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Gdańsk Shipyard, birthplace of Solidarity

Gdańsk Shipyard, birthplace of Solidarity

In 1970 a strike by shipyard workers was brutally suppressed, leading to the deaths of some of the protestors. Another strike in 1980 resulted in the establishment of the Independent Solidarity Trade Union, led by Lech Wałęsa, who later became president of Poland, and the fall of communism. The shipyard proved to be commercially unviable after 1989 and is now closed, replaced by a modern facility. The shipyard used to be called the Lenin Shipyard (Stocznia Gdańska im. Lenina), which is covered up by a Solidarity (Solidarność) sign.

On our last morning in Gdańsk a taxi driver took us to a very distant church and knew we had been to the shipyard the day before, so he drove us past Wałęsa's house, which I thought was a very thoughtful thing to do.

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John Reynolds28-Jun-2012 17:38
A fascinating piece of history. V.
Walter O. Koenig28-Jun-2012 16:12
Great that you got to visit this historically so important place.
bill friedlander28-Jun-2012 14:59
A fascinating historical location, birthplace of Solidarity and the seeds of the disintegration of the soviet empire.
Tom LeRoy28-Jun-2012 14:58
Great history first hand, nice shot of the famous shipyard. V
Zoltán Balogh28-Jun-2012 12:54
Interesting, I have not known this fact so far! V
Jim Coffman28-Jun-2012 12:03
Great info ,Helen! Very nice capture..
Stephanie28-Jun-2012 09:41
Fascinating info Helen!!!! Did you happen to get a photo of Lech Wałęsa's home when you passed it?
Nicely composed image! V