Monument to Fallen Shipyard Workers

Monument to Fallen Shipyard Workers
+48 58 772 41 12
Monument to Fallen Shipyard Workers
Pl. Solidarności 1

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Editor's review

Commemorating the victims of the December 1970 shipyard strikes, the erection of the Monument to the Fallen Shipyard Workers was a major stipulation of the fledgling Solidarity movement during the shipyard strikes of 1980. After the communist government's capitulation, the monument and the square it occupies became a major rallying point for Solidarity. Three steel crosses (cast by the workers themselves) rise 42 metres over Solidarity Square, weighing in at 139 tonnes, with three symbolic anchors literally crucified to them. The rather unsettling inscription from Czeslaw Milosz himself reads, "You who have harmed simple man, mocking him with your laughter, you kill him, someone else will be born, and your deeds and words will be written down..."

Editor & Gdansk Local


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Carol Garvey
United States

Thanks for the review. It would be helpful if you could include in your description how many shipyard workers were killed during the 1980 Solidarity movement and strike.

Reply Sep 26th, 2016
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