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Old 07-05-2006, 08:34 AM   #1
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Polish Red Cross Decorations and awards


The Polish branch of the International Red Cross was established in 1919. Originally to aid the victims of WWI and epidemics, later to give training to nurses and aid people in case of war and natural disasters.
The final period of World War II and the first months of peace were the time of massive migration of Polish and German population. The first stage of the Poles' repatriation from the territories taken over by the USSR to the liberated parts of Poland underwent in an organizational chaos, which resulted from poor coordination between the institutions responsible for this operation. In principle, the National Repatriation Office was in charge of the repatriation action. However, where the NRO had no branches or wanted a joint action, the Polish Red Cross took a vital part in sanitary and relief activities as well as trying to get information about the missing.
They were particularly crucial in the western and northern regions of Poland, which faced three massive migration currents: the influx of Polish repatriates from the USSR, the return of concentration camp prisoners, POWs and slave workers from Germany and the displacement of the German population. Colonel Jan Cialowicz gave a brief resume of the role the Polish Red Cross played in the repatriation and displacement action: "... At the time when the foundations of the State of Poland were created in the Western Pomeranian Region, the Polish Red Cross was dressing, feeding and treating those who needed it most desperately, taking special care of the repatriates and children."
At present its task is to popularizing of hygiene, caring for elderly, handicapped and lonely people and taking part in international humanitarian actions. The organization pays particular attention to propagating honorary blood donation.

Polish Red Cross decorations

Polish Red Cross Decoration of Honor "Crystal Heart"
Polish Red Cross Decoration of Honour
Polish Red Cross Meritorious Honourary Blood Donor Decoration
Polish Red Cross Honourary Blood Donor Decoration

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