Western Cross

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Western Cross
Krzyż Zachodni
Krzyz Zachodni.jpg
Obverse and reverse
Awarded by the President of Poland
CountryFlag of Poland.svg  Poland
TypeCommemorative decoration of merit
StatusCurrently awarded
Established7 April 2017
Related Eastern Cross
POL Krzyz Zachodni BAR.svg
Ribbon of the cross

The Western Cross (Krzyż Zachodni) is a Polish decoration established on 7 April 2017.


The concept of the Cross was presented by senator Jan Żaryn, [1] and designed by Robert Szydlik and Tadeusz Jeziorowski. [2]

Jan Żaryn

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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, [3] the director of the Pilecki Institute [4] as a token of commemoration and gratitude to foreigners who provided aid and assistance to Polish citizens persecuted by Nazi and communist regimes between 1939 and 1989 in places not included by the Eastern Cross. [3]

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On the obsverse it is inscribed "PRO AUXILIO POLONIS DATO" (For aid given to Poles). [3]

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  1. "Druk nr 1294". www.sejm.gov.pl (in Polish). Retrieved 2019-10-29.
  2. "NASZ WYWIAD. Nowe ważne odznaczenie państwowe. Szydlik: Krzyż Zachodni będzie nadawany „Za pomoc niesioną Polakom" w latach 1939-1989". wpolityce.pl (in Polish). 2017-02-21. Retrieved 2019-10-29.
  3. 1 2 3 "Ustawa z dnia 7 kwietnia 2017 r. o ustanowieniu Krzyża Zachodniego". prawo.sejm.gov.pl (in Polish). 2017-04-07. 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". prawo.sejm.gov.pl (in Polish). 2019-01-17. Retrieved 2019-10-29.

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