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I've seen pictures of the Gdansk shipyard gate taken during the strike in August 1980 and displayed on the "Roads to Freedom" exposition. On the way back to a parking lot, passing through the gate I realised again that not only this symbolic gate looks quite different now but the world on its both sides as well.
The gate, which seperated the city from the grounds of the shipyard, has become a symbol since August 1980. Us and Them. But it also meant being seperated from the loved ones. For many, the gate was a sign of hope and at the same time of fear and uncertainty.
The striking shipyard workers had hope. They believed that this time they would succeed. Within the grounds of the Gdansk Shipyard, they created a sphere of freedom which radiated throughout the country. This was their own little homeland in which they dreamt, asleep on polystyrene foam... dreamt dreams of freedom while an entirely different world, an unacceptable reality, was just on the other side of the shipyard gate.
Address: Ul. Doki 1, Gdansk
Directions: On the grounds of former Gdansk shipyard. About 15 min. on foot from the Main Railway Station (Gdansk Glowny): go northwards to Solidarity Square, pass through the shipyard gate right to the Monument to the Fallen Shipyard Workers.
Phone: +48 (58) 769 29 20
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