Gdansk shipyard during the times of communism was one of the biggest industries in the whole Poland. In between shipyard walls, 17 thousands of workers were constructing ships. It was the fifth biggest shipyard in the whole world in the 60 of last Century. It was also a place where huge strikes occurred, especially when the situation in the Polish Peoples Republic was not good. The most important happened in 1980, which ended up in the Gdansk agreement, where communist signed 21 demands created by protesters. For the first time behind the Iron Curtain, free from the communist party self-governing trade union was created. It gathered inside the organization 10 million Polish citizens (out of 32 in total) and became the biggest opposition to communist in the countries under the influence of the USSR. Nine years later, Poland was the first country that broke communism.
On this tour you will explore:
- Polish history after WW2
- complicated history of Gdansk shipyard and Gdansk
- original buildings were people from those times worked
- stories of icons (Lech Walesa, Anna Walentynowicz...)
- current and future situation of the shipyard
- historical buildings from the inside
As an extra, we can go to the European Center of Solidarity for a guided tour inside the exhibition.