Warsaw unveils plaque marking anti-communist hero Kornel Morawiecki

Warsaw unveils plaque marking anti-communist hero Kornel Morawiecki Radek Pietruszka/PAP

A plaque commemorating leading anti-communist opposition activist and father of Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki was unveiled in Warsaw on Wednesday by the members of Fighting Solidarity union on the first anniversary of his death.

Kornel Morawiecki was an anti-communist dissident since his student years and in 1982 founded the Fighting Solidarity union, a radical offshoot of the Solidarity trade union. In more recent years, he ran in the 2010 presidential election and in 2015 became an MP for the Kukiz'15 movement. He was also a senior speaker of the lower house of parliament.

Apart from the plaque, a multi-media exhibition devoted to the anti-communist opposition activist and Fighting Solidarity was also opened at the Museum of the Cursed Soldiers and Political Prisoners of the Communist era, an institution run by the Institute of National Remembrance (IPN).

During the ceremony, PM Morawiecki expressed his appreciation to all the friends of his late father and to Fighting Solidarity for the plaque and said that the entire exhibition is a story about brave people who did the right thing in difficult times.

"When I think about my father's path, I am more and more convinced that both in science and politics, as in physics and public life, he sought the primary, the elementary, the fundamental - good and truth. And to these values he subordinated his public actions regardless of the circumstances," the PM said.

Mateusz Morawiecki went on to say that his father had argued that common action aimed at independence was more important than individual action. "My father was often asked by young people: what should we do in the years of the polish underground, in the 80s, he answered very straightforwardly: do that which will bring down communism," the PM recalled, going on to describe the communist years in Poland as totalitarian and inhuman.

The prime minister also pointed out that the history of Poland, especially the past century, was an odyssey of freedom, to which in the 20th century poles also added their own original idea of Solidarity.

The ceremony was also attended by the president of the Constitutional Tribunal, Julia Przylebska, Deputy PM Piotr Glinski, ruling Law and justice party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski and IPN President Jaroslaw Szarek as well as former Fighting Solidarity activists.

Later in the day, a church service was held in honour of Kornel Morawiecki.