Solidarity - Pushing Back The Curtain

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20050828

It was the beginning of the end of Communism: 25 years ago, successful strikes led to the first independent trade union in Poland: Solidarity.

In its heyday, one in three of the adult population was a member.

Its leader, the shipyard electrician Lech Walesa, eventually became President of a democratic Poland.

Misha Glenny, who reported from Eastern Europe in the '80s, meets the players of the time to get the inside track on how Communism was defeated.

20050828

It was the beginning of the end of Communism: 25 years ago, successful strikes led to the first independent trade union in Poland: Solidarity.

In its heyday, one in three of the adult population was a member.

Its leader, the shipyard electrician Lech Walesa, eventually became President of a democratic Poland.

Misha Glenny, who reported from Eastern Europe in the '80s, meets the players of the time to get the inside track on how Communism was defeated.