Announcement regarding the award of benefits to ex-combatants and victims of repressions residing outside of Poland 20.06.2014 r.
Due to imprecise information in the media concerning the effects of the latest amendment of the Combatant Act concerning monetary benefits awarded to Polish ex-combatants and victims of repressions residing abroad, the Office for War Veterans and Victims of Oppression hereby clarifies that:
The Amendment Act to the Combatant and Certain Victims of Repressions in Wartime and in the Post-War Period and Certain Other Acts of 14 March 2014 (Journal of Laws, item 496), does not introduce any new principles of awarding entitlements due to combatant activities or repressions that may have been experienced. By the same token, every person that could not qualify for combatant rights under the law to date, shall also not be able to acquire those rights currently. The Amendment Act exclusively relates to the technical aspects of paying out combatant entitlements to persons residing abroad.
Hungarian salvation 16.12.2014 r.
On 15 December 2014, the Office for War Veterans and Victims of Oppression and the Hungarian Embassy organised a ceremony to mark the 75th anniversary of Polish refugee civilians and soldiers finding shelter in Hungary. In 1939, the Hungarian Prime Minister Pál Teleki decided that his country would not participate in any kind of armed action against Poland. Prime Minister Teleki set out his position in a telegram to Berlin: [The Hungarians] cannot undertake any military action against Poland for moral reasons.
On 20 September 2014, the Head of the Office for War Veterans and Victims of Oppression Jan Stanisław Ciechanowski participated in two events associated with the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of Polish refugees arriving in Hungary.
Polish Army Day in the American Częstochowa 18.08.2014 r.
On 17 August 2014, the Head of the Office for War Veterans and Victims of Oppression - Jan Stanisław Ciechanowski - participated in the ceremonies held on the occasion of Polish Army Day at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Częstochowa in Doylestown, USA. With the 70th anniversaries of the Battle of Monte Cassino and of the Warsaw Uprising falling this year, the commemorative ceremonies were of exceptional character.
Commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Polish General Staff disclosing its Enigma codebreaking secret to the Allies 26.07.2014 r.
On 25th July 2014, the Head of the Office for War Veterans and Victims of Oppression organised the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Polish General Staff sharing its Enigma codebreaking secret with its French and British allies. The ceremonies were attended by the Embassy of the French Republic and the Embassy of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.