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Marek Szymaniak Ph.D.

Scientific and Education Department - Department Manager
Scientific and Education Department


1995-2000: Master's degree in history at the School of Pedagogy in Bydgoszcz;
2000-2004: Doctoral studies in history at the Bydgoszcz Academy;
2005: Doctor of humanities in history, earning a doctorate (with distinction) at the University of Kazimierz the Great in Bydgoszcz.

Professional experience:

2004-2006: history teacher and tutor at Junior High School No. 24 in Bydgoszcz;

2006-2017: employee of the Institute of National Remembrance Branch in Gdańsk - Delegation in Bydgoszcz (Public Education Office, National Education Office and Office of Commemoration of Combat and Martyrdom), simultaneously, in years 2008-2009 and 2010-2016 coordinator of the works of the Institute of National Remembrance scientific and educational team in Bydgoszcz (Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship);

from 2016, classes at the University of Kazimierz the Great in Bydgoszcz;

from 1 July 2017 head of the Scientific Department of the Museum of the Second World War in Gdańsk.

Author, co-author and editor of books and scientific articles and reviews in the field of the recent history of Poland (and the history of medieval Poland).

Author and co-author of about 10 exhibitions (enquiry, scientific study and scripts), including exhibitions of the German occupation and crimes in Kuyavia and South Pomerania (along with a catalogue).

Author and adviser of the content of over a dozen memorials devoted to the heroes and events from the recent history of Poland (including commemorative plaques dedicated to representatives of the District Government Delegation of the Republic of Poland in Pomerania, unveiled on the  building of the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship Office in Bydgoszcz on 27 September 2016 and commemorating the "Polish operation" of the NKVD from 1937-1938 at the parish church of The Resurrection of our Lord in Bydgoszcz).

He has prepared historical opinions prepared at the request of the Commission for the Prosecution of Crimes against the Polish Nation of the Institute of National Remembrance.

He was the initiator and coordinator of the activity of the Bydgoszcz Historical Club of Gen. Stefan Rowecki "Grot" in Bydgoszcz (in the years 2012-2017 there were about 50 meetings of the Club) and was a member of the Club's Programme Board. Since 2016 he also served as the coordinator of the activity of the Historical Club of Gen. Stefan Rowecki "Grot" of the Chojnice region.

He has been the author of screenplays for historical documentary films broadcasted by TVP Bydgoszcz (series "From Oblivion") and the TVP Info (series "Forbidden Stories").

In 2014, he participated in a two-week Holocaust Seminar for Educators in Yad Vashem in Jerusalem.

In 2015, he was a member of the Organizing Committee of the Commemoration of the Year of Marian Rejewski appointed by the Mayor of Bydgoszcz, in the same year appointed by the Director of the Institute of National Remembrance Branch in Gdańsk to the Chapter of the Honorary "Witness of History" Award.

From 2016, he was the Vice-Chairman of the Social Committee for the Construction of the Monument to the "Cursed Soldiers" in Bydgoszcz and a member of the consultative team of the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivode as part of the implementation of the Independent 2018 programme.

In the last ten years, he has participated in conferences and scientific projects, a number of educational and popularizing endeavours, co-organized occasional patriotic celebrations associated with the commemoration of national holidays and commemorating local and national historical events (together with territorial municipal units and territorial government administration).

Research interests:

His research interests have concentrated on the 20th century. They focus on the issue of totalitarian forms of enslaving and repressing Polish society (especially the cadre and apparatus of terror) and issues related to resistance (anti-German and anti-communist) movements.

Awards, distinctions and decorations:

2008: The prize of the President of the Institute of National Remembrance Janusz Kurtyka "for exemplary performance of official duties".

2015: Medal of the World Alliance of Soldiers of the Home Army, Bydgoszcz District "for many years of cooperation with the local veterans community".

2017: Distinction with a special diploma of the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivode "in recognition of exceptional contribution to shaping the policy of remembrance and productive cooperation in the promotion of knowledge about the recent history of Poland."

November 11, 2016, decorated with the Bronze Cross of Merit awarded by the President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda "for merit in documenting and commemorating the truth about the recent history of Poland."

Selected publications:

1. Occupation and German crimes in Kuyavia and South Pomerania. A catalogue of the exhibition (together with Kamila Churska), Bydgoszcz 2009.
2. Above all, the Motherland ... Wacław Polewczyński "Połomski" (1898-1948), Bydgoszcz - Gdańsk 2015.
3. Units fighting against the "banditry" of the WUBP in Bydgoszcz (1945-1954). Structures - cadres - methods of fighting the armed independence underground [in:] Units fighting against the independence underground RBP/MBP 1944-1954, ed. T. Ruzikowski, Warsaw 2016, pp. 169-256.
4. The "Freedom and Independence" association on the coast [in the editorial office, a print in the prepared post-conference volume, West Area of the WiN Association, ed. T. Łabuszewski].

5. Major Józef Gruss "Stanisław" (1897-1969). Head of the intelligence in the Pomeranian District of ZWZ-AK. A draft for a biography [in:] [in editorial office, a print in the prepared post-conference volume. Post-conference materials of the 1st Congress of Historians of the Independence Conspiracy: 25 years of independent scientific research on the independence conspiracy 1939-1945. People, institutions, events, ed. J. Marszalec, K. Minczykowska-Targowska].
6. Currently working on a full scientific biography of Major J. Gruss: "Faithful only to Poland ...". Major Józef Gruss "Stanisław" (1897-1969).

Marek Szymaniak Ph.D.