President Andrzej Duda awarded state distinctions in Warsaw on Friday in connection with the 38th anniversary of the December 13, 1981, imposition of martial law in Poland by the country's communist regime.
In a candid interview with TFN’s Patrick Ney, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki talks for the first time on camera about his teenage years and opposition to communist authoritarianism. Regularly interrogated, beaten and harassed, Morawiecki faced death threats and persecution. This interview was given to mark the 37th anniversary of one of the worst massacres during Poland's Martial Law, the massacre at the Wujek mine on the 16th December, 1981. As the son of leading activist, Kornel Morawiecki, the Prime Minister's story is relatively unknown even in Poland. Until now. Watch this interview (Polish with English subtitles) to discover the full story.
Poles encouraged to light candles in memory of those killed in communist crack down.
It was during a surreptitious hunt for things to photograph that Niedenthal came across a scene outside the now-long-gone Moscow Cinema that would become his most famous photograph. An image that would soon ping around a world still trying to digest what was happening in Poland, and one that would become the defining image of martial law.
Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki wrote on Twitter on Thursday that "martial law was the most deplorable attack against attempts to win at least some sovereignty."
On June 16-23, 1983, the seemingly impossible happened. With Poland reeling from the imposition of martial law, Pope John Paul II visited for the second time after being chosen as the leader of the Catholic church.