Former US ambassador posthumously awarded medal of honour
The Commander's Cross with Star of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland was posthumously awarded on Thursday to the first post-war US ambassador to Poland, Arthur Bliss Lane. The distinction was collected in Warsaw by current US Ambassador to Poland Georgette Mosbacher.
During the ceremony at the Polonia Palace Hotel, a commemorative plaque to Bliss Lane was also unveiled as it was there that the ambassador lived and worked in the post-war years.
Chief presidential aide Krzysztof Szczerski, handing the medal to Mosbacher, highlighted that Bliss Lane was an outstanding figure who deserved remembrance and the high distinction bestowed on him by President Andrzej Duda. It was awarded in recognition of outstanding service in developing Polish-American diplomatic cooperation and for popularising knowledge of Polish history.
Ambassador Mosbacher remarked that the former ambassador's remembrance was part of the centenary celebrations of diplomatic relations between Poland and the United States and highlighted the time and role in which Bliss Lane fulfilled his mission, first living in Washington and later, in the years 1945-47, in Warsaw.
Bliss Lane was appointed ambassador to the Polish government in London by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on September 21, 1944, though he resided in Washington. Following the Yalta Conference he received his mandate to the government in Warsaw, where he resided from August 1, 1945, until February 24, 1947.
Speaking at the ceremony, Deputy Prime Minister Piotr Gliński pointed out that Bliss Lane had seen how Poland was once again betrayed by its western allies, due to which he resigned from his diplomatic career and described the events in a book entitled 'I saw Poland betrayed.'