Established in 2019, the awards every year honour individuals, companies, institutions and organisations that are particularly effective in showcasing Polish history between 1918 and 1989 and in educating in patriotism, the state PAP news agency reported.
This year’s winners included the dzieje.pl website, jointly run by the PAP news agency and the Museum of Polish History, for best journalism; the Warsaw-based National Culture Centre (NCK) for best institution; and Prof. Zbigniew Wawer, who heads Warsaw’s Royal Łazienki Museum, for lifetime achievement.
The jury, led by Deputy Prime Minister Piotr Gliński, included veterans of the Polish capital's 1944 Warsaw Uprising against the Germans, accompanied by government officials, historians and public figures.
In his speech, Gliński said that “the variety and sweep of the educational initiatives" which vied for the BohaterON statuettes and diplomas, meant that the verdict “was not an easy one to make.”
However, “everyone involved wins out in the end, just as Poland comes out victorious, thanks to your commitment and your work,” he told the participants.
Gliński read out a letter from Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, who thanked and congratulated the winners, saying that “this unique initiative demonstrates that Polish history remains alive and inspiring,” PAP reported.
Organised in media partnership with Polish Radio, the awards gala was held on Monday under the auspices of President Andrzej Duda.