Cross of Merit (Poland)

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Cross of Merit
Krzyż Zasługi
Current version of Gold Cross of Merit
Awarded by the President of Poland
Country  Poland
Type Medal awarded in three grades: Golden, Silver, and Bronze
Awarded for Exemplary public service or humanitarian work that goes above and beyond the call of duty
Status Currently awarded
Clasps denotes subsequent award
Established June 23, 1923
First awarded November 11, 1923
Next (higher) Cross of Merit with Swords
Next (lower) Military Cross of Merit with Swords,
Air Force Cross of Merit with Swords,
Navy Cross of Merit with Swords

The Cross of Merit (Polish: Krzyż Zasługi) is a Polish civil state award established on June 23, 1923, to recognize services to the state.

The Order has three grades:

1. Gold Cross of Merit POL Złoty Krzyż Zasługi BAR.svg
2. Silver Cross of Merit POL Srebrny Krzyż Zasługi BAR.svg
3. Bronze Cross of Merit POL Brązowy Krzyż Zasługi BAR.svg

At the time of its establishment in 1923, the Cross of Merit was the highest civilian award in Poland. It was awarded to citizens who went beyond the call of duty in their work for the country and society as a whole. May be awarded twice in each grade to the same person.


  • Michal Korwin-Szymanowski, also known as Michel Korwin (Gold Cross of Merit 2015), Montréal, Canada.
  • Bronisława Rychter-Janowska (Gold Cross of Merit 1939), Cracovian artist.[1]
  • Henri Strzelecki (Gold Cross of Merit 1990), co-founder of Henri Lloyd.[2]
  • Henryk Staniewski (Silver Cross of Merit 198-, Gold Cross of Merit 1998) Director of the Department of Computer Networks and Communications in Lublin, Poland
  • Izabella Zielińska (Gold Cross of Merit 2011), Polish pianist
  • Michał Kwiatkowski (Gold Cross of Merit 2014), Polish road cyclist
  • Jerzy Zralski (Gold Cross of Merit 2000), II WW veteran and writer [3]
  • Bogdan Labecki (Gold Cross of Merit 2013).[3]
  • Tomasz Miśkiewicz - for work with the immigrant and native Islamic Youth in 2006
  • Michal Kuleczka (Gold Cross of Merit 2013).[3]
  • Bogdan Labecki (Gold Cross of Merit 2013).[3]
  • John Dodunski (Cross of Merit 2013) - New Zealand - March 2013
  • Margaret Scannell née Dodunski (Cross of Merit 2013) - New Zealand - March 2013
  • Robert Dodunski (Cross of Merit 2013) - New Zealand - March 2013
  • Tomasz Trembowski (Bronze Cross of Merit 2013) - Canada - May 2013 [4]
  • Elwira Grossman (Gold Cross of Merit 2013) - Scotland - August 2013
  • Rudolf Gundlach (Silver Cross of Merit) - Gundlach tank periscope inventor
  • Agnieszka Radwańska (Gold Cross of Merit) - Tennis Player [5]
  • Katarzyna Maria Dziewanowska- (Gold Cross of Merit) Scientific Research - University of Idaho September 26, 2013
  • Marcin Pawel Grzadka (Silver Cross of Merit) - Harcmistrz, Co-Founder of YPCPA.[6] & Chairman of Quo Vadis Leadership Conference.[7] - Canada - November 2013
  • Natalia Kusendova (Silver Cross of Merit)

Thomas Gabriel Grasza Esq (Gold Cross of Merit - November 11th, 2011) Postage Stamp & Coin Designer and Noted Canadian Polish Philatelist of Four Decades.

See also


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  2. Edwards, Anna (2012-12-28). "'Visionary pioneer' behind Henri Lloyd brand and who was first to use Velcro in clothing dies aged 87". Daily Mail. Retrieved 2013-01-13.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "Government House (Award to Canadians)". Canada Gazette. Vol. 134, No. 43 — October 21, 2000. from: www. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "" defined multiple times with different content
  4. "Government House (Award to Canadians)". Canada Gazette. Vol. 147, No. 4 — January 26, 2013. Retrieved May 3rd, 2013 from:
  6. Grzadka, Marcin (2013-11-12). "Co-founder of, first President, and Chairman of the Young Polish Canadian Professionals Association". YPCPA. Retrieved 2013-11-12.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Grzadka, Marcin (2013-11-12). "Chairman of Quo Vadis 3 - International leadership conference, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada - May 2011. Advisor to 2012 conference in Calgary, Canada & Chicago, USA". QVC. Retrieved 2013-11-12.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "Polish Embassy London (Awarded for Polish-Jewish dialogue)". Retrieved July 15th, 2014 from:
  9. 9.0 9.1 "Awards at the Consulate General of Poland in New York". Retrieved September 24th, 2014 from:,1369,odznaczenia-w-konsulacie-generalnym-rp-w-nowym-jorku.html