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I am still an adviser to Solidarność, to the leaders of Solidarność which means the overt members, Wałęsa and TKK. I was asked to fill this function by the National Solidarność Committee and so that's what I'm still doing because we're all still carrying on with our functions since there can't be another general meeting for the time being. There isn't, it would be, it is... technically virtually impossible. That's the first thing. Secondly, I've already said here that my fate is to be generally known as an opposition activist and so I don't have to be reticent and can sponsor the meetings between the open and the clandestine activists in specific situations. I can sponsor the unity within the whole movement in all kinds of situations. Finally, thirdly, I am an activist and an organiser but just what I do in this capacity I can't tell you here.

Jestem doradcą "Solidarności" wciąż i kierownictwa "Solidarności", a więc i nadziemnego i Wałęsy i TKK. Do tej funkcji zostałem powołany przez Komisję Krajową "Solidarności", no i pełnię ją w dalszym ciągu, bo wszyscy swoje funkcje pełnimy w dalszym ciągu, ponieważ kolejnego, walnego zjazdu odbyć na razie nie można. Nie ma... byłoby to... jest to praktycznie, technicznie właściwie niemożliwe. To jedno. Drugie, mówiłem tu już o tym z tytułu, z tytułu... z losu swojego jestem człowiekiem znanym powszechnie jako działacz opozycji i w związku z tym mogę się nie krępować i firmować to spotkanie podziemia z nadziemiem w określonych sytuacjach. Firmować tą jedność całego ruchu, w mniejszym zakresie niż Wałęsa, mniejsze to ma znaczenie, ale jest też potrzebne w różnych sytuacjach. Wreszcie po trzecie, ja przecież jestem działaczem i organizatorem, no ale co w tej roli robię, to na to pytanie tu nie mogę odpowiedzieć.

The late Polish activist, Jacek Kuroń (1934-2004), had an influential but turbulent political career, helping transform the political landscape of Poland. He was expelled from the communist party, arrested and incarcerated. He was also instrumental in setting up the Workers' Defence Committee (KOR) and later became a Minister of Labour and Social Policy.

Listeners: Jacek Petrycki Marcel Łoziński

Cinematographer Jacek Petrycki was born in Poznań, Poland in 1948. He has worked extensively in Poland and throughout the world. His credits include, for Agniezka Holland, Provincial Actors (1979), Europe, Europe (1990), Shot in the Heart (2001) and Julie Walking Home (2002), for Krysztof Kieslowski numerous short films including Camera Buff (1980) and No End (1985). Other credits include Journey to the Sun (1998), directed by Jesim Ustaoglu, which won the Golden Camera 300 award at the International Film Camera Festival, Shooters (2000) and The Valley (1999), both directed by Dan Reed, Unforgiving (1993) and Betrayed (1995) by Clive Gordon both of which won the BAFTA for best factual photography. Jacek Petrycki is also a teacher and a filmmaker.

Film director Marcel Łoziński was born in Paris in 1940. He graduated from the Film Directing Department of the National School of Film, Television and Theatre in Łódź in 1971. In 1994, he was nominated for an American Academy Award and a European Film Academy Award for the documentary, 89 mm from Europe. Since 1995, he has been a member of the American Academy of Motion Picture Art and Science awarding Oscars. He lectured at the FEMIS film school and the School of Polish Culture of Warsaw University. He ran documentary film workshops in Marseilles. Marcel Łoziński currently lectures at Andrzej Wajda’s Master School for Film Directors. He also runs the Dragon Forum, a European documentary film workshop.

Tags: Solidarność, TKK, National Solidarność Committee, Lech Wałęsa, Krzysztof Kieślowski

Duration: 1 minute, 16 seconds

Date story recorded: 1987

Date story went live: 12 June 2008