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Submitted by Marcin Bąk on Sun, 11/10/2019 - 08:11
Photo report from the “Guardian of Remembrance” Gala

On November 7, the 7th Guardian of Remembrance award ceremony, held since 2013 by DoRzeczy weekly, took place at the Royal Castle in Warsaw.  During the Gala, Custos Virtutum Guardian of Value International Prize established by the Wacław Felczak Polish-Hungarian Cooperation Institute was awarded for the first time. The first winner in history was Archbishop Marek Jędraszewski, Metropolitan of Kraków.

The Laudation was delivered by the Director of the Institute, Maciej Szymanowski, who stressed the commitment of Archbishop Jędraszewski to the protection of traditional values such as human dignity, permanence of the family and the union of families, or the nation. Involvement in the beatification process of God's servant János Esterházy, a man who provided great help to Polish refugees fleeing to Hungary during the Second World War and then held as a prisoner within Soviet camps was mentioned among the Laureate's merits.

Director Szymanowski recalled the words of the Institute's patron, Wacław Felczak:  “Either we, the peoples of Central Europe, shall learn to cooperate with each other, or it is only a matter of time before we are again passengers on a train whose direction of travel, and even the stops it stops at, are entirely beyond our control”.

Among those present were Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, Deputy Prime Minister Piotr Gliński, Secretary of State of the Presidential Chancellery Adam Kwiatkowski, Minister of Justice Zbigniew Ziobro and Deputy Speaker of the Sejm Ryszard Terlecki.

Instytut Współpracy Polsko-Węgierskiej imienia Wacława Felczaka