In the Polish lands, within the borders of Germany and on the vast expanses of the Soviet Union, in Africa, Asia and both Americas – throughout the world we find people who came to the salvation of Poles, frequently suffering repressions and very often paying for their courage with their lives. Citizens of a vast array of states, followers of diverse religions, and representatives of different cultures – the people whose individual decisions continue to bear testimony to the strength of solidarity.
The Virtus et Fraternitas medal is bestowed on those who provided aid and assistance to persons of Polish ethnicity or Polish citizens of different ethnic nationality who were victims of Soviet or German Nazi crimes, of crimes motivated by nationalism, or of other atrocities constituting crimes against peace, humanity or war crimes during the period from 8 November 1917 to 31 July 1990. It may also be awarded to those who undertake actions aimed at commemorating persons who provided such aid and assistance.
The Director of the Pilecki Institute, having first obtained a positive opinion from the Council of Memory, submits a motion to the President of the Republic of Poland for bestowal of the medal. If the intended recipient does not hold Polish citizenship or resides permanently abroad, the President asks for the opinion of the Minister competent with respect to Foreign Affairs.
Issues concerning the medal are regulated by the following instruments:
► Regulation of the President of the Republic of Poland of 10 November 1992 on the description, material and dimensions of design drawings, and the way in and circumstances under which decorations, orders and medals may be worn, amended by the Regulation of the President of the Republic of Poland of 22 October 2018 amending the regulation on the description, material and dimensions of design drawings, and the way in and circumstances under which decorations, orders and medals may be worn