Institute for Heritage of National Thought set up by Culture Ministry

Minister Piotr Gliński (l) appointed Professor Jan Żaryn (r), a historian and lecturer at the Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw, as director of the institute. Mateusz Marek/PAP

The Roman Dmowski and Ignacy Jan Paderewski Institute for the Heritage of National Thought was established on Monday by Culture Minister Piotr Gliński, the ministry has said.

Gliński said that that the institute is to fill in the "white patches" in Poland's remembrance, i.e. areas of ambiguity in Polish history. "We need an honest debate, based on rational, scientific arguments in various fields, as well as those regarding national heritage and national thought," he added.

The ministry appointed Professor Jan Żaryn, a historian and lecturer at the Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw, as director of the institute.

Żaryn said there are very strong, in-ground misunderstandings among Poles regarding the national and Catholic social camps.

He said they had been "terribly falsified in many aspects, which is (...) worth also rendering into modernity, because from the work of these great, wonderful Polish figures can grow a future of a great Poland of new, young generations."

The ministry said that the institute will deal with national remembrance in the scope of Poland's history and national heritage, including Polish social and political thought, especially national, Catholic and conservative thought.

In the communique, the ministry also noted that the institute is to conduct publishing and research activities, organise exhibitions and conferences, as well as implement educational and scholarship programmes. The institute will also cooperate with other domestic and foreign bodies, including the Polish diaspora and non-governmental organisations.