prof. Wiesław Wysocki
Honorary Citizen of Warsaw since 18th June 2020
Born in 1950 in Łowicz. Went to the Defenders of Hel 5th General Secondary School in Gdańsk. Graduated in history from the Catholic University of Lublin, specialising in the History of the Church, and Polish Philology at the University of Łódź. Completed his doctoral studies in 1981 at the Academy of Catholic Theology (today Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University) and also obtained a postdoctoral degree. Became Professor in 2003. The scope of this academic inquiry includes the history of priesthood, history of the military, biography and regionalisms.
Until the end of the 1970s connected with the opposition movement, including the Movement for Defence of Human and Civic Rights, Confederation of Independent Poland, Freedom and Solidarity Political Club, Service to Independence Clubs and the Association for Prisoner Care “Patronat.” He was active in Łowicz’s underground movement and headed the local Civil Committee of Solidarity. Published in underground publications.
For 10 years President of the Foundation to the Fallen and Murdered in the East, head of the Council of the Museum of Independence in Warsaw. President of the Council of the Cursed Soldiers Foundation and the History and National Remembrance Committee at the Executive Board of the World Association of Home Army Soldiers. Since 2011 he has co-organised the Remembrance Day of Cursed-Indomitable Soldiers. By decision of President Lech Kaczyński appointed to the Council for Veterans by the President of the Republic of Poland. Since 2014 the President of the Józef Piłsudski Institute in Warsaw.
Author of more than 70 books, numerous studies, and articles, scientific editor.
In 2009 he accepted the medal and title of Custodian of the Tradition, Fame and Glory of the Polish Army granted by the Minister of National Defence from former President Ryszard Kaczorowski. Decorated with the Officer's Cross and Knight’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta, Cross of Freedom and Solidarity, Golden and Silver Cross of Merit, the Cross of Honour of the Union of Polish Legionnaires and the Siberian Exiles Cross. Winner of the Jerzy Śląski Award and the Varsaviana Prize.