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.
János Esterházy prize for the Head of the Office for War Veterans and Victims of Oppression 09.03.2015 r.
On 8 March 2015, the Head of the Office for War Veterans and Victims of Oppression Jan Stanisław Ciechanowski visited Budapest to participate in the commemorative ceremonies associated with the 58th anniversary of the death of János Esterházy. Mr. Ciechanowski also received the prize named after János Esterházy which was awarded by the Francis II Rakoczi Association for his work in promoting ever-closer Polish-Hungarian relations.
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.
Visit of the Head of the Office for War Veterans and Victims of Oppression in Australia and New Zealand 12.11.2014 r.
In November 2014, the Head of the Office for War Veterans and Victims of Oppression Jan Stanisław Ciechanowski took part in ceremonies marking the 70thanniversary of the arrival in New Zealand of the so-called Pahiatua Children and in a series of meetings with veterans of struggles for Polish independence and Siberian Deportees in New Zealand and Australia. This was the first visit of a representative of the Office for War Veterans and Victims of Oppression in those countries.
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.