Piotr M. A. Cywiński (born 16 April 1972 in Warsaw) is a professional
historian and Director of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, active
participant and often initiator in the
Christian-Jewish dialogue, and an ecumenist devoted to reconciliation
of the various denominations among the cultures of the borderlands.
2 Professional career
3 Honors and awards
4 Selected publications
6 External links
Cywiński spent his early childhood in Warsaw. Between 1982 and 1993
he lived in
France due to his father's, Bohdan
Cywiński's, political exile.
Cywiński graduated from the University of Humanities in Strasbourg
(1993) as a historian of the Middle Ages, and the Catholic University
of Lublin (1995). He obtained his
PhD degree at the Institute of
History of the
Polish Academy of Sciences
Polish Academy of Sciences (PAS) in 2001.
Piotr Cywiński served as vice-president, and
thereafter the President of Club of Catholic Intelligentsia (KIK) in
Warsaw, also for ten years. Since 2010 he has been a Board Member of
In 2002 he co-founded the multicultural
St. Adalbert discussion Forum,
which he chaired for approximately eight years. He co-organized the
Congresses of Gniezno in 2003, 2004 and 2005. In 2004 Cywiński was
elected vice-president (and regional president for Europe) of the
global federation of Catholic intellectuals Pax Romana ICMICA/MIIC for
the mandate 2004-2008.
Between 2000 and 2006 Cywiński served as Secretary of International
Council of Auschwitz Memorial Site. On 12 June 2006 Cywinski was
nominated for director of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, a
position he assumed on 1 September that year, replacing Jerzy
Wróblewski, who was the Museum's director for many years. He was also
co-creator of International Centre for Education about Auschwitz and
the Holocaust and vice president of the Center's council. In 2009
Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation and since then serves as
president of the foundation.
Since 2009 Cywiński has been a member of the Museums' Council to the
Minister of Culture (mandate IV and V), and in 2010 was appointed as
member of the Council for the Protection of Struggle and Martyrdom
Sites. He also serves as vice-president of the Council of Museum of
Poland's Independence Traditions in Łódź (pl), and member of the
first mandate of the Council, later - since 2012 - as member of the
Board of Trustees of the Museum of World War II in Gdańsk. He is a
member of the Council of Museum Gross-Rosen in Rogoźnica.
He is a council member of the
Maximilian Kolbe Foundation. In 2011 he
became a board member of the Association Maison d’Izieu, memorial
site in France. In 2015 the board of the Memorial Association accepted
him as member of the Moscow's Memorial Association.
In 2000-2002 while working for the Adam Mickiewicz Institute,
Cywiński co-directed Festival "
Europalia 2001 Poland", then created a
portal about Jewish culture and history in Poland: "Diapozytyw.pl".
2001-2004 member of Consultative Council of NGOs at Polish Council for
European Integration. For the years 2002-2014 served as member of the
Polish Episcopate's Group for Dialogue with
Greek Catholic Church
Greek Catholic Church in
In the 2004 elections, he was a candidate for a Member of the European
Parliament on behalf of Freedom Union. Between 2005 and 2007, Piotr
Cywiński was vice-president of the association Wikimedia Poland,
since May 2007 is a member of the Audit Committee of the
In 2008, Cywiński served as ambassador of the European Year of
Honors and awards
Piotr Cywinski was awarded the Gold Cross of Merit in 2006. On 15
April 2008 Lech Kaczyński, the President of Poland, awarded Cywiński
the Knight's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta. Also in that
year, he was nominated to the TOTUS Award in the category of
"achievements in the field of Christian culture”. On 20 January
2010, he received the Officer's Cross of the Polonia Restituta.
In June 2012 he was awarded Belgian Order of the Crown. In November
Albert II of Monaco
Albert II of Monaco awarded
Piotr Cywiński the knight
class of the Order of Saint-Charles. 2014 he received Officer's
Cross of the
Order of the Phoenix (Greece)
Order of the Phoenix (Greece) and in 2015 the Knight's
Cross Order of Academic Palms (France).
In 2013 the Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs awarded him Bene Merito
honorary badge for his activities in strengthening the position of
Poland in the international arena. In 2014 he received the Golden
Order for Achievements in the Penitentiary Work from the Polish
Minister of Justice (and also from the Polish Ombudsman's Award for
Human Rights' Protection). In 2015 he received the Silver Gloria Artis
Award from the Minister of Culture
Kościół wobec integracji europejskiej [co-author], ed. Jan
Grosfeld, Warszawa 1997, ISBN 83-85737-27-8.
L'Église en Pologne après 1989 face aux nouveaux défis de la
démocratie avec Marcin Przeciszewski, Volume 48 de Cahier / le
Rayonnement culturel polonais, in Communio : revue catholique
internationale, 179, Vol. XXX, 2005
Mój Auschwitz [co-author of interview with Władysław Bartoszewski],
ZNAK, Kraków 2010, ISBN 978-83-240-1415-6.
Guide historique d’Auschwitz [introduction], Jean-Francois Forges,
Pierre-Jerome Biscarat, Autrement, Paris 2011,
Le futur d’Auschwitz. Actes de la journee d’etude du 11 mai 2010
[co-author], IRICE (Sorbone, Paris IV, CNRS et al.), cahier 7: Paris
2011, ISSN 1967-2713.
Auschwitz-Birkenau. The Place Where You Are Standing [author of
concept and introduction], Państwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau,
Oświęcim 2012, ISBN 978-83-7704-038-6.
Epitafium... i inne spisane niepokoje, Państwowe Muzeum
Auschwitz-Birkenau, Oświęcim 2012, ISBN 978-83-7704-042-3.
Auschwitz from A to Z. An Illustrated History of the Camp [co-author],
Państwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau, Oświęcim 2013,
Początki Auschwitz w pamięci pierwszego transportu polskich
więźniów politycznych, Państwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau,
Oświęcim 2015, ISBN 978-83-7704-091-1.
Auschwitz Legacies [co-author], Państwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau,
Oświęcim 2015, ISBN 978-83-7704-089-8.
^ a b c d e f "Dr. Piotr M.A. Cywiński, Museum Director". Museum
administrative structure. Państwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau w
Oświęcimiu (Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum). Archived from the
original (Internet Archive) on May 22, 2011. Retrieved 13 November
^ OPWiM, New Council members (Nowi członkowie Rady). Council for the
Protection of Struggle and Martyrdom Sites (Rady Ochrony Pamięci Walk
i Męczeństwa) OPWiM via
Internet Archive (March 4, 2016).
^ Auschwitz-Birkenau Muzeum. "Aktualności (News section)".
Auschwitz.org. Retrieved 2015-09-25.
^ Director of the Auschwitz Museum awarded the Belgian Order of the
^ Order of Saint Charles to Piotr M.A. Cywiński
Ambassador Portrait "Phd. Piotr M. A. Cywiński".
Official personal website "Piotr M. A. Cywiński".
Wikimedia Commons has media related to Piotr Cywiński.
Private website by/of Piotr M. A. Cywiński
Official website of Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial Site/State Museum
European Year of Intercultural Dialogue Overview
European Year of Intercultural Dialogue (official website)
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