Silesian Freedom and Solidarity Centre

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Silesian Freedom and Solidarity Centre

Silesian Freedom and Solidarity Centre
4.5
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Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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Among tasks of Silesian Freedom and Solidarity Centre is conducting the exhibition in the Commemoration Museum of ‘Wujek’ Coal Mine as well as propagating freedom and anti-totalitarian ideas. Our institution was established as a result of an agreement between Silesian Voivodship and Katowice City. The exposition is placed in a former coal-mine warehouse. Before the World War II in this building miners’ lamps were filled with carbide, later it was used as a warehouse of workers’ clothes and on 16 December 1981 it became a silent witness to tragic incidents of martial law. It is probably from the ramp of this building where the deadly shots were fired at the miners of Wujek Coal Mine.
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Denise S
Missouri14 contributions
Aug 2017 • Friends
I was here several years ago. The museum and the video are quite interesting. It's mainly in Polish but since we had a translator with us we got a more interesting tour than the average tourist. Check this out!
Written July 5, 2018
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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands3,128 contributions
May 2017 • Solo
Emotional visit as a curator of the museum is one of the 1981 strike leaders who was shot and wounded in the ZOMO troops attack directed by (communist) general Jaruzelski. Nine other mine workers were killed. Just outside the museum in front of the Wujek mine is their memorial.

The museum is 3 km from the center of town just West of Kosciuszcki park in a traditional Polish working class neighborhood near Katowice Brynow railway station.

In the museum hall a moving documentary is shown with accounts by participants in the strike and their families and supporters. Subtitled in English. The explanations near the exhibits are in Polish, but you can get a brochure with English versions of the texts.

Keep in mind that the resistance of the Polish miners against the communist authorities in the 1970s and 80s was a crucial factor in determining the future of Europe. It set in motion a domino that eventually led to the collapse of communism in Poland and Central and Eastern Europe and to the unification of most of the continent. The Wujek mine is still operational, though the number of workers decreased from 5000 in the 1980s to 1800 at present.

Free admission.
Written May 31, 2017
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JonDoe04134
Umeå, Sweden4,112 contributions
Jul 2016 • Solo
That's the place where nine striking miners from Wujek coal mine were killed on December 16, 1981. I haven't visited the museum, but there's a monument commemorating this tragic event, which proved to be one of the milestones towards the collapse of communism in Poland. Very important place for the city and the whole country.
Written March 1, 2017
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Silesian Freedom and Solidarity Centre is open:
  • Tue - Tue 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wed - Wed 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Thu - Thu 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Fri - Sat 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM


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