Lech Walesa (poland) - Typed Note Signed 28 Feb 1984 Gdansk Poland Postage
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Lech Walesa (poland) - Typed Note Signed 28 Feb 1984 Gdansk Poland Postage :
Here is an interesting autographed card and Postage cover from Gdansk, Poland in 1984. The card is signed by Lech Walesa and reads (Translated): "I thank you very much for remembering me. I send you my greetings". The postal cover/envelope has a date stamp of 1 March 1984, from Gdansk Poland. The card is dated 28.II.1984 (28 Feb 1986). Check out the photos. See my response and buy with confidence.
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Notes: Lech Wałęsa born 29 September 1943 is a retired Polish politician and labour activist. He co-founded and headed Solidarity (Solidarność), the Soviet bloc's first independent trade union, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1983, and served as President of Poland from 1990 to 1995.
While working at the Lenin Shipyard (now Gdańsk Shipyard), Wałęsa, an electrician, became a trade-union activist, for which he was persecuted by the Communist authorities, placed under surveillance, fired in 1976, and arrested several times. In August 1980 he was instrumental in political negotiations that led to the ground-breaking Gdańsk Agreement between striking workers and the government. He co-founded the Solidarity trade-union movement.
After martial law was imposed in Poland and Solidarity was outlawed, Wałęsa was again arrested. Released from custody, he continued his activism and was prominent in the establishment of the 1989 Round Table Agreement that led to semi-free parliamentary elections in June 1989 and to a Solidarity-led government.
In the Polish general election of 1990, Wałęsa successfully ran for the newly re-established office of President of Poland. He presided over Poland's transition from communism to a post-communist state, but his popularity waned and his role in Polish politics diminished after he narrowly lost the 1995 presidential election.
Since the fall of Communism in Poland, there have been allegations that Wałęsa had collaborated with the earlier communist secret police. In 2017 a lengthy investigation by the Institute of National Remembrance concluded that a handwriting study proved the authenticity of documents that Wałęsa had agreed to collaborate with the communist secret police.