Joanna Duda-Gwiazda was a prominent anti-Communist activist in the Solidarity movement. She graduated from the Faculty of Shipbuilding at Gdansk University of Technology in 1963, working as a ship engineer from 1963 to 2000.
In 1976, together with her husband Andrzej, she wrote an open letter to the Sejm in defence of the Workers’ Defence Committee, for which they were banned leaving Poland. From 1978 she edited the Coastal Free Trade Unions magazine "Coastal Workers".
In August 1980 she participated in a strike at Gdansk Shipyard. After the founding of "Solidarity" she sat in the Presidium of the Interstate Strike Committee at Gdansk Shipyard and was its press spokesperson. From 1980-1981 she was a member of the Gdansk Regional Council of NSZZ "Solidarność".
December 13, 1981 was imprisoned. She was released on July 22, 1982. In the years 1982-1983 she published the magazine "Scorpion", and in 1983-1986, 1989-1997, published "Out of the Agreement". She is also a regular contributor to "New Citizen" (formerly "Citizen"). In 2011 she joined the Solidarity Association Council 2010.
Together with her husband she is the heroine of the book titled " The constellation of "Solidarity" written and edited by Remigiusz Okraska.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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