Karol Nawrocki, PhD, historian, social activist and human resources specialist. Graduate of the Faculty of History, University of Gdańsk. Author and editor of seven books and several dozen scholarly and journalistic articles in the field of Poland’s recent history. Initiator and consultant of many commemorative, educational and exhibition projects, including “A Million overseas”, “Be Merciless, Be Brutal...” and “Lost heritage”. Initiator of the international World Battlefield Museums Forum. Alumnus of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) of the US Department of State. Member of the Council of Public Diplomacy in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Representative of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage for organising celebrations of the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II.
In the years 2007-2008, a participant of the program “INDEX - In memory of Poles murdered or prosecuted by the Nazis due to their assistance to Jews”; since January 2009, an employee of the Institute of National Remembrance; 2014-2017, Chief of the Branch Office for Public Education of INR Gdańsk, coordinator of research and educational work on the premises of the Gdańsk branch of INR.
Chair of the Coalition in Favour of the Memory of Rogue Soldiers in Gdańsk. Moreover, in 2013 he was one of the main initiators and co-organisers of the creation of Cursed Soldiers’ Avenue in Gdańsk. In 2015, he led to the naming of one of the main streets in the area of the former Gdańsk Shipyard after the blessed priest Jerzy Popiełuszko and was a member of the Committee for the Erection of the statue of Danuta Siedzikówna “Inka”, which was unveiled in Gdańsk on 30 August of that same year. He is an expert of a historical program on TVP Gdańsk entitled “In the Light of Truth”.
Awarded numerous decorations of veteran and patriotic circles. In 2015, he was awarded the medal “Meritorious for the City of Elbląg” and the honorary badge of the Federation of Fighting Youth. For his patriotic attitude and propagation of the memory of the Cursed Soldiers, he was awarded the Ring of “Inka” by the Metropolitan Archbishop of Gdańsk (February 2016). In August 2016, he was awarded the “Overcome Evil with Good” medal; in December 2016 with the “Remember Your Sons, Poland” medal of the Katyn Family Association. Personality of the year 2016 in Pomerania in the category of charitable and social activities.
On 30 January 2017, he was awarded the Bronze Cross of Merit for his service in documenting and commemorating the truth about the recent history of Poland.