A WIN FOR SOLIDARITY
On December 9, 1990, Lech Walesa became Poland’s freely elected president.
Walesa, a labor activist, was the leader of Poland’s first trade union, Solidarity. An electrician by trade, he became involved in the anti-government strikes happening in the shipyards in Gdansk, resulting in him being arrested multiple times.
He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1983 for fighting the Communist regime and helping the Polish people to organize for fair labor laws.
Walesa served as Poland’s president from 1990 to 1995 and saw the state-run economy turn into a free market as the old Soviet Union and Eastern Bloc collapsed.
Poland’s borders were rather fluid in the past many years, and in this 1792 Elwe map a considerably different shape is seen vs. todays.
Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.
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