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  •  On 28 September, an exhibition "The decade of Solidarity 1979 - 1989" was inaugurated at the seat of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.

    The opening ceremony took place on the first day of the autumn part-session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the CoE, during which the election of Secretary General was on the agenda.

    The exhibition was officially opened by the Speaker of the Senate of Poland, Senator Bogdan Borusewicz. PACE President Lluís Maria de Puig and Permanent Representative of Poland to the Council of Europe Ambassador Piotr A. Świtalski delivered their speeches on that occasion.

    The event was attended, inter alia, by Senator Włodzimierz Cimoszewicz, members of the Polish delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly, numerous Ambassadors - Permanent Representatives of the Council of Europe Member States as well as members of the CoE Secretariat, among them Secretary General of the PACE, Mr Mateo Sorinas.

    The exhibition was organized by the Permanent Representation of Poland to the Council of Europe, whereas it was created by the KARTA Centre in collaboration with the History Meeting House in Warsaw upon the request by the Ministry of Foreign Affaires of Poland.

    It was prepared to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the fall of communism in Poland and shows the last 10 years of the fight against the regime. A sentence by the British historian Timothy Garton Ash whereby he pays tribute to Poland, serves as a motto for the whole exhibition: "In Poland it took ten years; in Hungary - ten months; in East Germany - ten weeks and in Czechoslovakia - ten days...".

    Using archival photos, posters, drawings, written testimonies of eyewitness and source materials (records form the diaries and memoirs, quotations from newspapers and documents, excerpts from speeches) the authors of the exhibition show the events of that time, such as the pilgrimage by Pope John Paul II to Poland, the first congress of Solidarity, the imposition of martial law in Poland, the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to Lech Wałęsa, the Polish Round Table deliberations as well as the breakthrough in other countries of the Central and Eastern Europe.

    The exhibition was presented until 9 October 2009.

    ©Council of Europe 



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