Janusz Marek Kurtyka – born in August 13, 1960 in Cracow, died on April 10, 2010 in Smolensk - Polish historian, mediator, PhD of the humanities. In the years 2005 - 2010 President of the Institute of National Remembrance.
Janusz Kurtyka was one of the first researchers who scientifically took up the subject of the Cursed Soldiers, the author of the History Papers of the WiN - a scientific journal, which before the founding of the Institute of National Remembrance had been one of the key platforms for transferring knowledge about the post-war, anti-Communist underground in the Polish People’s Republic
At the time of its presidency, National Rememberance Institute made a strategic breakthrough in the narration about Polish modern history or the systematic research of the communist intelligence in opposition circles and the history of the anti-communist underground. After his death, the civic initiatives flourished as part of the celebration of the National Day of Remembrance of Cursed Soldiers on March 1. The initiators of its establishment had been the President of Poland Lech Kaczyński and the President of IPN Janusz Kurtyka.
Award winner of: Cross of the Great Order of the Rebirth of Poland, Commander Cross with the Star of the Order of the Rebirth of Poland, Cross of Freedom and Solidarity, Order of Merit for Ukraine III class. Winner of the National Custody Award and numerous scientific awards.