Andrzej Gwiazda is a Polish engineer and prominent member of the pre-Solidarnosc anti-communist opposition. He participated in marches in 1968 and 1970, and while on the Presiding Committee of the Gdansk Shipyard Strikes in 1980, credited as the beginning of the end for Communism in Poland, he made his name as a legendary negotiator.
He went on to become Vice President of the Independent Self-Governing Trade Unions “Solidarnosc”. In December 1981 he was imprisoned with 6 other Solidarnosc leaders, to be released July 1984 and arrested again December 1984, and released for good on May 1985.
The late president of the Republic of Poland, Lech Kaczyński, awarded Andrzej the highest Polish distinction - the Order of the White Eagle. He is regarded as invincible by many Poles.BACK TO SPEAKERS
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“Communism must be reckoned in crude mathematic terms the most murderous system ever devised by human intelligence; and yet this is an argument we have to have, generation after generation. Consider this; one third of American millennials believe that more people were murdered by George W. Bush than Joseph Stalin. This is not an argument we can take for granted.”
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