Poland A Worker's Tale

A Worker's Tale Walesa strikes a hopeful note

"The impression was of an absence of solidarity between social groups here in Gdansk, even at home, in the same building and stairway, an overwhelming solitude, fear and uncertainty. And despite everything, the feeling revolt was necessary." Thus Lech Walesa, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and leader of the now banned Solidarity trade union movement, describes his political awakening a decade before Solidarity was born. Walesa's 604-page autobiography, A Path of Hope, published last week in France, contains no new or explosive disclosures, but it eloquently and simply portrays brave citizens pitted against a political tyranny. Without ever explicitly saying so, Walesa's...

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