Tomasz Merta was a Polish historian of idea and public official. He served as the Polish Deputy Minister of Culture and National Heritage in 2005-2010. He was posthumously decorated with the Commander's Cross with Star of the Order of Polonia Restituta, and also posthumously with the Gloria Artis Gold Medal of the National Education Commission.
Among Tomasz Merta main interests were patriotic education and historical memory. He was looking for modern ways of expressing the traditional values, which constituted in his opinion the basis of political community. Tomasz Merta was the main person responsible for European Network Remembrance and Solidarity in the Ministry of Culture and National Hergitage.
Secretary General of the Council for the Preservation of Struggle and Martyrdom Sites for many years, Andrzej Przewoźnik was never in the foreground of the Polish public sphere. Still, he was considered a model public official and a hardworking man, not afraid of challenges and keen to be involved in the performance of seemingly impossible tasks. He was one of the pivotal figures involved in the project of the European Network Remembrance and Solidarity.
This letter was a part of the exhibition "We shall remember / Emlékeinkben. Andrzej Przewoźnik. 1963–2010. Katyń". The exhibition was presented by ENRS in a several Polish cities in 2012 and 2013. It was prepared on the initiative of the Hungarian Ministry of Public Administration and Justice and was shown in Budapest’s House of Terror in 2011.
The sentence saying that there are no people who cannot be replaced becomes irrelevant when applied to the late Andrzej Przewoźnik. He is irreplaceable. The historian who died a tragic death is a hero of both Poland and Hungary. Poland can be proud to have had him as a son of the Polish nation while Hungary as our friend. When in 2011 my ministry launched a series of projects entitled “Polish-Hungarian Cooperation”, it was obvious to us that they should be a context for the proper commemoration of the late Andrzej Przewoźnik. That is why we have initiated and created the exhibition together with the Terror House Museum (Terror Háza). We wanted to make as many Hungarians as possible learn about his activity and appreciate it. Thanks to the European Network Remembrance and Solidarity the exhibition can be seen by his compatriots but maybe not only.
Andrzej Przewoźnik was a Polish historian, Secretary of the Council for the Protection of Struggle and Martyrdom Sites. He died in the crash of Polish presidential airplane in Smolensk in 2010. The video, in which Andrzej Przewoźnik's friends and co-workers talk about their memories connected with him, was part of an exhibition dedicated to the memory of Andrzej Przewoźnik: "We shall remember / Elmékeinkben. Andrzej Przewoźnik. 1963–2010. Katyń". The exhibition was presented by ENRS in a several Polish cities in 2012 and 2013. It was prepared on the initiative of the Hungarian Ministry of Public Administration and Justice and was shown in Budapest’s House of Terror in 2011.