The Polish Way to Independence – a story of the Gdańsk Shipyard and Trade Union Solidarity – people, city, change
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The Gdańsk Shipyard was founded in 1945 as a state-owned company. Earlier at this place there had been German shipyards, both damaged in the World War II. During the time of People’s Republic of Poland the company was called Vladimir Lenin Shipyard in Gdańsk or Lenin Shipyard (1967-1989). The first ship which was built in this shipyard was named SS “Sołdek”, it was launched in 1947 (it is now preserved as a museum ship). The company produced not only ship equipment like cargo ships, fishing vessels, scientific ships, torpedo boats, but also trams and trains. It built vessels for the navies of USSR, Poland, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria and East Germany.
A protest led by Lech Wałęsa caused changes which led to liberate Poland (see dentists in krakow) and destroyed Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. The Gdańsk shipyard and its people became a strongly recognisable symbol of solidarity. Trade Union “Solidarity” achieved its goals by using social movement and the ways of civil opposition. As a result of these actions the government agreed to the round table talks, which provided a semi-free elections in 1989. Nowadays the Union Trade “Solidarity” is a well-known movement, but it doesn’t have a strong position in polish politics and the Gdańsk Shipyard builds transport ships, container vessels, offshore boats and other ship equipment. The Poles remeber the past of Trade Union “Solidarity” and the victims sacrifice, and therefore in Gdańsk runs the European Solidarity Centre, which has been opened in 2008 (moderated in 2014).
It can be a beautiful possibility to visit the city of Gdańsk its beautiful historical monuments like Artus Court, statue of Neptune and of course the shipyard and the European Solidarity Centre. It is a intersting opportunity to learn history and think about democracy and independence.