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Dzienniki. 1953–1982. Tom 1
Diaries. 1953–1982. Volume 1

Author(s): Wiktor Woroszylski
Subject(s): Politics, Civil Society, Political history, Social history, Post-War period (1950 - 1989)
Published by: Ośrodek KARTA
Keywords: Solidarity; Record; underground publications; internship; poetry; Jacek Kuroń; Adam Michnik; Leszek Kołakowski; social realism; Budapest 1956; October 1956
Summary/Abstract: Wiktor Woroszylski followed a path characteristic for many Polish intellectuals in the second half of the 20th century: from entanglement in communism to active opposition to it. He was not only a witness but also a participant of many events of key significance for the post-war history who also influenced them.It is a chronicle of a non-conformist group, written down at a time when keeping such records required great courage, and, at the same time, an expressive portrait of that group, strengthened internally by friendship and mutual loyalty, which has finally become a timeless example of freedom.Crowds, people released from jail, the whole group, one can hardly work out, probably more than one hundred people, press, talks about what has happened, and euphoria again. I was not imaginative enough to realize what happened; I treated the whole work of the Workers’ Defence Committee, etc., in the past years more as a way to save our souls and perhaps create some islands of internal freedom but I did not take into account the prospects of social victory on such a scale.

  • Page Count: 793
  • Publication Year: 2017
  • Language: Polish