Poster issued by Solidarity Independent Trade Union, 'December 1970'

Poster issued by Solidarity Independent Trade Union, 'December 1970'

Poster issued by Solidarity Independent Trade Union
'December 1970'
Krystyna Janiszewska
Poland
1980
Lithograph on paper
Museum no. E.2098-1990

This poster commemorates the massacre of striking Polish workers by government forces at the Gdaÿsk shipyard in December 1970. It preserves the memory of a traumatic event that was lodged in popular consciousness, but officially glossed over. The stark statement of the date needed no explanation or elaboration.  The artist has simply turned the 7 into a cross suggesting the martyrdom of the workers in the cause of opposition. It was produced in 1980 for the newly formed Solidarity Independent Trade Union when the Gdaÿsk shipyard was again the scene of political conflict between the workers and the communist government.