Karol Nawrocki, PhD, social activist, expert on managing human resources.
Graduate of the Faculty of History at the University of Gdańsk. Author and editor of seven books and several dozen scientific and journalistic articles devoted to the contemporary history of Poland. Initiator, consultant and co-author of many commemorating, educational and exhibitory projects, including exhibitions: “Walka i Cierpienie. Polacy w czasie II wojny światowej” (“Struggle and Suffering. Polish Citizens during the Second World War”), “Milion zza Oceanu” (“Million Overseas”), “Westerplatte w 7 odsłonach” (“Westerplatte in Seven Acts”), “Bądźcie bezlitośni, bądźcie brutalni...” (“Be Merciless, Be Brutal...”) and “Dziedzictwo utracone” (“Heritage Lost”). Initiator of the World Battlefield Museums Forum. Alumnus of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) by the U.S. Department of State. Member of the Public Diplomacy Council at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland. Plenipotentiary of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage for the organisation of the commemorations of the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of WW2, during which a few hundred of events were held in Poland and worldwide, engaging audiences of 33 million in total. In 2019, in cooperation with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, he initiated and coordinated an international network of exhibitions entitled: “Fighting and Suffering. Poles during WWII”. The project provided an opportunity to tell the story of the Polish experience of WW2 in 145 locations around the world.
Between 2007 and 2008, member of the programme INDEX of Poles Murdered and Persecuted for Helping Jews; from January 2009, employee of the Institute of National Remembrance (IPN); between 2014 and 2017, the Head of the Public Education Office of the Institute of National Remembrance in Gdańsk, coordinating scientific and educational works at the Gdańsk IPN department. Leader of Koalicja na Rzecz Pamięci Żołnierzy Wyklętych (Coalition for the Memory of Doomed Soldiers) in Gdańsk. Furthermore in 2013, he was one of the main initiators and co-organisers of the establishment of the avenue of Doomed Soldiers in Gdańsk. In 2015, his efforts resulted in naming one of the main streets in the grounds of the former Gdańsk Shipyard after blessed priest Jerzy Popiełuszko. He was a member of the committee for the erection of a monument of Danuta Siedzikówna “Inka”, which was unveiled in Gdańsk on 30 August 2015. Expert of TVP Gdańsk historical programmes: “W świetle prawdy” (“In the Light of the Truth”) and “Wojna i Pamięć” (“War and Memory”).
Honoured with numerous medals of veteran and patriotic associations. In 2015, awarded with the “Meritorious for the City of Elbląg” medal and an honorary badge of the Federation of Fighting Youth. He received the “Inka” Ring of the Gdańsk Metropolitan Archbishop for his patriotic attitude and promotion of the memory of the Accursed Soldiers (February 2016). In August 2016, he was honoured with the “Zło dobrem zwyciężaj” (“Fight Evil with Good”) medal, and with the “Pamiętaj Polsko o Tych Synach Swoich” (“Remember Poland about These Sons of Yours”) medal from the Katyn Family Association. In 2018, he was honoured with the medals “For Merits for Poles in Kazakhstan”; “For Merits for the Home Army” (by the World Association of Home Army Soldiers) and the “Pro Patria” medal for “exceptional merits in nurturing the memory of the struggle for the independence of the Republic of Poland”. In 2019, he was awarded with a silver statuette of Warsaw Insurgent BohaterON in the “Public Figure” category as well as the 100th Anniversary of Independence Medal. Personality of the year 2016 in Pomerania in the “Charity and Social Work” category; personality of the year 2017 in Pomerania in the “Culture” category. On 30 January 2017, he was honoured with Bronze Cross of Merit for his merits in documenting and commemorating the truth about the contemporary history of Poland.