June 1956 Events Monument
June 1956 Events Monument
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chrissya
Clunes, Australia60 contributions
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Apr 2019
A moving memorial to the Poles who endeavoured to fight for the freedom of the people of Poland, a must see.
Written August 6, 2019
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Krakow_55
Bulle, Switzerland96 contributions
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Jun 2019 • Solo
During the Cold War many 'westerners' didn't know the real events and truth of the awful lies and suppression the communist regime imposed. The heroic tragedy in Poznan is an example of when there are no alternatives and a need to resist the communist oppression that crippled Poland - take time to see the museum too so that the events are revealed to you.
Written June 16, 2019
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retireeVancouver
Vancouver, Canada1,829 contributions
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Jun 2018 • Couples
In June 1956, 100,000 workers protested in this square about low wages, working conditions, and the short supply of food. These protests were repeated 5 times from 1956 to 1981; These years are listed on the 2 Cross Monument which was unveiled in 1981 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the 1956 strike, the first polish rebellion against a communist government.

Lots of associations are attached to this monument. For example, the monument was raised in 1981 in a square called Stalin Square (now Adam Mickiewicz Square) where 100,000 workers gathered on June 1956 to protest low wages, working conditions, and the short supply of food. Across from the monument in the old Imperial Castle, was the local communist government's administration building where a delegation of the protesters went to present their demands on deaf ears. Under 100 protesters were killed when the army dispersed the crowd with tanks and gun fire. The 2 steel crosses are a remembrance to those who sacrificed their lives for the common good of others on that day as well as on other years of protest listed on the cross. This monument, unveiled in 1981, is similar in design to the Gdansk Solidarity Monument which also commemorates lives lost in their workers' strike in August 1980. Next to the 2 crosses which are connected with industrial strength rope, was a modern stone sculpture of an eagle, the symbol for Poland. On it was inscribed in Polish the reason for the protests - the demands being freedom, rights, bread. The rope coils tying the crosses together could perhaps symbolize the unity of industrial workers who wanted a change in their working and living conditions, or perhaps symbolize a struggle for freedoms. Thus when protesters in Poznan now demonstrate, they choose to do so in the square where this Cross Monument stands. The monument is an important reminder that when a people have a common goal, conditions can be improved through protest, but, most likely, blood will be shed. Nearby was a plaque commemorating a visit by Pope John Paul II in 1997. We saw this monument on a city tour with the guide providing the details. For us, this was a short photo stop.
Written August 10, 2018
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Peter M
London, UK53 contributions
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Feb 2013 • Friends
The monument is easy to access - no more than 10 minutes' walk from the old town centre. It reminded me of the Shipworkers' monument in Gdansk as it is also very visually striking, and quite moving when you know a bit about the history behind it. I recommend the museum next to the monument (in the castle, with the large 1956 sign outside) to learn about what happened - it has lots of interesting artefacts and tells the story very well. However, it might help to go with a Polish speaker.
Written July 12, 2013
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Neil K
Liverpool, UK831,145 contributions
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May 2023 • Friends
One of the great monuments of the city of Poznan is June 1956 Events Monument.
Commemorating what became known as " Black Thursday " June 28th 1956 as demonstrations by workers who had organised strikes which in turn materialised into street demonstrations which turned into the biggest demonstration in the history of Poland with crowds estimated to be over 100.000 against the brutal communist regime suppressing the people ,put down mercilessly by communist forces ,these beautiful monuments pay homage to the fallen at this demonstration plus subsequent demonstrations ,it's impressive,it's poignant ,it's very photogenic and makes for some great photographic opportunities ,the two crosses certainly catch the eye ,it's a monument well worth checking out and easy to locate on Mickiewicz Square.
Written May 21, 2023
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Baross
Spikkestad, Norway1,981 contributions
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Nov 2021
From 28 to 30 of June 1956 there was massive protest against the communist way to lead Poland and 100000 people meet at city center to protest.

The government decided to stop the demonstration and comes up with 10000 soldiers and 400 tanks.

History books say that 57 people died but they can not be confirmed some say its over 100. Hundreds of people was injuiry.

The protest people wanted better work conditions and not so much communism thinking in Poland.

Some say that this was the start on the end of communism in Poland.

There was more monuments about this in Poznan I will choose two of my photo. The biggest statue is called the June 1956 events monument.
Written December 8, 2021
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Misssalissa
Amsterdam, The Netherlands22 contributions
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Aug 2018
The way how this place looks like somehow doesn't fit for me anymore. The crosses are too massive and somehow bringing you to the ground and gray polish reality. Tho it's a good meet-up spot, can't miss it.
Written April 15, 2019
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T0urist7
Warsaw, Poland1,411 contributions
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Jan 2018 • Business
Poznan 1956 is an important date in the contemporary history of Poland when workers' protests against communist rule took place.
Written February 14, 2018
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bdon257
Morpeth, UK5,450 contributions
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Sep 2015 • Couples
We visited this poignant monument to Poland's recent history in attempting to free the country from Soviet domination. It is situated between the University and the Kaiser's Castle, in a park alongside the statue of A Mickiewiscza. A few quiet moments of your time will be well spent here.
Written September 20, 2015
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Maria
Sofia, Bulgaria111 contributions
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Jun 2013 • Friends
The monument is impressive. No entrance fee. Include it in your walking tour plans as it is close to the other city attractions.
Written February 15, 2014
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