Piotr Cywiński

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Piotr M.A. Cywiński
Piotr M.A. Cywiński
Piotr M.A. Cywiński, PhD
Born (1972-04-16) 16 April 1972 (age 45)
Nationality Polish
Occupation historian, director of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, president of Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation
Awards Golden Cross of Merit (Poland), Knight's Cross of Polonia Restituta (Poland), Officer's Cross of Polonia Restituta (Poland), "Bene Merito" Honour (Poland), Golden Order for Achievements in the Penitentiary Work (Poland), Award for Human Rights' Protection (Poland), Silver Gloria Artis Award (Poland), Knight of Order of the Crown (Belgium), Knight of the Order of St. Charles (Monaco), Officer's Cross of the Order of the Phoenix (Greece), Knight's Cross Order of Academic Palms (France)

Piotr M. A. Cywiński (born 16 April 1972 in Warsaw) is a professional historian and Director of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, active participant and often initiator in the Polish-Jewish and Christian-Jewish dialogue, and an ecumenist devoted to reconciliation of the various denominations among the cultures of the borderlands.[1]


Born in 1972 he spent his early childhood in Warsaw. Between 1982 and 1993 Piotr Cywiński lived in Switzerland and France as a result of his father's, Bohdan Cywiński's, political exile.

Cywiński graduated from the University of Humanities in Strasbourg (1993) as historian of the Middle Ages, and the Catholic University of Lublin (1995). He obtained his PhD degree at the Institute of History of the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAS) in 2001.[1]

Professional career[edit]

In 1996–2000 Piotr Cywiński served as vice-president, and for following decade (2000 - 2010) the President of Club of Catholic Intelligentsia (KIK) in Warsaw. Since 2010 Board Member of KIK. In 2002 he co-founded the St. Adalbert's Forum, which he has been chairing until January 2010. He co-organized the Congresses of Gniezno in 2003, 2004 and 2005. In 2004 Cywiński was elected vice-president (and regional president for Europe) of the global federation of Catholic intellectuals Pax Romana ICMICA/MIIC for the mandate 2004-2008.[1]

In the years 2000 - 2006 he served as Secretary of International Council of Auschwitz Memorial Site. On 12 June 2006 Cywinski has received a nomination for director of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, which position he assumed on 1 September that year, replacing Jerzy Wróblewski, who was the Museum's director for many years. Co-creator of International Centre for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust and vice president of the Center's council. In 2009 co-created the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation and since then serves as president of the foundation.[1] Since 2009 member of the Museums' Council to the Minister of Culture (mandate IV and V), and in 2010 appointed for the 4-year-long mandate as member of the Council for the Protection of Struggle and Martyrdom Sites.[2] He also serves as vice-president of the Council of Museum of the Independence Traditions in Łódź, and as member of the first mandate of the Council, later - since 2012 - as member of the Board of Trustees of the Museum of World War II in Gdańsk. He is a member of the Council of Museum Gross-Rosen in Rogoźnica.

Council member of the Maximilian-Kolbe-Werk Foundation, founded by the catholic Bishops' Council of Germany. Since 2011 board member of the Association Maison d’Izieu, memorial site in France. In 2015 the board of the Memorial Association accepted him as member of the Moscow's Memorial Association.[3]

In 2000-2002 while working for the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, Cywiński has co-directed Festival "Europalia 2001 Poland", then created a portal about Jewish culture and history in Poland: "Diapozytyw.pl". 2001-2004 member of Consultative Council of NGOs at Polish Council for European Integration. For the years 2002-2014 served as member of the Polish Episcopate's Group for Dialogue with Greek-Catholic Church in Ukraine.[1]

In elections 2004, candidate for Member of European Parliament on behalf of Freedom Union. Between 2005 and 2007, Piotr Cywiński was vice-president of the association Wikimedia Poland, since May 2007 is a member of the Audit Committee of the association.[1]

In 2008, Cywiński served as ambassador of the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue.

Honors and awards[edit]

Piotr Cywinski was awarded the Gold Cross of Merit in 2006. On 15 April 2008 Lech Kaczyński, President of Poland, awarded Cywiński the Knight's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta and, on 20 January 2010, he received the Officer's Cross of the Polonia Restituta. In 2013 polish Minister of Foreign Affairs awarded him "Bene Merito" award for his activities in strengthening the position of Poland in the international arena. In 2014 he has been awarded by the polish Minister of Justice the Golden Order for Achievements in the Penitentiary Work. Same year he received from polish Ombudsman's Award for Human Rights' Protection. And in 2015 the Silver Gloria Artis Award from the Minister of Culture.

In 2008 nominated to the TOTUS Award in the category of "achievements in the field of Christian culture”.

In June 2012 awarded Belgian Order of the Crown.[4] In November 2012, prince Albert II of Monaco awarded Piotr Cywiński the knight class of the Order of Saint-Charles.[5] 2014 he received Officer's Cross of the Order of the Phoenix (Greece) and in 2015 the Knight's Cross Order of Academic Palms (France).

Selected publications[edit]

  • Kościół wobec integracji europejskiej [co-author], ed. Jan Grosfeld, Warszawa 1997, ISBN 83-85737-27-8.
  • L'Église en Pologne après 1989 face aux nouveaux défis de la démocratie avec Marcin Przeciszewski, Volume 48 de Cahier / le Rayonnement culturel polonais, in Communio : revue catholique internationale, 179, Vol. XXX, 2005
  • Mój Auschwitz [co-author of interview with Władysław Bartoszewski], ZNAK, Kraków 2010, ISBN 978-83-240-1415-6.
  • Guide historique d’Auschwitz [introduction], Jean-Francois Forges, Pierre-Jerome Biscarat, Autrement, Paris 2011, ISBN 978-2-7467-1484-7.
  • Le futur d’Auschwitz. Actes de la journee d’etude du 11 mai 2010 [co-author], IRICE (Sorbone, Paris IV, CNRS et al.), cahier 7: Paris 2011, ISSN 1967-2713.
  • Auschwitz-Birkenau. The Place Where You Are Standing [author of concept and introduction], Państwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau, Oświęcim 2012, ISBN 978-83-7704-038-6.
  • Epitafium... i inne spisane niepokoje, Państwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau, Oświęcim 2012, ISBN 978-83-7704-042-3.
  • Auschwitz from A to Z. An Illustrated History of the Camp [co-author], Państwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau, Oświęcim 2013, ISBN 978-83-7704-069-0.
  • Początki Auschwitz w pamięci pierwszego transportu polskich więźniów politycznych, Państwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau, Oświęcim 2015, ISBN 978-83-7704-091-1.
  • Auschwitz Legacies [co-author], Państwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau, Oświęcim 2015, ISBN 978-83-7704-089-8.


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Dr. Piotr M.A. Cywiński, Museum Director". Museum administrative structure. Państwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau w Oświęcimiu (Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum). Archived from the original (Internet Archive) on May 22, 2011. Retrieved 13 November 2013. 
  2. ^ Nowi członkowie Rady OPWiM (pl.). [access 9 września 2010].
  3. ^ www.auschwitz.org. "Aktualności / Muzeum / Auschwitz-Birkenau". auschwitz.org. Retrieved 2015-09-25. 
  4. ^ Director of the Auschwitz Museum awarded the Belgian Order of the Crown
  5. ^ Order of Saint Charles to Piotr M.A. Cywiński

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