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Anna Walentynowicz

Born: 13-Aug-1929
Birthplace: Rowne, Poland
Died: 10-Apr-2010
Location of death: Smolensk, Russia
Cause of death: Accident - Airplane

Gender: Female
Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Activist

Nationality: Poland
Executive summary: Catalyst for the Solidarnosc union

First a welder and later a crane operator at the Lenin shipyard in Gdansk, Walentynowicz was radicalized after a government massacre of trade unionists in 1970. A samizdat publisher of leaflets critical of people in power, she was fired from her job on 7 August 1980, five months before her retirement. Sympathy for her led to a strike at the shipyard, which catalyzed the organization of the Solidarnosc trade union, who listed Walentynowicz's reinstatement among their demands for ending the strike. Led by Lech Walesa, the union was outlawed a year later with the declaration of martial law, but eventually prevailed with the overthrow of the Polish Communists in 1989; however Walentynowicz remained critical of the new government and other political movements that followed.

Father: (d. WWII)
Husband: Kazimierz (d.)
Son: Janusz (b. 1952)

    Committee for Social Self-Defense
    Free Trade Unions of the Coast
    Communist Party of Poland (resigned)
    Robotnik Wybrzeza (Coastal Worker) Editor
    Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom 2005
    Sedition antigovernment activities (convicted c. 1981)
    Hunger Strike Church of St. Stanislaw Kostka, Gdansk, Poland (Dec-1984)
    Polish Ancestry

    Man of Iron (2-May-1981) · Herself

Author of books:
Cien Przeszlosci (1993, memoir)

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