON is a nationwide campaign to commemorate and honour the participants of the Warsaw Uprising and to promote the history of Poland in the 20th century. It has been implemented since 2016 by two organisations based in Wrocław, Poland: the Rosa Foundation and the Sensoria Foundation, whose activities are guided by the slogan: Memory - Education - Help.

The gala of the Warsaw Insurgents BohaterON 2019 Awards was organised at the National Theatre in Warsaw.