|Occupation(s)||Satirist, singer-songwriter, stage and film actor, and columnist|
Pietrzak attained country-wide and international recognition during the Solidarity years especially with his protest song, "Żeby Polska była Polską" ("So that Poland Could be Poland"—abroad, often called "Let Poland Be Poland") with music by Włodzimierz Korcz. The song became the widely-accepted informal anthem of Poland's Solidarity period.
In 1979, the authorities of the PRL - Polish People's Republic awarded Pietrzak with the Golden Cross of Merit.
- "Prezydent wręczył nominacje generalskie i odznaczenia państwowe" (in Polish). prezydent.pl. 3 May 2009. Archived from the original on 25 September 2013.
- "Prawda w żartach zawarta" ("The Truth as Humor"). Interview with Jan Pietrzak by Patrycja Gruszyńska-Ruman. PDF direct download. Bulletin of the Institute of National Remembrance, no. 7 (90), July 2008; ISSN 1641-9561. Retrieved June 14, 2012. (in Polish)