Cross of Merit (Poland)

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Cross of Merit
Krzyż Zasługi
Złoty Krzyż Zasługi Rzeczpospolitej Polskiej.svg
Current version of Gold Cross of Merit
Awarded by the President of Poland
Country  Poland
Type Medal awarded in three grades: Golden, Silver, and Bronze
Awarded for Exemplary public service or humanitarian work that goes above and beyond the call of duty
Status Currently awarded
Clasps denotes subsequent award
Established June 23, 1923
First awarded November 11, 1923
Next (higher) Cross of Merit with Swords
Next (lower) Military Cross of Merit with Swords,
Air Force Cross of Merit with Swords,
Navy Cross of Merit with Swords

The Cross of Merit (Polish: Krzyż Zasługi) is a Polish civil state decoration established on June 23, 1923, to recognize services to the state.

The Order has three grades:

1. Gold Cross of Merit POL Złoty Krzyż Zasługi BAR.svg
2. Silver Cross of Merit POL Srebrny Krzyż Zasługi BAR.svg
3. Bronze Cross of Merit POL Brązowy Krzyż Zasługi BAR.svg

At the time of its establishment in 1923, the Cross of Merit was the highest civilian award in Poland. It was awarded to citizens who went beyond the call of duty in their work for the country and society as a whole. May be awarded twice in each grade to the same person.

Gold Cross of Merit issued by the Peoples' Republic
Silver Cross of Merit issued by the Peoples' Republic


  • Moses Schorr (Gold Cross of Merit), Rabbi, Polish Historian, Politician, Bible Scholar, assyriologist and orientalist.
  • Francis K. Czyzewski; b. 1904 - d. 1976; (SIlver Cross of Merit, July 4, 1939), writer, astronomer, meteorologist, photographer, playwright, WSBT Polish Hour radio program host, life member of the solar division of the American Variable Star Observers at Harvard College Observatory (1951); former president, Polish-American Central Civic Committee; staff writer, South Bend Tribune; South Bend, Indiana
  • Adela Dankowska (Silver Cross of Merit, 1970), Polish glider pilot
  • Marguerite Ettienette Andrée Mouton (née - Guillemin; b.1889 - d. 1976; Bronze Cross of Merit - 1950's) Educator; Soissons, France
  • Witold Pilecki (1938, Silver Cross of Merit) Soldier
  • Maria Boniecka (1937, Silver Cross of Merit), work with illiterate adults
  • Michal Korwin-Szymanowski, also known as Michel Korwin (Gold Cross of Merit 2015), Montréal, Canada.
  • Bronisława Rychter-Janowska (Gold Cross of Merit 1939), Cracovian artist.[1]
  • Henri Strzelecki (Gold Cross of Merit 1990), co-founder of Henri Lloyd.[2]
  • Jerzy Łucki (Gold Cross of Merit, August 1995) - Toronto, Canada
  • Henryk Staniewski (Silver Cross of Merit 198-, Gold Cross of Merit 1998) Director of the Department of Computer Networks and Communications in Lublin, Poland
  • Izabella Zielińska (Gold Cross of Merit 2011), Polish pianist
  • Michał Kwiatkowski (Gold Cross of Merit 2014), Polish road cyclist
  • Jerzy Zralski (Gold Cross of Merit 2000), II WW veteran and writer [3]
  • Bogdan Labecki (Gold Cross of Merit 2013).[3]
  • Tomasz Miśkiewicz - for work with the immigrant and native Islamic Youth in 2006
  • Michal Kuleczka (Gold Cross of Merit 2013).[4]
  • Bogdan Labecki (Gold Cross of Merit 2013).[3]
  • John Dodunski (Cross of Merit 2013) - New Zealand - March 2013
  • Margaret Scannell née Dodunski (Cross of Merit 2013) - New Zealand - March 2013
  • Robert Dodunski (Cross of Merit 2013) - New Zealand - March 2013
  • Tomasz Trembowski (Bronze Cross of Merit 2013) - Canada - May 2013 [5]
  • Elwira Grossman (Gold Cross of Merit 2013) - Scotland - August 2013
  • Rudolf Gundlach (Silver Cross of Merit) - Gundlach tank periscope inventor
  • Agnieszka Radwańska (Gold Cross of Merit) - Tennis Player [6]
  • Katarzyna Maria Dziewanowska- (Gold Cross of Merit) Scientific Research - University of Idaho September 26, 2013
  • Marcin Pawel Grzadka (Silver Cross of Merit) - Harcmistrz, Co-Founder of YPCPA.[7] & Chairman of Quo Vadis Leadership Conference.[8] - Canada - November 2013
  • Natalia Kusendova (Silver Cross of Merit)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ iPSB (2014). "Bronisława Rychter-Janowska (1868 - 1953, malarka)". Internetowy Polski Słownik Biograficzny. Narodowy Instytut Audiowizualny. Retrieved 7 February 2015. 
  2. ^ Edwards, Anna (2012-12-28). "'Visionary pioneer' behind Henri Lloyd brand and who was first to use Velcro in clothing dies aged 87". Daily Mail. Retrieved 2013-01-13. 
  3. ^ a b c "Government House (Award to Canadians)". Canada Gazette. Vol. 134, No. 43 — October 21, 2000. from: www.
  4. ^ "Government House (Award to Canadians)". Canada Gazette. Vol. 147, No. 8 — February 23, 2013. Retrieved March 6th, 2013 from:
  5. ^ "Government House (Award to Canadians)". Canada Gazette. Vol. 147, No. 4 — January 26, 2013. Retrieved May 3rd, 2013 from:
  6. ^,83535,14244838.html?i=3
  7. ^ Grzadka, Marcin (2013-11-12). "Co-founder of, first President, and Chairman of the Young Polish Canadian Professionals Association". YPCPA. Retrieved 2013-11-12. 
  8. ^ Grzadka, Marcin (2013-11-12). "Chairman of Quo Vadis 3 - International leadership conference, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada - May 2011. Advisor to 2012 conference in Calgary, Canada & Chicago, USA.". QVC. Retrieved 2013-11-12. 
  9. ^ "Polish Embassy London (Awarded for Polish-Jewish dialogue)". Retrieved July 15th, 2014 from:
  10. ^ a b "Awards at the Consulate General of Poland in New York". Retrieved September 24th, 2014 from:,1369,odznaczenia-w-konsulacie-generalnym-rp-w-nowym-jorku.html
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