Sht on young Poles / Let all Europe know / That sh!tting is the only / Freedom you have got.
In 1980s painting anti-government slogans on street walls in bigger cities was very popularGovernment`s plans mean famine!TV lies!A Pole did it to another Pole
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Even sidewalks were not immune
but they got painted over very quickly by communist henchmen, producing such result:
and then slogans or symbols reappeared like that:We shall revenge Rulewski
Some pieces of those murals are being preserved today as precious keepsakes from the past.
I have been on PF for a little while now and I have seen some very good discussions about Poland.
Pawian reporting to work!!!!!
Dedication is my middle name!!!!
Visits of American presidents in Poland were an excellent opportunity for Poles (Warsawians and Cracovians) to exhibit their reluctance to communism.
Communist authorities tried to discourage Warsaw/Krakow residents from going into streets and cheering for American presidents. It just wasn`t fair that American presidents received a warm welcome while top Soviet leaders visiting Poland usually got a cold shoulder from Poles.
To no avail.
Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford and Jimmie Carter got a standing ovation from Warsawians/Krakovians despite communist rulers` attempts and orders.
Richard Nixon, 1972
Gerald Ford, 1975
PS. None of those American Presidents questioned the Jalta agreements which condemned Poland to remain under the Soviet domination.May 31, 1972, back from Moscow, the president of the US Richard Nixon stopped for two days for talks in Warsaw.
It was the first ever visit of US President-in-Office in Poland. Nixon came to the Polish way back from Russia. It was the second of his stay in our country - in 1959 he met with Wladyslaw Gomulka.
During his visit to Warsaw Nixon visited the Old Town and Wilanów, also laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Theme of the hour and a half conversation with Edward Gierek were economic issues - including purchase of licenses and granting Poland the US loans.
anti-government street demonstrations organized by underground Solidarity
I think I haven`t written about it.
In 1981 Polish Solidarity issued a message to all working people in communist countries.Message of the First Congress of NSZZ "Solidarity" Delegates to working people in Eastern Europe
Gdansk, 8 September 1981
Delegates gathered in Gdańsk at the 1st Congress of Delegates of the Independent Self-Governing Trade Union "Solidarity" extend greetings and words of support to workers of
The message enraged authorities in Poland and other communist countries. The British film "Squaring the Circle" from 1984 shows it nicely ( pity, I cannot find it) There is a scene when top Polish communists read the message and get furious. However, after studying it more carefully and seeing Albania on the list, they start laughing and cannot stop.