On Sunday, in Warsaw’s Wola district, a monument to the tragically deceased Jan Lityński was unveiled. – It seems to me that in recent years we have not done as much as we should, to clearly show that we have our heroes, that we can talk about them – said Rafał Trzaskowski, Mayor of Warsaw during the ceremony.
The mural was created on the initiative of the mayor of Wola, Krzysztof Strzałkowski and the Wolski Cultural Center at the intersection of al. Solidarności and Towarowa. The work by Bruno Neuhamer was unveiled on Sunday, during the ceremony “Freedom I love and understand: Jan Lityński and the Workers’ Defense Committee”. – It seems to me that in recent years we have not done as much as we should, to clearly show that we have our heroes, that we can talk about them. Too often he tries to tell us a new version of history, too often he tries to erect monuments to people who deserve it or do not deserve it. You are trying to falsify history, forgetting about those without whom our freedom would not exist – said Rafał Trzaskowski, the mayor of Warsaw, during the ceremony of shielding the monument.
– This is a great responsibility for all of us, because Jacek Kuroń, Henryk Wujec, Jan Lityński, Tadeusz Mazowiecki, these are people without whom Polish freedom would not exist. These are people without whom there would be no solidarity, these are people who defended our conscience in very difficult times, these are people who are a determinant for my generation and we must do everything to make them a determinant also for other generations – he added.
A tragic death
Jan Lityński drowned on February 21 in Narew near Pułtusk, trying to save the dog under which the ice broke. He was 75 years old. He was an organizer and participant of student speeches in March 1968, for which he was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison. He worked as a laborer, then a computer programmer.
In 1976, co-founder of “Biuletyn Informacyjny”, the first magazine published outside of censorship. Arrested many times. In 1977, co-editor of Robotnik, an independent journal for the establishment of free trade unions. Member of the KSS “KOR”, associate of the KSS Intervention Bureau “KOR” and “Krytyka” (member of the editorial board).
In 1980 advisor to the authorities of NSZZ “Solidarność”. Author of the Message to the Working People of Eastern Europe, adopted by the 1st Congress of Solidarity. In 1981, during martial law, he was interned and then arrested. After escaping from prison, in 1984 in the Solidarity underground, member of the Regional Executive Committee of NSZZ “S”, Mazowsze Region. In 1989, he was a participant in the Round Table talks. Elected to the Sejm of the Republic of Poland in 1989 from the province. Wałbrzych.
In the years 1989-2001, a member of the Sejm, incl. chairman of the Social Policy Committee and the Special Services Committee. From 1990 at ROAD, then at UD and UW (vice-chairman). In the years 2008-2010, social affairs advisor to PLL LOT, mediator of disputes. In 2010–2015 he was an advisor to President Bronisław Komorowski on contacts with parties and political circles.
He was awarded the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta and the Commander’s Cross with a Star.
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