Jan Nowak-Jeziorański (actual name: Zdzisław Antoni Jeziorański; 1914-2005), the legendary Courier from Warsaw, smuggled among other things microfilms documenting the Warsaw Uprising out of German-occupied Warsaw. A wartime hero honored with the Cross of Virtuti Militari, he fought for the truth and free Poland as director of Radio Free Europe, he was among the directors of the Polish-American Congress actively supporting Poland’s road to NATO. A cavalier of Poland’s Order of the White Eagle, he received from the US President the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest American civilian decoration.
On December 12th, 2013, the Senate of the Republic of Poland proclaimed 2014 as Jan Nowak-Jeziorański’s Year. A resolution to that effect was unanimously adopted to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of the legendary Courier from Warsaw falling on October 3rd, 2014.
Find out more about the history and legacy of Jan Nowak-Jeziorański. His life marked by courage and integrity reflects the dramatic history of Poland in the 20th century: World War I, the re-emergence of Poland as an independent state in 1918, the German invasion of Poland in September 1939 and Nazi atrocities, the resistance against communism after the WWII, and finally the Polish democratic transformation of 1989, followed by Poland’s accession to NATO as well as to the European Union.