It is hard to imagine strong nation without memory: Poland’s PM

"Without memory, it is hard to imagine a strong nation, a nation confident in its future, a proud nation that looks boldly into the future, which is why all initiatives aimed at rebuilding memory are extremely valuable," Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said at the annual gala of the “Guardian of Memory” award ceremony organised by “DoRzeczy” weekly at the Royal Castle in Warsaw.

"Memory is indeed essential for the functioning of nations, it is more important than even the most beautiful exhibits in museums," he added.

The initiative, co-organised by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and the National Culture Centre, rewards people and institutions that preserve or restore the memory of important events from Polish history.

The awards were presented in three categories. Wojciech Tomczyk, a writer, was awarded in the “Creator” category. This distinction is given to a person who contributes to the renewal of the memory of Poland.

The Association for Commemoration of the Victims of the Volhynia Massacre received the prize in the “Institution” category, given to museums, associations, foundations, newly appointed organisations or those that have taken new initiatives in the past year to preserve and consolidate Polish history.

LOT Polish Airlines carrier won the “Patron” category, dedicated to a public or commercial entity that materially supports the protection of Polish historical memory is awarded.

Those participating in the ceremony alongside PM Morawiecki were the Deputy PM and the Minister of Culture and National Heritage Piotr Gliński and Archbishop Marek Jędraszewski.

The 7th “Guardian of Memory” gala was held under the auspices of the President, Andrzej Duda.