Today the Committee for the Defence of Democracy (KOD) received permission from Zofia Bartoszewska, the wife of the late prof. Wladyslaw Bartoszewski, to use his name as that of our patron.
We extend our gratitude for the trust placed in our hands. It is a great honour and responsibility for the whole of KOD as well as each of its members. It is, foremost, a great obligation to uphold the name of our patron in the well-deserved esteem. Prof. Bartoszewski will forever be a role model of a Pole, patriot, responsible citizen and a decent human being, who devoted his life to the fight for freedom, democracy and respect. He used his difficult and bitter life experience to build wise and inclusive future rather than to divide and broaden existing conflicts. This is why we will be respectful when using his patronage in public so as not to damage the trust of those for whom he was an authority figure.
Prof. Bartoszewski and his legacy will always be the beacon guiding us in our actions as a whole and individually.