• Faithful to my Homeland, the Republic of Poland



  • 16 September 2019

    Poland’s systemic transition of 1989 was the topic of a special lecture held within the Golden Days festival framework at Poland’s Embassy in Copenhagen.

    The lecture by Adam Leszczyński, a journalist and lecturer at SWPS University in Warsaw gathered a large Danish audience interested in understanding the historic developments in Poland of 1980 till 1989 – a decade which started with large protests at the Gdańsk Shipyard, through the martial law introduction and culminated via the Round Table talks in the first partially free parliamentary elections on 4 June 1989. Particular attention was paid to the social and economic developments of the late 1980s, which A. Leszczynski refered to as the “lost decade”.


    The events that took place in Poland were also inscribed in the wider context of the Cold War and the fuel crisis, which affected the biggest economies all over the world. Finally, Mr. Leszczyński portrayed the importance of the developments in Poland for the rest of Central and Eastern Europe.


    The lecture was part of this year’s Golden Days festival, entirely devoted to the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Revolutions of 1989. The organizer’s intention was to reflect the long term consequences of the democratic transformation and the hopes 1989 created.

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