Lech Walesa helped to free Poland it had been under Russian control
for 45 years. As a result you can imagine how the Polish felt about the
Lech Walesa was one of eight children.
He was born September 29, 1943 in Powopo, a city between Warsaw and
Lech was an electrician at Gdansk shipyard.
Uprisings had started about heightened food
prices. Lech decided to join
in. Soon Lech found himself
at the center of it all.
a while a group called Solidarity was formed.
Lech was elected its chairman.
After the shipyard went on strike other businesses followed suit.
The number of members in Solidarity swelled to millions, and it
became the voice of the Polish people.
Concerned that the Russian armed forces would intervene, the Polish
government outlawed Solidarity.
For a while Solidarity was not active but after a while it began
Lech was arrested and jailed because he was in Solidarity. Other leaders were arrested too.
In 1989 the struggle for freedom that had started in 1970 was over.
The Polish government had been afraid that if they gave in to
Solidarity that the Russian army would intervene.
When Russia got a new and less strict president that wouldn’t
the armed forces in, the Polish government decided to give in to
Lech Walesa earned the Nobel Peace Prize in 1983 and many other awards for his work in freeing Poland.
In the election of 1990, Lech Walesa was voted president of a
Lech Walesa showed courage in facing the communist government and
for fighting for what he believed in.
While helping free the people of Poland, Lech Walesa never
physically harmed a human being. He
achieved his goals in a peaceful manner.
desire peace – and that is why we have
never resorted to physical force. We crave
for justice – and that is why we are
We seek freedom of convictions - and that is
we have never attempted to enslave man’s
conscience nor shall we ever attempt to do so.”
Columbia University Press "Walesa, Lech" <http://www.infoplease.com/ce6/people/A0851315.html> (January, 2003).
Microsoft Encarta Online Encyclopedia "Walesa, Lech" <http://encarta.msn.com> (January, 2003).
MoreorLess a Personal View "Lech Walesa" <http://www.moreorless.au.com/heroes/walesa.htm> (January, 2003).
Nobel Museum "Lech Walesa-Biography" <http://www.nobel.se/peace/laureates/1983/welesa-bio.html> (January, 2003).
All photographs and clipart used on this page from "Microsoft Office Design Gallery Live" <http://dgl.microsoft.com/?CAG=1> Images free for non-profit and personal use. (December-March, 2003).
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