"Solidarity - the power of unity" Top 5 Page for this destination Gdansk Things to Do Tip by matcrazy1
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There is a temporary exhibition on the 2nd floor of the Artus Court. There are old photographs, posters, commemorative stamps, medals and other items related to the Solidarity movement, the martial law against the union and its struggle for independence and better life in Poland under communist rulers. I've found it extremely interesting. There are some basic explanations in English language but, anyway, for a foreign visitor it maybe difficult to understand what was happening in 1980 - 1989 in Poland.
Although I was a teenager that time, I remember well those sad times of broken hope, no future except immigration to the West, total censorship (paranoic lies in all mass media), no freedom (including closed borders). I remember empty shelves in groceries and other shops with long lines in front of them day and night, special coupons to buy limited amount of basic food (sugar and flour - 1 kg a month, meat - 2.5 kg a month, butter - 1 kg a month etc.).
Living in Krakow, the heart of "rebel" Poland, I remember well numerous rude ZOMO troops (milice - I was told that they were fed with drugs before violent attacks against demonstrators), military tanks and trucks on streets and first of all paralyzing fear at the begining of the martial law.
I remember illegal, peaceful and heart-breaking demonstrations against the martial law. They took place on each 13th day a month (on 13th Dec. 1981 the martial law was introduced), on 1 May (Labour Day), on 3 May (Constitution Day), on 11 Nov. (Independance Day). Tenths of thousands people gathered, some with Polish and Solidarity flags, to protest against communist rulers although it was a felony that tme (even 10 years in a prison). But after 16 months of legal Solidarity, people needed it like fish need water.
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Address: Dlugi Targ 43/44, Gdansk
Directions: At the eastern end of the main pedestrian street of Gdansk - Dluga, where the longitudinal square called the Long Market (Dlugi Targ) begins, on its northern side. About 25 min. on foot from the Main Railway Station (Gdansk Glowny).
Phone: +48 (58) 76 79 100
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