Bread and Roses

Poznań, 1956




Still true today – the poverty, not the massive strikes (those were for another, long past repressive era)…

Many historians consider the Poznań 1956 protests to be an important milestone in modern history of Poland, and one of the events that precipitated the fall of communism in Poland. Nonetheless it should be noted that the protests of 1956 were not motivated by anti-communist ideology; the workers’ demands were mostly of an economic nature, centering around better work conditions rather than any political objectives. The workers sang “The Internationale” and their banners read “We demand bread.” It was the government’s consistent failure to fulfil the first demand which eventually led to the demands for political change, but even during the history of Solidarity few demanded wide political reforms.




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