Polish Culture and Heritage Heroes, and Members of Foreign Service

The Polish Mission of the Orchard Lake Schools pays special respect to those who devoted their lives to preserving and promoting Polish culture abroad. Thank You.

Tomasz_Merta-149x181_kir_smallTomasz Merta

Under-secretary of State

Tomasz Merta (born in 1965, died in 2010) – historian of political thought, journalist, education expert.

M.A. in Polish philology (graduate of the Faculty of Polish Philology at Warsaw University), graduate of the post-graduate School of Social Sciences in the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences and [post-graduate studies (Ph.D.) at the Faculty of Applied Social Sciences of at Warsaw University.

In 2000-2001 advisor to the Minister of Culture and National Heritage, and in 2001-2002 president of the Institute of National Heritage. Co-author of the programme of Law and Justice in the field of culture. Thematic consultant in Centrum Edukacji Obywatelskiej (Centre for Citizenship Education), co-author of numerous curricula and handbooks for social sciences, history and entrepreneurship (e.g. Z demokracją na ty, Przewodnik młodego obywatela, KOSS, Z ekonomią na ty, A to historia!). Co-author of methodical guidebooks for teachers (e.g. Jak oceniać uczniów?, W stronę konstytucjonalizmu, Edukacja prawna i obywatelska, Comparative Lesson for Democracy).

In 1996-1998 assistant in the Institute of Applied Social Sciences at Warsaw University. Co-author and co-editor of publicist books: Pamięć i odpowiedzialność (2005) and W obronie zdrowego rozsądku (2000). In 1996-1999 member of the editorial staff of “Res Publica Nowa”, and in 1996-2000 Polish correspondent of “East European Constitutional Review”. In 2000-2002 chief editor of “Kwartalnik Konserwatywny”. Published also in “Znak”, “Życie”, “Rzeczpospolita”, “Gazeta Wyborcza”, “Przegląd Polityczny”, “Więź”, “Newsweek” and “Ozon”.

Killed in plane crash in Russia.

Maciej Płażyński

Chairman of the Association “Polish Community”.

Płażyński was born in Młynary. He began his political career in 1980 / 1981 as one of the leaders of the Students’ Solidarity; he was governor of the Gdańsk Voivodship from August 1990 to July 1996, and was elected to the Sejm (the lower house of the Polish parliament) in September 1997. From 1997 to 2001, he also held the office of marshal of the Sejm, after being elected without a single vote against him.

In January 2001, he founded the political party Platforma Obywatelska together with Donald Tusk and Andrzej Olechowski. He left Platforma Obywatelska due to personal reasons and at the time of his death was an independent MP. He was member of Kashubian-Pomeranian Association. He was later chosen as a chairman of the Association “Polish Community”.

Maciej Płażyński was married to Elżbieta Płażyńska and together they had three children: Jakub, Katarzyna, and Kacper.

He was posthumously awarded the Order of Polonia Restituta.

Killed in plane crash in Russia.

Final Farewell to the Members of Foreign Service

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Andrzej Kremer, Mariusz Handzlik, Stanisław Jerzy Komorowski, Mariusz Kazana