Anna Walentynowicz: trade union activist

The Obituary of Anna Walentynowicz The Times [UK] 4/12/2010

Anna Walentynowicz played a pivotal role in the strike at the Lenin shipyard in Gdansk in 1980 that eventually led to the formation of the Solidarity trade union movement and was a key event in the story of the eventual collapse of communism in Poland nearly […]

One forest, two Polish tragedies, 70 years apart

Monika Scislowska AP/ 4/11/2010

WARSAW, Poland (AP) – The leader of Poland’s government in exile while the nation was under Soviet-backed rule. The shipyard worker whose firing helped ignite the labor uprising that ultimately toppled communism here. A banking head who helped keep the country stable while the rest of the European Union plunged into […]

Poland in shock as president dies in air crash

The Polish president Lech Kaczynski was among 130 people killed after their plane crashed as it approached a Russian airport.

Telegraph [UK] 10 Apr 2010

President Lech Kaczynski was travelling with his wife from Warsaw to Smolensk airport, 220 miles southwest of Moscow, when his plane crashed in thick fog.

Poland was left stunned […]