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Eastern Cross
Krzyż Wschodni
Krzyż Wschodni.jpg
TypeCommemorative decoration of merit
Country Poland
Presented bythe President of Poland
StatusCurrently awarded
Established15 December 2016
POL Krzyz Wschodni BAR.svg
Ribbon of the cross
RelatedWestern Cross

The Eastern Cross (Krzyż Wschodni) is a Polish decoration established on 15 December 2016.[1]

The concept of the Cross was presented by Member of Sejm Michał Dworczyk.[2] It is said to be the element of the politics of memory.[3]

It is awarded by the President of Poland on recommendation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, who might be advised by e.g. the head of the Office for War Veterans and Victims of Oppression, the director of the Pilecki Institute[4] with opinion of the President of the Institute of National Remembrance as a token of commemoration and gratitude to foreigners who provided aid and assistance to Polish citizens persecuted by Nazi and communist regimes between 1917 and 1991 in the territory of Eastern Borderlands and the Soviet Union.[1]


On the obsverse it is inscribed "RATUJĄCYM POLAKÓW" (For rescuing Poles).[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Obwieszczenie Marszałka Sejmu Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej z dnia 16 maja 2019 r. w sprawie ogłoszenia jednolitego tekstu ustawy o ustanowieniu Krzyża Wschodniego". Retrieved 2019-10-29.
  2. ^ "Druk nr 889". Retrieved 2019-10-29.
  3. ^ Świsłowski, Kacper (2017-04-21). "Nowe cywilne odznaczenie coraz bliżej. To może być przełom w polskiej polityce historycznej". Wprost (in Polish). Retrieved 2019-10-29.
  4. ^ "Obwieszczenie Marszałka Sejmu Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej z dnia 17 stycznia 2019 r. w sprawie ogłoszenia jednolitego tekstu ustawy o Instytucie Solidarności i Męstwa imienia Witolda Pileckiego". (in Polish). 2019-01-17. Retrieved 2019-10-29.

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