Since 1994, the Przegląd Wschodni Award is presented to the most outstanding academic works of literature on the subject of Eastern Europe. This prestigious award is well-respected by the Eastern Studies academic community, which is evidenced by the growing interest afforded it each year by authors and publishers, both in Poland and abroad. Amongst its laureates are individuals with various academic backgrounds, including history, law, political science and ethnology. It is also an international award and past winners come from such places as Belarus, France, Germany, Lithuania, Russia, Sweden and the United States. Works that are singled out by the jury are innovative in their approach, their subject matter and relevant to contemporary public life.
“PRZEGLĄD WSCHODNI” AWARD LAUREATES 1993-2015
Since 2000, the Aleksander Gieysztor Award of Przegląd Wschodni is presented to exceptional figures, who dedicated their life and work to academy, their country and the “eastern affaires”. Amongst its laureates are such outstanding individuals as, among others – Alfredas Bumblauskas (Lithuania); Adam Maldzis (Bielarus), Marek Karp (Poland) or Jerzy Pomianowski (Poland).
Professor Aleksander Gieysztor, born in Moscow in 1916, was an outstanding Polish medieval historian, president of the Polish Academy of Sciences (1980- 1983 and 1990-1992). For his brave and honorable attitude during the World War II and engagement in anti-Soviet opposition after the war he was decorated with many of Poland’s most important orders of merits.
Marek KARP† (d. 2004 r., historian, founder of the Centre for Eastern Studies in Warsaw)
Adolf JUZWENKO (historian, director of Ossolineum in Wrocław)
Bohdan CYWIŃSKI (historian, professor at the Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw)
Piotr Stefan WANDYCZ (historian, professor at Yale University)
Jerzy POMIANOWSKI (interpreter and specialist in Russian literature, editori-in-chief of „Nowaja Polsza”)
Adam MALDZIS (specialist in literature studies, professor at the Belarusian Academy of Sciences, f. director of the Francis Skaryna Centre in Minsk)
Alfredas BUMBLAUSKAS (historian, vice-dean of the History Faculty at the Vilnus University)
(ex aequo): Stanisław STĘPIEŃ (director of the South-Eastern Research Institute in Przemyśl) and Anatol HRYCKIEWICZ (historian, professor emeritus at the Belarusian State University of Culture and Arts, Minsk)
Władysław FINDEISEN (f. rector of the Warsaw University of Technology, president of the Józef Mianowski Found)
Adam ZAMOYSKI (historian, journalist, president of the Princes Czartoryski Foundation)
Longin TOMASZEWSKI† (d. 2014, soldier of the “Vilnus District” of the Home Army, Warsaw)
Posthumously Andrzej PRZEWOŹNIK† (d. 2010, historian, secretary of the Council for the Protection of Struggle and Martyrdom Sites)
(Award was not presented)
Witold KIEŻUN (economist, specialist in the theory of management, soldier of the Warsaw Uprising, Warsaw)
Janusz SMAZA (art historian, conservator, Warsaw)
Society MEMORIAL (Moscow)
2016 – special Awards on the 100th anniversary of the birth of professor Aleksander Gieysztor
Wiaczesław BRIUCHOWECKY – recreator and first president of the present “NaUKMA – National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”, strongly engaged in PolishUkrainian academic cooperation, academic teacher and researcher, specialist in studies on literature.
Andrzej SULIMA KAMIŃSKI – historian, professor emeritus of the Georgetown University in Washington, specialist on the history of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth as well as on the history of East-Central Central Europe and Russia in XVI-XVIII cc.
Zbigniew Antoni KRUSZEWSKI – soldier of the Polish “Home Army” and participant of the Warsaw Uprising during the World War II, active member of the Polish American Congress, political scientist and professor emeritus of the University of Texas, El Paso.
Alvydas NIKZENTAITIS – historian, professor, longstanding director of the Lithuanian Institute of History (2000-2008) and president of Lithuanian National Historians Committee, his specialty is the history of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania.
Henryk SAMSONOWICZ – historian, professor emeritus and former rector of the University of Warsaw, minister of education in the first non-communist government of Poland (1989-1991), specialist on the history of medieval Poland.