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The idea of the Polonicus awards is a reflection of the old truth - we should respect others, and then they will respect us . Polonicus is designed for the people who builds their social and material status, in the terms of national aspects. Rewarded figures stands for Polish culture and values as well as implementing and promoting them in the Europe. The award honor those whose activities are related to unification and promotion of European integration and building a positive image of Poles all around the world.
Polonicus award patronage. First patrons were the Kongres Polonii Niemieckiej and Konwent Organizacji Polskich in Germany. Since 2012 the prize has become European and now patronage belong to European Union of Polish Communities. Marek Prawda, ambassador in Belin possesses personal patronage of the two first editions, in the 2011 was passed to the Speaker of the Senate Bogdan Borusewicz.
Statue Polonicus. The statue of a POLONICUS represent brave winged figure, look like dynamic young man. It is made of bronze with a height about 38 cm. The founder of the statue is Wiesław Lewicki, and the builder- Stanisław Szroborz the winner of the competition for the best project in 2008. Firstly the base of the statue was also made from bronze but now it is made from marble. The name of the rewarded institution or person and the year is written on the base. The winners receive also the diploma.
Culture: prof. Wladyslaw Miodunka, polish humanist, linguist.[
Polish-German dialogue: Basil Kerski, director of the European Solidarity Centre in Gdansk, chief of the bilingual "Magazine Polish-German Dialog", a political scientist and essayist
Poles life coordination: Maria and Czeslaw Gołębiewscy, the founders of the restaurant "Grand Canyon", promoters of Polish and German culture in Oberhausen
Special Award: Andrzej Wajda, the Polish film director, winner of an Oscar for lifetime achievement in 2000, and numerous European film awards
Culture: Krystyna Janda, actress
Polish-German dialogue: dr. Angelica Schwall-Düren, Minister of Federal, European and media affairs in NRW
Poles life coordination: Helena Miziniak, president of the European Union of Polish Communities
Special Award: Excellence prof. Dr. Alfons Nossol, Senior archbishop of Opole
Culture: prof. Karl Dedecius, translator and publisher of Polish literature
Polish-German dialogue: Cornelia Pieper, Minister of Foreign Affairs, responsible for cultural contacts with foreign countries
Poles life coordination: Władyslaw Pisarek, vice-president of the Union of Poles in Germany "Zgoda"
Special award: prof. Norman Davies- historian
Culture: prof. Zofia Wisłocka musician, conductor and composer
Polish-German dialogue: prof. Władysław Bartoszewski , politician, journalist, social activist
Poles life coordination: Associate professor Eng. Piotr Małoszewski, the chairman of the Christian Centre for the Promotion of Culture, Tradition and polish Language in Germany.
Special Award: Associate professor Eng. Jerzy Buzek, President of the European Parliament in 2010-2012
Culture: Tomasz Glanc, composer and musician activist from Montabaour
Polish-German dialogue: Olaf Müller, Head of the Department of Culture City of Aachen
Poles life coordination: Paulina Lemke, member of union "Zgoda", artist from Düsseldorf
Special Award: Steffen Möller , actor, author of the book "Viva Polonia" from Wuppertal