Lech Walesa

Politician
2001Spring

Lech Walesa served as Poland’s second president but is best known for being the labor activist who sparked the infamous Lenin Shipyard strike in Gdansk, Poland, in 1980. Christened “Solidarity,” the strike became a social revolution within the Soviet Union. An electrician by trade, Walesa fought for trade unions and was often persecuted by Communist forces for his activism.

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