70th anniversary of the Mass for Gen. Władysław Sikorski in Westminster Cathedral, London 16.07.2013 r.
Commemorative ceremonies were held in London on 15 July 2013, to mark the 70th anniversary of the funeral Mass said for Gen. Władysław Sikorski, the Prime Minister of the Polish Government-in-Exile and the Commander-in-Chief of the Polish Armed Forces, who perished in the Gibraltar air crash of 4 July 1943. These ceremonies were organised by the Polish Embassy in London and the Office for War Veterans and Victims of Oppression.
Commemorative ceremonies in Gibraltar marking the 70th anniversary of the tragic death of Gen. Władysław Sikorski and members of his entourage in the Gibraltar air crash 05.07.2013 r.
On 4 July 2013, Jan Stanisław Ciechanowski, the Head of the Office for War Veterans and Victims of Oppression led a Polish delegation to Gibraltar to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Gibraltar air crash in which Gen. Władysław Sikorski – the Prime Minister of the Polish Government-in-Exile and Commander-in-Chief of the Polish Armed Forces died along with his accompanying entourage and pay tribute to the victims of that tragedy.
The commemorative ceremonies in Gibraltar were attended by: World War II veterans who flew in from Poland and Great Britain, Vice Admiral Sir Adrian Johns – the Governor of Gibraltar, His Eminence Józef Guzdek – Bishop to the Polish Army, His Eminence Ralph Heskett – the Bishop of Gibraltar, Andrzej Krzysztof Kunert – the Secretary of the Council of Protection of Memory of Combat and Martyrdom, Anthony Lima – the Mayor of Gibraltar, Commodore John Clink – the Commander of the British Forces in Gibraltar, Brigadier Krzysztof Szymański – the Director of the Office of the Head of the National Security Bureau, Brigadier Wiesław Grudziński – the Commander of the Warsaw Garrison representing the President of Poland, Anthony Lombard – the Honorary Consul of Poland in Gibraltar, Teresa Ciesielska – the daughter of Col. Andrzej Marecki, Graham Herring – the son of the second pilot William S. Herring, Karolina Kaczorowska – the widow of the late Polish President-in-Exile Ryszard Kaczorowski, and members of the Polish community in Gibraltar.
Nostri liberatori – Our liberators. 68th anniversary of the liberation of Bologna and Italian cities in the Emilia-Romagna region by the Polish 2nd Corps 23.04.2013 r.
A state delegation led by Jan Stanisław Ciechanowski, Head of the Office for War Veterans and Victims of Oppression, visited Italy on 20-22 April 2013, to pay tribute to the soldiers of General Władysław Anders who liberated Bologna and other cities in the Emilia-Romagna region in the course of the Italian Campaign of World War II.
On 14-15 April 2013, a Polish state delegation visited Malta to pay homage to the heroic defenders of the island. This visit coincided with the 71st anniversary of Malta and her residents being collectively awarded the George Cross.
The struggle for Malta lasted nearly three years. It commenced on 11 June 1940 with the first Italian air raid. For the British, this archipelago was an important staging post along the route from Gibraltar to the Suez Canal. For the Axis powers, it was an obstacle posing a serious threat to the supply lines of the German and Italian forces in North Africa. Having refused to capitulate, Malta was soon to become the target of relentless bombardment which took a heavy toll in terms of lives that were lost.
Jan Stanisław Ciechanowski - official appointment as Head of the Office for War Veterans and Victims of Oppression 2013.02.01 r.
Jan Stanisław Ciechanowski was appointed Head of the Office for War Veterans and Victims of Oppression (UDSKiOR) as from 1 February 2013. The appointment was made on the recommendation of the Minister of Labour and Social Policy, as approved by the Prime Minister on 29 January 2013.
Jan Stanisław Ciechanowski has been closely associate with the UDSKiOR since May 2006 where he began as adviser to Janusz Krupski, the Head of the Office. He was promoted to deputy head as from October 2007 and on 15 April 2010, following the tragic death of Janusz Krupski in the Smoleńsk air disaster, the Prime Minister nominated him as the Acting Head of the UDSKiOR.
On 7-8 January 2013, the Office for War Veterans and Victims of Oppression together with the Polish Embassy in Athens and the local authorities of the Athenian district of Kesariani, organised a ceremony in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the death of Jerzy Iwanow-Szajnowicz. On 8th September 1942, the Germans surrounded Iwanow-Szajnowicz in a house at 3, Kioutachia in Athens where he hid after his second daring escape from the island of Faros. He was given a triple death sentence on 2nd December 1942. On 4th January 1943, he was stood before a firing squad at the shooting range in Kesariani (currently a district of Athens). Szajnowicz made his final attempt to escape immediately before his execution; wounded, he was dragged to the spot where he was to meet his death in a hail of bullets.