Sunday, July 25, 2021

Gdańsk Shipyard may not be entered on UNESCO World Heritage List


 In February of last year (2020), the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage announced that it submitted a motion in Paris to include the Gdańsk Shipyard, located in northern Poland, on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

The vote will take place on the 28th of this month, but it seems that Gdansk Shipyard will not be entered on the UNESCO list because Poland has not provided an "iron proof" that that was where the collapse of the Soviet Empire has started. 

That was the reasoning behind the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) - a UNESCO advisory organization - decision not to recommend the shipyard to be entered on the UNESCO list. 

ICOMOS expressed an opinion that undermined the historical significance of the Gdańsk Shipyard and the 1980 strike and the creation of Solidarity. ICOMOS representatives stated that entering the birthplace of Solidarity may lead to controversy in countries where communism still prevails. (And we can't have that. What would the regime in Cuba say? The Chinese government would probably stop funding UNESCO if they do.) In their opinion, the emergence of Solidarity was not the most important impulse for changes in Europe. More importance is attached to the fall of the Berlin Wall. 

This is what happens when the education system is dominated by socialists and progressives. They get to slowly rewrite the history. (BTW, did you know that according to the latest movies, it was China that defeated Japan in WWII?)

Here is our short historical guide to 30 and 40 somethings:

After World War II, the Gdańsk Shipyard was the largest shipbuilder in Poland and the entire Eastern Bloc - it employed thousands of workers. At the same time, it was a kind of window to the world for people in communist Europe. In 1980 peaceful occupation strikes and related negotiations took place between the protesters and the authorities of the communist state. These events led to the creation of the largest in history, organized in the form of a trade union, Solidarity, a peaceful social movement, and Poland regaining sovereignty in 1989. They triggered a wave of democratic changes in other countries of the region, which contributed to the collapse of the Iron Curtain and the unification of Europe.

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