Janusz Dorosiewicz Honorary Citizen of Warsaw

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Janusz Dorosiewicz

Honorary Citizen of Warsaw since 6th July 2023

Architect, film producer, social activist. From 1992 to 1998 he was a director of the Central Military Sports Club Legia (CWKS). In 1966 he moved to Canada and then to the United States. He returned to Poland after the political changes, in 1991. In the 1990s, he was the director of the Polish Tennis Association.

Mr Janusz Dorosiewicz's activities are perfectly in line with one of the most important tasks of local government, which is to support and encourage the creation and development of civil society. Warsaw's local government has an exceptional track record in this area. Three privately funded monuments erected in the centre of the City are examples of the effects of cooperation between the Warsaw authorities and its citizens. They share a common message: freedom, democracy, solidarity. These projects were carried out by two foundations established by Mr Janusz Dorosiewicz - the Ronald Reagan Foundation and the Kazimierz Deyna Foundation:
- Ronald Reagan Monument in Ujazdowskie Avenue, opposite the US Embassy, to mark the 100th anniversary of the President's birth,
- Solidarity Monument in Kopernika Street, with the original Berlin Wall blended into the monument. Its ceremonial unveiling took place on 4 June 2021. - on Warsaw Day and the 32nd anniversary of the 1989 elections,
- the Kazimierz Deyna Monument at Łazienkowska Street, which was co-financed by Warsaw Legia fans. 

Mr Janusz Dorosiewicz also brought to Poland the ashes of Kazimierz Deyna, who died tragically in a car accident in the USA. The Kazimierz Deyna Foundation, which commemorates the legendary footballer, has been cooperating with the city's sports institution "Aktywna Warszawa" for years, and the result of this cooperation are jointly organised football tournaments for young people. The foundation also supports the Polish sports club "Pogoń", which is based in Lviv. 

During the City's long-standing cooperation with the Ronald Reagan Foundation it was possible to implement many interesting initiatives relating to important events in Polish history. Its founder and president, Mr Janusz Dorosiewicz, among others, was the initiator of a programme disseminating knowledge on the role of President Woodrow Wilson and the United States in the road to Poland's independence and the history of the friendship between the two nations, as well as the common relations built from President Wilson to the time of President Ronald Reagan and the date of 4 June 1989. He was also an initiator to name one of the sections of Warsaw boulevard by the Vistula with the name of American general George S. Patton, who at a press conference on 8 May 1945, the day the war in Europe ended, shocked his audience with the words "we will need the continued help of the Almighty if we are to live in one world with Stalin and his murderous thugs (...). We have defeated one enemy of humanity but strengthened another, much worse." Patton's statement - a fierce enemy of communism and Russia's imperial ambitions - in the face of the military aggression in Ukraine, is now gaining dangerously topical relevance. 

The social initiatives initiated by Mr Janusz Dorosiewicz and the cooperation with the City in their implementation are confirmation that the Warsaw local government supports activities that serve to develop and strengthen democracy, individual freedoms and liberties, as well as to strengthen the foundations of the rule of law and to stimulate citizens' activity in the public sphere.

(photo by Fryderyk M. Nowak for the Office of the Capital City of Warsaw)

Title awarded by resolution of the Council of the Capital City of Warsaw No. LXXXIV/2726/2023