Poland: Playing Hooky

The electrician takes a holiday

Most Polish workers would be happy to have two weeks off in the prune holiday month of August, but not Electrician Lech Walesa. When officials at the Gdansk shipyard turned down a request from the former Solidarity trade-union leader for vacation in July or September and offered him August instead, Walesa decided to play hooky. Accompanied by his wife Danuta and three of their seven children, he climbed into the family's white Volkswagen minibus and set off for Sokolow Podlaski, a small town 55 miles from Warsaw, to...

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