The Avenue. Patchwork.

The Solidarność movement fought for liberties like freedom of speech but today many other groups and individuals profit from that very fight (and victory). Yet the results and remains of this freedom of expression might sometimes look strange, poor and without glory. Even on Solidarność Street.

“This socialism will develop in all its phases until it reaches its own extremes and absurdities. Then once again a cry of denial will break from the titanic chest of the revolutionary minority and again a mortal struggle will begin, in which socialism will play the role of contemporary conservatism and will be overwhelmed in the subsequent revolution, as yet unknown to us.” 
A.I. Herzen. The Works. Genève 1875-79

“Each man and each nation needs hope. Man can’t live without hope. There are the rare moments in the history though, when, before our very eyes, something becomes an expression of the whole nation’s hope.”
Tadeusz Mazowiecki (front page of the First issue of Solidarność Weekly magazine, 3rd of April 1981)

“I call you not to forget…, I call you to let Poland become more and more a living place for people.”
Lech Wałęsa, speech for exposure Monument of Killed Shipbuilders

(H.W.D.P. – “fuck the police”)

“Bright sun, under Stalin’s command,
Your word will never die, we demand
Like the eagles from the nest leading
Russia and Kremlin, the star burning.”
A part of a poem written by the polish academics in Lvov in 1952

 

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