Today’s laureate is a truly extraordinary man, not only by virtue of his multiple interests and everything he has achieved, mainly with his pen, but also as a democratic opposition activist of the 1970s, in addition to other fields of expertise Deputy Prime Minister Jarosław Kaczyński stressed during the award presentation.
An award for pre-eminent Polish creators
An important part of the ‘Poland – A Grand Project’ Conference is the President Lech Kaczyński Award ceremony, received by a distinguished Polish creator whose works and output have made a contribution towards a better understanding of our country’s history and tradition while serving as an important inspiration for the future.
The person to receive the award is selected by an award jury composed of contributors to Polish public life. Last year’s laureate was the historian Professor Andrzej Nowak.
This year’s awardee was the writer, journalist and opposition activist Bronisław Wildstein. The award was presented by Deputy Prime Minister Jarosław Kaczyński.
‘Bronisław Wildstein has written numerous outstanding novels. He is an excellent esseist, publicist and a man who goes against the crowd. This is to say that at any given point of his active life, he has stayed outside the mainstream. That is not an easy stance. Everyone who has done so knows that it is a stance that often yields consequences which are difficult to accept,’ Deputy Prime Minister Kaczyński summed up.
Bronisław Wildstein – President Lech Kaczyński Award Laureate
‘Bronisław Wildstein is an excellent choice. I consider him an amazing figure. He is an outstanding person and an outstanding Polish citizen who, in the communist times, fought to effectively and bravely highlight the importance of independence, freedom and sovereignty for the existence of any nation,’ said Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.
Bronisław Wildstein was born in 1952 in Olsztyn. He is a publicist, writer and journalist.
Between 1971 and 1980, he majored in Polish studies at Jagiellonian University. During his studies, he became involved in opposition activism; he was one of the founders of the Student Committee of Solidarity in Krakow and the Independent Students' Association in Kraków.
During the time of martial law, he stayed beyond the Western border. He co-created underground press papers. Currently, he works as a radio and TV host.
Bronisław Wildstein is a laureate of numerous literary awards. In 2018, he received the Annual Award of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage. In 2006, he was awarded the Commander's Cross of Polonia Restituta by President of Poland Lech Kaczyński. In 2016, President Andrzej Duda presented him with the Order of the White Eagle.