First days of martial law in Nowa Huta


Jagiellonian University Kraków, Poland




The theme of my work is related to the thirtieth anniversary of the introduction of mar-tial law in Poland on the 13th December 1981 by General Wojciech Jaruzelski. It concerns one of the largest sites of resistance in the country – Nowa Huta. I have presented what the arrest of the opposition activist in Nowa Huta looked like on the night of 12/13 December 1981 and I have presented the course of strike and its repression in the largest workplace in Cracow – in the Vladimir Lenin Steelworks in Nowa Huta.


Key words:

Martial law, a strike, Nowa Huta, repression, internment, opposition activists


DOI: 10.15503/jecs20121-127-139


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