Jan Pietrzak

Jan Pietrzak (pronounced [ˈjan ˈpʲɛtʃak]; born 26 April 1937) is a Polish satirist, singer-songwriter, stage and film actor, and columnist for Tygodnik Solidarność (Solidarity Weekly).

Jan Pietrzak
Born (1937-04-26) 26 April 1937 (age 85)
Occupation(s)Satirist, singer-songwriter, stage and film actor, and columnist
Years active1960s-present
EmployerTygodnik Solidarność


Pietrzak co-founded in Warsaw, with Jonasz Kofta, the student cabaret club Hybrydy, which operated in 1962–67.

In 1967 Pietrzak founded Pod Egidą ("Under the Aegis"), a subversive Warsaw literary cabaret. Pietrzak was one of the more popular voices of anticommunism in the People's Republic of Poland.

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.


Jan Pietrzak

In 1979, the authorities of the PRL - Polish People's Republic awarded Pietrzak with the Golden Cross of Merit.

On 3 May 2009 Pietrzak was decorated by the President of Poland with the Order of Polonia Restituta.[1]

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  1. ^ "Prezydent wręczył nominacje generalskie i odznaczenia państwowe" (in Polish). prezydent.pl. 3 May 2009. Archived from the original on 25 September 2013.

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