Timothy Snyder awarded the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland

The chief of Poland’s diplomacy, Minister Grzegorz Schetyna, presented a high state distinction to the American historian Timothy Snyder, who is an outstanding scholar in the field of Central and Eastern European studies.

Schetyna Snyder_SliderDuring the ceremony at Poland’s Embassy in Washington on January 8, Minister Schetyna presented Professor Timothy Snyder with the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland. The distinction was awarded by President Bronisław Komorowski in recognition of the historian’s outstanding scientific achievements and merits to the promotion of Poland’s history. Timothy Snyder is Permanent Fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna and Professor at Yale University, and an eminent expert in the history of Central Europe and modern nationalism. He wrote seven books, including Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin, and a number of scientific and feature articles. “Thank you for this distinction. I am happy that there are so many historians among Polish diplomats, including Minister Schetyna, who like me have studied the work of Jerzy Giedroyc, the legendary editor of the Paris-based Kultura journal,” said Professor Snyder. The full announcement can be found here.

In addition to this distinction, Professor Snyder was awarded the Lithuanian Diplomacy Star on October 27, 2014. More information can be found here.